Karachi: Shia scholar gunned down
KARACHI: A 48-year-old man was gunned down in Mehmoodabad on Monday apparently for sectarian reasons in a fourth such incident in recent weeks, fuelling security fears among people just a week before Muharram.
Syed Liaquat Hussain Nayyar Zaidi, the founding president of Pasban-e-Aza, was targeted while he along with his nephew was waiting in his car at the Chanesar Halt level crossing, the Police said.
While police investigators were certain that the victim was targeted by at least two motorcyclists, the officials were also weighing up accounts of some eyewitness who claimed to have seen two other motorcyclists giving a security cover to the attackers.
“Mr Zaidi left home in Mehmoodabad No 4 with his sister and nephew in his car,” said SSP Amir Farooqi of Jamshed Town.
“He dropped his sister at Mehmoodabad No 3, bought some stuff from a nearby shop and drove to his destination with the nephew before finding the level crossing closed at the Chanesar Halt for a train to go past.”
As he was waiting inside the car, one of the two attackers who was riding pillion walked to him, pulled out a sub-machine gun concealed under his jacket and fired a couple of shots at Mr Zaidi.
“He was hit by a single bullet in the head and he died on the spot. His nephew, however, remained unhurt. The witnesses said as the firer was executing his job, his aide also fired multiple shots from his TT pistol in the air apparently to disperse onlookers so that they could escape without hindrance,” added SSP Farooqi.
He said that sectarian reasons appeared to be the only motive behind this killing.
The Police registered an FIR (1327/2010) for the killing under Sections 302 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code against unidentified suspects.