Karachi: 2 religious activists shot dead
KARACHI: Two students and activists of the Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jamaat were gunned down on Monday in a fresh target killing incident apparently executed on sectarian grounds, investigators and ASWJ sources said.
The police said Abul Hashim and Zubair Ateeq, both in their early 20s, left a religious gathering held in Bandhani Colony, a middle-class neighbourhood along Sir Shah Muhammad Suleman Road, on a motorbike in the early hours of the day.
“When their motorbike, bearing registration number KEC 3427, reached near the Liaquatabad Underpass, two men on another motorbike emerged there and intercepted them,” said Sub-Inspector Aslam Khan, the SHO of the Liaqutabad Police Station. “One of the riders got off the two-wheeler and fired at the two youngsters.”
They died on the spot and the attackers fled the scene in a flash, he said, adding that the bodies were later moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
“Abul Hashim was hit by three bullets each in the head, chest and the face, and his friend sustained wounds in the head and the face. The victims were residents of Surjani Town and had come here to attend a Seerat conference,” added the SHO.
The Liaquatabad police registered an FIR (40/2011) under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code against unidentified suspects on a complaint of the brother of one of the victims.