UIT director killed over resisting robbery


Dr Zahir Ali Syed, the director of Karachi’s Usman Institute of Technology (UIT), was killed in a broad daylight incident of firing at District East of Karachi on Friday.

According to SSP Sajid Saduzai the incident took place near Khatoon-e-Pakistan College within the limits of New Town police station. The assailants opened fire after the victim sped up the car instead of stopping.  He was shot once in his shoulder. The victim was taken to Aga Khan University Hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

“The bullet got stuck in his body and he died due to over bleeding,” SSP Saduzai while talking to reporters said. The victim’s driver while recording his initial statement to the police said that Dr Syed was heading towards his residence located at Bahadurabad locality after dropping him near AKU. As soon as he moved towards, the two armed men on a motorcycle arrived and tried to intercept Dr Syed. “Their faces were cleared as they did not wear masks or helmets,” the driver explained. “The suspects opened a single fire after Shah Sahib did not stop a car.”

Police said that deceased director was not receiving any kind of threats from anyone; however, the police was trying to make the sketches of the suspects with the help Dr Syed’s driver.

The police were also unable to get CCTV footage of the crime scene. “No CCTV camera was installed at the crime scene but we are trying to obtain the CCTV footage from the surroundings to get help in probing a case and tracing and arresting the suspects,” SSP Saduzai explained. “We have also recovered an empty shell of the 30bore pistol from a crime scene.”

The empty shell recovered from the crime scene will be sent to the forensic division of the Sindh police for ballistics cross-matching and it will helpful for the police investigators to trace the suspects behind the incident. No case has been registered till the filing of this news story.

Sonia Shehzad, UIT’s spokesperson, said that Dr Syed was going back to his home from the institute when the robbers tried to stop him near Aga Khan University Hospital. She however said that she has no confirmed information about what exactly happened on the crime scene.

By profession, Dr. Syed was an engineer who graduated from Dawood Engineering College. Later he applied for admission in the postgraduate degree program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completing his master degree from MIT, Dr. Syed moved to California for a doctorate degree. He came back to Pakistan joining NED University of Engineering Technology as a lecturer and academic counselor.

Utilizing his IT industry experience, Dr Syed developed several software houses and IT companies. Later, he started Avanza solutions with a team. However, after serving in the IT industry, he started his academic career with Karachi Institute of Technology associated with the University of Huddersfield.

He was also the owner of the Cambridge Advisors Network providing technology and IT-related consultancies to multiple universities. In 2016, Dr Syed joined Usman Institute of Technology affiliated NEDUET as director.

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