KU Professor Dr Wahid ur Rehman Shot Dead in F.B. Area Karachi
KARACHI: Dr Syed Wahid ur Rehman alais Yasir Rizvi, assistant professor of the University of Karachi was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Wednesday.
According to initial reports, armed men riding a motorcycle fired four shots at Dr Syed Wahidur Rehman in Karachi’s Federal B area. Rehman received bullet wounds in the face, head and chest. The 42-year-old professor was in his Suzuki Cultus in Block 16 of FB area when he was gunned down.
The professor’s car following the attack. PHOTO: NOMAN AHMED/ EXPRESS
Confirming that Rehman – popularly known as Yasir Rizvi – was not Shia, police said the murder could be a case of mistaken identity and hence, sectarian killing.
In a bid to investigate the murder from all angles, the police are also looking to see if Rehman’s killing has links with Dr Shakil Auj’s murder as the two professors were close associates.
Professors close to Rehman claimed the deceased was not linked to a session on Balochistan, to be held at the university on May 6. Earlier, it was widely speculated that the attack was linked to the seminar, following prominent rights activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder on Saturday.
Following the attack on Rehman, educational activities at the university have been suspended, as per a formal notification issued by the university.
“The University of Karachi is closed today ie April 29, 2015 due to the sad demise of Dr Syed Waheedur Rehman, assistant professor, department of mass communication, University of Karachi.”
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the killing and asked for an inquiry report from IG Sindh.
A copy of the professor’s ID card. PHOTO: NOMAN AHMED/ EXPRESS
Rehman, an assistant professor at KU’s Mass Communication department, was a resident of Latif Square in FB area.
KU Assistant Professor Inam Bari said Rahman had been working at the university for the last three years.
The deceased had completed his Master’s and PhD from Federal Urdu University and worked there as a teacher, until he moved to KU. The university’s vice chancellor had appointed Rehman as his media adviser.
Rehman was member of a Local Newspaper "The Daily Basharat" Editorial Board as well, where he contributed immensely to the paper.
Bullet casings recovered from the scene of the crime indicate that a 9mm pistol was used in the attack.
In September last year Dr Shakil Auj, dean of the Islamic Studies Faculty of the university, was killed in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city.
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