Police said on Tuesday that they had killed the main suspect in the high-profile murder case of journalist Athar Mateen, marking a significant step in the case.
According to reports, the Karachi West police, in collaboration with the Qamar-Shahdadkot police party, conducted a joint raid in the region to apprehend the perpetrator after receiving a tip. When the accused, identified as Anwar Husni, noticed the police party, he opened fire on the raiding party.
Husni was killed as a result of retaliatory fire from the police. According to the authorities, Anwar was the primary suspect in the murder of Athar Mateen, who was shot by a journalist after opening fire on him.
Two suspects have already been taken into custody by the police on suspicion of being involved in the murder case, according to reports.
A vehicle in Karachi’s Nazimabad district was targeted by unidentified armed men on February 18, killing Athar Mateen as he attempted to prevent a carjacking attempt. The attackers were not identified.
According to authorities, journalist Athar Mateen was trying to stop an attempted robbery when the incident occurred. Mateen hit a group of armed robbers who were looting a citizen with their vehicle, according to authorities, who also said the suspects opened fire on him after being shot, resulting in his immediate death.
Previous to his death, the dead journalist was currently employed by a local news channel owned by PTI leader Aleem Khan.