KARACHI - A former president of Malir Bar Association (MBA) and his young son were gunned down in a yet another incident of targeted killing on Saturday within the precincts of Malir City Police Station.
Authorities suspect that the killings are sectarian in nature and investigation is underway to capture the assassins.
The incident took place around 9am when Salahuddin Jaffery, 64, and Ali Raza Jaffery, 35, were on their way to office at Malir Courts on a rickshaw when two armed bike riders sprayed a volley of bullet at them and fled the scene. Salahuddin died on the spot while Ali succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
According to the eyewitnesses, the masked murderers were professionals as they chased the two after they left their house and took less than 15 seconds to claim the innocent lives. Police say the culprits used a 9mm pistol in the crime.
A score of lawyers and victims’ relatives reached the hospital and chanted slogans against the law enforcers, while lawyers also staged a protest on the National Highway. They demanded a stern action against the target killers. The lawyers’ community also boycotted the judicial proceedings at Malir and Karachi bars.
Bar President Ashraf Sammo said the future course of plan would also announce on Monday. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Manzoor Wasan expressed their grief over the incident and ordered Sindh Police chief Mushtaq Shah to submit a report.
Shia leaders and scholars also condemned the incident and said police had failed to curb the targeted killings, especially on the sectarian basis. Area SHO Sarfraz Ali said police had found six empty shells of 9mm bullets from the crime scene.
According to the relatives, the victims would be buried at Wadi-e-Hussain Graveyard.
Salahuddin was the founding president of MBA from 1993 to 1999 while his son was enrolled to the bar a couple of years ago. He was a father of five - three sons and two daughters. His elder son is an official of a spy agency, an officer said.
No case was registered till the filing of this report.
According to the PPP sources, the murdered lawyer , hailing from New Saeedabad, was a founding member of the party.
At least 23 lawyers have so far been gunned down in a series of target killings in Karachi but police failed to arrest the culprits or make a breakthrough in investigation.