Investigate Sh Rashid over Maulana Adil’s assassination: Ghani
Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani on Monday called for interrogating Sheikh Rashid – federal cabinet member over the assassination of Maulana Adil in Karachi.
Ghani said the railways minister had told a press conference that there was a possibility of terrorism and he should be asked who had informed him about that.
He was referring to the repeated statements made by Sheikh, in which he has been saying that there is terrorism threat amid the series of rallies planned by the opposition as part of the movement to dislodge the PTI government.
Talking to media persons in Karachi, Ghani said the Sindh government was being accused of not providing security to the religious scholar but the chief minister had no powers to order the same.
Ghani, who is one of the most active PPP leaders, said Maulana Adil had requested for security because of the threats he faced, adding that two policemen had been initially deputed for the purpose.
It is worth noting that former chief justice Saqib Nisar had ordered withdrawing the security provided to different important personalities – a decision which stirred controversy in the country.
Since then, it is a committee established at the provincial level which decides if someone requires special state protection.
Praising the role played by Maulana Adil, Ghani said the late religious leader was making efforts to fight sectarianism in the country.
Maulana Adil, who was associated with Jamia Farooqia, and his drivers were shot dead in the Sha Faisal Colony on Saturday as an attacker approached his vehicle and sprayed bullet at them.
According to police, the scholar was sitting in a Toyota Vigo, with the vehicle parked outside Shama Shopping Centre, at the time of the attack.
The police said a third person, Umair, was also accompanying Maulana Adil and survived the incident as he had gone inside the shopping centre to buy sweets.
"The motorcyclists targeted him. It seems that he was being followed by terrorists," said police officials and added that five spent 9mm casings were recovered from the site.
Ghulam Nabi Memon, the Karachi police chief, said three men were on a bike. One got off and fired the shots. "We are gathering statements from eyewitnesses," he said and added that it was not a part of Maulana Adil's routine to use that route.