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Shia Scholar Gunned Down in Karachi

by AFP
File Photo. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP

File Photo. Rizwan Tabassum—AFP

Investigation currently underway, but police claim motive appears to be sectarian.

Gunmen shot dead a Shia Muslim scholar in central Karachi as he traveled on a busy road on Thursday, police said, in what appeared to be a sectarian attack.

Allama Taqi Hadi Naqvi, a cleric who was also an employee of the government educational board, was targeted as he returned home in a rickshaw.

Pakistan has seen a rise in sectarian violence since a number of deadly clashes occurred between Sunni and Shia Muslim groups in Rawalpindi in November.

“He was riding in an auto rickshaw when two riders on a motorcycle shot him,” said police officer Afaq Ahmed. Hadi died on the spot as two of the bullets hit him in the face, the officer said, adding that the motive appeared to be sectarian.

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