Ahmadi man gunned down in Gujranwala

Published December 27, 2014
Syed Arif Shah Owaisi had called Ahmadi community Pakistan’s enemy in Amir Liaquat’s famous TV show five days ago. – Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan/Dawn.com
Syed Arif Shah Owaisi had called Ahmadi community Pakistan’s enemy in Amir Liaquat’s famous TV show five days ago. – Illustration by Faraz Aamer Khan/Dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen in a Punjab village shot dead a member of the Ahmadi religious minority on Saturday, five days after a Muslim leader denounced Ahmadis on a popular television show.

Luqman Ahad Shehzad was shot in the back of the head near Bhiri Shah Rehman village, a small community of Ahmadis in the Gujranwala district, said Saleemud Din, a spokesman of the community.

He is the eleventh person killed for being Ahmadi in Pakistan this year.

Also read: Blasphemy accused Ahmadi man gunned down in Punjab

In 1974, a Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and made it possible to jail Ahmadis for “posing as a Muslim” or “offending a Muslim's feelings”.

They are often denounced by Muslim clerics and targeted by violent extremists. Some clerics promise that killing Ahmadis earns the killer a place in heaven and distribute leaflets listing their home addresses.

Read more: Mob attack over alleged blasphemy: Three Ahmadis killed in Gujranwala

On Monday, Muslim leader Syed Arif Shah Owaisi appeared on a popular morning television show hosted by Pakistani host Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

“This enemy is a common enemy and is an enemy of all of Pakistan. And this enemy is the sect of Qadiyani,” Owaisi said, using a derogatory term for Ahmadis.

“They are the ones blaspheming against the holy prophet (pbuh). All us Muslims should recognise that enemy.”

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan. Scores of people have been lynched after being accused of blasphemy.

Saturday's killing was the second time Hussain's show has hosted religious leaders denouncing Ahmadis. In 2008, he hosted scholars who called for the Ahmadis to be killed. Within a day, two prominent Ahmadis had been shot dead.

Explore: Persecuted Ahmadis seek shelter in China

Amir Liaquat Hussain was not immediately available for comment.

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