KARACHI - Singer and TV artist Nadeem Jafri was attacked by unknown armed robbers on Thursday.

The actor registered an FIR at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station. He stated that he was sitting outside his house with a friend at around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday morning when two armed persons on a motorbike came and robbed him of his phone and money.

“There were two gunmen who snatched cash and mobiles from all of us. When they started the bike to flee, my cousin Dr. Raza opened fire on the robbers. In response, they also returned fire and the shootout lasted for about 40 seconds. Thank God! No one was injured,” told Nadeem Jafri. Recently on June 22, unknown armed motorcyclists sprayed bullets on famed qawwal Amjad Sabri in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi when the 45-year-old was on his way. Sabri’s killing shook the entire civil society causing massive media -uproar.

Last week, scores of actors, singers and producers demanded that the Sindh government should provide them security because they feel threatened after the recent murder of renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri. The artists, mostly associated with the television industry and led by singer Fakhr-e-Alam, had submitted an application to the Defence police station SHO which warned that they would hold the provincial government responsible if any member of the fraternity came under attack.  “We have received the application which was signed by 62 artists,” Inspector Orangzeb Khattak, the station house officer, said. “It’s not the area police’s domain to decide about security for any individual neither have we the capacity to provide security to such a large number of people. We will forward their request to the higher authorities for directives.” While talking to media outside police station, Faisal Qureshi said he was not sure if the government could provide them security. Maria Wasti said they stood for everybody. Their voice represented public voice.

The story didn’t end here. With the tragic death of renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri and wave of fear among the actors, famous actor Fakhre Alam resigned from the post of Sindh Board of Film Censorship chairman citing personal reasons. The actor forwarded his resignation to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah for further action.

"I would like to state that I was appointed on MP 1 status which entitled me to a salary, home allowance, official vehicle etc, however, I did not take any benefit financial and performed my duties voluntarily. I shall not claim any dues from the government of Sindh for my services as Censor Board chairman."

3 TTP, LeJ men killed

in encounter

At least three terrorists affiliated with banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were killed during an encounter with police in Lyari on Thursday.

On a tip off, Rangers raided at hideout in the Chakiwara area and terrorists opened fire on the paramilitary personnel. The Rangers retaliated and killed three terrorists identified as Habibullah, Arshad Khan and Khan Darwaish.

Rangers also recovered weapons and explosives from the suspects’ hideout.