Maulana Adil laid to rest in Karachi
The Namaz-i-Janaza (funeral prayers) of renowned religious scholar Maulana Adil Khan, who was along his driver shot dead by some unidentified armed men in Karachi on Saturday night, was offered at Jamia Farooqia following which the deceased was laid to rest early Sunday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Maulana Adil Khan’s elder brother Maulana Ubaidullah led the funeral prayers that were attended by a large number of people at Hub River Road Phase II. Maulana Adil was buried at Farooqia University next to his father Maulana Saleemullah Khan.
Besides scholars and other religious figures, a large number of attendees included students and devotees of the late scholar. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Rashid Soomro, Superintendent of Jamia Banuria Mufti Noman, and Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman also attended the funeral prayers of the deceased scholar.
Law enforcement agencies have launched an investigation into the case. Police confirmed that geofencing of the site where Maulana Adil was shot dead has been conducted.
Officials will obtain CCTV footage to see which way the assailants escaped after committing the crime.
According to police, the scholar was sitting in a Toyota Vigo, with the vehicle parked outside Shama Shopping Centre when suspects on motorcycles came up to him and shot him.
Police said that a third person, Umair, was also accompanying Maulana Adil and survived the incident. He had gone inside the shopping centre to buy mithai (sweets).
"The motorcyclists targeted him. It seems that he was being followed by terrorists," said police officials. They added that five spent 9mm casings were recovered from the site.
Police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said that three men were on a motorcycle. One got off and fired the shots. "We are gathering statements from eye-witnesses," he said and added it was not a part of Maulana Adil's routine to go through this path.
A heavy contingent of police as well as Sindh Rangers soon reached the site of the incident and a probe with the help of CCTV cameras was undertaken.
After analysing the footage, Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in-charge Raja Umar Khitab said that it shows three persons fleeing the site. "There might have been more nearby as back up," he said. "This is a conspiracy to incite sectarian violence," he added.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Inspector General of Police (IGP) taking notice of the firing incident had directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Korangi to submit an inquiry report into the matter.
The CM maintained that the miscreants wanted to disrupt law and order situation in the city. The chief minister vowed to bring the killers to justice.
Murder an attempt to fan sectarianism: PM, COAS
Prime Minister Imran Khan while strongly condemning the targeted killing of Maulana Adil Khan of Jamia Farooqia in Karachi has said that India is attempting to target Ulema to fan sectarian rift in the country.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister stressed upon the Ulema from all sects that they must ensure that people did not fall prey to nefarious Indian design to destabilize Pakistan by fuelling a sectarian conflict.
Imran Khan said we have prevented a number of such attempts pre-emptively in last few months. He said that our intelligence organizations and law enforcement agencies will nab culprits of this murder also.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also condemned the targeted killing of the religious scholar in Karachi.
According to a tweet posted by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the Pakistan Army, the army chief termed the murder of Maulana Adil Khan an attempt to foment sectarian violence in Pakistan. The tweet reads: "Expressing grief on assassination of renowned religious scholar Maulana Adil in Karachi, #COAS strongly condemned the incident and termed it an attempt to foment unrest by Pakistan’s enemies. COAS directed all out support to civil administration to bring the criminals to justice."