Karachi : A prominent Shia scholar and his companion were gunned down by unidentified armed men in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Tuesday. Agha Aftab Haider Jaffri, a leader of the Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan, and Mirza Shahid Ali were killed in Saddar area of Karachi.

Police officials said gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire at Jaffri’s car and killed both men instantly. Members of the Shia community organised a protest after learning about the killing of Jaffri. In a separate development, the bomb disposal squad defused a bomb containing five kilograms of explosives that was planted at a gate of the Mazar-e-Quaid, the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Witnesses said some men travelling in a car had planted the bomb at the gate of the mausoleum.

Three Shia men killed Meanwhile in Islamabad, three members of the minority Shia community were killed and two others injured when unidentified gunmen fired at a taxi in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan today, police said. The dead and injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

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