A car driver – stated to be the son of a former deputy commissioner – shot dead a policeman at close range after an altercation in Karachi on late Monday night.
The tragic incident occurred in DHA Phase V after the martyred cop, Abdul Rehman, and his colleague chased the suspected shooter, identified as Khurram Nisar, and spoke to him after they allegedly noticed suspicious activity.
According to the video footage recorded by CCTV camera, Rehman and Nisar came out of the car from the passenger seat and driver’s seat respectively of a black vehicle with tinted windows.
In the same video, the cop can be seen holding a pistol and gesturing Nisar to sit in the car and go to the police station as they exchanged heated arguments.
According to the police, Nisar, is an expatriate and came to Karachi from Sweden on November 5. He lives there with his wife and two children.
The two policemen, riding a bike, were patrolling the area near Ideal Bakery in Clifton, Block 5 when they hailed down a car with tinted windows.
It is reported that they were trying to take the suspect’s vehicle to the police station when the incident took place after they stopped the car on the suspicion that the suspect was trying to abduct a girl.
When the policeman approached Nisar, the woman fled, while they tried to control him, but couldn’t get hold of his gun as he resisted. Later, Rehman sat in the car with Nisar, while his colleague followed them on the bike.
As they tried to take Nisar to Darakhshan Police Station, the accused refused to do so. At this, Rehman tried to stop Nisar and both of them got out of the car. The two engaged in an argument and pulled their guns on each other.
Later, Nisar, whose home in Karachi is near the crime scene, left the car used in the incident at home and fled in another vehicle.
The police raided Nisar’s house and seized weapons, documents and the vehicle used during the shooting. The house watchman was also detained.
The case of the murder of the policeman was registered on the complaint of a sub-inspector at Darakhshan Police Station.
The suspected shooter faces charges of terrorism, murder, and shootout with police, officials said.
Rahman, the martyred cop, was shot in the right temple. Initial medical examination showed the slug of the bullet got stuck in the head, according to the First Information Report (FIR).
The FIR also contains the detailed statement of the deceased cop’s partner, a constable, who was at the scene.
According to the police, both cops, members of the elite Shaheen Force, were on a motorcycle patrolling routine, when they heard screams of a woman coming from a sedan near a traffic light in Khayaban-e-Shamsheer, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase V.
“The martyred cop, in the line of duty, sped after the black car and intercepted it near Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s mausoleum as soon as the driver pulled over. He then opened the front passenger side door and sat in the car. However, as soon as he got in the car, a girl sitting in the backseat bolted out of the vehicle,” the police FIR said.
Later, as per the FIR, the car moved ahead and stopped after covering some distance.
“During the drive, the cop and the shooter had a heated argument. They stopped and both the cop and the driver came out of the car each toting a gun. At that point, the driver took aim and shot the cop. The bullet hit him in the side of the head, killing him instantly,” the police said.
The FIR also said that the martyred cop fired at the shooter, but missed.