Gunned down: Man, daughter killed in Khuda ki Basti

The family was sitting outside their residence when unidentified men opened fire.

Our Correspondent August 11, 2014


A 60-year-old man and his daughter who were shot dead on Sunday night were laid to rest by the family on Monday.

Syed Kazim Shah was sitting outside his residence with his daughter and other family members in Khuda ki Basti when unidentified men opened fire at them within the limits of the Surjani Town police station. His 24-year-old daughter Neha died on the spot. His wife Naeema, 50, and youngest daughter Rida, 10, were also injured in the attack.

The family was sitting outside their house as there was no electricity in the area when two men on a motorcycle shot at them.

Shah and Neha were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital while Naeema and Rida were taken to Aga Khan University Hospital where they are still under treatment. Doctors said that the mother and daughter are out of danger.

Shah's eldest son was not at home when the incident took place. While talking to The Express Tribune, he said that they had a generator but his family was sitting outside the house out of habit. "The neighbourhood has become a no-go area for us," he said. "We only have one choice now and that is to leave the area."

Neha and her father's funeral prayers were offered at an imambargah in Ancholi Society and they were buried at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.

Shah was the caretaker of the Dar-e-Batool Imambargah which is located near the Shah family residence. He was also a permit holder of the Muharram procession in the area.

The police believe the attack on Shah had sectarian motives behind it. SHO Bashir Waddo said it was a serious matter and we are taking action against it. No case was registered till the filing of this report. The police said that they were waiting for the family to register a case.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2014.