A cab driver was shot dead by unknown assailant at Thalla on Chakbeli Khan Road, informed police here on Monday.

According to Sub Inspector (SI) Shamim Shehzad of Police Station (PS) Chontra, who is investigating the case, one Muhammad Nazir, son of Fazal Dad, aged 60, was a private cab (LXJ 2910) driver, who picked up a passenger on Sunday night and dropped him at his destination. He added that he was returning back when an unknown man flagged down him. The man embarked in the vehicle and later shot Muhammad Nazir dead with his pistol and escaped, the SI said.

According to him, the heirs found the dead body of Nazir lying in his Suzuki carry van in Thalla on Charki Road and informed the local police which rushed to the scene, took up the body into custody and sent it to hospital for postmortem.

A murder case has been registered against the unknown killer on the application of Muhammad Rashid, the son of Nazir while further investigation was under way, the police said. The killer was yet not traced whereas police were struggling its best to arrest him, IO said.–Our Staff Reporter