PTI leader among five gunned down near Kasur toll plaza

Jan 11 2014

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PTI leader Maqsood Bhatti, along with his three personal guards and a passerby, was gunned down by unidentified attackers near Lahore. – File Photo
PTI leader Maqsood Bhatti, along with his three personal guards and a passerby, was gunned down by unidentified attackers near Lahore. – File Photo

LAHORE: A local politician belonging to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Maqsood Ahmed Bhatti along with his three personal guards and a passerby, was gunned down by unidentified miscreants near Kasur toll plaza on the boundary of Lahore and Kasur in Punjab on Saturday evening, DawnNews reported.

Initial police reports suggest that Bhatti was murdered for personal enmity. However, details would only be revealed after the probe, they said.

According to DPO Kasur, unknown gunmen opened fire on the PTI leader’s car, who was traveling with his three personal guards, near Kasur Liliani toll plaza. All four were killed on the spot, he added.

A passerby, who was injured by the sporadic firing, later succumbed to his wounds as well. Dead bodies have been moved to Jinnah Hospital Lahore for postmortem.

The police officer suggested that the killing was a result of personal enmity as he claimed that Bhatti had skirmishes with several people.

In a separate incident, Noman, son of PTI’s women wing president of its Lahore chapter Neelam Ashraf, was found dead in his car earlier in the day.

Citing mysterious circumstance in which his body was found, police suggested it was a suicide. However, Noman’s family alleged that he was murdered.

SP Model Town Tariq Aziz said that three suspects have been taken into police custody on family’s suspicion.