TV anchor Mureed Abbas, who was associated with a private news channel, was shot dead in Karachi last night.
The firing incident took place at a local restaurant on Tuesday night, which also claimed the life of Mureed’s friend Khizar Hayat.
The shooter, Atif Zaman – a close friend and business partner of Abbas – fled the shooting scene. He later committed suicide at home. He reportedly shot himself an hour later after killing the TV journalist over an alleged business-related dispute.
Police raided his house timely and found him bleeding profusely. Atif was shifted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition.
Mureed Abbas Case
Initial investigations reveal that Zaman owed money to Mureed and had been delaying the return. The duo had had a verbal spat the other day.
Later, the killer reportedly called Mureed at a local café under the pretext of returning the money and shot him.
— Rizwan Mahmood Bhullar ® (@Rizwan_Bhullar) July 9, 2019
Abbas’ wife released a video soon after the shooting, claiming that her husband had invested Rs. 5 million in Zaman’s tire business. He owed them money and upon their demand, had threatened them of dire consequences.
“We had invested our money in his business and he [Zaman] wasn’t giving it back to us and others, he would always make excuses,” she said.
A case has been registered in Darakhshan Police Station of DHA, Karachi.
Twitter Reacts to Mureed’s Killing
Twitter was flooded with condolence messages for the anchor.
While the journalist fraternity was shocked at losing a vibrant personality, the general public was concerned about the deteriorating security situation in the port city.
DG ISPR General Asif Ghafoor was among others who expressed their condolences for Mureed:
Saddened to know about the assassination of BOL TV young anchor Mureed Abbass. Share the grief of bereaved family and BOL TV administration. May Allah bless his soul. Aamen.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) July 9, 2019
Abey nahi Yaar….!! Literally shocked to hear that my friend #mureedabbas
(@mureed22) is no more with us, shot dead in Khi, reportedly became a victim of target killing. Hard to believe, Simply speechless. pic.twitter.com/qnVYYr1vaz
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) July 9, 2019
Very tragic incident of shooting down of a young TV anchor #MureedAbbas & friend #Khizer in #Karachi. Journalists continue to be vulnerable to intimidation and attacks. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved. pic.twitter.com/Nyz03pRas1
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) July 9, 2019
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) July 9, 2019
#MureedAbbas "Its your Lord who created life & death so that he may test you as to which of you is better in deeds" Quran 67:2….He always met me with a smile, may Allah bless his soul. Let us all remember death, a friend we shall all meet sooner or later. pic.twitter.com/DPmEsOyLkw
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) July 9, 2019