Award-winning filmmaker arrested for murder of banker in Clifton

Published: June 23, 2013

Mansoor Mujahid. PHOTO:PUBLICITY

KARACHI: 

Mansoor Mujahid, an award-winning filmmaker of Seedlings [Lamha] fame, was arrested on Saturday along with his friend for his alleged involvement in the murder of a former banker in Clifton.

The 33-year old victim, Faisal Nabi, had gone to Mujahid’s apartment three days ago along with a friend, M*, who later contacted Clifton police about the incident and led to the two arrests, said Clifton SHO Kansan Deen.

According to the SHO, Nabi was killed on the night between June 19 and June 20 at Mujahid’s flat, which is located on the third floor of building No. 4-C, Zamzama Lane II. Later, Muhajid allegedly tried to burn the body by throwing acid to prevent his identification. “The body was wrapped in a white cloth and then dumped outside Sun Rise Apartments in Clifton Block 2,” he said.

When M contacted the police, they raided the suspect’s house and arrested him along with a female friend, A*. They later recovered the body on the information they received from Mujahid.

“He [Mujahid] called his friend, Nabi, to his apartment for a party,” said investigation officer Inspector Saleem. “We have yet to ascertain what actually happened there but it is clear that the accused, Mujahid, had taken MDMA [ecstasy] pills and shot the victim twice in his head.” Saleem added that the murder weapon was a .22-bore imported pistol, which was recovered from Mujahid’s flat.

On the complaint of the victim’s brother-in-law, Nayal Khan, the police registered an FIR No. 192/2013 under section 302/34 for murder. This FIR nominated both Mujahid and A*. The police have also registered another FIR No. 192/2013 under section 13E A-1 against Mujahid for possessing an illegal weapon. “We have already registered two cases against Mujahid but we also have to add another section for attempting to hide the body after the murder,” said the investigation officer. “The investigations are nearly complete and now we only have to ascertain the actual motive.”

Nabi, father of two sons and a daughter, was currently unemployed but he used to work as a banker at HSBC Dubai and MCB Pakistan. Nabi’s brother-in-law was hopeful that the suspects will not be able to escape. Mujahid’s girlfriend and his mother are also accomplices as they helped him cover up the murder, said Amna Nabi, the deceased’s sister. “We don’t know the motive behind the murder but we are guessing that is was a matter of money,” she said.

Meanwhile, the police feel  they have done well. “We have solved the case within six hours,” said district South SSP Nasir Aftab. “Now, the investigators would produce him before a court on Monday.”

The police refused members of the media to meet the accused, who was being held at Clifton police station, saying it is against the law and it will compromise the case before it goes to the courts.

Promising filmmaker

Mujahid, who graduated from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology’s media sciences department in 2010, was a recent addition to the country’s new breed of filmmakers. With award-winning film Seedlings – whose Urdu title was ‘Lamha’ – to his credit, Mujahid has also been involved in making many cutting-edge documentaries, music videos and narrative works for television.

His colleagues and friends told The Express Tribune that he was not the kind of person to be involved in such a crime. “All these people were taking drugs and were not in their senses but Mujahid cannot have killed Nabi,” said a friend.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • A J Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:01AM

    Criminal will never change even if elevated to the top of the world.

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  • ManofSteel!
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:11AM

    ..so it’s not always the illiterates and fundamentalists; the rich and the “educated” famous go loose too #crazy

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  • Asjad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Yesterday I heard some TV channel explain this murder as “target killing” which is deemed to be political.

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  • Morbid Isolation
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:25PM

    First of all, seedlings was a horrible.film, directed horribly by a bunch of horrible.film.makers so.please enough of the sycophancy. Besides, the award they won was at some third tier film festival which is appropriate for the film as it is below average itself.

    Secondly, a man isn’t guilty until proven so let’s see how this unfolds

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  • hero
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:31PM

    We better make it the next shahzeb khan !

