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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Comments (21)

Faisal Afridi
December 6, 2013 4:53 pm

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

December 6, 2013 6:03 pm

What goes around,comes around

mirza j baig
December 6, 2013 7:31 pm

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.

December 6, 2013 7:55 pm

ASWJ's hate comes home to roost.

December 6, 2013 8:34 pm

@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

December 6, 2013 8:47 pm

"Another one bites the dust"

Usman Ahmad
December 6, 2013 9:11 pm

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
December 6, 2013 9:50 pm

"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?

December 6, 2013 10:06 pm

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.

December 6, 2013 10:22 pm

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

December 6, 2013 10:34 pm

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
December 6, 2013 10:39 pm

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

December 6, 2013 11:07 pm

Jaisaa karo gay, waisa Bharo gay

Javaid Bashir
December 6, 2013 11:45 pm

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
December 6, 2013 11:53 pm

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

December 7, 2013 1:56 am

Tit for Tat

Mr. Haq
December 7, 2013 3:29 am

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.

December 7, 2013 5:23 am

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

December 8, 2013 12:12 pm

@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.

December 9, 2013 2:06 am

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
December 9, 2013 6:10 pm

agree with you

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