Saudi diplomat assassinated in Karachi

KARACHI: A Saudi Arabian diplomat was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Karachi on Monday, just five days after hand grenades were lobbed at the Saudi consulate in the same city.Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Iqbal Mehmood told media men that the Saudi diplomat was not escorted by bodyguards when the gunmen, on speedy motorcycles, opened fire, hitting his car with at least four bullets, one struck his head, causing his instant death.

He said that the Saudi consulate officer, identified as Hassan Al-Qahqani, was going to consulate from his house in a car, bearing no CC 5264 when the incident happened. The incident took Place in jurisdiction of Darksha Police station near Saudi consulate.According to eyewitnesses, two armed motorcyclists opened fire at the diplomat car. Police and rangers arrived at the scene and launched investigations into circumstances of the deadly attack.The Saudi Embassy in Islamabad confirmed that the victim was a diplomat. Police have also found a card inside a bullet riddled car.It was the second such attack on Saudi targets in the area. On May 11, two hand-grenades were hurled at the Saudi consulate building causing minor damage.On the other hand, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has taken strong notice of the incident and ordered arrest of accused involved in murder of diplomat. He also ordered to enhance security around Saudi consulate, besides providing security to Saudi nationals, living in Pakistan. – Onlinenews