Deadly argument: Man killed over parking dispute

Officials say this is the third murder reported from the same area within two days

Arsalan Altaf May 25, 2018

ISLAMABAD: A motorist was gunned down on Thursday, allegedly by a shopkeeper over a parking dispute, near the Khanna Pul.

Sadiqbad police officials said that 35-year-old Altaf Hussain — a resident of Kotha Kalan neighbourhood of the garrison city of Rawalpindi — had stopped at a mosque to offer his afternoon, Asr prayers, and parked his car near the mosque.

However, a shopkeeper objected to the car being parked in front of his store. The dispute soon descended into an altercation and ended with Hussain being allegedly shot by the shopkeeper.

Rescue officials said that when they reached the spot, the victim was already dead. This is the third homicide case reported from the same area in less than 48 hours.

Man gunned down over parking issue in Islamabad

Earlier on Wednesday, the Khanna police had recovered the body of 17-year-old Zeeshan, who had been allegedly kidnapped in Sadiqbad area before being allegedly murdered and dumped in a well near Dhok Kala Khan within the remits of the Khanna police. A case for kidnapping had been registered at Sadiqabad police station when the teenager had first gone missing a few days ago.

There were conflicting reports whether he had been killed for ransom or if he had killed by one of his teenaged friends after the two quarrelled over some issue.

The Khanna police said they had arrested a suspect who had confessed to stabbing Zeeshan to death and then dumping his body in a well.

Later on Wednesday evening, a man was killed while four others were injured in a clash between two groups in Bilal Town within the remits of Khanna police. Police said a fight amongst some kids escalated into an exchange of fire between two armed groups.

The deceased was identified as Rashid Khan. Khanna police said they had arrested two of the suspects and booked them for murder and rioting. 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2018.

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