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  • Maria Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:31PM

    So this is our educated jahil class, who just watch western movies and think its a great fun to mix drinks and drugs……face the consequences now…ignorance of the drugs and drinks effects.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 1:40PM

    How terrible. It is another symptom of our downwards spiraling country. With economic and social issues, our people are turning to drugs to relax, and this lifestyle has consequences.

    Not that other societies aren’t turning to drugs either, but I know a lot of people who turn to stimulants because of personal worries.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 2:02PM

    I attended university with this guy, he was always helpful and mellow. Btw, why is his address stated so openly?

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  • Ahmed Umair
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:12PM

    I’ve doubts regarding this case …
    A case solved in six hours …. come on guys .. why am i forced to believe that investigation is being done by NYPD’s (New York Police Department) instead of SPD (Sindh Police Department).
    The accused has been titled with the term ” criminal ” even before any court proceedings..
    This M* guy knows everything… victims invitation for the party , the murder, and the accused knowing that M* knows everything was enjoying a weekend with his girl friend … who would believe that
    Media is not being allowed to meet him … possibly the ” chitrol ” program for a forced confession must be the answer to it …
    As the investigation officer said above ” We have yet to ascertain what actually happened” but still they are pretty damn sure that who killed who …
    Well it may be possible that the accused is the actual killer .. i only like to bring everyone’s attention to the fact that we know how justice is being taken care of in our society… we have to stay un-biased till the accused one is proven guilty

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  • Zeshan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:43PM

    I know this guy, he was my friend during university yrs, I have seen him in extreme situations, he couldnt kill a fly if he wanted to, there has to be other side to this story, and 6 hrs to solve a crime, our police like always is great at Hasty decisions

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  • Samia Shoaib
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:51PM

    I taught Mansoor at Szabist University in 2008 and found him to be disrespectful and deeply disturbed. I received several threats from him and consider myself fortunate to have escaped unscathed. He’s the only student I failed. Although he was capable of occasional civility, there was no question that he had a mood disorder and was abusing substances; something I alerted the administration to who failed to take any action. (I suspect because his parents had bought him an expensive camera he would loan to the other students — as well as the head of the Film department.) The moral of the story is the importance of taking mental health seriously – and that this society learn to stop pampering its sons.

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  • Gray
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:22PM

    I can say that he was not a nice person, just a quiet one and so this can be misconstrued as niceness but it is hard to believe that he would go to lengths of taking someone’s life. Also, for the past year or so, he and his girlfriend had gone on constant major drug binges and it had come to selling their personal belongings for drugs which would make them junkies. His apartment, his gun and Sunrise apartments are all connected to him. After all, he was the one who pointed out to the police where the body was. There is a fine line between appearance and reality, drugs (especially long constant binges) gradually eradicates this line lifting the curtain that for so long hid the difference between the person you know and the person he has become.

    It’s sad that lives have been destroyed by this unnatural event, may the victims of this heinous crime have the courage to endure and the belligerents seek forgiveness and find peace.

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  • Zephyrr
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @Ahmed Umair:
    By the way, M* is a woman. She was there, it has been corroborated by the victim’s wife. M* ran and called the police because she had come to the ‘party’ with the victim and the accused was too hopped up on pills to act swiftly and know what to do. This is why he made a mess of the whole crime. He showed the police where he threw the body. One must remember he is not a hardened criminal, just a junkie who needed his next fix. This crime is a typical feud between junkies, possibly over money or a scam of some sort. The victim, M* and the two accused were all hooked on chemicals and this was all a disaster waiting to happen. For further information, watch trainspotting.

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  • Rana Amjad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Terrible & sad!

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  • Noor ul Amin
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:47PM

    Samia Shoaib should not do it like this. tThat was your personality Clash.

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  • Batool Haider
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:21PM

    I’ve met this guy a couple of times, not sure what made him do all this..but the Victim was a great friend, I’ve known him for the past 8-9 months and used idolize him as my elder brother..He shall be placed in highest grades of heaven. Mansoor should pay for his sins..he shouldnt have tortured the body after killing atleast..what psychopath he is!!! May Allah bless Faisal’s soul in peace. Ameen.

