Sindh police, on Tuesday, started its investigation of the murder of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Abdul Habib Khilji on Monday. Khilji was shot dead in an armed attack. Police officials have pinned the murder to be a result of either political differences or a dacoity bid. The deceased was both a member of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) as well as PSP’s candidate from the Sindh Assembly’s PS-122 constituency. “Rs 1, 95000 were found from the vehicle of the assassinated PSP leader, the aspect of a dacoity into the killing cannot be ruled out,” the police added. They had also found a KCCI membership card on his body. Five to six bullet marks were found on the deceased’s car and the gunshots were said to be from two 9mm pistols According to details, Khilji was murdered near Sakhi Hassan area where four unknown armed assailants opened fire at his vehicle. It has been reported the suspects had come on two motorcycles wearing plain clothes while two of them had helmets on. The investigation would make use of geofencing of the crime scene, forensic testing and samples, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from any cameras installed near the crime site, they said. Police officials confirmed that they were in contact with the deceased’s heirs and a case would be registered after laying him to rest. Khilji was moved to a nearby hospital soon after he was attacked, but he succumbed to his bullet wounds. Other PSP leaders, including Asif Hussain, reached the hospital where Habib was brought and offered their condolences to the bereaved family. PSP chief has condemned the incident and demanded the provincial government to ensure the swift arrest of his culprits and their facilitators. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the incident and ordered Karachi Additional Inspector General (AIG) to submit a report in this regard. He also issued orders for an immediate arrest of perpetrators. Sindh Police Inspector-General (IG) also sought a detailed report from the District Central Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP). Published in Daily Times, February 20th 2019.