ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police on Tuesday registered a murder case against unidentified persons over the killing of a local Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) leader.
Idrees Kashmiri, a central leader of the party, along with a prayer leader at Jamia Masjid Al Hussain, were killed in the jurisdiction of Lohi Bher Police Station.
The victims were heading towards the mosque on Shalimar road near Soan Garden when two unidentified men on a motorcycle shot him dead.
The case was registered on the complaint of ASWJ spokesperson Ghulam Mustafa Baloch, according to Lohi Bher SHO Fiaz Tanoli.
The officer said that Kashmiri had been shot four times with a 9mm pistol --- twice in the head and twice in the back. He said there was no eyewitness.
Kahmiri’s funeral prayers were offered at Aabpara Chowk on Tuesday, disturbing traffic around the busy market area.
Later, his body was shifted to his hometown in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Local ASWJ activists protested against the killing.
A local leader claimed that the deceased had received life threats and had submitted an application requesting protection to the Lohi Bher police protection. The police denied receiving any such request.
This was the second target killing of a local ASWJ leader this year.
In February, Mazhar Siddiqui, the ASWJ Rawalpindi chapter spokesperson, was shot dead in the capital’s outskirts.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2015.
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