The vice principal of a government technical college was targeted near the Board of Secondary Education in the Nazimabad area on Tuesday evening.


Syed Imran Zaidi (52) was fired upon and seriously injured inside his car (T-8473) while he was passing through Dadabhoy Institute in the North Nazimabad area.Police and rescue teams shifted the injured to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where he expired during treatment. He received four bullet wounds on various parts of his body.


Police found several empty casings of 9mm pistol from the spot and sent the deceased’s blood sample to the Sindh Police Lab for forensic test.Syed Imran Zaidi was the Vice Principal of the Jinnah Poly Technique College situated near the Board Office.


According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Abdul Rasheed, deceased Syed Imran Zaidi had left his college for home in the evening and when he covered a short distance two armed men, riding a motorcycle, intercepted his vehicle and sprayed him with bullets. He was a resident of North Karachi.Police termed Imran Zaidi’s murder a sectarian killing.


Murder condemned


The Jafaria Alliance and the Majlis–e-Whadat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) strongly condemned the murder of Imran Zaidi.A spokesman for the alliance, Ali Ahmer, told The News that educationists, traders and lawyers were being targeted. He said 23 Shias had been killed in the District Central alone due to which a sense of insecurity was prevailing among the Shia activists who have restricted their movement.


He said that not a single culprit had so far been arrested, which reflects the failure of Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan to take action against the target killers.He appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the target killing of Shias across the country.


The Shia Ulema Council also condemned the murder of Imran Zaidi, saying that they would soon chalk out a strategy by taking all the religious and political parties into confidence in order to press the government to take the terrorists to task.


Jamat-e-Islami leader Sarfaraz Ahmed also demanded the immediate arrest of the murderers of Zaidi, saying the government must take concrete measures to arrest the culprits.Condemning the murder of Imran Zaidi, Sunni Tehrik chief Sarwat Ejaz Qadri said that the government had miserably failed to stop target killings in Karachi.

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