KARACHI: A gunman who shot dead six family members inside an apartment on Christmas morning was reportedly dressed as Santa Claus as he carried out the suspected murder-suicide.
The seven people were found dead inside the first-floor apartment. Two weapons were found at the scene and police believe the gunman shot himself after slaughtering the four women and three men, aged from 18 to 60.
Law enforcement sources said he was dressed in a festive Santa outfit as he carried out the massacre.
The Darul Uloom Haqqania reacted sharply to the incident and said that Christmas should be declared as blasphemous, as it lead to tragedy and loss of innocent lives.
Sami ul Haq, chancellor of the Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Deobandi Islamic seminary which is the alma mater of several Taliban leaders, said that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan had zero tolerance for Infidels and their traditions. He felt that Christmas should be banned in Pakistan, as it was a cultural invasion like St Valentines Day, from the culturally imperialistic and satanic state of America.
Police said the victims were related by blood or marriage but did not all live at the murder scene. Investigators have identified all seven but are waiting for medical examiners to confirm the identities and notify family members.
Sami Ul Haq called it “a tragic situation, as Muslim blood had been lost” and one of the most gruesome crimes in history.
The seven bodies were found in the common areas of the property after police received a call from the apartment complex at 11:30am local time Sunday. There was nobody at the other end of the call.
The front-door of the apartment was locked when law enforcement arrived. After forcing their way inside, officers found “seven victims, all deceased.
The local Christian community of Pakistan have chosen to remain silent, as Salmaan Taseer was martyred when he spoke in favour of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who continues to languish in jail for charges of blasphemy, and the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, the minority affairs minister. APP