Pakistan human rights activist shot dead while having dinner

Khurram Zaki was murdered on Saturday night by four armed assailants at a restaurant in New Karachi

Karachi: Khurram Zaki, a leading Pakistani rights activist and social media campaigner known for his strong stance against religious extremism, was killed by unknown assailants in the country’s financial capital on Saturday night.

Family members mourn the death of activist Khurram Zaki. PIC/AP
Family members mourn the death of activist Khurram Zaki . PIC/AP

Zaki (40) was killed by four armed assailants, who came on two motorcycles and sprayed bullets on him while he was having dinner at a restaurant in Sector 11 of New Karachi. Rao Khalid, a journalist who was with Zaki and a bystander were critically wounded in the attack.

Khurram Zaki
Khurram Zaki

“The assailants fired at Zaki. Khalid and the bystander was caught in the firing,” Senior Superintendent of Police Muqaddas Haider said.

No one has taken responsibility yet for the attack. Zaki, a former journalist gained fame when he launched a Facebook page ‘Let Us Build Pakistan’ and became editor of a website devoted to working for human rights and spreading liberal religious views.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had recently blocked the page for viewers in the country. He had condemned extremism in all forms and came into limelight when he led a campaign against Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz for inciting hatred against Shia Muslims.

He and other campaigners built up pressure and got a case registered against Aziz.

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