KARACHI: Lawyer Mubarak Ali Kazmi was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday as violence in different parts of the city claimed four lives including that of a woman.
Kazmi, son of Mustafa Haider Kazmi and son-in-law of renowned scholar Allama Talib Jauhri, was shot dead in Block 13-D in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, within the limits of the Aziz Bhatti police station.
The deceased was on his way to home, when at least four armed men riding on two motorcycles targeted him.
“While going home, he had stopped his car to buy mangoes. Moments after he bought the mangoes and restarted his car, armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at him,” says Aziz Bhatti DSP Nasir Lodhi.
“Armed assailants were already following him and targeted him with proper planning,” DSP Lodhi added. He was shot at least four times and died on the spot. His body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy.
Police officials hinted that he could have been targeted for his sect, adding that Kazmi belonged to the Shia community. Further investigation are underway.
DSP Lodhi further claimed that an encounter with Kazmi’s assailants also took place, in which one of the assailants was injured. However, they managed to escape.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah condemned the killing. He directed the Inspector General Sindh Police to arrest the culprits involved in the murder, Radio Pakistan reported.
In a separate incident, Huma, 45, was killed and her husband Bilal, 55, and son Hussain, 24, were wounded when armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at their Toyota Corolla car in the Kareemabad locality within the limits of the Azizabad police station.
The woman died on the spot, while her husband and son were admitted in the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors described their condition as out of danger.
DSP Saleem Akhtar Siddiqui said that the victims belong to the Shia community, and were returning to their home in Nazimabad after visiting someone in Gulshan-e-Maymar when armed motorcyclists targeted them. Authorities believe that the attack was motivated by sectarian differences.
Further investigations into the attack are underway.
Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslieem (MWM) leader Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri condemned the incidents of target killings, and said that since Ramazan had begun, 15 people belonging to the Shia community had been killed in Karachi.
He lamented that law enforcement agencies (LEAs) had failed to arrest the culprits responsible for the latest wave of sectarian violence. He demanded the government and LEAs to crackdown on militant outfits, and demanded religious seminaries to avoid sectarian killings in Karachi.
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