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Cousin of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam gunned down in Nankana Sahib

Updated Mar 30, 2017 07:12pm

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A prominent local leader of the Ahmadi community and a relative of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was gunned down in Nankana Sahib on Thursday morning in an attack claimed by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Advocate Malik Saleem Latif, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya in Nankana Sahib, was on his way to a local court on a motorbike along with his son, Advocate Farhan, when Latif was targeted and shot at by "unidentified attackers".

Latif's son informed Dawn that the attackers had fired at them from behind.

"Saleem Latif was spreading Ahmadi beliefs in the region," the LeJ said in a statement claiming Thursday's attack.

A district police officer (DPO) said that a suspect had been identified and police are narrowing their leads in the case. He refused to disclose further information for the time being.

"We have three teams investigating and searching for the assailants and trying to apprehend them," DPO Shahzada Billa Umer later told Reuters.

'No check on hate-mongering'

The murder sparked outrage in the Ahmadi community.

Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the community, said the incident shows that ongoing military operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasad are not being implemented the way they should be.

"Threats against Ahmadis are common in the area and Latif was a prominent member of the community and a well-known lawyer," he told Reuters.

"Around 1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community in local and national newspapers in 2016," said Saleem. “There is no check on hate mongering and if the situation remains the same then the killing of Ahmadis will also continue,” he added.

Saleem said the community is battling discriminatory laws in the country and expressed frustration that hate mongers are enjoying the support of the government.

The killing of the lawyer today puts the spotlight back on Pakistan's problem of Ahmadi persecution. The issue is deep-rooted and dates back to pre-Partition India.

The mistreatment of and mainstream bias against the community is one of the main reasons that Pakistan's first Nobel laureate, Dr Abdus Salam, fled the country to reside in the United Kingdom.

Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently made the 'bold gesture' to rename Quaid-i-Azam University's (QAU) physics department after Professor Abdus Salam, the community still greatly suffers at the hands of extremists.

Ahmadis are often subjected to humiliation and harassment in educational institutions and the workplace and in the media.

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MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Mar 30, 2017 11:43am

Sad indeed.

vimla Mar 30, 2017 11:53am

I condemn.

Muhammad asghar Khan Mar 30, 2017 12:00pm

SAD INDEEDd

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 12:01pm

Very shameful act.

Gilzai Mar 30, 2017 12:05pm

So sad, when will this senseless violence against minorities will end?

Iqbal bhai Mar 30, 2017 12:10pm

The state should provide protection to all citizens of the country.

pashtoon Mar 30, 2017 12:13pm

Pro-pakistanis can't do that. Our LEAs should share the profiles of those who are involved.

HKN Mar 30, 2017 12:17pm

Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasad are not being carried out properly.

ZK Mar 30, 2017 12:19pm

Shameful act !

Saqib ghumman Mar 30, 2017 12:21pm

Very sad. RIP. Atleast for once please arrest the killers and make them an example..

sial Mar 30, 2017 12:25pm

this is purely terrorism. this is nothing to do with Islam. I condemn...

Aj Mar 30, 2017 12:30pm

@sial I like you attitude...It has nothing to do with islam.......Please continue with your good work

Khan Mar 30, 2017 12:30pm

We all suppose to be Pakistani ? irrespective of religion SAD!!

Abu HUMZA Mar 30, 2017 12:34pm

Very sad Indeed, this is completely against the teachings of Islam.

Pakhtun Mar 30, 2017 12:36pm

While one can have deep-rooted differences with Ahamadis regarding their faith, life of a person is sacred and cannot be taken arbitrarily. The murderers need to be brought to justice and Ahmadis should be provided proper security.

AW Mar 30, 2017 12:36pm

Government has failed in its basic duty which is to protect the lives and property of the citizens; specially that of the minorities who are leaving Pakistan and migrating on an escalated pace - very unfortunate indeed. The nation has wandered far away from what Jinnah envisioned in 1947

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 12:39pm

" Movers & shakers ", When we are living in glass house, we should not throw stones at others.

Adil Jadoon Mar 30, 2017 12:46pm

What steps are being taken taken to apprehend and punish the culprirs???

Urooj Zaidi Mar 30, 2017 12:54pm

Another slap on our face. Another patriotic Pakistani killed.

Amir Khan Mar 30, 2017 12:55pm

Would the lawyers march in protest against his killing? I doubt it.

Ravi vancouver Mar 30, 2017 12:55pm

Very sad indeed. When humans learn to accept diversity with grace. Whatever religion or faith we follow almost 100 per cent is by birth, there is no reason to hate others who are different because they happen to be born in particular family and community, killing someone because of his belief is barbaric and shows lack of human maturity and compassion for fellow humans.

