TV anchorperson, friend gunned down in Karachi over ‘money dispute’
A local news outlet’s anchorperson along with his friend were gunned down in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on Tuesday.
Mureed Abbas, who worked for BOL News, along with his friend Khizzer were allegedly killed by Atif Zaman, according to Express News.
Initial investigation suggested that Zaman had to pay back a debt to the TV anchor. It is also believed that the alleged killer had threatened him of dire consequences.
Zaman had called the victim to a local hotel on Khayaban-e-Bukhari in the posh area and gunned down Abbas and his friend. Later, he fled the scene unchallenged.
However, police said Zaman had tried to kill himself later and was admitted to a hospital in a serious condition.
A video of the anchor’s wife has gone viral on social media where she claims that Zaman had called her husband at 8pm to collect Rso.5 million owed to him.
“We had invested our money in his business and he [Zaman] wasn’t giving it back to us and others, he would always make excuses,” she said.
— Fahad Sherwani (@fahadsherwani71) July 9, 2019
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and called for Sindh Inspector General Police Dr Kaleem Imam to submit a report into the killings.
He also condemned the incident and called for the police chief to ensure law and order in the city.
Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter to condole with the Abbas’s family.
Saddened to know about the assassination of BOL TV young anchor Mureed Abbass. Share the grief of bereaved family and BOL TV administration. May Allah bless his soul. Aamen.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) July 9, 2019