Construction company owner murdered in Sharjah

Former Pakistan mayor shot five times in car outside of labour camp

Khan's car was parked near the Rashidiya tower
Khan's car was parked near the Rashidiya tower

Construction and maintainence company owner Iftikhar Ahmed Khan was killed after his car was shot five times while he waited outside of a labour camp for his brother on Saturday in Ajman, his nephew has claimed.

Irfan Akhtar told The National newspaper that he believed the murder could have been politically motivated, and that suspects had been arrested by police, but his family had yet to be given any further details.

“We have been assured that the killers would be apprehended and justice would be rendered. However, we are shocked that this happened in the UAE, which is considered very safe,” said Akhtar.

Akhtar reported to the newspaper that Khan had gone to the labour camp with his brother to visit a sick worker. He alleged that Khan was shot while his brother was inside the camp.

“As soon as (his brother) heard the gunshots he came running out but there was nobody at the scene,” he said.

Khan, a former mayor of Haripur town in Peshwar, northwestern Pakistan, was held in the 2008 for the murder of a provincial minister from the rival Awami National Party in the region. He was subsequently granted bail and left for the UAE.

He was framed for that murder,” Mr Akhtar told The National. “He was given exemption by the court because he was in the UAE at the time of the murder. He was allowed to travel on bail.”

Akhtar claimed that the killing of his uncle could have been politically motivated as he was planning of standing in the national assembly elections.

“He was planning on contesting as a PMLN candidate in the national assembly elections in Pakistan next year and we believe that he may have been killed by political opponents,” Mr Akhtar said. “He was very popular with the people and this is possibly why he was targeted.”

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