KARACHI: Mufti Taqi Usmani escaped, what appears possible, an alleged assassination bid Thursday after a person was arrested for allegedly stalking the cleric.
A famend spiritual scholar in Pakistan, Usmani was strolling outdoors Dar ul Uloom Korangi when a suspicious man was caught by his guards stalking him.
The scholar’s guards captured the suspect–who has been recognized as a 35-year-old man named Asim Laeeq–before he might come near Usmani, and located that he was carrying a knife, confirmed per Dar ul Uloom sources.
SSP Korangi Shahjahan mentioned the suspect didn’t assault Usmani. He mentioned the suspect had requested for a gathering with the scholar after Fajar prayers.
“The unidentified suspect has been taken into custody, we are continuing with further investigation into the incident,” mentioned the SSP.
The SSP mentioned when grilled, the suspect revealed he was sick of frequent quarrels together with his spouse and had tried to method Usmani to hunt his prayer within the matter.
He added that the suspect was a resident of Gulistan-e-Jauhar space.
Usmani confirms he stays protected after assassination bid
Shortly after the incident, Usmani launched an audio message during which he confirmed most particulars of the incident, reassuring his followers that he’s protected.
“A suspect came to me after the Fajr prayers and asked to speak to me in private,” he mentioned. “I had just gotten up to speak to him when the suspect pulled out a knife from his pocket,” revealed the scholar.
Usmani mentioned his ‘followers’ seized the suspect earlier than he might injure him, thanking God for holding him protected.
“The relevant authorities are investigating the matter,” he mentioned. “The situation will become clearer after the probe concludes,” he added.
Inside minister expresses concern over assault on Mufti Taqi Usmani
Federal Minister for Inside Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed spoke to Usmani over the telephone to precise concern over the incident.
The minister inquired in regards to the incident from the spiritual scholar, and praised him for being the “pride of Islam”.
“I am very concerned about the suspected attack on you,” mentioned Rasheed, praying for the scholar’s well being and lengthy life.