FIR lodged in Karachi CTD DSP murder case

Police say FIR lodged at CTD police station on behalf of Azizabad Station House Officer Imran Afridi

CTD DSP Investigations Ali Raza in this undated photo. — Reporter
CTD DSP Investigations Ali Raza in this undated photo. — Reporter
  • Terrorism, murder charges incorporated in the case.
  • CTD DSP, security guard were martyred in firing.
  • Slain police officer was friend of Chaudhry Aslam. 

KARACHI: A first investigation report (FIR) was filed on Tuesday in the case pertaining to murder of two persons including a police officer of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Karachi's Karimabad area.

Police said the FIR was lodged at CTD police station on behalf of Azizabad Police Station Station House Officer Imran Khan Afridi, as the murder took place within the police station's limits.

The charges of terrorism and murder were incorporated in the case, the police maintained.

Slain CTD deputy superintendent of police Ali Raza and a security guard, Waqar, were martyred in firing of unidentified terrorists on Sunday.

The senior police officer, who was a close friend of another martyred officer senior superintendent police (SSP) Chaudhry Aslam, was targeted by two gunmen near a residential building in the area.

Ali received a bullet in the head following the heavy firing by the culprits and was immediately taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

A security guard of the residential building also lost his life in the fierce gun attack.

Police officers confirmed that one of the armed men donned an ajrak — a traditional block-printed shawl in Sindh — while the second gunman hid his face with a helmet. The attacker used a 9mm pistol with a silencer to target the senior cop, they added.

They said that Ali frequently used to visit the area to meet his childhood friends which increased suspicions that the assassins carried out the attack after full recce.

The police personnel also found 11 spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.

The attackers opened fire at DSP Ali after he came out of his “bullet-proof vehicle”.

CTD Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Asif Aijaz Shaikh, speaking to journalists following Ali’s killing, said that the culprits behind the attack would not be spared at any cost. He confirmed that the slain police officer “uses a bullet-proof vehicle”.

To a question regarding any threat to DSP Ali, Shaikh replied that “all CTD officers face threats”. He added that two persons were involved in the attack who fired 11 times at Ali.

DIG Shaikh further said that it would be too early to comment on the motives behind the attack which would be ascertained after a thorough probe.