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Prominent Shia scholar shot dead in Pakistan

November 06, 2012 19:28 IST

A prominent Shia scholar and his companion were gunned down by unidentified armed men in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Tuesday.

Agha Aftab Haider Jaffri, a leader of the Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan, and Mirza Shahid Ali were killed in Saddar area of Karachi.

Police officials said gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at Jaffri's car and killed both men instantly.   Members of the Shia community organised a protest after learning about the killing of Jaffri.

In a separate development, the bomb disposal squad defused a bomb containing five kilograms of explosives that was planted at a gate of the Mazar-e-Quaid, the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

Witnesses said some men travelling in a car had planted the bomb at the gate of the mausoleum.
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