Chaudhry Mar 30, 2017 01:00pm

Shame and pity!

ali Mar 30, 2017 01:01pm

No tolerance for others in our society such a shame.

Random Mar 30, 2017 01:03pm

No! the culprits will never be apprehended, tried or convicted.

L.Ahmad Mar 30, 2017 01:06pm

This incident is another example of the hate crimes against minorities in Pakistan. They are the victims of fledgling and failing governance with no sanctity of human life.

Shumaila Mar 30, 2017 01:14pm

Such an inhuman act is not acceptable. Criminals must be caught and punished. This increasing intolerance is very alarming for our youngsters. I Condemn

Haal e ghazab Mar 30, 2017 01:18pm

minorities are not safe anywhere in the world . just bad times nobody to blame . the world order is changing .

dard Mar 30, 2017 01:24pm

Pakistan authorities are not doing enough to protect its own citizens.

AKKS Mar 30, 2017 01:30pm

When is Pakistan going to learn 'unity in diversity'? Such a sad state of affairs !

Sohail Mar 30, 2017 01:34pm

Its time to take care of Non-Muslims in Pakistan in a better way.

Li-En-Ja Mar 30, 2017 01:34pm

Unless citizens are united to condemn strongly and make religious extremism completely unacceptable, such hate mongers will keep dividing people in line of faith, sects, culture, language and any such things. If we tolerate them or ignore, one day we will be the victim. Boycott these hatemongers completely, because these are the people who are making this nation weak and holding back its development.

Asif kamil Mar 30, 2017 01:55pm

Very unfortunate and sad day .

Asif kamil Mar 30, 2017 01:57pm

@Abu HUMZA ; well said . Wish majority could understand . Sad day

Atiya Mar 30, 2017 01:58pm

Very shameful act and against teaching of true Islam .we should respect everyone and every religion .

Dr. MALARIA, AARYU mad Mar 30, 2017 02:05pm

Ahmadis are humans and Pakistani citizens too. Such acts should be condemned and stopped..

Indian Mar 30, 2017 02:17pm

Lack of protests from civil society gives it tacit justification.

Raja Muhammad idrees Mar 30, 2017 02:20pm

A shameful act.

Zahid Mar 30, 2017 02:24pm

Where is the state and institutions? Such a shame.

Raja Muhammad idrees Mar 30, 2017 02:25pm

A shameful act.

Asif Kashmiri Mar 30, 2017 02:30pm

RIP - a very sad event indeed - rest asured nothing will happen

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 02:36pm

Wrong is always wrong; It can and should never be justified or covered.

PakBH Mar 30, 2017 03:13pm

Very sad incident. I condemn

COAL IS DEATH Mar 30, 2017 03:15pm

How is it possible for the govt to stop each and every incident. For that too happen, govt must have surveillance on every citizen. If that happens all citizens will protest citing privacy. Just tell me how do I stop a person from killing another if I have no idea it's going to happen. No govt in this world can do that 100%. Punishments are only to intimidate. If murderers don't value their life no amount of punishment will deter them. These people are driven by ideology. Stop blaming the govt and start talking to fellow citizens.

Adeel Chaudhary Abdul Rashid Mar 30, 2017 03:22pm

Sad Incident!

jayesh Mar 30, 2017 03:27pm

@Amir Khan what difference will it going to make in the minds of ahmadi community or other minorities in your country.

Taimur Mar 30, 2017 03:32pm

So many Ahmadis and other minority members have been killed in recent years. I think there is not a single example of any murderer punished for killing an Ahmadi. Our religious leaders claim to be the purest among all Muslims and do not hesitate to give Fatwa. Has anybody ever given Fatwa clearly denouncing the killing of Ahmadis?

Taimur Mar 30, 2017 03:36pm

@COAL IS DEATH "How is it possible for the govt to stop each and every incident...". This is ridiculous. Is it not the responsibility of the government to protect life of the citizens? They don't have to go after each citizen. Punish those who murdered in past. those who incited to murder and those who find excuses to support terrorists. If all these culprits are punished then this will not happen again

Syed husain Mar 30, 2017 03:38pm

Cowardly and disgaceful act.

Dr Javed Ahahed Mar 30, 2017 03:41pm

Friends, this is Pakistan, only corrupts are protected by police.

hbaib a khokhar Mar 30, 2017 03:42pm

it is disturbing news i would thought the new army chief should have got to the root cause of this problem. hate speeches from the meetings and so on should have been stopped at the source.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Mar 30, 2017 03:45pm

I after reading the news that the cousin of Dr Salam has been gunned down in Nankana Saheb can neither hold back nor can ignore to commend and applaud our novel method to honor our only Nobel laureate Salam. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Adnan Mar 30, 2017 03:45pm

Extremely disgraceful and shameful.

