Incident Summary:

05/07/2016: Assailants opened fire on rights activist Khurram Zaki in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Zaki was killed and two people, including a civilian and a journalist were wounded in the attack. Halqa-e-Mehsud claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that Khurram Zaki was targeted for being critical of Cleric Abdul Aziz. Sources also attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Sector 11-B of the New Karachi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Activist: Khurram Zaki
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Khalid Rao and Jahanzeb Aslam. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Halqa-e-Mehsud Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Gunmen kill rights activist in Pakistan," Kinston Free Press, May 8, 2016.
"Asia Briefs: Viet fish deaths: Protest against Taiwan firm," Straits Times, May 8, 2016.