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Eminent religious scholar shot dead in Karachi; Ban on pillion ride imposed

Well known religious scholar Maulana Adil Khan, along with his driver, were shot dead on Saturday in Karachi’s Shah Faisal area, with Prime Minister Imran Khan chalking it up as “an attempt by India to create sectarian conflict across the country”.

Adil Khan is the son of late Saleemullah Khan, the former president of Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia and is the principal of Jamia Farooqi.

His driver, Maqsood Ahmed, was also declared dead on arrival at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), said Dr Seemin Jamali, the hospital’s executive director.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa strongly condemned Maulana Adil Khan’s assassination, terming it “an attempt to foment unrest by Pakistan’s enemies”.

An investigation of the incident is underway to determine the motive behind the murder and the identity of the killers.

Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) incharge Raja Umer Khattab had earlier told the media that three people were involved in the attack. Two of the culprits, Khattab said, got off the bike near the spot where Dr Adil’s car was parked, while the third suspect rode to the other side of the road.

The killers used 9mm pistols, he said, adding that the casings of spent shells had been sent to a forensic lab.

The Sindh government on Sunday announced a month-long ban on pillion riding in Karachi “in order to maintain law and order”, as per the suggestion of the city’s police chief.

The notification, dated October 11, states that the provincial government has been informed by the Karachi Police chief of reports that “miscreants and disgruntled elements may disturb the peace and create law and order problem in Karachi by carrying out target(ed) killings”.

It also noted that recently, incidents of hand grenade lobbying and targeted killings of law enforcement officials and religious scholars had taken place in the city.

In a tweet on Sunday, the DG ISPR tweeted that the army chief had expressed grief over the killing and had directed all-out support to civil administration to bring the criminals to justice.

Religious scholar and head of Karachi’s Jamia Farooqia seminary Maulana Dr Adil Khan was laid to rest on Sunday.

A large number of people, including religious scholars, politicians and students of the seminary, attended the funeral prayers that were led by the deceased scholar’s brother Maulana Ubaidullah Khan at Jamia Farooqia phase two.

Strict security arrangements were made for the prayers, which were also attended by several prominent figures, including Senator Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Maulana Rafi Usmani, Maulana Mohammad Hanif Jalandhari and Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro.

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