Cleric strangled in Tanawal seminary.

MANSEHRA -- A cleric was strangled inside his seminary in Hari Mera area of Tanawal area early on Thursday.

'We have begun investigation into this blind murder and learned that someone spent night with Qari Mohammad Khalid, 30, and strangled him before fleeing through the window,' district police officer Sadiq Baloch told reporters after visiting the Madrassa-i-Markaz Islamia.

He said the police had collected forensic evidence from the cleric's room and quizzed students and staff members, and would ensure the early arrest of the killer(s).

The cleric's cousin, Shah Badshah, told police that Qari Khalid of Burgabir area in Kolai-Palas district was appointed a teacher to the seminary nine months ago and he had living there since then.

The body was handed over to the family after doctors completed medico-legal formalities at the King Abdullah Teaching Hospital.

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