KARACHI: Unidentified assailants gunned down rights activist Khurram Zaki in Karachi on Saturday night.
Zaki along with friend Khalid Rao were sitting at a tea shop in Sector 11-B, North Karachi when gunmen opened fire.
“Two armed men riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on them [victims],” said a witness. “The job was done within a few seconds.”
The victims were shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital where Zaki passed away whereas Rao was said to be in a critical condition.
Police reached the site and initiated an investigation.
“We recovered as many as 19 empty pistol shells,” said Sir Syed police station SHO Muhammad Iftikhar.
Head of Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Allama Nasir Abbas, in a statement, condemned the attack.
Zaki was vocal against extremist elements – started a campaign against Maulana Abdul Aziz when the latter refused to condemn the December 2014 Peshawar attack.
An editor for the blog, ‘Let Us Build Pakistan’ and a former television journalist; he had been actively campaigning against sectarian violence as well.
The blog was recently blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for viewers in the country.