Abbas who was an anchor person working at a private television channel Bol News in Karachi was allegedly shot by his business partner Atif Zaman who also tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. He was later admitted to a local hospital with critical injuries, according to Karachi police. Abbas’s friend Khizar Hayat was also shot on the spot and he later succumbed to injuries in a hospital.
Police officials said, citing initial details, that he was killed during a fight over a personal dispute over some business investment which went wrong, Dawn news reported.
Initial investigation suggested that the accused Zaman had to pay back a debt to the TV anchor. It is also believed that the alleged killer had threatened him of dire consequences.
Zaman had called the victim to a café in a posh area of Defence in Karachi and gunned down Abbas and his friend.
“We had invested our money in his business and he [Zaman] wasn’t giving it back to us and others, he would always make excuses,” she said.
Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter to condole with the Abbas’s family.
Karachi South DIG Sharjeel Kharal said that friends of the deceased informed the police that he had a monetary dispute with someone.
SSP South Sheraz Nazir said that the investigators are probing the element of personal enmity as the deceased journalist, earlier, filed a police complaint against few individuals.
Meanwhile, political leaders in Pakistan has condemned the killing of Abbas and sent condolences on his death.
Mariam Nawaz Sharif, Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), tweeted to express his sorrow on the unfortunate incident.
In a tweet, Mariam said: May Allah’s blessings be with him and his family. Rest in peace.