A cleric was injured in a gun attack in Orangi City on Wednesday. Mufti scholar Saleemullah Khan, 40, son of Pasand Khan, head of the Salim Academy at the MPR Colony, was shot and wounded on Jalan Manghopir.
Police said two suspects on motorbikes opened fire at the white Toyota Corolla in which Khan, his wife, children and other relatives were traveling. The scholar was injured and was immediately taken to a private hospital in North Nazimabad. Fortunately, his family members escaped unscathed.
DIG West Zone Asim Qaimkhani told media that Mufti Saleemullah was shot twice, in the stomach and back. According to a witness, the car stopped after the shooting incident. “I broke the car window, got the injured person out of the car and told him that he had suffered a gunshot wound,” said the witness.
Mufti Saleemullah’s son told media that after the shooting, it was his own father who drove the car to the hospital. The witness further said that the suspect who was wearing a hat also shot at the dog when the dog started barking and chasing it.
Investigators have obtained CCTV footage in which the suspects riding a motorbike can be seen following the victim’s car and opening fire on the vehicle. Police said they recorded witness statements and also geo-fenced the area to track and arrest the perpetrators. No cases had been registered until this report was filed on Wednesday evening.
Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) said Mufti Saleemullah was affiliated with him. According to a press release issued by JUI-F Deputy Secretary for Information Sami Swati, the party delegation met with SSP West District Suhai Aziz, calling the attack a premeditated conspiracy.
They demanded the arrest of the suspects immediately. The delegation notified SSP West that JUI-F local leader Haji Akram Agha was also killed last week at the MPR Colony, but the killer has not been arrested.
“Attacking clerics in broad daylight is a question mark over the performance of law enforcement officials,” the statement read. “We will not tolerate more attacks on religious scholars and scholars.”
This is not the first incident to take place in the city as a number of incidents have occurred in Karachi in which criminals have targeted religious figures.
On November 1 last year, a prayer leader was shot and wounded in the Jamshed Quarters area. The injured person was identified as 46-year-old Mufti Abdullah, the prayer leader for the Subhania Mosque.
On October 10, in a terrible tragedy, the famous Sunni cleric Maulana Prof. Dr. Muhammad Adil Khan and his driver were shot dead at Shah Faisal Colony.
“Maulana Adil Khan, accompanied by a driver, lost his life after the attacker opened fire on his double cabin vehicle in Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi,” said DIG East Zone police chief Noman Siddiqui. The attackers targeted him near the Shama Shopping Center in Shah Faisal Colony.
Adil is seminary principal Jamia Farooqia. He was on his way to his residence on the Hub River Road from Darul Uloom, Korangi, when attackers targeted him.
Maulana Adil Khan and his driver were sitting in the SUV after Maulana’s son, Mufti Umair, had gone to buy candy from a shop at the Shama Shopping Center, when the tragic incident occurred.
Its driver, Maqsood Ahmed, 42, also lost his life in the attack. Maulana Adil’s son remained unharmed. The attackers fled from the scene.
The son of the late religious scholar, Maulana Saleemullah Khan, 62 years old Maulana Adil, is the president of Farooqia University, which is located in Colony Shah Faisal 4. Police and ambulance services reach the crime scene and take the victims to Liaquat National Hospital, where doctors announce they are dead upon arrival.