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May 4, 2013

Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board member shot dead

Sports

AFP
May 4, 2013

LAHORE: Member of Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board, Khurram Raza Qadri, was shot dead by three unidentified motorcyclists in a brazen attack on Fort Road in the Tibbi City police limits Friday.
The modus operandi of the killers implies that ‘it was a sectarian killing’. However, the police have yet to ascertain motive behind the killing. The body was shifted to the morgue for autopsy. No case was registered till the filing of this report.
The victim was a resident of Samanabad Mor and he used to deliver Friday sermons atJamia Begum Shahi Mosque situated in Begum Shahi Bazaar, Tibbi City for the last three years.
On the day of incident, the victim left the Begum Shahi Mosque at around 3.15 pm after delivering the sermon. He hired a rickshaw to go home. As the rickshaw reached the Fort Road at a distance of half kilometre from the mosque, two suspects riding a black-colour Honda 125 motorcycle approached him and opened indiscriminate firing at Qadri without having any argument with him.
As a result, the victim received three bullets- one in chest, other at neck and another in the abdomen while the rickshaw driver later identified as Mudassar also sustained minor injuries. The killers fled from the crime scene. Soon after hearing gun shots, locals gathered on the crime scene and informed the local police.
The injured were rushed to the Mayo Hospital, where Khurram Raza Qadri succumbed to injuries while the condition of rickshaw driver was stated to be out of danger. He has been survived by a widow, two daughters and two sons.
Meanwhile, a police team including forensic experts reached the crime scene, collected forensic evidence and recorded the statements of eyewitnesses and of the rickshaw driver. The rickshaw driver, Mudassar, told reporters at the hospital that the attackers had approached them all of sudden from behind and they did not ask him to stop the rickshaw. He went on to say that the faces of assailants were covered. He said the

killers also opened fire at him and he sustained minor injury.
A police officer, requesting anonymity, told The News that the modus operandi of killers suggested that it was a targeted killing. He said that there was a possibility that the attackers wanted to sabotage the elections by instigating activists of Sunni Tehreek as a result of Qadri’s murder. However, he said it would be premature to confirm the real motive behind it.
To a question, he said any family dispute, terms with students and old enmity could also be the motive behind Khurram Raza Qadri’s killing. News of Qadri’s murder spread in the city like a wildfire and a number of activists of Sunni Tehreek reached the Mayo Hospital mortuary. The administration tried to stop the activists from entering the cold storage as they wanted to see the body.
However, the enraged activists manhandled the morgue administration. They broke a chair, banged the door of mortuary with kicks and later tore apart an attendance shirt. Then the furious activists managed to open the door of cold storage and brought the body out in the veranda to see their leader’s corpse.
A few policemen, standing inside the mortuary, played the role of silent spectators and did not take any action against protesting activists. The protesters also shouted slogans like ‘Khoon ka badla khoon’. The candidate of Sunni Tehreek from NA-120, Mujahid, also reached the morgue and pacified the activists by assuring them of justice.
After over half an hour, heavy contingent of police led by a DSP and SP Adeel Chandio reached the scene, held a dialogue with protesters and managed to pacify them. The security of morgue was further beefed up to avert any untoward incident.
SP City Division, Adeel Chandio said the police have started probing into the incident keeping in view all the angles including sectarian killing. He said they have not received any application from the complainant party so far, adding that the content of the FIR would help investigators to set lines for investigations.
To a question, he said it would be too early to say that it was a sectarian killing. To another query whether the victim had received any threat before the attack, the SP said they have yet to gather details from victim’s family.