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Driver of ride-hailing company shot dead in Karachi

Driver of ride-hailing company shot dead in Karachi

Police are investigating the alleged murder of a driver working for a ride-hailing company who was found dead in his car in Karachi's Korangi area earlier this week, police said on Friday.

The driver, Syed Abdullah Gillani, was found inside his car with a single bullet wound on his head on Wednesday, Station House Officer (SHO) Khalid Abbasi told Dawn. The investigators have recovered one spent bullet casing fired from a 30-bore pistol from the crime scene, the SHO added.

The police have ruled out the possibility of robbery in their initial probe as the assailants did not take Gillani's mobile phone, money and other valuables, SHO Abbasi said.

He said that "initial investigations suggest that the murder might be linked with personal enmity," adding that the victim was involved in a land dispute with his relatives in Punjab.

The victim originally hailed from Bahawalpur according to the CNIC found in his pocket, he said.

The SHO further said that the investigations have revealed that someone had called the driver to meet at the site of the alleged murder. "When he reached there, Gilani was gunned down apparently while inside his car."

The victim was associated with a ride-hailing company but at time of the incident, his vehicle was "offline", Abbasi said.

Following the incident, the ride-hailing company said that it was offering assistance to the authorities with the ongoing investigations into the murder.

In another similar incident in June, a Careem driver was shot and wounded by a robber over resistance in Karachi's Defence Housing Authority.

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