KARACHI: A police official was shot dead in an act of targeted killing in District Central on Friday. The martyred official, 37-year-old Shakir Ahmed, son of Shakeel Ahmed, was reportedly targeted by armed motorcyclists when he was on his way to a police station.
The incident took place near Landikotal Chowrangi within the limits of the Gulberg police station. According to the police, at least two armed men on a motorcycle targeted the victim when he was on his way to the Gulberg police station on a motorcycle. He was shot in his head at close range and died on the spot. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
A contingent of the law enforcers reached the site to collect evidence. Central SSP Irfan Baloch said the culprits who killed the policeman were professional target killers.
The deceased official was a member of the anti-street crime force of District Central. He was a resident of Orangi Town and was recruited in the police department in 2016 on the son quota as his father had also served in the police department. He was the eldest of six siblings and was the only breadwinner of his family.
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Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Inspector-General of Police Allah Dino Khawaja also took notice of the incident and sought reports. They also ordered the immediate arrest of the culprits behind the incident.
Funeral prayers for Shakir were offered at the Central Zone DIG's office which was also attended by the home minister, IG, Karachi AIG and other senior police officials. The home minister, on the occasion, expressed his condolence to the martyred official's family and assured them that the killers would be apprehended soon. Siyal also announced compensation for the family.
A case has been registered, while further investigations are under way.