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Maulana Adil’s Assassination: Religious Parties Announce Nationwide Strike on Friday


By Our Web Desk

As the law-enforcement agencies have yet to find any clues to the assassinators of renowned religious scholar Maulana Adil Khan, religious parties have announced a strike on Friday, the day the 48-hour ultimatum given to the government for arresting the killers ends.

Maulana Adil Khan, along with his driver, was shot dead on Saturday in Karachi’s Shah Faisal area.

Leaders of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl, the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat, Jamaat-i-Ishaat-e-Tauheed Wa Sunnah, Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Sami, Tanzeemul Ulema Karachi, and other groups attended a meeting for consultation.

After the discussion, the religious scholars in a press conference at the seminary, announced that a country-wide strike will be observed and protest held on Friday.

“The decision has been taken after consultations with all religious parties, religious scholars and principals of madrassas,” said Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi, a leader of proscribed ASWJ.

He said that religious groups have been consulting political parties, trade and transport bodies, and other stakeholders to support the religious parties’ call for a strike to show concern over the federal and Sindh government’s failure to arrest the assassins of the deceased.

“We appeal to the people, traders and transporters to make the strike a success by keeping their businesses shut and vehicles off the road on Friday,” he said. “They [terrorists] are shedding the blood of the Deobandi ulema and no one is taking any action,” said Farooqi, who had also survived several assassination attempts in Karachi.

Leaders of religious parties in the press conference also criticised the Sindh government for withdrawing security from prominent religious scholars who have been facing threats.

The police investigators remained clueless about the perpetrators of the high profile targeted killing of the prominent religious scholar.

According to a news report published in The News earlier on Monday, police investigators obtained a forensic report suggesting that the murder weapon in Maulana Adil’s case had not been used in any previous target killing in the metropolis.

Moreover, forensic experts thoroughly examined the spent bullet shells of a 9mm pistol found at the crime scene and also Maulana Adil’s vehicle to find any other clue related to the case.

Police investigators also visited Darul Uloom Karachi from where they obtained CCTV footage and recorded statements of witnesses.