Religious scholar shot dead in Tank

January 23, 2014

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TANK/CHARSADDA: Unidentified armed persons shot dead a religious scholar in Tank Bazaar on Wednesday. Police and hospital sources said that the assailants opened firing on Maulana Aizizullah Athar, son of renowned religious scholar Qazi Habibullah, when he was going to bazaar for buying daily use items.

He was attacked near the municipal committee building, they said. Maulana Azizullah got multiple wounds in the attack and was taken to district headquarters hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The assailants managed to escape after the incident.

Qazi Obaidullah, the uncle of the deceased, lodged FIR in Tank police station against unidentified attackers.

The relatives of the deceased cleric said that they had no enmity with anyone. It was third incident of targeted killing in Tank. The leaders of both Shia and Sunni sects fell prey to targeted killing in the district, creating a sense of fear among the local population.

In Charsadda, a Sikh hakeem, Baghwan Singh, was shot dead by unidentified persons in Tangi area on Wednesday.

The deceased was running a clinic in Tangi and used to come from Peshawar daily.

Eyewitnesses said that the deceased was going back to Peshawar from his clinic when unidentified motorcyclists fired at him, killing him on the spot. His body was taken to tehsil headquarters hospital for autopsy.

Harjeet Singh, the son of the deceased, told police that they lived in Mohallah Jogan Shah in Peshawar and his father had been running the clinic in Charssada for the last two years.

He said that they had no enmity with anyone. Police registered a case against unidentified persons.

Meanwhile, a man killed his wife and another man on suspicion of having illicit relations in Mandani area.

He went to the police station after the incident and surrendered to police along with the weapon used in the occurrence.