Religious scholar among 8 killed in Karachi
KARACHI: A well-known religious scholar was shot dead in the city on Sunday in the ongoing wave of targeted violence which also claimed seven other lives on the same day. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car of Maulana Aslam Shaikhupuri, 45, near the Rangoonwala Hall in Bahadurabad on Sunday afternoon, injuring the Maulana, his driver, Safreen, and his two guards. The SHO of the New Town Police Station, Inam, told The News that a police team rushed to the spot of the crime soon after getting information about the tragic incident and found Maulana Shaikhupuri and his driver, besides two guards, lying injured in the car.
The police, with the help of the rescue teams, immediately moved the injured to the Aga Khan University Hospital where Maulana Shaikhupuri and his driver died while his two guards, Najamuddin and Wazir Ali, survived.
The SHO added that the police, after cordoning off the scene of the crime, summoned forensic experts to inspect the scene.
The police also collected bullet shells and samples of blood and later shifted the bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for postmortems. Police termed the assassination of Maulana Shaikhupuri as part of the ongoing incidents of sectarian killings in the city.
They said that the Maulana had been a Mohtamim of the Masjid–i–Tawabeen in Gulshan-i-Maymar and a member of the Jamia Binoria. He resided in Gulshan–e–Maymar.
Police said the Maulana had gone to the Al–Quran Courses Centre in Bahadurabad on Sunday afternoon where he was the chief guest and spoke on the topic “Musalmanon Kay Zawal Say Dunya Ko Kia Nuqsan Pohuncha? (How did the world suffer due to the fall of Muslim rule?)”