KARACHI: A senior television producer Athar Mateen was shot dead in North Nazimabad area of Karachi on Friday. Unidentified gunmen targeted Samaa TVs senior producer Athar Mateen and sprayed his car with bullets near Haideri in North Nazimabad.
While sharing the eye-witness account, the police said that the attackers left behind their motorcycle and ran away while snatching a two-wheeler from a passerby. Athar Mateen received three to four bullets on his body which caused his death.
His body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Police have started their investigation. Slain Athar Mateen was brother of anchor person Tariq Mateen.
Police informed that initially they got report that a citizen was shot dead by dacoits on putting up resistance during a dacoity bid.
However, SP Gulberg Tahir Noorani said that later it was revealed that a car hit a motorcycle and the motorcyclist who flew into rage opened fire on the car. As a result, Athar Mateen received bullets. A bullet pierced his chest and he died on the spot.
The deceased journalist had remained associated with a private TV channel previously and was currently working at a local news channel owned by PTI leader Aleem Khan. The body has been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for medico-legal formalities.
According to SSP Central Usman Maroof, a 45-year-old man, identified as Ather Mateen, was returning to his home in the North Nazimabad area after dropping off his children at school when he was waylaid by a couple of armed robbers on a motorbike near Shah Medical Hospital in Block-A of the area.
The officer quoted the initial investigation as revealing that the victim sensed danger after spotting a motorbike approaching him and he accelerated his car and hit the bikers. “They fell off the motorbike and in reaction, opened fire on the man and fled,” he added.
However, the officer said some eyewitnesses claimed that the armed men were robbing the victim of his valuables and upon resistance, they shot him dead.
The gunmen also left their motorbike on the spot after it reportedly developed some fault and made off after snatching another bike from a citizen on the crime scene, the SSP added.
PM Imran Khan
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the incident and directed the authorities to take all possible steps to bring the killers to book, according to a statement from the Prime Minister Office.
In their separate statements, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the killing and sought a report from the additional inspector general. They directed the senior cop to ensure the arrest of the killers at the earliest.
The governor said the provincial government must take immediate steps to contain rising incidents of street crimes in Karachi. “The police should ensure the protection of life, property and honour of the citizens,” Ismail said.
PTI MPA from Sindh, Khurram Sher Zaman, said criminals were on the rampage in Karachi, adding that the city’s Central district was the most affected in terms of street crimes and robberies.
He said incidents of robberies raised a question mark on the performance of law enforcement authorities. He also asked the police to nab the killers of Mateen.
In his condolence message, CEO of Samaa TV, Naveid Siddiqui, expressed grief over the death of Mateen and said he was associated with the channel for the last two years as a senior news producer.