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LAHORE: Shia cleric Allama Nasir Abbas of Multan was shot dead by unidentified armed men on Sunday night.

He belonged to the Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Fiqh Jafaria (TNFJ).

He was going to his residence after attending a Majlis at Qaumi Markaz, Shah Jamal at around 11 pm when armed motorcycles intercepted his vehicle near FC College Underpass and opened fire.

Abbas was seriously injured in the attack and was taken to Shaikh Zayed Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Model Town SP (Operations) Tariq Aziz quoted witnesses as saying that Allama Nasir Abbas and his student Hafiz Anjum were going to his Eden Value Homes residence near Thokar when assailants on motorcycles intercepted their car and opened fire. The student and Allama’s driver escaped unhurt, the SP said, adding that the gunmen escaped.

Following Allama Nasir's murder, a large number of his followers reached Shaikh Zayed Hospital.

Expressing their anger, they chanted slogans against the government and damaged the premises.

They further demanded that the body be handed over to them.

After receiving the body, the protestors marched towards the Governor House.

Police officers inspected the site of incident and supervised the collection of forensic evidence. In the hospital, they recorded the statements of the survivors.

Large contingents of police were at the crime scene and at the hospital till late in the night.

Allama Nasir Abbas, 42, has left behind six daughters and a son.

Condemning the killing of Shia cleric, Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen has announced three days of mourning.

A spokesman of Majlis Wahadatul Musalameen said that the government has failed to stop sectarian targeted killings.

Meanwhile, Tahafuz-i-Azadari Council in Karachi also condemned the killing and slammed the government for failing to protect Shias in the country.

Comments (11) Closed

Naved Dec 16, 2013 12:16am

Innalillah-e-wainna elehey Rajion. It is really a great loss.

Shame on this government.

Ali Hasan Dec 16, 2013 12:26am

Such cowardice attack won't help for peace in society.

Awais Ahmed Dec 16, 2013 01:56am

Growing intolerance for other beliefs has led our society to verge of collapse. We need to review our education system which instead of infusing tolerance and goodwill for other's beliefs and ideas is instilling hatred and intolerance. Our society is highly polarized on religious grounds. We need to put an iron hand on these so called saviors of nation in the name religion. Talking on religious matters has become a very sensitive thing in Pakistan in current scenario. The root causes needs to be addressed to contain the prevailing violence and exacerbating human rights situation. First of all we need to change the mindset which primary source of strength causing havoc in the society. Madressahs needs to brought in the mainstream and content taught in these religious seminaries should be authorized by an authority to control secterianism and growing intolerance towards other's beliefs and opinions.

Muslim raised in the sunni style Dec 16, 2013 02:32am

This is sad, deplorable and un Islamic.

Naseer Dec 16, 2013 02:36am

Pakistan is a failed state. Terrorists roam freely and the only person who had the courage to fight terrorists, Pervaiz Musharraf is facing terrorism charges.

Laeeq,NY Dec 16, 2013 05:14am

Yes keep killing each other. May be one day we will achieve peace when every one is eliminated.

Najma Dec 16, 2013 07:33am

Very Sad day indeed. Pakistan should be expelled from all institutions in the World. There should a total economic blockade until the incompetent govt punishes all the real culprit behind the killings.

khan Dec 16, 2013 08:06am

Shia Sunni etc. If you believe in the oneness of Allah and that Muhammad PBUH was his final messenger, and that the Quran is word of God, you're very much a Muslim in my personal opinion. The other things is upto to Allah to judge, but as long they believe in the aforementioned and the 5 pillars, they shouldn't be hated upon. More division leads to more useless conflict.

Ammar Dec 16, 2013 11:23am

Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon.

This is a great loss to Pakistan. Allama Nasir Abbas Shaheed was a great scholar and a remarkable speaker. He had true love for Prophet (S.A.W) and his Ahle Bait (A.S). His speeches were not political or was all about love for Prophet (S.A.W), his Ahle Bait (A.S) and Imam Ali (A.S).

I remember a speech where someone asked him a question about couple of verses allegedly from Allama Iqbal which were against remembering and mourning for Imam Hussain (A.S).
Allama Sahib was infuriated and said that he would pay a million rupees and stop delivering speeches if anyone could prove that those verses were really from Allama Iqbal. Then he recited the following verses of Allama Iqbal:

Dil mein hai mujh bay-amal ke daaghe ishqe Ahle Bait (A.S) Dhoondta phirta hai zille daaman-e-Haider mujhai
Ronai wala hoon Gharib-e-karbala ke ghum me Main Kya durr-e-maqsad na dein ge Saaqiy-e-Kosar Mujhay?

Jahan se palti hai Iqbal rooh Qambar ki
Mujhay bhee miltee hai rozee usee khazeenai se Hamesha virde zaban hai Ali (A.S) ka naam Iqbal Keh pyas rooh ki bujhtee hai is nageenai se

(Qambar was Imam Ali's (A.S) slave who kept serving Imam Ali (A.S) despite the fact that Imam freed him).

Aadmee kaam ka nahin rahta Ishq mein yeh badee kharabee hai Poochtai kya ho mazhabe Iqbal Yeh gunahgar Bu-Tarabi hai

independentthinker Dec 16, 2013 09:44pm

@Najma: Why would you want to punish the whole country - for the actions of a few? I bet you are not living in Pakistan, otherwise this absurd idea would not have crossed your mind! It would have been more appropriate to suggest that the "silent majority" of Sunni's who do not want any confrontation with the Shia's stand up against these minority extremists, who are causing all these problems.

MOHSIN BUKHARI Dec 18, 2013 12:28pm

Innalillah-e-wainna elehey Rajion. It is really a great loss. Shame on this government.