Samaa TV journalist shot dead during ‘robbery bid’ in Karachi

Samaa TV journalist shot dead during ‘robbery bid’ in Karachi

Qazi Hassan | Imtiaz Ali Published February 18, 2022 – 

A view of the crime scene where journalist Ather Mateen was shot dead. — DawnNewsTV
A view of the crime scene where journalist Ather Mateen was shot dead. — DawnNewsTV

A journalist associated with Samaa TV was shot dead by armed robbers during an alleged snatching bid in Karachi’s North Nazimabad area on Friday morning, police said.

According to SSP Central Usman Maroof, a 45-year-old man, identified as Ather Mateen, was returning to his home in the North Nazimabad area after dropping off his children at school when he was waylaid by a couple of armed robbers on a motorbike near Shah Medical Hospital in Block-A of the area.

The officer quoted the initial investigation as revealing that the victim sensed danger after spotting a motorbike approaching him and he accelerated his car and hit the bikers. “They fell off the motorbike and in reaction, opened fire on the man and fled,” he added.

However, the officer said some eyewitnesses claimed that the armed men were robbing the victim of his valuables and upon resistance, they shot him dead.

The body of the victim was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

The gunmen also left their motorbike on the spot after it reportedly developed some fault and made off after snatching another bike from a citizen on the crime scene, the SSP added.

He said the police were investigating the case from all aspects.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the additional inspector general. They directed the senior cop to ensure the arrest of the killers at the earliest.

In a statement, the governor said the provincial government must take immediate steps to contain rising incidents of street crimes in Karachi.

“The police should ensure the protection of life, property and honour of the citizens,” Ismail said.

PTI MPA from Sindh, Khurram Sher Zaman, said criminals were on the rampage in Karachi, adding that the city’s Central district was the most affected in terms of street crimes and robberies.

He said incidents of robberies raised a question mark on the performance of law enforcement authorities.

He also asked the police to nab the killers of Mateen.


1 reply

  1. My advice is you are facing a robbery attempt. Cooperate. Do not resist.

    Once upon a time in Nigeria my car was robbed while I was sitting in it. One car blocked me from the front and one from the back. Several man came out. They had machetes. I opened the window and said ‘What can I do for you Sir’? I had some cash in my shirt pocket, just for such an occasion. To say I have nothing is dangerous. Better to quickly give them something to make them calm. They just said ‘get out’, which I did. They drove off.

    My friend’s bag was left in the car. Cash of his day’s earnings. Driving license. There was an address on the driving license. It came back by post a few days later. Very polite robbers, because I was polite too.


    Yes, Insurance paid the car.

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