Lawyer booked over murder of young man in Karachi

Police register FIR after the victim's family staged a protest against Khawaja Shamsul Islam on main thoroughfare


Our Correspondent March 27, 2019
Police register FIR after the victim's family staged a protest against Khawaja Shamsul Islam on main thoroughfare. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The Gizri Police registered an FIR against lawyer Khawaja Shamsul Islam following the killing of a man, identified as 23-year-old Zulfiqar Ali, by unidentified assailants near Ibrahim Masjid in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase IV on Wednesday.

The FIR was registered after the family members protested outside the Gizri Police Station with the body and later on moved their protest to Sunset Boulevard Road due to which the traffic flowing from main Korangi Road to Punjab Chowrangi on both the tracks remained suspended for more than two hours causing massive traffic jam.

Later in the evening, the Gizri police investigation in charge Chaudhry Amanat raided the residence of the accused lawyer at Khayaban-e-Shamsheer. However, the layer was not present but the police took the CCTV footage with them.

According to Gizri SHO, the deceased belonged to Umerkot and had been employed as a driver in Karachi. The deceased had been charged in an illegal weapons’ case in Civil Lines Police Station and was released a month ago on bail.

He was summoned for hearing at the city court and while he was returning home from the hearing, he was shot by unidentified assailants. Zulfiqar was in dispute with the accused lawyer, the SHO said, adding that as per the brother of the deceased, he had served as the driver for the lawyer who got him arrested using his influence.

The case against unidentified assailants was filed by Zulfiqar’s brother Muhammad Amin. Amin claimed that Zulfiqar was killed over personal enmity with the lawyer, who according to Amin, had given the orders of his murder.

“My brother was serving the lawyer as a driver for about two years,” Amin said, adding that the lawyer seized the identity card and driving license of Zulfiqar when he left the job and got him arrested in an illegal weapons case using his influence. When the firing incident took place, my brother was returning from hearing of the false case against him.

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