KARACHI – A man and his young son lost their lives while three others sustained injuries in a clash erupted over a water dispute in Nazimabad on Saturday.Witnesses and the family members said that the incident took place due to a dispute over water. The injured persons were immediately taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where two of them died. One of the injured was said to be in critical condition and the doctors were trying to save his life. The deceased were later identified as 55-year-old Abdullah and his young son Wahab, while the injured as Khateeb Gul and his two young sons – Saeedullah and Asif.
“They (Abdullah and Khateeb Gul) were brothers but from the last few years, they were living separately,” said Raheel Sheikh, a resident of the area. “They got separated over some family and property disputes.”
The neighbourers said that about a couple of months ago, Abdullah had bought a land near to the Khateeb’s house and was busy in construction of his new house. “Khateeb was running a small water hydrant in a house,” said Muhammad Sohail, a neighbourer. “The clash occurred when Abdullah took water connection without getting permission of his brother.” Following this, Khateeb’s sons clashed with Abdullah and his son. After an exchange of fire, all of them sustained bullet injuries. Abdullah and his son succumbed to inuires at the hospital while Khateeb and his sons were admitted to get further treatment.
Following the incident, police also reached the site and inquired about the incident. “Water connection became a reason of the clash as they (both families) had already different disputes,” said Nazimabad SHO Mazhar Iqbal.
“We have taken all the three injured persons into our custody and they are under treatment at a hospital in police custody.” The officer said that the police were further investigating the case and also verifying the water hydrant issue. No case has been registered.
It is worth to mentioning here that residents in different areas of Karachi are continuously facing portable water shortage for the past few months while the Water Board is unable to cope with the prevailing situation.
The affected areas include Landhi, Korangi, Shah Faisal Town, Orangi, Nazimabad and Gulistan Jauhar. However, the areas Orangi, New Karachi, Baldia, New Karachi, Surjani and Nazimabad are facing the issue for the past few months.
Various political parties including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have already warned number of times about the possible water riots in the metropolis if the authorities concerned failed to resolve the issue.