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  • Anisa Shaikh
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:54PM

    I agree about the address. It is not very responsible reporting to display someones home address this way. Especially considering that the case has not yet gone to trial.

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  • Zania Bhutto
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Nice to see Pakistanis have decided that Mansoor is guilty before all evidence has been presented. This is typical of Pakistani mentality to use personal feelings to declare someone guilty before they are allowed to prove their innocence.

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  • Zania Bhutto
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Nice to see Pakistanis have decided that Mansoor is guilty before all evidence has been presented. This is typical of Pakistani mentality to use personal feelings to declare someone guilty before they are allowed to prove their innocence.Recommend

  • Shocked
    Jun 24, 2013 - 12:50AM

    I have met him a few times, and I always thought he was a genius, very talented, very hard working with strong a strong work ethic. I personally do not think he is capable of murder, but then again, I did not know him that well. However, the facts do not seem to add up. As I said, he was a smart guy, and even half wits do not keep in possession an unlicensed weapon if they have recently killed someone you know. But if he was under the influence of heavy drugs, which he has a reputation for.. then you really never know. Hope he’s innocent, and I agree with the sane people who have commented.. Let’s not jump to conclusions. Remember, innocent until proven guilty. Cheers!

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  • Dara Shaikh
    Jun 24, 2013 - 12:53AM

    I have just come from the Ghizri graveyard for the burial of young Faisal Nabi. His father Sajid is an old friend.
    It was heartbreaking to see Sajid and Faisal’s little boy at graveside.
    May his soul rest in peace. Ameen

    Dara

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  • Samia Shoaib
    Jun 24, 2013 - 2:31AM

    @Noor ul Amin: If “personality clash” is a euphemism for a female professor being threatened by a mature male student then yes, that’s precisely what happened. Perhaps if my concerns had been taken seriously, Faisal Nabi would be alive today. Denialistan is a dangerous place.

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  • Alex Shaw
    Jun 24, 2013 - 3:01AM

    I’ve been with NYPD for over two decades and as per my knowledge this particular case was supervised by officer who taught counter terrorism to NYPD rookies & Lieutenants from Intel Div. Being of Asian origin I can surely say that the officers from SPD were no less or at times better than most of ours. Kindly learn to respect and trust officers who lay their lives to serve and protect our lives. Not all feathers in the cap are of same size.

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  • someone
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:55AM

    This is a Bollywood conspiracy. They don’t want the talented people to produce good movies in Pakistan and eventually revive the Pakistan film industry.There is definitely a “foreign” hand which needs to be investigated at a very high level.

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  • @Alex Shaw
    Jun 24, 2013 - 8:20AM

    A needle in a haystack will not restore faith in the Pakistani police force. If you have been serving in the NYPD then you are entirely disconnected in terms of what goes on here. This particular case may have been handled by someone that is reliable while under the spotlight,according to you, however, going back to what you said, not all feathers in the cap are of the same size.

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  • Dara Shaikh
    Jun 24, 2013 - 11:44AM

    @Anisa Shaikh:

    Hi Anisa I just read your comment and quite agree with your point. re:address.
    Keep in touch.
    Love
    Dara chacha

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  • Jun 24, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Mansoor Mujahid has already confessed to the crime and told the police where he dumped the body after he shot the victim twice and then tried to burn it with acid. He is GUILTY !

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  • Sid
    Jun 24, 2013 - 2:24PM

    @zania Bhutto: You should know this that the accused, Mansoor, has CONFESSED to the killing.
    He was the one who led the police to the body so there shouldn’t even be a question of whether or not he’s guilty.
    The man is a psycho. Not only did he murder him but he dismembered his body and burned it. Only a deranged person can commit such a heinous act.
    I hope Faisal’s family gets justice.

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  • Sheikh Ali Tariq
    Jun 24, 2013 - 4:04PM

    I remember vividly reading a newspaper article sometime back which referred to an interview by a psychologist/consultant; he estimated that there are some 10 million (1 crore) alcoholics/drug addicts in Pakistan. He also said that some of the leading businessmen, generals, politicians, religious personalities were his clients and in some cases whole families were being treated for addiction.

