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Maulana Adil’s killing: PM says India triggering sectarianism in Pakistan

Maulana Adil Khan Killed

–Sindh govt bans pillion riding to maintain law and order

–Jamia Farooqia head laid to rest in Karachi

KARACHI: Renowned religious scholar, Maulana Dr Adil Khan, and his driver, were shot dead on Saturday in Karachi’s Shah Faisal area in a suspected targeted attack by armed pillion riders, and various public figures have condemned the act, while the Sindh government has banned pillion riding for a month to maintain law and order.

Prime Minister Imran Khan described it as “an attempt by India to create sectarian conflict across the country”.

The premier, while strongly condemning the targeted killing of Maulana Adil of Jamia Farooqia in Karachi, said that India is attempting to target religious scholars to fan sectarian rift in the country.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, he stressed upon the religious scholars from all sects to ensure that people do not fall prey to nefarious Indian designs to destabilise Pakistan by fuelling a sectarian conflict.

“We have prevented a number of such attempts pre-emptively in the last few months. Our intelligence organizations and law enforcement agencies will nab culprits of this murder also,” he said.

Similarly, President Arif Alvi said that “enemies of the country will not succeed in their nefarious designs against Pakistan and the killers will soon be brought to justice”, adding that the government has said for months that India is targeting “Aalims […] to create sectarian conflict across the country”.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa firmly condemned the assassination, and called it “an attempt to foment unrest by Pakistan’s enemies”. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general expressed grief over the killing, and offered full support to the civil administration to catch the culprits.

According to police, the scholar had been in a parked Toyota Vigo outside Shama Shopping Centre when suspects on motorcycles came up to him and shot him.

A third person, Umair, had also been accompanying Maulana Adil, policed added, and he 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.

In reaction to this assassination, a month-long ban has been imposed on pillion riding by the Sindh government “in order to maintain law and order”, as per the suggestion of the city’s police chief.

An official notification stated that Karachi police believe “miscreants and disgruntled elements may disturb the peace and create law and order problem in Karachi by carrying out target(ed) killings”.

Women, children under the age of 12, elderly people, law enforcement personnel in uniform, essential services workers and journalists carrying their press card will be exempted from the ban. In case of violation of the ban, station house officers have been given the authority to register complaints and take legal action.

Earlier on Sunday, Maulana Adil’s funeral prayers were offered at the Jamia Farooqia, Hub River Road Phase II by his brother Maulana Obaidullah Khalid.

Besides scholars and other religious figures, a large number of attendees included students and devotees of the late scholar.

Well-known religious scholars including Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Rashid Soomro, Jamia Banuria Mufti Noman and Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman were in attendance.

Maulana Adil was buried at Farooqia University next to his father Maulana Saleemullah Khan.

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