Cleric killed in 'sectarian' attack
[Dawn] A prayer leader was rubbed out in a targeted attack apparently on sectarian grounds near Hill Park on Sunday, police said.
Maulana Rafiqul Khalil, 35, was heading to the Alamgir Masjid in Bahdurabad from his Korangi seminary in his car when assailants riding a cycle of violence sprayed his vehicles with bullets near Hill Park on Shaheed-e-Millat Road and escaped.
"His driver noticed that two men on a cycle of violence were following them and he tried to speed away. However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
the assailants started firing near Hill Park and the Maulana suffered a single shot in the neck," DIG-East Aleem Jafri said. "The driver didn't stop and drove the car straight to the Alamgir Masjid from where the victim was rushed to the Liaquat National Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
He's dead, Jim!
The police said Maulana Khalil was the prayer leader of the Alamgir Masjid and was coming from his seminary located in Korangi.
A senior police officer associated with the investigation of the case said Maulana Khalil was formally associated with a banned religious outfit.
Considering his background, the police were of the opinion that the attack on Maulana Khalil had a sectarian motive and was related to the ongoing spate of sectarian strife taking place in the city.
In 2001, Anwar Naseem Chandna, the chief of one of the country's major social welfare organizations, Alamgir Welfare Trust, was rubbed out in a similar manner near Alamgir mosque in Bahadurabad.
Young man rubbed out
A young man was rubbed out in Baldia Town on Sunday.
Police said that the incident took place in Ghazi Goth near Bismillah Chowk within the remit of the Baldia Town cop shoppe, where unknown assailants riding a motorbike targeted Sher Khan, 35, who was also riding a cycle of violence.
They said the victim suffered two bullet wounds in the chest and head and was struck down in his prime.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The Sherlocks suspected some personal enmity as a likely motive for the killing.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-01