PESHAWAR, (Tribune Express): Another Shia’ shopkeeper was gunned down on Tuesday afternoon. Zulqarnain Haider was near his shop in Dora Chowk, Phandu Road when he was killed.
Also known as Prince, Haider, a resident of Kachi Mohallah, was at Dora Chowk when unidentified men on a motorcycle opened fire at him. He was grievously injured. Haider was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The police told The Express Tribune Zulqarnain belonged to a Shi’a family and they believed his murder was an incident of target killing.
Attacks making marks of those from Shi’a families have been on the rise since the start of 2013.
On January 9, Dr Riaz Hussain was shot dead outside his clinic in Dabgari Gardens. This was followed by the death of Dr Shah Nawaz Ali on January 22. He was attacked inside his clinic in Saddar.
On February 8, Advocate Malik Jarar Hussain was shot dead on Gulbahar Road while on his way to drop his children to school.
The targeted attack on Akbar Ali, a trader in Kochi Bazaar, on March 2 was the 11th such attack over the preceding two months. More have died in similar incidents since.