As per media agencies, he was killed during a fight over a personal dispute in Khayaban-e-Bukhari area. The report quoted South Karachi DIG Sharjeel Kharal as saying friends of the deceased informed that he had a monetary dispute with someone. Police said that they would not be able to reveal the suspect's identity due to ongoing investigation.
A report in Geo TV said that Abbas was accompanied by a friend, who was also injured in the incident. It said that the firing happened outside upscale Defence area's Khizar cafe. The report quoted police as saying that an unknown assailant opened fire at the journalist from a white-colored car.