20 October, 2020

Who Let The Dogs Out...

Was it our intelligence agencies who turned a Karachi shootout into a Chhota Shakeel murder?

Who Let The Dogs Out...
It is the growing friction between ethnic groups like the Mohajirs and the Dawood Ibrahim gang that perhaps lent credence to the recent rumour of his trusted aide, Chhota Shakeel, being bumped off in the streets of Karachi. Members of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (mqm) have of late been upset with Dawood for making inroads into many of the illegal activities that they considered their privilege. And so it was thought that they were hired by Chhota Shakeel's rivals to execute his killing.

On the evening of August 17, at 8.10 pm, a grenade was thrown from a moving car which killed a child and wounded seven in Karachi. This went unreported the next day in the Pakistani press although three days later The News from Islamabad talked of an encounter between two gangs—one from Mumbai and another from Karachi.

But Mumbai, by August 18, was abuzz with reports of mafioso Dawood's trusted lieutenant Chhota Shakeel being shot dead in Karachi. The details that followed said that he had apparently been shot in the head and stomach with a stengun while travelling in a car, and...


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