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Pakistan: Taliban kill prominent rights activist in Karachi

9th May 2016
Pakistan: Taliban kill prominent rights activist in Karachi

By Aamir Latif

 

KARACHI, (AA): The Taliban have claimed responsibility for killing prominent blogger and rights activist Khurram Zaki, who was gunned down in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi late Saturday night.

He was killed just after he had twitted on Sadiq Khan, MP, winning the London Mayor elections:

“Sadiq Khan is not a Pakistani. He is a Britisher. Credit for his rise and success goes to his own hard work and…

Qari Saifullah, a purported spokesman for the Hakimullah group of the Pakistani Taliban coalition (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), said in a statement Sunday that Zaki had been targeted for criticizing a prominent cleric associated with Islamabad’s Red Mosque.

Zaki, who was riddled with bullets while sitting in a roadside cafe in Karachi’s northern district, had recently been leading a campaign against Red Mosque cleric Maluna Abdul Aziz for the latter’s alleged support for militancy.

In 2007, Abdul Aziz’s younger brother, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, along with hundreds of students, was killed in a military operation — ordered by then military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf — that had targeted the mosque.

Zaki’s murder on Saturday night — like similar recent assassinations in Bangladesh — is the latest in a series of attacks on secular bloggers and social activists in Pakistan, mainly in Karachi.

In 2013 and 2015 respectively, suspected militants killed prominent social activists Sabeen Mehmud and Perween Rehman, whose killers the police have since claimed to have arrested.

 

Additional reporting The Muslim News

[Photo: Khurram Zaki killed by the Taliban in Karachi. Photgraph from his twitter]

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