No clues have emerged as yet in the killing of a naval officer in Karachi.
Lt Commander Nasir Nafees, 38, and his friend Dost Mohammad were shot dead in Sector 11-B, North Karachi on the first day of the Eid holidays.
According to Pakistan Navy DG Public Relations Irfanul Haq, Nafees was posted at the PNS Dockyard. He had travelled to North Karachi to visit his mother on Eid.
Naval officials are also making inquiries into the killing.
There were unconfirmed reports that the victims were killed because they were caught in the crossfire between two groups. However, witnesses and the police confirmed that the incident was an act of target killing. Witnesses said that two armed men on a motorcycle already present at the scene were the alleged perpetrators. According to witnesses, the suspects shot both men as they left the Noorul Islam mosque after offering Zuhr prayers and fled. Nafees died instantly and his friend, Dost Mohammad, was wounded. He succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
Hospital sources said that both victims were shot once at close range. Nafees took a bullet to his head, while Dost Mohammad suffered chest injuries.
Police officials said that the gunmen used a nine mm pistol and found empty shells from the crime scene, which have been sent to the laboratory for forensic tests. However, officials were unable to ascertain who the men’s real target was, or the motive. District Central SSP Asim Qaimkhani has announced a reward of Rs1 million on behalf of the provincial government for information about the culprits and has assured that the informants’ names will be kept secret.
SHO Changaiz Khan told The Express Tribune that the police was also trying to develop sketches of the culprits with the help of witnesses but said that, at present, no witness was ready to cooperate with the police. Khan said that the FIR No 448/11 under Section 302/34 of the PPC has been registered on behalf of Nafees’ brother, Yawer.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.