KARACHI, Jan 12: An officer of the State Bank of Pakistan was gunned down in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Saturday, police said.

They added that 42-year-old Faheem Burhan was driving home when armed men riding a motorbike intercepted him near Jauhar Morr.

The two sides had an altercation before one of the two riders fired at him, police said quoting some witnesses.

“The attacker fired multiple shots and fled,” said Sharea Faisal SHO Inspector Raheem Khan.

“The victim was hit by two bullets in the face and chest. The body was later handed over to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities.”“We have found four spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol at the crime-scene,” said a police investigator.

The victim was a resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar block 19 and grade-II officer posted at the SBP foreign exchange refinance department.

“It was not a mugging attempt at all. The victim’s family said a few days ago, two men riding a motorbike had attacked him in an attempt to snatch his cellphone, laptop and other valuables. He had scuffled with the bandits and we think that could be one of the reasons of today’s incident,” said Inspector Khan.

Trader killed

In North Karachi, a young shopkeeper was shot dead at his workplace, police said.

They added that the 31-year-old shopkeeper, Asif Qadri, was associated with the Dawat-i-Islami, a non-political group.

Two men riding a motorbike pulled up outside Mehak Gift Centre in Sector 11-A, the police said. One of them entered the shop and fired multiple shots at the shop owner, said area deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Mohammad Akhtar.

“The victim was a resident of North Karachi Sector 5-C,” he added.

The police said that investigation was under to ascertain the motive for the murder.

Body found

A bullet-riddled body was found in the Ranchhore Line area in the evening, police said.

They added the victim, in his late 20s, was found shot dead near Noorani Hospital.

He sustained gunshot wounds in the head, chest and face.

“The body was moved to the Edhi morgue for want of identification after medico-legal formalities at the Civil Hospital Karachi,” said an official at the Eidgah police station.

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