Adnan aziz Mar 30, 2017 03:48pm

@Haal e ghazab : are you in your senses ?

Daadeejee Mar 30, 2017 03:53pm

What a tragedy. A shameful deed. Bigotry. Hate. This is what some people have in abundance. They do not understand the golden rule of life and living: LIVE and LET LIVE.

Ch. K. a. Nye Mar 30, 2017 03:57pm

Thus far 45 comments and I am very glad to see that there are NO apologists for this terrible act. The vast majority in the country are unanimous in their condemnation and that every person regardless of their religion should be protected.

A very few fanatics manage to rouse a mob and go on a murderous rampage and herein lies the problem... There are rarely any consequences and this only encourages these fanatics. The law must prevail in all circumstances.

tahir saleem Mar 30, 2017 04:01pm

Another victim of hate speech.I strongly condemn this cowardly act. Pl do not relate this heinous act with Mr. Abdul salam, we must treat issues separately.

Logical Mar 30, 2017 04:05pm

Punjab Punjab Punjab, Christian house burning , chotto gangs, Punjabi talibaan, SSP , Lashkare Jhangvi and many more comes and operate from Punjab and bleeds whole pakistan. why not an army operation in whole Punjab. For how long should we wait and watch.

Salman Mar 30, 2017 04:11pm

This is an unfortunate incident. However, it would be wrong to say that people express hatred against minorities in Pakistan, generally. This is a one-off incident and offenders must be booked under relevant provisions of law.

sher Jang Gilgit Mar 30, 2017 04:11pm

If we want to make the name of our country great in terms of being tolerant towards the minorities living in the state than we have to revisit the ways we are behaving right now. Reports of intolerance against them are rising with the passage of each day ranging from killing them for no good to forced conversions and marriage against their wish. It is disappointing to know that know that the message of peace and love are diminishing even for those who are not part of the right wing majority. The government has to wash the stain of allegation level against it in terms of its inability to bring the scourge of militancy to a bare low level. The ongoing operations against extremism would become meaningless if the government is still neglecting its root causes. It is still high time to take the country forward instead of becoming simple pawns in the hamds of those where the source of outright obscurity pops its head up time and again by arresting the real culprits.

Fi Mar 30, 2017 04:17pm

Policy of hate continues.

Azhar Awan Mar 30, 2017 04:19pm

First every hate material need to be removed. 2nd the killers of the hate crime must to be brought to justice. Not only the killers but who have encouraged them to do so. Govt. must compensate deceased family.

M. alam Mar 30, 2017 04:20pm

Actually Pakistanis are being killed. but the problem is whenever a minority is murdered, they start campaigning about minorities being targetted. whereas the actual situation is that Pakistanis are being terrorized.

CONCERNED Mar 30, 2017 04:25pm

Very sad to see that Pakistani citizens under attack by extremists and the government is doing absolutely nothing about it.

BANGASH Mar 30, 2017 04:27pm

Its sad to see Minorities being targeted which includes Shias and Ahmadis.

We have also seen Christians, Hindus and Sikhs being targeted. I don't think Pakistan government is serious about eradicating these things are these are in best interest of country's Politics and not Humanity.

sdk Mar 30, 2017 04:32pm

RIP.

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 04:32pm

@BANGASH , Prime Minister gives occasional statements and his duty is over; The status Que continues.

Azhar Awan Mar 30, 2017 04:37pm

@COAL IS DEATH . Hate literature can be removed. Then, hate speeches should be stopped and then equal justice. When there is no hate speech and hate literature and justice is available then nothing can be done more or less.

The end is near Mar 30, 2017 04:43pm

No life is safe in this country. PMLN Government is miserably failed in providing security and safety to Pakistani people.

gA Khan Mar 30, 2017 04:46pm

An unfortunate incident indeed. A bad omen for the integrity and security of the country. The government should take strict measures to check such acts in future and take the culprits to task.

tahir A Mar 30, 2017 04:47pm

These murderers think they are pleasing God Almighty in this world by doing such heinous things and in the meantime they are paving way for themselves in the life hereafter in paradise. What a senseless logic.

abadshahUK Mar 30, 2017 04:59pm

Very very sad. Government need to eradicate hate crime in Pakistan.

Shahmir Mar 30, 2017 05:00pm

Just after the day, when Pakistan Ambassador to US denied any religious persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan.

MOth Mar 30, 2017 05:02pm

1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community. If correct then then a vivid evidence of hate crime leading to killing. This is not freedom of expression or speech this is crime of it's own nature. The people who pay and the companies who publish be prosecuted. Such practice should not linger and has to be stop to build a good image of Pakistan around the globe.

karachi Mar 30, 2017 05:03pm

shameful act may has soul rest in peace

Raj Patel Mar 30, 2017 05:03pm

RIP.

