Vocal rights activist shot dead in Karachi

Published: May 8, 2016
Zaki succumbed to the multiple bullet injuries during the course of treatment. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Zaki succumbed to the multiple bullet injuries during the course of treatment. PHOTO: EXPRESS


Gunmen shot dead rights activist and blogger Khurram Zaki in North Karachi Saturday night. Zaki was killed when he and his friend Khalid Rao were having tea at a roadside stall in Sector 11-B of North Karachi. “Two gunmen riding a motorcycle pulled up near the stall and opened indiscriminate fire at the pair,” said a witness, Fahad. “It happened in the twinkling of an eye – and the attackers fled the scene unidentified and unchallenged.”

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Zaki, his friend Rao and another man, identified as Jahanzeb Aslam, were critically wounded. They were driven to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where medics referred them to the Aga Khan University Hospital. Zaki succumbed to the multiple bullet injuries during the course of treatment, while medics were trying to save Rao’s life.

Police reached the crime scene and collected forensic evidence. “We have recovered around 19 empty cartridges,” SHO Muhammad Iftikhar of Sir Syed police station told The Express Tribune. He refused to speculate on the possible motives behind the murder.  Zakir was a vocal critic of extremist elements. He had spearheaded a campaign against Maulana Abdul Aziz, the cleric of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, when he refused to condemn the Dec 2014 Peshawar school carnage.

Civil society activist Khurram Zaki shot dead in Karachi

An editor for the blog, ‘Let Us Build Pakistan’ and former television journalist, Zaki had also been campaigning against sectarian violence.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2016.

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  • Rahul
    May 8, 2016 - 10:00AM

    RIP Khurram Zaki but I’m sorry to say that you will soon be forgotten by the “resilient” Pakistani quam.Recommend

  • Logitech
    May 8, 2016 - 11:10AM

    A few shots in the dark, now Zaki’s dead.. Recommend

    May 8, 2016 - 11:15AM

    Life of karachites is cheap…..they are killed in tea stalls or taken from their homes and after interrogation meet the same fate…….May Allah guide us all…..Only way forward is to let karachi be managed by its local representatives…….but that is not going to be done by the powers to be……Hence, this mayhem will continue…..Recommend

  • Last Man Alive
    May 8, 2016 - 12:02PM

    Maulana Abdul Aziz is being nurtured for some more senanigan games by the Establishment I presumeRecommend

  • Sonya
    May 8, 2016 - 12:14PM

    May God help people get rid of Saudi proxies and silent establishment in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Syed brother
    May 8, 2016 - 12:34PM

    Khurram Zaki was the bravest person I have known in recent times. Recommend

  • lkhan
    May 8, 2016 - 1:16PM

    An extremely sad day for Pakistan. Words fail me. Heart broken for his family, loved ones. What a brave man, knowing the risk he was putting his life in, yet how he took up the cause of minorities. Will always be present in mind and heart. RIP Zaki.Recommend

  • May 8, 2016 - 3:01PM

    For the love of God, fix Pakistan, before its in a state that can’t be fixed!!!
    We need to rise above petty political differences.Recommend

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