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Top Pakistani artist 'murdered'
Amin Ismail Gulgee
Mr Gulgee was internationally renowned
One of Pakistan's best known artists has been found murdered at his home in the southern city of Karachi along with his wife and a servant, police say.

They say that the body of Amin Ismail Gulgee, internationally known as Gulgee, was discovered by his son.

Police say that his corpse and the other two bodies were found at the artist's home near the sea in Karachi's upmarket area of Clifton.

The area's chief of police said they were investigating a triple murder.

Gagged

"All three were apparently strangled," Clifton district police chief Asif Ejaz Sheikh told the AFP news agency.

"It seems the triple murder took place three days ago," he said.

Police said that the artist's car was missing and was thought to have been stolen. They said that all three bodies appeared to have been hit by a blunt instrument and were gagged.

Mr Gulgee was the recipient of several international and national awards, and was best known for his calligraphy and portraits.

The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says that his best known subjects included US Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush Senior, the Shah of Iran, King Hussein of Jordan, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Pakistani leaders Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and General Ayub Khan.

Mr Gulgee's son, Amin, called the police after he discovered the bodies on Wednesday evening. Amin lives next door to his father and is also a renowned artist.

Our correspondent says that Mr Gulgee's death comes as a big shock to Pakistan's cultural community.

He was hailed as one of the country's greatest living artists, and was feted by national and international leaders.



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