Civil society activist Khurram Zaki shot dead in Karachi

Published: May 8, 2016
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Police picked up Khurram Zaki while he was protesting outside Lal Masjid last year. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Police picked up Khurram Zaki while he was protesting outside Lal Masjid last year. PHOTO: EXPRESS

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.

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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.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Khilari
    May 8, 2016 - 12:17AM

    ‘No sane person should live in Pakistan,’ this seem to be the motto of terrorists.Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 8, 2016 - 1:18AM

    ……….and still the government and the establishment mollycoddles Abdul Aziz and his like……..WHY ?Recommend

  • Atif Aleem
    May 8, 2016 - 2:37AM

    There are still many in this country who insist on taking a fresh breath, who don’t think like we do and who deserve to be perished. Well, another gone…God job….”Next please!”Recommend

  • Saleem
    May 8, 2016 - 2:38AM

    The man was vocal against sectarian violence and extremism. Prolice should look at Abdul Aziz gang for this murder.Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    May 8, 2016 - 2:38AM

    Only a fool would believe that the king of lal masjid does not have the support of the state. Pakistan has become the most dangerous country in the world for Muslims.Recommend

  • May 8, 2016 - 2:52AM

    Security is a challenge for Pakistan. In this situation nobody will invest in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Atif Aleem
    May 8, 2016 - 3:14AM

    When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.Recommend

  • Shah
    May 8, 2016 - 5:36AM

    Brace yourself. This is the fate of all of you. Give up your Arab ways!!!!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    May 8, 2016 - 8:15AM

    @Shah:
    You’re right ! I will immediately enrol in a school in Hicksville USA and hope no nutjob runs amok…Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 8, 2016 - 8:32AM

    I hate to say this but Jinnah wanted a country for Muslims so that they can be safe from Hindus. But here Muslims are killing Muslims in Pakistan. Is this better or worse than being in India where Muslims have been made presidents of the country in the past. Barring a few incidents of violence Muslims are living peacefully in India and their population is increasing day by day.
    RIP Khurram Zaki and sorry to say but you’ll be soon forgotten by the “resilient” Pakistani quam.Recommend

  • muhammad shoaib
    May 8, 2016 - 10:54AM

    He was abusing sunnis on his face book page and website LUBP . Is this is right activist. Recommend

  • barius
    May 8, 2016 - 11:18AM

    I feel nothing but pity for those who have been deceived by violent and selfish men. The children who kill today, will either die the death of a coward or grow old enough to regret the evil they commit today.Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    May 9, 2016 - 1:20AM

    This cold-blooded murder is highly condemnable but having read some of the post of KZ on FB and twitter, I believe HR activists should show great deal of responsibility and avoid hate speech. KZ clearly used to target a certain sect and used to unnecessarily criticize Pak Army as well. Having said that, no one has the right to take any one’s life no matter how much you oppose one’s views.

    May his sould rest in peace!Recommend

  • jayant
    May 9, 2016 - 1:27PM

    Pakistan has become the graveyard of the innocents ! RIP the idea of Pakistan ! Recommend

  • Lord
    May 9, 2016 - 6:56PM

    @muhammad shoaib:
    If you go through his posts. He never targeted ahl e sunnat specifically. he was against militancy and extremism present in specific school of thought within ahl e sunnat. He never targeted any belief. Recommend

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