Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pakistan: Suspected killer of Professor Shakeel Auj freed for lack of evidence

On April 29th three months after the police had apprehended Mansoor, another assistant professor, Dr. Waheed-ur-Rehman was killed in the vicinity of Federal B Area.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Geo News
By Staff Report | July 26, 2017

KARACHI: The suspect accused of murdering Karachi University's dean of Islamic Studies, Professor Dr Shakeel Auj, was freed by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday for lack of evidence.

The suspect, Mansoor, was freed after the court stated that the state prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence in the case.

Others accused of being involved in the murder are absconding.

Auj was murdered in September 2014 and nearly four months later, the Karachi Police chief at the time, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, held a press conference on the January 28 and claimed the police had apprehended the murderer of two professors including Prof Shakeel Auj.

The alleged shooter, identified as Mohammad Mansoor, was said to be a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

On April 29th three months after the police had apprehended Mansoor, another assistant professor, Dr. Waheed-ur-Rehman was killed in the vicinity of Federal B Area.

Two days after the assistant professors murder, on May 2nd, the Al-Qaeda branch in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) released a video claiming responsibility of killing Pakistani and Bangladeshi bloggers including Prof Shakeel Auj – whose name was on the top of the list.

In the nine-minute video, AQIS’s Ameer Asim Umar threatened to execute more people who, according to his beliefs, were involved in committing blasphemy.


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