SSP activist succumbs to injuries

KARACHI - A senior activist of defunct Sipah Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), who was injured on Thursday in a target killing incident, succumbed to his injuries in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Friday. Following the incident, panic gripped different localities including Nagan Chowrangi and Korangi area. Intermittent aerial firing was reported in these areas when the news of Athar Jadoons death were spread. A large number of activists and sympathisers gathered at the Jinnah Hospital. They carried his body from the hospital to his home at Korangi Sector 28, Awami colony area, in a procession. The activists also chanted slogans again the government, law enforcement agencies and their rival sect. Athar was a senior activist of a banned outfit. He received three bullets in an ambushed attack, said the spokesman of Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Maulana Ehsan Farooqui. He strongly condemned the incident and said government become a silent spectator over the killing of the activists of Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat. He said Chief Justice of Pakistan would take suo moto action against the ongoing target killings. In last seven months, our 22 activists were gunned down in target killings. His funeral prayer was offered in a local mosque of Korangi Awami Colony after Asr prayers in which a large number of activists participated amid tight security. Later he buried at the Bagh-e-Korangi graveyard. Police said Athar was the most senior activist of SSP and in early year 2000, he was apprehended at Pak-Afghan border. Later in 2005, the security forces of Afghanistan handed him over to the Pakistan government. He said after one year of imprisonment in Karachi, he was released on bail and started the transport business.

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