Police officials investigating the targeted killing of Shia DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi have found similarities between his killing and that of DSP of Bin Qasim Town Fatah Sangri, a senior police officer told Pakistan’s leading English Daily Dawn.
DSP Zaidi was gunned down with his driver in Shah Faisal Colony on Saturday night just after few hours of the killing of a Shia Muslim Doctor Anwaar Ali Abidi in Karachi District Central.
Earlier on May 1, Bin Qasim Town DSP Fatah Sangri, his driver and a guard were killed in Gulshan-i-Hadeed while he was on patrol in the area in a police car. The DSP Fatah Sangri was the member of Rao Awnar team which encountered several terrorists Of proscribed Taliban and AhleSunaat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ).
DSP Zaidi, who was the security head of the Sindh Secretariat, was also recently given the additional charge of security of the Sindh High Court.
Initial investigations revealed that four men on two motorcycles gunned down DSP Fatah Sangri while DSP Zaidi was also killed in a similar fashion by four gunmen on two motorbikes.
About the possible motive for the attack, DIG-East Munir Shaikh said that “since the police were active in fight against terrorism, the police officers’ murder could be a reaction to it by banned outfits ”.
However, the investigators were also looking into the possible sectarian motives behind the DSP Zaidi’s killing, added the officer because he belongs to Shia sect and 100’s of Shia notables were killed by Taliban and AhleSunaat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) terrorists.
The IG of Sindh police, the additional IG of Karachi, the Karachi commissioner, the registrar of the Sindh High Court and other police and civil officers attended the funeral prayers for DSP Zulfiqar Zaidi at the police headquarters in Garden.
The Sindh police IG announced posthumous promotion of the slain officer to the next grade.
He also directed appointment of his nephew on recommendation of the widow of the police officer in the police force.