Police offer Rs5m reward for info on killers of Maulana Adil Khan and Religious parties announce country-wide strike on Friday

This was a very gruesome act of terrorism which had also created panic and sense of insecurity in general public of Karachi. Religious leader appeal to people to make strike a success by keeping businesses shut and vehicles off the road. The cleric was shot dead in Karachi on Saturday

KARACHI: A reward of Rs5 million has been offered by police for any information leading to the arrest of the killers of renowned Sunni religious leader Professor Dr Maulana Adil Khan and his driver Maqsood Ahmed as saying that details of the information provider would be kept secret.

“Announcement of reward money for the arrest of accused persons involved in murder of Maulana Dr Adil Khan and his driver Maqsood Ahmed. It is submitted that an incident of killing was occurred on October 10, at Shama Shopping Center in Shah Faisal Colony, in which Maulana Adil Khan and his driver Maqsood Ahmed killed. This was a very gruesome act of terrorism which had also created panic and sense of insecurity in general public of Karachi city,” reads a communiqué issued by DIGP Counter-Terrorism to IGP Sindh.

“In the light of above, home department, government of Sindh may kindly be moved for announcement of reward money or head money of Rs5 million for the person or persons providing information leading towards the arrest of accused persons involved in murder of Maulana Adil Khan and Maqsood Ahmed. In this context, it is requested that the matter may kindly be moved to the quarter concerned for necessary action.”

Meanwhile religious parties have announced a strike at the end of their 48-hour ultimatum – which falls on Friday – given to the government for arresting the killers of Maulana Adil Khan, The News reported on Wednesday.

Prominent religious scholar Maulana Adil Khan, along with his driver, was shot dead on Saturday in Karachi’s Shah Faisal area.

Leaders of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl, Jamaat-i-Ishaat-e-Tauheed Wa Sunnah, Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Sami, Tanzeemul Ulema Karachi, and other groups attended a meeting for consultation.

After the discussion, the religious scholars in a press conference at the seminary, announced that a country-wide strike will be observed and protest held on Friday.

They appealed to the people, traders and transporters to make the strike a success by keeping their businesses shut and vehicles off the road.

Leaders of religious parties in the press conference also criticised the Sindh government for withdrawing security from prominent religious scholars who have been facing threats.

Meanwhile, the police investigators remained clueless about the perpetrators of the high profile targeted killing of the prominent religious scholar.

According to a news report published in The News earlier on Monday, police investigators obtained a forensic report suggesting that the murder weapon in Maulana Adil’s case had not been used in any previous target killing in the metropolis.

Moreover, forensic experts thoroughly examined the spent bullet shells of a 9mm pistol found at the crime scene and also Maulana Adil’s vehicle to find any other clue related to the case.

Police investigators also visited Darul Uloom Karachi from where they obtained CCTV footage and recorded statements of witnesses.

“Maulana sahib had arrived at Darul Uloom before Maghrib prayers, where he also met with Mufti Taqi Usmani sahib before leaving after Maghrib prayers at around 7pm,” Darul Uloom’s security guard, Shafiullah told the investigators.

The murderer of religious cleric Maulana Adil Khan was on foot when he opened fire at his car Saturday night, the police said.

Maulana Adil of Jamia Farooqia was shot and killed by unidentified men in Karachi’s Shah Faisal Colony in what is being reported as a case of sectarian violence.

He was inside a Vigo with his driver near Shama Shopping Centre when he was attacked.

According to the police, they have obtained CCTV footage of the attack which revealed that the suspect escaped from the area on foot after committing the crime.

According to an initial investigation report submitted to Sindh IG Mushtaq Mahar, the perpetrators had been following the cleric. Police found 9mm bullet casings at the crime scene and have sent them to for ballistic testing.

“Maulana Adil and his driver passed away on the spot,” Mahar said, adding that a post-mortem examination of the driver has been conducted. “We are waiting for word from other clerics regarding Maulana Adil’s post-mortem examination.”

The funeral prayers of the cleric were to be offered at the Jami Farooqia near Hub River Road at 9am today (Sunday).

Maulana Adil was the principal of Jamia Farooqia, a popular university of Islamic Studies in Shah Faisal. He was also teaching at Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi, which is the largest Deobandi Islamic seminary in Pakistan. Malauna Saleemullah Khan, the founder of Jamia Farooqui, was his father.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the attack and said intelligence and law enforcement agencies will arrest the culprits behind it.

He said on Twitter that his government had known about and he had repeatedly spoken about India’s attempts to kill clerics to create sectarian conflict in Pakistan.

In another tweet, the prime minister said they had prevented a number of such attempts in the last few months. “Our intelligence organisations and law enforcement agencies will nab culprits of this murder also,” he said.

He urged scholars from all sects to ensure that people do not fall prey to this nefarious Indian design aimed at destabilising Pakistan.

THE STRINGER

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