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KARACHI, Nov 28: A septuagenarian trustee of an Imambargah was gunned down in Nazimabad on Wednesday evening, police said.

Police said that Hasan Mohsin Naqvi, 70, was sitting in a park after offering prayers at Imambargah Jamia Imamia in Nazimabad No 2 when assailants riding a motorbike emerged, one of them walked up to the victim and fired three shots and fled.

DSP Iftikhar Lodhi said that the victim suffered two bullet wounds in the head and one in the chest and died on the spot.

Initial circumstantial evidence suggested that the killing was executed by sectarian motives, but it could be otherwise, as the victim had a dispute with another person over the trusteeship, said DIG-West Javed Odho.

The police collected three spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol from the crime-scene.

The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities. Later, the body was shifted to the Rizvia Imambargah where a large number of people had gathered.

Tension gripped the Gulbahar and Rizvia Society areas where angry protesters forced shopkeepers to close down their businesses.

A bus was also set on fire in the Gulbahar area. The incident caused a serious traffic jam during the evening rush hour.

Watchman shot dead

A watchman was killed in Khamosh Colony within the remit of the Gulbahar police station on Wednesday.

Police said assailants travelling in a rickshaw came to a rickshaw stand in Khamosh Colony, opened fire on Abdul Sadiq, 30, and fled.

The victim was a watchman of the rickshaw stand and hailed from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

The police suspected the killing was carried out due to some personal enmity.

The body was moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Wounded man dies

An elderly man wounded on Oct 19 in a targeted attack in Baldia Town died on Wednesday at a hospital.

Chaudhry Nusrat Mehmood, 68, was wounded in an armed attack on Oct 19 in which his son-in-law Saad Farooq died and his father Farooq Ahmed was wounded. Saad’s brother Ammad Farooq was also wounded in the attack.

A statement issued by the Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah Pakistan stated that Chaudhry Nusrat Mehmood for the past many years was living in New York. He had come to Pakistan for his daughter’s wedding, who had become a widow after three days of her marriage with the killing of Saad.

Two PPP men found shot dead

Two activists of the Pakistan People’s Party were gunned down in Ghazi Goth, Manghopir, late on Tuesday night.

Police said that the bodies of the two men were found in Kahkashan Ground in Ghazi Goth along with their motorcycle which was parked nearby.

They said that the victims were identified as Barkat Farooq, 18, and Danish Saeed, 16.

The bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities.

“Five spent bullet casings of 9mm and .30 bore pistols were found from the crime-scene,” said a senior police officer of the area, adding: “Either they were called at the scene or kidnapped by the killers.”

A spokesman for the PPP’s district west chapter said that both the men were associated with the PS-95 of the party’s organisational structure and were also members of the Sindh People’s Youth.

The victims were residents of Gulshan-e-Zia in Orangi Town’s Sector 11 ½, the police said.

Youth shot dead

A young man was shot dead in the old city area late on Tuesday night.

Police said that the incident took place near Jama Cloth Market within the remit of the Aram Bagh police station. Irfan alias Khalifa was standing at a pan cabin when two men on a motorbike reached there and fired shots on him and rode away. The victim was rushed to the nearby Civil Hospital Karachi where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was a resident of the Alam Shah Bukhari compound and about five months ago, his family had disowned him due to his criminal activities, the police said.

The police claimed that the victim had a criminal record. However, they said that the motive for the killing was immediately not clear.

Former KU dean gets bail

A former dean of Karachi University’s Islamic Learning faculty, Dr Abdul Rasheed, was granted bail by a judicial magistrate (east) in a case pertaining to sending objectionable text massages to the incumbent dean through a third person.

Judicial Magistrate Abdul Qadeer granted bail to Dr Rasheed in the sum of Rs20,000.

Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, the incumbent dean, had submitted a complaint at the police station with details of the SMS he was receiving. The police started the investigation and picked up a suspect, Samiuz Zaman, who was working in some other university.

During questioning, he told investigators that he was sending text massages to Dr Auj on the instructions of Dr Rasheed.

Dr Rasheed was formally arrested by the police and a case (FIR 460/2012) was lodged against him on a complaint of Dr Auj under Section 25 of the Telegraph Act and Section 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Mobina Town police station.