JUI-F leader Khalid shot dead in Sukkur
Fazl announces country-wide protests
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.