September 3rd, 2021
A few days after a government official was transferred from Chakwal after public pressure allegedly because he was an Ahmadi, an attack has taken place in where an Ahmadi man has been killed for reportedly professing his faith. The victim has been identified as Maqsood Ahmad who was 45 years old. The incident took place in the Nankana district of Punjab.
The police have lodged an FIR over murder charges but as of now no person has been arrested. According to the FIR, Maqsood Ahmad was shot several times by four unknown assailants with two bullets hitting him on the head as he died on the spot.
The brother-in-law of the deceased has told Voicepk.net that he was a British national and had returned to Pakistan six months ago.
“He was retired from the Pakistan Army around 10 years ago and after that, he settled in England,” said Ahmad’s brother in law. He added that Ahmad had no enmity whatsoever with anyone, and his family had no clue about his killers.
The deceased Ahmad has left behind parents, a widow, and four young children.
Spokesman Jamat Ahmadiyya Saleem ud Din urged the government to take swift action and arrest the culprits and bring them to justice.
“We hope that the Govt will ensure that in future it will put an end to the violence perpetrated against members of the Ahmadiyya Community,” the spokesman of Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya said in a tweet.
Meanwhile the Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on religious harmony, Tahir Ashrafi condemned the incident through a tweet but used the term “Qadiani” while referring to the slain person. Ahmadis consider “Qadiani” a derogatory term that is also often used as an anti-Ahmadi slur.
Since last year there had been an increase in attacks on the member of the Ahmadiyya community which had been facing deadly violence since 1947.
Last year in November, an Ahmadi doctor was murdered in broad daylight while his father was left critically wounded after a teenager opened fire at their house in the Nankana district.
In February 2021, a homeopathic doctor from the minority Ahmadi community in his clinic in Bazid Khel locality of Peshawar, the fourth member of the minority community slain in targeted attacks in the city since July last year.
Amir Mahmood, in charge of the Jamaat-e-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.
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 after an altercation. Mehboob Ahmed, an 82-year-old Ahmadi man, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Peshawar on November 8, 2020.