KARACHI - A noted cleric of a local madrassa and his two guards were gunned down in Karachi, while unidentified assailants shot dead a leading religious figure and provincial executive committee member of the JUI-F in Lakki Marwat early on Sunday morning.
Maulana Aslam Sheikhupuri and his two guards were gunned down by unidentified assailants in a drive-by shooting in Karachi’s Bahadurabad area, raising the death toll in the city to nine in 24 hours of violence, officials said. Police said the incident took place near Rangoonwala Hall in Dhuraji area within the remits of Bahadurabad police station.
Officials said four men on two motorbikes intercepted a car carrying Sheikhupuri and his four guards, and opened indiscriminate fire at it from both sides. “All of them sustained bullet injuries and were immediately shifted to Jinnah hospital where Maulana Aslam and two of his guards succumbed to their injuries, while another wounded man is being given medical treatment,” a police officer told reporters.
In the other incident in Khyber Agency, Maulana Mohsin Shah, a leading religious figure and provincial executive committee member of the JUI-F was shot dead by unidentified men inside a madrassa he used to run in Pezu area of Lakki Marwat. JUI-F Provincial Information Secretary Abdul Jalil Jan said the assailants opened fire on Shah when he was preparing for early morning prayers.
On the other hand in Karachi, at least six more people were shot dead in acts of violence in various parts of the city, officials said.
According to police, two people were shot dead in Landhi area after abduction. Police said the ages of the victims are between 32 and 35 years. One of the deceased was identified as Shah Faisal while the identity of the other was not yet known.
In another incident of violence, an activist of a political party was shot dead and two others were wounded in Korangi Sector D. The dead were identified as Sultan. In Joharabad area, three people were injured in firing by some unidentified men.
In Liaquatabad area, a man who was abducted three days ago was found dead. In yet another incident of violence, a man was shot dead at Rashid Minhas Road. According to police the deceased was 60 years old and his identity is not yet known.
Meanwhile, Rangers launched a targeted operation in Mangupir area and arrested several suspects. Rangers launched the targeted operation in Mangupir area on the revelations by Tehrik-e-Taliban activists who were arrested two days ago from Baldia Town. The sources claimed that the arrested suspects also belong to Tehrik-e-Taliban.