TV anchor Mureed Abbas was shot dead on Tuesday night by a gunman in what is being reported as a targeted attack in Karachi’s Bukhari Commercial area, police said.
His friend, Khizer, also died after initially being injured in the attack.
According to South SSP Shiraz Nazeer, Abbas and Khizer were in Bukhari Commercial when a gunman in a car opened fire at them. They both died on the way to the hospital.
The police official said that the anchorperson’s murder could be a result of a personal feud reportedly related to money. Abbas was working for Bol TV as a content manager and anchorperson. He has previously also worked for SAMAA TV.
Police have launched an investigation and eyewitness statements are being recorded. CCTV camera footage in the area will also be checked, police said.
Sindh Inspector-General Dr Kaleem Imam has taken notice of the anchorperson’s murder. According to a statement, the IG has directed the South DIG to form special teams to arrest the attacker.
His body was taken to Jinnah hospital. Dr Seemin Jamali, the executive director of the hospital, said that Abbas was shot twice in his torso and twice in his arm. The bullet that hit him in the chest proved fatal, she added.
At least four people, including the anchorperson and his friend, have died in Karachi in the past one hour. Two other men were killed in a firing incident in Pehlwan Goth area.
Police said the attacker has been identified as Atif Zaman. They have his name, address and picture. Zaman attempted to commit suicide after killing Abbas and Khizer. He was taken to a hospital, the South SSP said.
Abbas’s wife told reporters in the hospital that her husband received a call at 8:05pm after which he said that he was going to collect his money.
“We invested our money in a business and the man was not returning our money,” she said. “His name is Atif Zaman,” she said. “I am sure he killed my husband,” she added.
Atif reportedly started a tyre business with Rs1 billion he got from over 40 investors from the media, showbiz and other industries. Abbas was one of the investors.
According to investors, around a month ago, Atif said while trying to smuggle the tyres into the country illegally, Rs200 million worth of tyres were seized at the Balochistan border. This reportedly hurt the business and Atif refused to give the investors their monthly profit.
When Abbas and Khizer demanded their money, Atif killed them.
Abbas’ funeral will be held in Mianwali’s Piplan.