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Doctor belonging to Ahmadi community shot dead in Karachi

Updated Jun 20, 2016 11:56pm


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KARACHI: A 50-year-old homeopathic doctor, belonging to the Ahmadi community, was shot dead in his clinic in the Abul Hasan Isphani area of the metropolis on Monday evening.

It is the second such attack in the same vicinity within a month, police and a community spokesman said.

“Dr Chaudry Abdul Khaleeq was gunned down in an attack on his clinic,” confirmed Malir SSP Rao Anwar.

The police official added the clinic was located in the slum area of Sikander Goth, in the limits of Sachal police station.

“He sustained a single bullet wound to his head,” added Anwar.

There was no electricity in the area at the time of the attack. The officer was of the opinion that it was a targeted attack.

A Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesperson confirmed while talking to Dawn that the deceased belonged to their community.

"This is the second attack on our community in the same area," the spokesperson added.

Earlier in May, a member of the same community was gunned down in a suspected targeted attack in the Metroville-II area of Karachi.

Dawood Ahmad, 55, was sitting outside his home with a friend, Shamsher, because of an electricity breakdown in the area, when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on them as they rode by.

The victim had sustained five bullet wounds to different parts of the body and was taken to a private hospital, where he succumbed to injuries during treatment.

Minorities persecuted

Ahmadis have faced persecution at the hands of religious extremists and right wing forces. The state jumped into the fray in 1974, when the then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto introduced a constitutional amendment declaring them non-Muslim to ward off pressure from right-wing forces.

The subjugation of Ahmadis started soon after Independence in 1947. Led by Jamaat-i-Islami, right-wing groups spearheaded anti-Ahmadi campaigns. The first such violent movement erupted in Punjab, in 1953, leading to the imposition of martial law in the province.

Then, military dictator Ziaul Haq furthered the agenda by passing an ordinance making it unlawful for Ahmadis to identify themselves as Muslims. They were also barred from calling their worship places mosques.

In 2010, in Lahore, 86 Ahmadi worshippers were brutally murdered by the Punjabi Taliban. Over the years, speaking out on ‘sensitive’ issues such as religious discrimination has become increasingly dangerous – highlighted by the murder of the then Punjab Governor, Salmaan Taseer.


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Hassan Jun 20, 2016 11:24pm

It was due to the reaction of TV programs. Islam does not allow to kill Ahmadis. People should not discuss these things in public. Pakistan has alot of other problems. We should focus on those. Being Muslims Shias have been targeted a lot in Pak. Let us go ahead and focus on other problems. Long live our LEAs in bringing peace in Pakistan.

K.Shah Jun 20, 2016 11:27pm

The plight of Ahmadis in Pakistan is a reflection of gross injustice & discrimination. Senseless killing is appalling. Law enforcement agencies have an abysmal record when it comes to apprehend the perpetrators.

Irfan-Sydney Jun 20, 2016 11:35pm

A muslim.could not have killed him because Islam is a religion of peace. Also in islam killing one innocent is like killing all the humanity.

Shahid Jun 20, 2016 11:42pm

@Irfan-Sydney What about those "Ulema" who incite to murder in the name of Islam. Are they not muslims? Shouldn't a legislation be passed against them also.

L.Ahmad Jun 20, 2016 11:42pm

The very sad killing of another Ahmadi proves the community’s vulnerability in Pakistan. Their plight provides a window onto the intolerance that permeates Pakistani society. They face heightened risk by the fact that hard-line religious parties wield unchallenged clout.

Maya Jun 20, 2016 11:46pm

Why is killing someone so easy? Why is justifying killing so easy? Why can't pemra actually ban hate speech that entices people to kill? Was this man hurting someone? No! He was healing and helping other people! Just because some think he isn't a muslim doesn't give you the right to kill anybody or take away his/her rights! These people are citizens of Pakistan regardless of their beliefs! They are entitled to justice as any other Pakistani man/women is! The culprits must be punished!


Shahid Jun 20, 2016 11:57pm

@ijaz Kashmiri Shopian

No one is our enemy but ourselves. Unless we realize this fact, there is no hope for improvement in the society.

Nadeem Jun 21, 2016 12:15am

Did anyone religious leader condemn the murder as yet? Please ask this basic question from people in our society and then see how low we have fallen on moral, civil and human levels.

Acorn Guts Jun 21, 2016 12:16am

This is what happens when you put ban on sanity. Inalilah e waina ilaihe rajioon.

Adeeb Jun 21, 2016 12:23am

Culprits should be brought to justice no matter what. The state of Pakistan needs to work hard to bring her image as a tolerant society and have no place with this kind of intolerance.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Jun 21, 2016 12:33am

It is getting from bad to worst. Karachi has been pretty adoptive of multi religion society. Sad day today.

Kazim Khan Jun 21, 2016 12:40am

@ijaz Kashmiri Shopian There is a difference between teaching and practising what you are taught.

ahaq Jun 21, 2016 12:40am

Killing innocents just because of no reason is bad be it ahmedi or non-ahmedi doctor. These killers must be caught and apprehended

Muslim Medina Jun 21, 2016 12:49am

Killing of any human being is a tragedy. It does not matter who that person is.

Mustafa Jun 21, 2016 01:28am

The killers must be apprehended. Our law enforcement agencies need to improve quickly. This non-sense can't be tolerated any further. Minorities or not, they are humans and Pakistanis.

