Prof. Azfar Rizvi. – Photo courtesy Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu

KARACHI: Renowned educationist and chief patron of Pakistan Association of Press photographers, Professor Azfar Rizvi, along with his driver, was gunned down by unknown attackers in Karachi on Friday night, DawnNews reported.

Initial police reports suggest Rizvi, who was the CEO of an educational organisation – Dhaka Coaching Centre – sustained multiple bullet wounds when unidentified gunmen opened fire at his vehicle in Karachi’s Karimabad neighbourhood.

Rizvi also served as honorary secretary of Anjuman Taraqqi-i-Urdu Pakistan (ATUP).

Both Rizvi and his driver succumbed to their injuries on their way to hospital. Their bodies have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Deputy Commissioner Karachi Central Dr Saifur Rehman has confirmed the incident saying unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at Rizvi’s car in Karimabad area killing him and the driver.

Taking notice of the incident, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has ordered a probe report from the IG Sindh Police within next 24 hours.

Pakistan Association of Press photographers, Private Schools Association, Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain among others have strongly condemned the brutal killing of the educationist.

Private Schools Association has announced to observe a day of mourning tomorrow on Saturday.

Motive behind the targeted killing is yet to be ascertained.

Updated Jun 01, 2013 01:47am

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K.A.Muhammd.
Jun 01, 2013 06:53am

The motive behind his killing is sectarian.

Stop condemning such ruthless killing and stop ordering probe and calling report/s just as formalities or to fill in the blanks. What good condemnation does when there is no action by the government, and what good the probes have done in halting such ruthlessness. Why do you all in Government play with innocent human lives and then have the audacity to fool them. Such an attitude is worst than the act of terrorism.

Enforce Law, take home/interior ministry and Law Enforcement Agencies to task. This is not the first or rare case.

Suhail Zafar
Jun 01, 2013 08:48am

Hey IG, Just I need a report within 24 hrs Cheers buddy

erum shahzad
Jun 01, 2013 09:48am

very sad news of sir azfer,he is very nice person of good moral,i have no words 2 say......

syed imtiaz shah
Jun 01, 2013 01:11pm

i am very sad. he was my teacher since 1984 to 1986. he was very loving, devoted, sincere and hardy

syed imtiaz shah
Jun 01, 2013 01:13pm

he was very loving, devoted, sincere and hardy

Lubna Rais
Jun 02, 2013 07:41am

This is really sad news. He taught us in Dhaka Coaching Center. He was an excellent teacher and we've had a big loss.

Faraz Rizvi
Jun 03, 2013 02:59pm

I think it was case of mistaken identity by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi .... his name was mistaken as that of a Shia often when he was a sunni infact and I think that led to his death as well. He was a very good man, I knew him personally. Curse on all radical organizations in Pakistan namely SSP, LEJ & TTP.