RAWALPINDI: Ahle Sunaat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) local leader was killed by unidentified gunmen at Khayaban-i-Sir Syed on Tuesday night, in what the ASWJ claims was an act of target killing.

Earlier on Sunday, another local leader of ASWJ, Mufti Munir Ahmed Moavia, was shot and injured after being ambushed by unidentified gunmen in the same locality. However, he is stated to be in a stable condition.

Maulana Izhar-ul-Haq Farooqui, 28, an office bearer of the organisation’s local chapter was on his way to home after visiting Mufti Movia at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) when he was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen, who later disappeared from the scene.

The victim was removed to the HFH where the doctors pronounced him already dead.

When contacted, Inspector Ishtiaq Masood of Pirwadhai said no further details were available nor was the number of the attackers known yet. A spokesman for the ASWJ told Dawn that the killing of their local leader was an act of target killing, which was continuing unchecked since a year.

Published in Dawn, June 25th, 2014

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