November 11th, 2021

By Ahmed Saeed 


LAHORE

An Ahmadi man Kamran Ahmad has been shot and killed by unknown assailants in Peshawar on November 9, Tuesday.

Ahmed was the seventh person belonging to the Ahmadi faith who has been killed since August last year. Out of seven, five people were killed in Peshawar and others were shot dead in Punjab.

According to a press release issued by Jama’at Ahmadiyya Pakistan, 40-year old Ahmad had no personal enmity with anyone and was targeted for his faith.

He has left behind a widow and three minor children. He was an employee in one of the factories on Industrial Estate Kohat Road, Peshawar.

“It is worth noting here that the said factory belonged to an Ahmadi businessman who prior to this unfortunate incident has sold one of his factories and was in the process of selling this factory as well due to the rising opposition against Ahmadis in Peshawar,” the press release said.

The police have lodged an FIR under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Hate campaign against Ahmadis needs to be stopped

Amir Mahmood, in charge of the Jamaat Ahmadiyya’s media cell, told Voicepk.net that the attacks on the Ahmadi community members and their properties had spiked after the killing of Tahir Naseem, an alleged blasphemy accused, inside a Peshawar court in July 2020.

“No perpetrator of these killings have been sentenced yet and in some cases, police have even failed to apprehend the culprits”, Mahmood said. He added that members of the Jama’at had been in contact with the local administration and apprised them of threats being faced by the community members but the violence continue despite authorities’ assurances.

He also said that hate campaigns against Ahmadis being run by extremists’ elements go unchecked by the law enforcement agencies. “Such incidents cannot be stopped unless the government takes action against those who sow the seeds of hatred against Ahmadis in society,” Mahmood added.

Previous Incidents

In August 2020, Meraj Ahmed, an Ahmadi businessman, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in August, while an Ahmadi professor at a local college in Peshawar was shot dead by a colleague in October last year. Mehboob Ahmed, an 82-year-old Ahmadi man, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Peshawar on November 8, 2020.

In February 2021, a teenage madrassa student shot dead an Ahmadi homeopathic doctor Abdul Qadir in his clinic in Bazid Khel locality of Peshawar. The police have arrested the killer from the crime scene.

According to a report published by the Ahmadiyya community, at least over 270 have been killed while 29 Ahmadiyya worships places have been demolished since 1984.

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