Renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani survived an assassination attempt on Friday when he was attacked by unknown gunmen on Karachi’s Shahrah e Faisal earlier in the day.
Mufti Taqi Usmani (@muftitaqiusmani), principal of Darul Uloom Karachi seminary, has remained safe in the attack on his vehicle. His bodyguard and driver have been killed. DIG East met him in hospital. (Photo @sindhpolicedmc) pic.twitter.com/exN8eNu2WX
— Zia Ur Rehman (@zalmayzia) March 22, 2019
According to media reports, four gunmen on two motorcycles sprayed his car with bullets from both sides. Although Mufti Taqi Usmani was unhurt in the incident, his security guard Sanobar Khan and fellow passenger Maulana Shahbullah Khan achieved martyrdom.
Former Shariat Court judge Mufti Taqi Usmani and Mufti Rafi Usmani run one of the largest seminaries in Karachi, Darul Uloom and is believed to be one of the most influential people in Pakistan.
Mufti Taqi Usmani narrowly escapes assassination attempt in Karachi. Driver and guard killed. pic.twitter.com/ohljgj3GTD
— خرم سلیم (@KhuramKTS) March 22, 2019
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has sought a report from the Inspector General Sindh Police who instructed the police and Rangers to cordon off the areas.
Assassination attempt on Mufti Taqi Usmani who is among the most respected religious scholar in Pakistan is highly condemnable. Mufti Taqi work on Islamic Finance is used all over the world.
This is yet another reminder that the terrorism threat is still at large in Karachi pic.twitter.com/BP0YEJlBS7
— Dr. Afnan Ullah ڈاکٹر افنان اللہ خان (@afnanullahkh) March 22, 2019
The incident broke the calm that Karachi was going through after police and the paramilitary Rangers launched a crackdown against criminal elements in the city. Let’s hope that they are able to catch the culprits this time around and make them an example for others who want to emulate them.