February 17 – 23, 2014

February 18: Polio team kidnapped in Tank 

Pakistan’s anti-polio efforts received another setback after a vaccination team was kidnapped. The six-member team included a doctor working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and three personnel of Levies Force. The Nation

February 19: Prayer leader among four found shot dead 

The bodies of four men, including a prayer leader who went missing over a month ago, were found in Karachi’s Surjani Town. Initial reports suggested that the men had died from gunshot wounds. Dawn

February 19: Shia community members among 10 killed

Ten people were killed in Karachi, with at least three murders suspected to have sectarian motives. Two members of the local Shia community in Orangi Town were gunned down in separate incidents, while a cleric in Korangi was murdered after gunmen broke into his house and killed him on the spot. The News

February 22: Three shot dead in target killings 

Groups of gunmen traveling on motorcycles killed three and injured three more in two separate drive-by attacks in Rawalpindi.

The first attack, which took place in the Race Course precinct around dawn was attributed to an ongoing family feud. However local police suspected that the second attack, which took place in the Purana Qila section of Raja Bazaar, had sectarian motives. Dawn

February 22: Shia leader killed in Kohat 

Unidentified armed men shot dead a local Shia leader, Sher Muhammad Tori, at Gari Nawaz Khan Chowk in  Kohat. Police have registered an FIR and started investigation. Daily Times

February 24: Four shot down in attack on pilgrims in Mardan 

Four people were killed and one injured when unidentified attackers opened fire on a car in Mardan.

According to Police, the victims were returning from the shrine of a saint after attending his annual urs when they came under attack. Dawn