Protesters, some brandishing guns, gather outside a hospital following the killing of Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia, chief of the ASWJ for Punjab province,  in Lahore on Dec 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Protesters, some brandishing guns, gather outside a hospital following the killing of Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia, chief of the ASWJ for Punjab province, in Lahore on Dec 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Protesters, some brandishing guns, gather outside a hospital following the killing of Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia, chief of the ASWJ for Punjab province,  in Lahore on Dec 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Protesters, some brandishing guns, gather outside a hospital following the killing of Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia, chief of the ASWJ for Punjab province, in Lahore on Dec 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials examine the bullet-riddled vehicle of ASWJ leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia after an attack by gunmen in Lahore on December 6, 2013.—AFP Photo

LAHORE: The provincial leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia, was shot dead Friday by unknown gunmen in Lahore.

The drive-by shooting took place as Muavia travelled by car to the northern Harbans Pura neighbourhood.

“Two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on Muavia's vehicle, wounding him and his driver critically,” said senior local police official, Rana Abdul Jabbar.

He said Muavia and his driver were rushed to hospital where the ASWJ provincial chief died of his bullet wounds.

“We are investigating the incident but it apparently seems to be a target killing,” Jabbar added.

Jabbar said the attack was a conspiracy to spread terrorism and sectarian violence, however, any such attempt would not be allowed to succeed.

The driver remains in a critical condition, Jabbar said.

The ASWJ spokesman Qasim Farooqi confirmed the incident and said the provincial chief was on his way to a meeting when the attack took place.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.

The shooting comes just three days after gunmen shot dead a senior Shia leader of the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM), Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani, in Karachi.

ASWJ leader Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi said in a tweet that the killing was part of a “big plot” and that “the situation is now getting out of control.” Another party official tweeted that “party workers should be ready to protest countrywide.”

Around 150 protesters had gathered in the capital of Islamabad, police said, and nearby markets were closed in case of violence. Extra police were deployed to mosques there and in Pakistan's financial heart of Karachi.

In Lahore, up to 500 enraged protesters, some brandishing automatic weapons, gathered in the central Anarkali neighbourhood and burnt tyres, an official said.

“We ordered shops in and around Anarkali area to be closed in order to prevent any loss to public property as the demonstrators got violent,” he added.

The ASWJ announced that funeral prayers for the slain leader will be held in Lahore on Saturday afternoon.

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Faisal Afridi
Dec 06, 2013 04:53pm

Very good news.Another mullah that we do not need! God is great!!

Laeeq
Dec 06, 2013 06:03pm

What goes around,comes around

mirza j baig
Dec 06, 2013 07:31pm

The killing of any one is not justified but when you spread hate you are bound to get it back its Karma and thats whats happening.

Akram
Dec 06, 2013 07:55pm

ASWJ's hate comes home to roost.

MALI
Dec 06, 2013 08:34pm

@Faisal Afridi: I personally knew the person, and have know him for the past 8 years, it was only after this news i came to know that he was the head of ASWJ's punjab head i.e he never showed that he held a position nor he ever spoke in religious lines, had you lost a friend like i did today, you would have been singing a different tune

NHM
Dec 06, 2013 08:47pm

"Another one bites the dust"

Usman Ahmad
Dec 06, 2013 09:11pm

Does any body have any guts to ban all religious processions and rallies once and for all.No rallies means no loss of life and no police and military postings. They can do what ever they want do in the masajids and imam bargahs. BAN.BAN and BAN!Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Save the lives.Bring a peace in the country if you love peace.

Karachi Wala
Dec 06, 2013 09:50pm

"ASWJ leader Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi said in a tweet that the killing was part of a “big plot” and that “the situation is now getting out of control.” Another party official tweeted that “party workers should be ready to protest countrywide.”

While Target killing in this manner should be condemn, I wonder what these tweeting Maulana's are up to?

Mohsin
Dec 06, 2013 10:06pm

Im amazed at the comments. Heads should roll in Punjab and fed govt as a result of this incident. Karachi and now Lahore are being intentionally destabilized because of these killings. The incompetent govts should take notice or they will be responsible for the spill ahead.

KADWA SACH:BITTER TRUTH:???? ??
Dec 06, 2013 10:22pm

@Laeeq: Agree absolutely. He is reaping what he had sown....

mazharuddin
Dec 06, 2013 10:34pm

Law enforcing agencies should apprehend culprit immediately. The sectarian group involved in this killing seem having foreign support. No one is taking serious the need of time to have Free Intersect debates and discussion on media enable people understand truth.

There seem monopoly of such group that having no sound root of religious sectarian base which seem standing on falsehood and suspicious sayings.

In 21st century such group should not be left free to disturb public through their religious activities. Civil society and international agencies also overlooking such heinous crime that causing huge loss of lives since centuries and that still continue in 21st century.

Those socalled scholars, media and civil society who advise to have tolerance are encouraging such activities that cause disturbance. No majority should be forced have one sided tolerance. There need avoidance of such religious activities that are untolerable.

Gaurav Arya
Dec 06, 2013 10:39pm

Those who live by the sword.......

WAIS
Dec 06, 2013 11:07pm

Jaisaa karo gay, waisa Bharo gay

Javaid Bashir
Dec 06, 2013 11:45pm

We condemn the killing of AsWJ scholar Muavia. Our heart bleeds over this brutality. it is unbelievable that some one can be so callous to kill a religious Scholar for no reason at all. The terrorists have committed a grave sin.

May Allah the Almighty rest the departed soul in peace and eternal tranquility. Let us pray for the peace to revail in the country.The ASwJ leaders have given a call for the protest rally after the funeral Prayers.

raja hindustani
Dec 06, 2013 11:53pm

@Faisal Afridi: what is good abt it..?? can anybody explain?

Ali
Dec 07, 2013 01:56am

Tit for Tat

Mr. Haq
Dec 07, 2013 03:29am

Let's not do the work of Allah Taalah, and judge people. We don't know who was a good person and who was not. This is wrong to brand them as such.

Touseef
Dec 07, 2013 05:23am

A maulvi whose followers have automatic weapons. There is something clearly wrong with this picture

Altaf
Dec 08, 2013 12:12pm

@Mr. Haq:

"Let's not do the work of Allah Taalah, and judge people."

Let's get rid of the whole justice system: the courts, the lawyers, the law, the police...Let God do its job.

Khalid
Dec 09, 2013 02:06am

How disgusting to see a people belonging to a party claiming to be a religious one, carrying guns openly. Is there no one in Pakistan to stop this nonsense?.

Anti Molvi
Dec 09, 2013 06:10pm

agree with you