Karachi, Jul 10 : A Pakistani news anchor has been shot dead over a personal dispute, according to the police.
Mureed Abbas, who worked for Bol News channel, was killed on Tuesday outside a local cafe in Khayaban-e-Bukhari area in the city. Police said that an assailant identified as Atif Zaman opened fire at the journalist from a white-coloured car, according to Geo News. The Dawn quoted South DIG Sharjeel Kharal as saying that Abbas' friends said he had a monetary dispute with someone.
Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Executive Director Seemin Jamali said Abbas was pronounced dead at the hospital, adding that the anchor had sustained multiple bullet wounds on the chest and abdomen. Abbas' friend, Khizar Hayat, was also shot in the same incident. He was rushed to a private hospital, but succumbed to his injuries later, Kharal said.
Later, the police official said that security forces caught the suspected gunman who was attempting to commit suicide while his residence was raided, according to The Dawn report.
The suspect shot himself in the chest and was shifted to a local hospital in a critical condition, Kharal said.
Taking cognisance of the incident, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kaleem Imam has directed the concerned Deputy Inspector General (DIG) to submit a report in the matter.
The IGP has also asked the officials to conduct a forensic investigation of the evidence collected from the area where the shooting took place. UNI