PKONWEB Report — A prayer leader was shot dead in a suspected targeted attack in Karachi’s Sachal area on Friday morning, officials said.
A senior police officer (DIG East Amir Farooqi) revealed that the victim’s elder brother, Arbab Anas, is an HR manager at the Karachi Port Trust and a “witness of NAB (National Accountability Bureau)” in a reference against former federal minister for ports and shipping Babar Ghauri, ex-KPT chairman Javed Hanif and others.
The white collar crime case pertained to alleged illegal recruitment of 940 people, many of whom had alleged serious criminal records, according to NAB sources.
Mohammed Arbab, 55, was coming out of the Minarul Huda Masjid in Sachal Goth near Murtaza Chowk after offering Fajr prayers when armed pillion riders opened indiscriminate fire on him and fled, said Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur.
He sustained 11 bullet wounds and died within half an hour after being shifted to a hospital, according to z police official.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident,” the Malir SSP told Dawn. However, the senior officer ruled out the possibility of a sectarian motive being behind the murder.
He pointed out that the deceased was a prayer leader (khateeb) of the mosque belonging to the Ahle Hadees school of thought. SSP Bahadur believed that there was no history of targeting Ahle Hadees followers on sectarian grounds. The victim’s father is also a khateeb of the same mosque.