On April 15, 2023, Mufti Abdul Shakoor, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and JUI-F MNA, died in a car accident in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Islamabad police released an initial inquiry report revealing that the car that hit Shakoor was overspeeding. According to the report, Shakoor was driving his car, and another car rammed into his vehicle due to overspeeding and negligence. The report stated that the car that hit Shakoor’s vehicle was part of an entourage of a person associated with the poultry business. At the time of the accident, the car’s speed was 110 kilometers per hour, while the late minister was driving at 30 kilometers per hour. The Motor Vehicle Examiner’s report revealed that the speed limit on Shahrah-e-Dastoor, where the accident occurred, was 60 kilometers per hour.
The Islamabad police said that the deceased minister was driving the car himself when a Toyota Hilux Revo, with five people onboard, crashed into his vehicle at the driver’s side. The federal minister was taken to Polyclinic Hospital in Islamabad, but due to severe internal bleeding, he succumbed to his injuries, the police said.
After the accident, the Secretariat police registered a case on the complaint of Haji Qudratullah at the Secretariat police station. The complainant stated that Shakoor had left his house at 8:22 p.m. for Parliament Lodges, and his car was hit due to overspeeding and carelessness.
Later, a district and sessions court in Islamabad granted police two-day physical remand of the person who was driving the car that crashed into Mufti Shakoor’s vehicle. The driver, Rao Gul Khan, was presented in front of Duty Magistrate Malik Aman. The investigation officer requested the court to grant seven-day physical remand. He informed the court that five people were sitting in the car that hit the late minister’s vehicle. The driver was arrested at the scene, two others were seriously injured and under treatment at the Polyclinic Hospital, while two others were at large. The investigation officer informed the court that police needed to conduct a drug test of the driver and arrest the remaining suspects to complete the investigation. Subsequently, the duty magistrate granted police two-day physical remand.
Mufti Abdul Shakoor was elected as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from NA-51 on the ticket of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in the 2018 general elections. His funeral prayers were attended by a number of officials and lawmakers, including MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Mohammad Khan Sherani. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah directed the capital’s police to ensure that a “complete investigation” was conducted regarding the accident.