A senior Pakistani supreme court official was shot dead early Monday at his home in Islamabad.
Local press reports quoted police as saying that four armed men broke into the house of Additional Registrar Hamad Reza in Islamabad between 4:30 and 5 a.m. local time and opened fire on him when he showed resistance.
Police said that the robbers first entered the ground portion of Reza's house where his parents are living and later they went to the upper portion, where Reza was residing.
Raza was critically injured in the firing and was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences by his family members but he succumbed to the gun wound there later.
Raza was working with the government in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan but his services had been hired by the suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during his tenure.
Although the police described the murder as the result of robbery attempt but some people suspected that it might be a targeted killing.
Police said that they had registered a case against unidentified men and were conducting further investigations.
The incident occurred at a time when the country is facing judicial crisis due to the suspension of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on the charges of misuse of authority.
Around 40 people have been killed and more than 150 injured since the violence erupted Saturday in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.