Mufti Taqi Usmani Survives Attempted Knife Attack In Karachi

Mufti Taqi Usmani Survives Attempted Knife Attack In Karachi

Mufti Taqi Usmani (Pakistani Islamic scholar and former judge) survived a knife attack at Karachi’s Darul Uloom Korangi in the early hours of Thursday.

He was attacked after Fajr's prayers. The suspicious man approached the scholar by making an excuse of talking to him. However, Mufti Usmani’s guard prevented the attacker from going.

He was handed over to the Awami Colony police after caught by the guards.

Mufti Taqi Usmani confirmed the incident.

“After the Fajar prayers, a suspicious man came and asked me to talk privately,” he stated. “As I got up to listen and went close to him, he took out the knife from his pocket.”

According to the cleric, his fellows acted timely and grabbed the attacker.

The suspect lives in Gulistan-e-Johar, as per Korangi SSP Shahjehan Baloch. "We have seized a plastic bag from him containing a woman's clothes as well as a knife."

He informed the police that recently he got into a fight with his wife and she left him after that. Although he made multiple attempts, she refused to return home. "I love her a lot so planned to visit the scholar for dum (cast away evil eye)," stated the suspect.

According to the SSP Baloch, the police have started questioning the attacker's family and are investigating the knife’s details.

We can't confirm at this point that was this a planned attack or a misunderstanding, the officer further stated.

In March 2019, the assailants opened fire on Mufti Taqi Usmani’s car at Karachi’s Nipa Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. As a result, the driver and a guard were killed.

In the same attack, Amir Shahab (Khateeb of Baitul Mukkaram mosque), was wounded. As stated by East DIG Aamer Farooqui, as opposed to earlier reports, the incidents were the same.

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Mufti Taqi Usmani is the vice-president of Darul Uloom Karachi. He served as a judge in the Federal Shariat Court from 1982 to 2002.