JUP leader escapes assassination attempt in Pakistan

Karachi, A leader of a Pakistani religious party today escaped an assassination attempt on him when several shots were fired at his car here, days after renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was killed by Taliban militants in the country's largest city and economic hub.

Aqeel Anjum, a leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, was travelling in his car in the Orangi area when several shots were fire at his car.

"Yes they were several bullet marks on his car but he escaped unhurt and his driver drove him away from there," a police officer said.

The reason for the attack has not been ascertained as yet as further investigations are underway.

This is the second assassination attempt on a prominent personality in Karachi after the target killing of well-known and popular Qawwali exponent Sabri last Wednesday by Taliban militants in the Liaquatabad area of the city.

After Sabri's killing, prominent television personality Farhan Ali Waris also escaped an assassination attempt near his home in the Teen Hatti area near Liaquatabad in Karachi, the country's biggest city and economic hub.

Waris said his guard had retaliated before the unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle could open fire on him and sped away.

Last Monday, the provincial government and law enforcement and security agencies were rocked when the son of the sitting Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court was also kidnapped from outside a shopping centre in the upmarket Clifton area.

PTI

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