Jaleel Jun 21, 2016 01:49am

@Irfan-Sydney Please wake up

haider Jun 21, 2016 02:12am

what a Shame..RIP

Shankar Jun 21, 2016 03:03am

So, what's new? Killing business as usual!

Shahid Jun 21, 2016 03:45am

Very bad news, every one should be protected and be free to practice his/her faith. Wish Hamza hadn't raised the issue. It looks to be a reaction to it.

Ayub Jun 21, 2016 03:57am

This is a very cruel act. Pakistan should perform its responsibility to protect the minority.

Love Cricket Jun 21, 2016 04:40am

When will this stop?

Azmeen Jun 21, 2016 05:06am

I condemn it. There cannot be any excuse to kill someone.

hasan Jun 21, 2016 05:19am

Extremely Sad day

mohammed Jun 21, 2016 05:21am

Karachi is being killing each other for over 25years. no one kills because of any communal identity. Killing of any one is not appreciated. The root cause of killing is to destabilize the country.

Vvv Jun 21, 2016 05:34am

I think Jinna Sahib dreams of Pakistan where all should be treated as a citizen of Pakistan with same right despite cast colour and religion also Buried long ago when he pass away .

Patriotic Jun 21, 2016 06:11am

It is a shameful act, Ahamdi are genius Pakistani, they deserve respect and security.

Whatever-Sydney Jun 21, 2016 06:11am

@Irfan-Sydney yeah we can see on a daily basis

shan Jun 21, 2016 06:40am

Shame on these killers. No one has right killed any individuals. It is not related to Islam, if someone kill any person in the name of Islam, he should be punished by state so nobody take such actions in future. Pakistan LEAs should take strong action against these culprits and give them fair trial. We need peace in Pakistan for all.

Khan waliti Jun 21, 2016 06:45am

Being a Sunni Muslim I condem this pointless violence against Ahmed's community. There is no reason for us to kill any from a minoirty community. Every one is free to practice thier religion and this insanity must stop.

Super Jun 21, 2016 06:50am

This type hate killing is pure madness , must stop before it's too late !

Saima Jun 21, 2016 06:54am

Who says Karachi is getting better, Ahhhh.... My beautiful Karachi !!!

Dv Jun 21, 2016 07:02am

@ijaz Kashmiri Shopian God help you

Saqib Ghumman Jun 21, 2016 07:52am

Was very Dedicated person with young family. RIP. So sad news , similarly Dr M Siddique of Mirpur khas was killed in same Ramadhan days after a TV show. Most ignorant peoples in Country thinks they are enlighted!!!

Rohit Jun 21, 2016 08:04am

What was provocation?

Dervaish Khan Jun 21, 2016 08:14am

I condemn the killing but what is the proof that he was killed for his beliefs.

Sophia Jun 21, 2016 08:36am

@Hassan excuse me? So ignore what's happening, the MURDERS of minorities, because there are "other issues"? What issues are more important than human lives, pray tell?

utpal Jun 21, 2016 09:19am

@Irfan-Sydney : Do you really believe it! Translate your word to work.

s.p.das Jun 21, 2016 09:26am

Performed his religious duty during the sacred month of RAMADAN. A hero of the Ummah, who has booked his accommodation in the Jannat.

s.p.das Jun 21, 2016 09:28am

@Irfan-Sydney . Peaple are not judged by their holy book, but their conduct in real life.

Kala Ingrez - کالا انگریز - काला अंग्रेज - কালো ইংরাজি Jun 21, 2016 12:08pm

Why all these killings? What is the exact difference between Ahmadis and Muslims? Can some one please explain, for this article doesn't go in detail?

ripan Jun 21, 2016 01:38pm

"It is not in islam to kill innocent people"..well what can I say

Zubair Khan Jun 21, 2016 04:53pm

@Hassan Do not suggest to be a pigeon which closes eyes seeing cat. Hatred and extremism are the root causes for 90% problems of Pakistan. Peace, brother hood, flourishing of humanity and respect for each other pave the way to solution of all societal problems. Struggle to have love for all hatred for none and see maximum national problems evaporating.

Shan Kazmi Jun 21, 2016 08:14pm

He was a competent and passionate doctor. Lot of poor people of the area were cured by him for meagre amount of fee. His patients are saddened on his tragic demise. He belonged to Ahmadi Jamaat- this fact revealed after his killing.

Faizan Qureshi Jun 22, 2016 11:31am

what about other people who killed on daily basis and ignore by media.

The Peacemaker Jun 22, 2016 01:54pm

Admedi's are welcome in India. Indian government should grant them political asylum. They are smart people, and will surely help in Nation building .

Agha Ata Jun 22, 2016 06:56pm

How sad! I have no words to describe it.

Nabeel Ahmed Jun 22, 2016 08:22pm

well we need alot of prays for our country....

sam Jun 22, 2016 08:49pm

@Irfan-Sydney How long will you keep up this declaration without bringing about any change? Do you think the world hears it any more? It has become a pointless declaration. BTW, which religion agrees with killing innocents?

Karim Hatvi Jun 23, 2016 12:06am

@Faizan Qureshi what you want to tell?

MA Jun 23, 2016 05:23pm

@Dervaish Khan very correct. Everyone seems to jump on conclusions it was for minorities. There are many reasons people are killed everyday and I condemn it.