JUI-F leader Khalid shot dead in Sukkur

Fazl an­nounces coun­try-wide protests

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - MAN­SOOR PIRZADA/IRFAN ALIGI

Jamiat Ulema-e-Is­lam-F Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Sindh, Khalid Mehmood Soomro was shot dead in a tar­geted at­tack here on Satur­day as de­spite se­cu­rity guards be­ing present out­side the madrassa, the as­sailants man­aged to en­ter us­ing the back gate.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, three uniden­ti­fied men en­tered Gul­shan Iqbal So­ci­ety in Sukkur and opened fire at Soomro us­ing pis­tols and Kalash­nikovs when he came out from Madrassa after of­fer­ing his morn­ing prayers.

After the in­ci­dent, ten­sion gripped parts of Sindh lead­ing to clo­sure of schools, petrol pumps and mar­kets. His body was taken to Larkana for burial. Khalid

Soomro was an in­flu­en­tial mem­ber of the party.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman said that the mur­der was act of ter­ror­ism. “The gov­ern­ment should or­der and en­sure a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack and pun­ish those re­spon­si­ble,” Fazl said. He an­nounced to hold protest demon­stra­tions across the coun­try to­day (Sun­day) over killing of the party leader. Talk­ing to me­dia, Fazl di­rected his party work­ers to take to streets and hold protests. He also di­rected the JUIF to jam all the main roads across the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif took no­tice of the at­tack and ex­pressed his sor­rows. The Prime Min­is­ter tele­phoned Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman and ex­pressed his deep con­do­lences.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari has also con­demned the in­ci­dent. Zar­dari tele­phoned Syed Qaim Ali Shah and or­dered im­me­di­ate ar­rest of the per­pe­tra­tors of the mur­der. Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari, Chair­man of Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party, ex­pressed his grief over the in­ci­dent. Chief of Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment Altaf Hus­sain also con­demned the mur­der of Khalid Soomro.

Chief Min­is­ter of Pun­jab Shah­baz Sharif gave his con­do­lences to JUI- F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and Soomro’s fam­ily.

Mean­while, Jamiat Ule­mae Is­lam-F Sindh chap­ter Vice pres­i­dent Qari Muham­mad Us­man said the ter­ror­ists had ear­lier at­tacked Al­lama Khalid Mehmood Soomro, which he es­caped nar­rowly. Fol­low­ing those at­tacks, the Sindh gov­ern­ment was time and again ap­proached for his se­cu­rity but the Sindh gov­ern­ment did not take any step to­ward his se­cu­rity and hence the JUI-F be­lieved the Sindh gov­ern­ment was re­spon­si­ble for his as­sas­si­na­tion.

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