Gunmen kill Shia university director in Pakistan

Gunmen kill Shia university director in Pakistan
Tue Nov 19, 2013 13:37:51

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle have killed a senior Shia director of a university along with his driver in Pakistan's central Punjab province, officials say.

In an apparent targeted sectarian attack on Tuesday, Syed Shabir Hussain Shah, the director of student affairs at a university in the eastern city of Gujrat city in Punjab Province, was attacked while on his way to the campus.  

"Gunmen riding a motorbike sprayed bullets on his vehicle when he was about to reach the university campus in (the) morning. His driver was also killed in the attack," Ali Nasir Rizvi, district police chief, told AFP.

"At the moment, we don't know about the numbers of the attackers, but the incident looks like a targeted killing," he said.

University officials said the slain director was very active in the university's affairs.

"He was a Shia by sect, but very progressive official of the campus," Sheikh Abdul Rashid, a spokesman for the university, said.

Another colleague said Shah had previously received threats.

"He had been threatened by unknown people in past," a professor at Gujrat University, said on the condition of anonymity.

On Monday, authorities in northwestern city of Kohat imposed a curfew after a fresh round of sectarian violence left four people dead, officials said.

Pakistan is facing rising sectarian violence, with Sunni militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban often attacking gatherings of Shiites, who make up some 20 percent of the country's overwhelmingly Muslim population.


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