KARACHI: The police arrested a doctor on Sunday for the alleged murder of the 36-year-old doorman of Pizza Hut in Hijrat Colony. The doorman, Ansar, was a well recognised face at the restaurant by patrons.
The victim and his nephew, Shehzad, were coming home from the city courts after a meeting with the magistrate on Saturday evening. Two motorcyclists opened fire at them and Ansar was critically injured. The people who attacked Shehzad were traveling on a Honda-125 motorcycle. Both of them were wearing white shalwar kameez. One was clean shaved while one was wearing a helmet and his features could not be ascertained.
Ansar was taken to Jinnah hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night. According to the SHO Fawad Ahmed, the victim was shot thrice with a 9mm pistol. Shehzad registered a case with the police against a doctor Abdul Qayyum and his wife Shaheen. According to Shehzad, he had an old dispute with Dr Qayyum’s family who runs a private clinic in Hijrat Colony.
The police believe that the real target may have been the nephew, Shehzad, and not his uncle. Ahmed said that it looked like the murder took place over a personal enmity but he cannot be sure till the investigation is over. Dr Qayyum was arrested while the police are still looking for his wife, said Ahmed. They are trying to do a background check on the doctor and if he has a degree for practicing medicine, he added.
The victim had 4 brothers and 2 sisters. The three brothers are all in the police force.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2011.
Correction: Due to a typographical error, the last paragraph of the story had misspelled ‘brothers’ as ‘bothers’. The error has been fixed.