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Mufti Taqi Usmani attack: Suspect remanded into police custody

Suspect says he came for dum: police

SAMAA | and - Posted: Jul 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Posted: Jul 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

Mufti Taqi Usmani survived a knife attack at Karachi’s Darul Uloom Korangi early Thursday morning.

He was attacked after Fajr prayers. The suspect approached the scholar on the pretext of talking to him. Mufti Usmani’s guard restrained the attacker.

He was caught by the guards and handed over to the police.

On Friday, the police regsitered an FIR against the suspect under sections of attempted murder at the Awami Colony police station. Later in the day, a Karachi court handed over the suspect into police custody on a one-day physical remand.

Mufti Taqi Usmani confirmed the incident in an audio message available with SAMAA TV.

“After Fajr prayers, a man came and asked me to talk in private,” he said. “As I got up to talk and went close to him, he took out the knife from his pocket.” The cleric said his guards acted timely and grabbed hold of the assailant.

The suspect is a resident of Gulistan-e-Johar, according to Korangi SSP Shahjahan Khan. "We have seized a plastic bag from him which contains a woman's clothes and a knife."

He told the police that he recently got into a fight with his wife after which she left him. Despite multiple attempts she refused to return home. "I love her a lot and decided to visit the scholar for dum (cast away evil eye)," the suspect said.

Khan said that the police have launched an investigation after recording the suspect's statement. His relatives, family members and neighbours said that he was suffering from mental health problems and had been seeking help for it.

They have sent his medical reports to a hospital for their verification, and obtained his call record too. He confirmed that the suspect does not belong to any criminal gang.

Related: Mufti Taqi Usmani survives attack, police guard and driver killed

In March 2019, a guard and driver were killed after attackers opened fire on Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani’s car at Karachi’s Nipa Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

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.

Mufti Taqi Usmani was a judge of the Federal Shariat Court from 1982 to 2002 and the vice-president of Darul Uloom Karachi.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous Reader  July 8, 2021 3:46 pm/ Reply

    I guess for safety set up a room with a telephone for speaking or perhaps a peep hole. In the age of internet and telephone there is little need to personally reach out to him. Perhaps for safety allow skype or telephone appointments. But yes there is urgent need for safety. One mustnt think ooh it looks as if I am showing off. Nooo safety is a must. I remember Benazir Bhutto got out just to speak to supporters directly and then…

    Allah salamat rakhay mufti sahab ko.

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