Karachi: At least 17 people, including a former PPP lawmaker, were killed in different incidents of firing and grenade attacks by criminal gangs in the city on Thursday.
   
Most of the killings were reported in the southern Lyari neighbourhood, a Pakistan Peoples Party stronghold infested by powerful criminal gangs.
   
Among the victims were former member of the Pakistan national assembly Waja Karim Dad, who was shot dead at a restaurant in Lyaria.
   
63-year-old Waja was at the restaurant along with friends for Iftar when unknown gunmen opened fire on him killing four and injuring three others.
   
In another incident, four people were killed, including a young girl, and seven others were injured in a series of five hand-grenade attacks in the Bhempora area of the city.
   
In a shooting spree in the Methadar area, two persons were killed and four others were injured.
   
Police officials said 17 people were killed in the violence on Thursday.
   
A motorcycle and a rickshaw were also set on fire on Nepiar road.
   
After the series of violence, shops and markets were shut in the Lyari and Old city area as fear spread amongst the residents.

(Agencies)