Imambargah chief injured in Rawalpindi firing incident

Published: January 8, 2014
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Imrani was returning to his house in Iqbal Town when he was attacked by unidentified armed men. PHOTO: FILE

Imrani was returning to his house in Iqbal Town when he was attacked by unidentified armed men. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: In what appears to be yet another sectarian incident in the garrison city in a span of three weeks, a religious leader was attacked by unidentified assailants on Wednesday, police said.

Nazir Hussain Imrani, imam of Qasr-e-Sajjad Imambargah, Iqbal Town, who is also a schoolteacher, was attacked by two unidentified assailants in Dhoke Kashmirian on Wednesday morning.

Police said Imrani was returning home on a motorbike after dropping his daughter off at school. When he reached Dhoke Kashmirian, two unidentified assailants riding a motorbike fired a volley of bullets at him and fled from the scene.

Rescue 1122 took Imrani to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH).

“It’s too early to say anything about the motive behind the killing, but in my opinion it seems like a sectarian attack,” said Sadiqabad Station House Officer Malik Allah Yar.

Speaking to The Express Tribune at BBH, Raja Zawar, a close relative of Imrani said they “collected 11 bullet casings from the crime scene, of which I think three to four bullets hit Imrani”.

Quoting the doctors, SHO Allah Yar said that Imrani had been shot in the chest and face and was in critical condition. A police contingent was deployed at the hospital to avoid any untoward incident.

The police said Imrani, 50, was the imam of Qasr-e-Sajjad Imambargah and was also a teacher at Government Jamia High School.

The Sadiqabad police registered an FIR of the incident against two unidentified assailants on the complaint of the imambargah’s caretaker.

Earlier, on December 31, four unknown assailants killed three police constables deputed outside Imambargah Qasr-e-Shabeer in the limits of Race Course Police Station.

Later, on December 17, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of Asna Ashari Imambargah in the heavily-guarded Gracy Lane area, killing four including two police officials.

Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi chapter of the Punjab Teachers Association held a meeting at Jamia High School to condemn the attack.

“We demand immediate arrest of the attackers, failing which we will boycott our classes,” said the association’s General Secretary Azmat Abbasi.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Blunt
    Jan 8, 2014 - 9:57AM

    Just a matter of time how this murder will be linked with sectarian violence, massacre and what not.

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  • Sher
    Jan 8, 2014 - 10:57AM

    Jis Dees may teachers ,Students and Nimazi sar-e-Aam qataal hoo rhy hoon ,wo Mashara ,wo Mulk , wo society kesy Tarqeee kry gee. Baygairiat Qatil sharm Khour Awwam. RiP to professor seb.

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  • AlChemist
    Jan 8, 2014 - 11:05AM

    In this country, only name is enough to explain the whole story.

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  • Saad
    Jan 8, 2014 - 11:21AM

    must be a liberal anti taliban professor. may he RIP

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  • Khurram
    Jan 8, 2014 - 11:40AM

    Seems another sectarian killing..when these barbarians will understand the lesson of live and let others live

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  • powvow
    Jan 8, 2014 - 12:56PM

    It was the friendly Taliban who did it.. Let’s sit and talk with them.

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  • Osama
    Jan 8, 2014 - 1:53PM

    He was a Khateeb in Imam Bargah….

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  • wizarat
    Jan 8, 2014 - 1:59PM

    @Blunt:
    Are you being sarcastic or are you just dense?

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  • wizarat
    Jan 8, 2014 - 2:02PM

    Keep killing the teachers, May Allah help Pakistan where teachers and Doctors are routinely killed and we accept this????

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  • Jibran
    Jan 8, 2014 - 6:25PM

    Giving Law Ministry to Rana Sanaullah is like putting vultures to guard meat.

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  • Aamir
    Jan 8, 2014 - 7:00PM

    @Blunt: What do you think it is?

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  • Serious
    Jan 8, 2014 - 7:37PM

    Must be some Sunni fanatics . This is very serious matter .Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jan 9, 2014 - 12:17AM

    It is a fact that these victims are usually educated cream of smaller sects and never a rightwing religious political leader. Every enlightened, honest upright man is going to be silenced by the known fanatic terrorist organization. During the last 3 days dozens of children, women, and Shia intellectuals have been killed and there is not much outrage in the country. Only yesterday half a dozen people were beheaded for the crime of being at a saint’s shrine in Karachi. If a single high value TTP leader would have been killed by a drone there would be strong resentment, protests and outrage.
    Targeted killings by drones of a few hundred known terrorists is reason for outrage. The killings of tens of thousands of innocent Pakistanis is no reason to go out on the street and show the anger. It is not surprising the ethnic cleansing of Shia and minorities is going on uninterrupted.

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