    My point is when we see such stories why is there so much surprise? Aren’t we aware of a friend, a family member or a someone in our building or colony or country who takes bribe, drinks, takes drugs and so on.

    We are all part of this and anyone who thinks he can live behind a wall (Malir Cantt) or go to Holy Land (KSA) and live a peaceful life needs to wake up and soon

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  • Azhar S Usmani
    Jun 24, 2013 - 6:21PM

    @Ahmed Umair:
    M is not a guy and she herself reported the incident to police and she was also present at Mujahid’s flat at the time of incident. A lone eyewitness. Lets see how all this unfolds.

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  • Zania Bhutto
    Jun 24, 2013 - 7:42PM

    So what now everyone is a legal scholar? I take it EVERONE who believes he is GUILTY was present when he confessed! We know that Mansoor’s confession could have been taken under pressure, to trust Police officals any credit is ludicrous! They are what one would assume a kangaroo court police force in a banana republic. If you believe what has been reported then you are in a gullible state of mind

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  • Hasan
    Jun 25, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Have known Mansur for the last 6-7 years, he was also a colleague at SZABIST. A talented filmmaker and artist, he’s not the type of person capable of killing anyone intentionally or unintentionally. He may not have had good company, but Munsur is a very gentle non-agressive person. I doubt if he even owned a gun. People should not be judgemental before all evidence and facts have been reviewed. People are not asking the right questions and jumping to conclusions. Was due process followed during the investigation? Is the victim subjected to external pressures? would anyone else at the party have motive to killing this person? Additionally, printing the names and addresses of those involved in the case without written consent may be against the law. The paper could be subject to libel and damages.Recommend

  • Beatle
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:03PM

    Well just see the video of Mansoor confession and HE clearly states killing .. what more do u need

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  • Osama Hamza
    Jun 26, 2013 - 3:46AM

    @ET and other seculars,

    don’t you think it’s about time that the masses start listening to the maulvis for once and not indulge in these lifestyles? alchohol, drugs, parties etc… what happened in the end? lives destroyed…

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  • Aqeel Haider
    Jun 26, 2013 - 4:38PM

    It is sad news that this came to pass with Faisal. Factually you need to correct a few things. Faisal was not 33 he was 37. We were in school together and his sister Amna was part of my class of 1993 that graduated from beaconhouse.

    I remember fondly of Faisal as always a go to type of guy. He was certainly no scholar but he did always stand by his friends and was always the type that would be caught bunking classes. However he never was snitch and as such we all respected him. In the circle of friends he will be fondly remembered.

    May allah bless his soul and grant his family peace during this difficult time.

    Aqeel Haider

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  • Usman Khalid
    Jun 26, 2013 - 9:03PM

    Agreed!Recommend

  • Usman Khalid
    Jun 26, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Shocked!

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  • Mukhtar
    Jun 28, 2013 - 12:14AM

    Very sad.

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  • nida quli
    Jul 5, 2013 - 12:55AM

    @Sheikh Ali Tariq:
    I could not agree more….if you have any ideas, or no of someone who does, let me know….I would love to be a part of a eradicating drugs movement…..ENUF IS ENUF! This is a serious problem not only in our country but world over and we neeed to take it as such.

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  • amina ali khan
    Jul 6, 2013 - 8:46PM

    The whole incident is very scarry…..it just didnt destroy one life but lives.drugs are surely to be blamed which can turn any sane person insane…..still deciding to take the drugs is ones own fault.this society of ours has more garbage dumped under the carpet than we actually think.hope we all learn a lesson rather than judging others.no one is a murderer till they commit one and if one doesnt learn from one bad incident than a worse one is waiting for them thats triggered by series of our foolish mistakes.Recommend

  • Top Hat
    Jul 12, 2013 - 6:01AM

    All of them should be hanged. If one killed them… Others helped them cover up.

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