Professor shot dead of Gujrat University

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GUJRAT: Student services director of the University of Gujrat Professor Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday, Web reported.

Gunmen on motorcycles intercepted his car near the university on Jalalpur Road and opened fire at the vehicle, shooting the professor and his driver Khadim Hussain. Both of them died on the spot.

“Gunmen riding a motorbike sprayed bullets on his vehicle when he was about to reach the university campus in (the) morning. His driver was also killed in the attack,” district police chief Ali Nasir Rizvi said.

“He was a Shia by sect and a very progressive official of the campus,” Sheikh Abdul Rashid, a spokesperson for the university told AFP.

Another colleague said Shah had previously received threats.

“He had been threatened by unknown people in the past,” a professor at Gujrat University said on condition of anonymity.

The police also later confirmed that Shah was Shia Muslim.

“We found a note at the scene of Shah’s death which read: ‘This is retaliation for Rawalpindi’,” deputy superintendent of police Manzoor Malik told Reuters, referring to the clashes in Rawalpindi over the weekend in which eight people were killed.

“The note was signed, ‘Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’.”

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