During an attempted snatching attempt in Karachi’s North Nazimabad district on Friday morning, armed thieves shot and killed a journalist connected with Samaa TV, police said.
According to SSP Central Usman Maroof, a 45-year-old father named Ather Mateen was returning to his home in the North Nazimabad district after dropping off his children at school when he was ambushed by two armed robbers on a motorcycle near Shah Medical Hospital in Block-A.
According to the officer, the victim felt threatened after seeing a motorcycle approaching him, so he accelerated his automobile and collided with the bikers. “They tumbled off the motorcycle and opened fire on the man in response,” he added.
However, some eyewitnesses stated that the armed guys were robbing the victim of his goods and then shooting him dead when he resisted.
The victim’s body was brought to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical and legal procedures.
The shooters apparently ditched their motorcycle on the site after it allegedly developed a problem and fled after stealing another bike from a bystander, according to the SSP.
He stated that the police were looking into the situation from all angles.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister Office, Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly denounced the tragedy and instructed the authorities to take all necessary steps to apprehend the killers.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah both issued comments condemning the killing and requesting a report from the additional inspector general. They told the top cop to make sure the killers were apprehended as soon as possible.
The governor stated that the provincial government must take quick action to address the city’s escalating crime rate.
“The police should secure the safety of citizens’ lives, property, and honour,” Ismail stated.
Khurram Sher Zaman, a Sindh PTI MP, said criminals were on the loose in Karachi, with the city’s Central district being the worst hit in terms of robberies and street crimes.
Robbery events, he added, cast doubt on law enforcement’s effectiveness.
He also asked the police to find Mateen’s killers.
Naveid Siddiqui, the CEO of Samaa TV, expressed his sorrow over Mateen’s death in a sympathy message, saying he had worked as a senior news producer for the channel for the past two years.
In a tweet, Siddiqui wrote, “Remember him in your prayers.”