Maulana Adil’s killing an ‘Indian attempt’ to fan sectarian conflict: PM

Ulema from all sects must ensure people do not fall prey to nefarious Indian design, says premier


News Desk October 10, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

While condemning the killing of prominent scholar Maulana Adil Khan in Karachi, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that for the last three months, India has been attempting to target religious scholars from both Sunni and Shia sects to create sectarian conflict across the country.

Maulana Adil Khan, along with his driver, was gunned down in Shah Faisal Colony. The slain scholar was associated with Jamia Farooqia, a university of Islamic studies.

According to Express News, unidentified assailants on a motorbike opened fire on Maulana Adil’s car, which resulted in the death of the cleric and his driver, identified as Maqsood, on the spot.

The bodies were shifted to a private hospital whose spokesperson Dr Anjum Rizvi said the cleric had suffered two bullet wounds.

"Condemnable targeted killing of Maulana Adil of Jamia Farooqia in Karachi this evening. My govt has known & I have repeatedly stated this on TV, since last 3 months India's attempts to target kill Aalims from Sunni & Shia sects to create sectarian conflict across the country," the premier wrote on his official Twitter handle hours after the tragic incident.

He said that the government has prevented a number of such attempts pre-emptively in last few months.

"Our intelligence orgs & law enforcement agencies will nab culprits of this murder also. Our ulema from all sects must ensure people do not fall prey to this nefarious Indian design to destabilise Pak," PM Imran said in another tweet.

People from all walks of life including politicians, religious scholars, celebrities and other condemned the killing, terming it an attempt to disrupt law and order of the city, which has a bloody history of sectarian conflicts.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah taking notice of the incident, directed police officials to ensure the arrest of culprits at the earliest.

He said that some miscreants were trying to sabotage the law and order of the provincial capital.Meanwhile, Sindh police chief Mushtaq Mehr has submitted a preliminary report of the incident to the chief minister.

According to the report, a double cabin car stopped near a Shama Shopping Centre situated in Shah Faisal area for shopping when two armed motorcyclists targeted the vehicle and fled the crime scene unchallenged.

However, Maulana’s aide Umair who went for the shopping remained unhurt in the attack.

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