LAHORE -  Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a university professor on a leading road in Lahore’s Gulberg area in what appears to be an incident of targeted killing, police said on Wednesday.

The victim was identified by police as Tanzeem Akbar Cheema, an associate professor at the Government College University in Lahore. The shooting took place near metro-bus station on the Ferozpur Road late Tuesday. Police were examining CCTV footage taken from the cameras installed in Lahore as part of the multi-billion safe city project.

Police officer Shakir Shahid told The Nation that the gunmen opened straight fire on the victim “after a brief argument” over some dispute. He also claimed that it was premature to call it a murder during road robbery attempt.

“In this case, the attackers used a 9MM while robbers mostly use 30-bore pistol. We have some leads and we working (on this case),” the officer said. The SP Model Town said he believed a third man was supervising the gun attack nearby.

According to initial police investigation, Professor Cheema was in touch with the attackers. “He parked his car alongside a service road and was waiting for someone when two motorcyclists appeared there. They argued with the victim for two to three minutes before shooting him,” police officer Shakir said.

It was not clear yet when the police responded to the gun attack. The attackers fled without facing any resistance as the police response units failed to track down the suspects who could be seen, in CCTV cameras, roaming on city roads after the shooting.

Rescue workers shifted the victim to the Jinnah Hospital where he succumbed to bullet injures. Cheema received four bullets in his chest and abdomen, according to hospital sources. The victim expired during a surgery at the intensive care unit of the hospital, they said.

The resident of district Toba Tek Singh, Professor Cheema was also running a private tuition center somewhere in Iqbal Town. According to his brother, Cheema was residing at a house in Murgzar Colony located on the main Multan Road.

On Tuesday night, the professor riding in a car went towards Gulberg to meet someone. The body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy. The police registered a murder case (FIR No 159/18) against two gunmen on the complaint of Tazeem Akbar, brother of the deceased, and launched the investigation with no arrest made so far.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, taking notice of the deadly shooting, ordered the city police chief to submit a detailed report of the incident within 24 hours.

CM SEEKS REPORT

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the murder of a professor of the Government College University near Kalma Chowk and sought a report from the CCPO.

He has ordered arrest of the criminals involved in the incident.

The Chief Minister has expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the murder of the professor and extended his heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family.