Dr Shakeel Auj gunned down in Karachi

drKARACHI: Unknown gunmen on Thursday shot and killed Dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi Professor Dr Shakeel Auj in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi.

According to the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Shakeel Auj was critically injured when four unidentified assailants ambushed his car near Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. He was rushed to Agha Khan Hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

He was accompanied by Professor Dr Tahir Masood when he was attacked and was on his way to Khana-e-Farhang to attend a ceremony organised to honour him.

Fortunately, Dr Tahir Masood remained safe during the incident and shifted his injured colleague to the hospital who couldn’t survive the attack.

It is pertinent to mention that the government of Pakistan had recently announced to honour both the scholars with the second highest civilian award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

According to reports, Dr Auj was shot three times in the neck and chest.

Taking notice of the incident, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad ordered IGP Sindh to submit a report on the incident. As news of Dr Auj’s death was confirmed, it was announced that Karachi University would remain closed for three days. NNI

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