A guard and a driver were killed after attackers opened fire on Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani’s car at Karachi’s Nipa Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Friday afternoon.
In the same attack, Amir Shahab, the Khateeb of Baitul Mukkaram mosque, was injured. East DIG Aamer Farooqui said that contrary to earlier reports, the incidents were the same.
It was earlier reported that religious scholar’s car was targeted on main Sharae Faisal by attackers on a motorcycle.
Mufti Zubair confirmed that Mufti Usmani was targeted in the attack. His son Imran Taqi confirmed his father is fine. His grandsons and wife were also in the car and were also unharmed.
The attackers opened fire on Mufti Shahab’s silver Toyota Corolla when it was exiting the bridge on the ramp leading to Aladin Park.
The Sindh chief minister has taken notice and ordered the Karachi police chief to arrest the attackers as soon as possible. He wants to know how this happened and why.
He has ordered more patrolling in Karachi and stricter security at mosques in the city. Murad Ali Shah also ordered the provision of medical facilities to those injured.
Sindh IG Kaleem Imam said that Maulana Taqi leads the Friday prayers at Baitul Mukarram and was on his way there when he was targeted. A police gunman was killed in the incident, he said, adding that they are investigating.
Six to seven bullets were fired. Mufti Usmani was taken to a private hospital but is said to be safe.
He was a judge of the Federal Shariat Court from 1982 to 2002 and the vice-president of Darul Uloom Karachi.