Karachi: Fashion designer found dead in flat
KARACHI: Thirty–two year old Sheikh–Amer Hassan, a London–based fashion designer who had dressed Jemima Khan, was found dead at his flat in Clifton Saturday morning. According to Clifton Inquiry Officer SI Mohammad Aslam Kolachi, the police were informed by Hassan’s watchman Tariq who found the body in the bedroom of his flat in the well known Shaikh Villas off Zamzama Boulevard. His hands and feet were tied with a telephone wire, with his hands behind his back. He had been shot four times at close range. He was in trousers and a shirt.
Tariq has been taken in for questioning. “Sheikh–Amer Hassan returned home at about 4:30 a.m. from a party,” said SIO Aslam, quoting Tariq. “And we have him making telephone calls till 5:00 a.m.” According to the IO, three men were with him when he returned. According to DSP Asad Raza, Tariq then went to sleep on the roof.
At around midday Saturday, Tariq came down to find one of Hassan’s friends had arrived, the police said. No one was answering the door. That was when they discovered the body.
When Daily Times asked the IO if the neighbours heard the shots being fired or if anything was taken from the flat, he declined to answer, saying that the investigation was underway. He declined to say who Hassan had spoken to on the phone.
Hassan lived alone. The police registered FIR No. 215/08 against unidentified persons on his brother Jalal’s complaint. By midnight Hassan’s body was scheduled to be flown to Lahore where the burial is expected to take place in New Muslim Town.
Hassan was affiliated with the SAH–London Fashion PR Company, had studied at the London College of Fashion and had held many fashion shows in Pakistan and abroad. He wrote a column ‘Sheikh Villa’. He recently worked as a director of fashion for a private television channel.
According to his website, SAH–London.com, Sheikh–Amer Hassan was the middle son of Jawed Hassan and Begum Nadia and was born in Lahore but was brought up in England. His grandfather, Sheikh–Ahmed Hassan Khan, was a vice chancellor of the University of Engineering & Technology Punjab, Minister for Agriculture & Irrigation and Chief Engineer of the Bahawalpur State.
According to Hassan’s CV posted on the website, he joined the London College of Fashion in 1986 and studied Art History and Architecture at Bourneville College of Art. He launched his first women’s wear collection in 1996 in London.