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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) worker Muhammad Muslim Butt was gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Mughalpurapolice precinct on Friday. The police said 35-year-old Muslim Butt was intercepted a few yards away from Shalamar Hospital on Link Road, Mughalpura, by four armed men, who appeared in a car plated with registration numberLED-1194.
The men opened fire at the victim in the crowded area and he died instantly. Killing on the road in broad daylight created panic among the pedestrians and shopkeepers. The traders and shopkeepers ran to safe places for shelter.
Sources in the policedepartment said the Mughalpura police had arrested the owner of the car, which was used in the incident, for interrogation.
An eyewitness told the police that after killing the victim, the attackers remained there for some time to make sure the victim was dead and then they fled in the same car. The police said the deceased had an enmity with a number of people over property disputes.
The police claimed that Muslim Butt was a formeractivist of a banned militant organisation, Sipah-e-Sahaba. They said the deceased had been involved in heinous crime including five murders, two robberies and two cases under the terrorism act.
Sources said he had also been involved in explosions in KharianCantt, Sarae Alamgir and Jhang.
He had also faced 11 years of imprisonment on the charges of his involvement in criminal activities. He was released on bail some weeks ago.
Mughalpura Assistant Superintendent of Police Malik Awais said a case had been registered against the unknown killers on the complaint of the deceased’s brother, Aqil Butt. He said Aqil had not nominated any person in the FIR (first information report).
He said Muslim Butt had had close associations with the banned militantorganisation, Sipah-e-Sahaba, in the past. Nowadays, he was an active worker of the PPP and running a real-estate business. He said Muslim Butt, a resident of Ramgarh, was involved in carrying out an explosion at the Rawalpindi Airport.