Maulana Dr Adil Khan, a religious scholar and head of Karachi's Jamia Farooqia seminary, was shot dead along with his driver in a suspected targeted attack in the city on Saturday, officials said. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: The targeted killing of noted religious scholar and administrator of Jamia Farooqia, Karachi, Maulana Dr Adil Khan, along with his driver has sent shockwaves across the city as the authorities concerned have become wary about law and order situation.

Sixty-year-old Dr Adil Khan was the son of renowned religious scholar Maulana Saleemullah Khan who assumed responsibilities as the administrator of Jamia Farooqia after the death of his father.

Dr Adil Khan was assassinated by unidentified motorcycle riders who opened fire on him when he stopped in Shah Faisal Colony area of the city to do some shopping. He was present in his vehicle with his drive as the gunmen approached them, opened fire and killed them both.

Five bullets

An initial investigation report submitted by the Inspector General of Sindh Police Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the incident had occurred near Shama Shopping Centre as two gunmen fired total five bullets.

The late Islamic scholar was also the member of the executive council of Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan i.e. the largest federation of religious seminaries in Pakistan with affiliation of around 23,000 madaris from across Pakistan.

He had obtained his master’s degree in Arabic in 1976 from the University of Karachi and PhD in in Islamic Culture in 1992. He remained associated with the International Islamic University Malaysia as a professor from 2010 to 2018. The late Islamic scholar also received five-star ranking award in Malaysia. He was preparing for his post-doctoral research at the time of his death.

He also published four different periodicals in Arabic, English, Urdu, and Sindhi languages from Jamia Farooqia.

Late Dr Adil Khan was well versed in Urdu, English, and Arabic languages. He was an expert in Quraanic and Hadith studies, Islamic history, Islamic economic system, Islamic history, and jurisprudence. He had the plan to upgrade Jamia Farooqia as a university.

Sabotage activities

Following the incident, the Sindh Home Department imposed an immediate ban on pillion riding on motorcycles in Karachi for one month to maintain law and order situation in the city as the criminals mostly used two-wheelers in such sabotage activities.

In his statement, Sindh CM said that certain miscreants wanted to tarnish the situation of peace in Karachi.

He asked the Sindh Police to use modern policing technology to trace the killers to arrest them at the earliest and hand them down stern punishment.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail also condemned the killing of Dr Adil Khan and asked police to take steps on urgent basis for arresting the killers.

Renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani said that the killing had been perpetrated under a conspiracy to cause widespread lawlessness in the country.

He lauded the services of Dr Adil Khan for the national unity and harmony in the country.