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 05:11pm

@MOth , Oh my God!!! Is it true?

SUPER MAN Mar 30, 2017 05:14pm

@MOth If what you say are true, why Honorable courts are not pulling up the Government?

Chetan Mar 30, 2017 05:25pm

Around 1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community in local and national newspapers in 2016 .... What is this?

Truth Mar 30, 2017 05:32pm

In lawless Pakistan, it could be any one of us. So not exactly a shocking news!

Ehsan mani Mar 30, 2017 05:37pm

And what does our Prime Minister have to say?

MR Mar 30, 2017 05:38pm

That is an unfortunate fact.

Where is the condemnation of this barbaric slaughter from the mainstream political leadership (Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Farooq Sattar, Altaf Hussain and others).

Tanny Mar 30, 2017 05:40pm

Vsry sad.....brothers are killing brothers. We dont need enemies when we are our own worst enemy.

Baloch Mar 30, 2017 05:41pm

Rest in peace

Down with religious hatred

Asif jamil Mar 30, 2017 05:45pm

These killers are like robots, they have no brain & no faith. They only way to stop them is to crush & destroy them.

ahaq Mar 30, 2017 05:46pm

Government should provide avenues for all sections of society to develop an understanding through dialogue. Specifically religious groups should be made to sit down and talk out differences rather than build grudge and hate against each other. A government representative of all sections and groups of societies in Pakistan is needed. Present government has failed to do so. Groups using violence, arms to resole issues seem to be completely gone to the extreme levels and must be exposed and banned from spreading extremist violent agendas. Citizens should be taken into confidence by the government

AHMED Mar 30, 2017 05:52pm

@Salman I do not know where do you live? Live a life of an Ahmadi or any other minority for just a week and you will notice that you be discriminated daily.

for God's sake Mar 30, 2017 06:01pm

When do we learn living together? We all shout when something happens which is many more time bigger & safer for minorities than ours. We finger India about Muslim conditions in their own country, when we treat our minorities like this. What right do we have when we kill,harras,discriminate our minorities at our homeland. Remember Pakistan belongs to humanity First. We all are sons/daughters of this Pakistan.

Keenobserver Mar 30, 2017 06:01pm

It is sad how we treat our minorities. We as Muslim citizens have failed to show the support that our fellow citizens need. Whether it be same religion, other religion, other ethnicities etc. I feel pathetic in lack of citizens response. Forget the government and agencies. It's the people who are ignorant and Pakistanis first enemy.

®®®®® Mar 30, 2017 06:06pm

Rest in peace Sir

Myview Mar 30, 2017 06:07pm

"Around 1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community in local and national newspapers in 2016," Where is the Govt.?

Mumtaz Baig Mar 30, 2017 06:08pm

Cheap mentality of cheap and Jahil people.

Say it Mar 30, 2017 06:12pm

shameful and criminal act from a hateful ideology which has nothing to do with religion! That is the tragedy! but does anyone care? How long will the society accept the notion of, 'unknown assailants' They are all too families and very well known but no one seems to be interested in taking them to task.....! while the blood of the innocent spills..... Is there light at the end of the tunnel!!!???

Azad kashmir Mar 30, 2017 06:14pm

Hate speech and murderers cannot be allowed in this great nation. Not in our name!

Say it Mar 30, 2017 06:14pm

@Amir Khan ...well said and pointed out!!!

Say it Mar 30, 2017 06:17pm

@COAL IS DEATH If that is he case then work on the root cause of it!!!

Arshad patel Mar 30, 2017 06:19pm

'SHAME'

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Mar 30, 2017 06:20pm

R.I.P dear departed soul.

Nankana Sahib is a very peaceful district, I was bit surprised that this took place there.

@pashtoon I had the same thoughts. Specially when it's NK as the city of the sad incident. Most of the people living in NK are of Muslim of Sufi Decent and Sikhs. Both Sikhs and Sufi who are not at all into violence. This has prints of external sources IMHO.

Sadaf Mar 30, 2017 06:26pm

Even though I don't agree with the Ahmediyaa sect, no one has the right to take somebody's life. These murderers are driven by hate which has spiralled out of control. These people need to be made an example of by punishing them. Hate preachers who promote their violence through various media should also be put in jail.

ZAne Mar 30, 2017 06:30pm

Yet again, the failure of the state to provide simple security to its minority shows how deeply incompetent they are. The minority of Pakistan should be treated as a JEWEL because without them, the idea and the freedom that we enjoy is incomplete!

Assamese Mar 30, 2017 06:36pm

@Abu HUMZA Don't just say it and seat, Do something to stop the hatred.

ghaznavi Mar 30, 2017 06:42pm

This madness must end. This is a direct result of bringing religion in public sphere. With Pakistan being a predominantly Muslim nation and our constitution prohibiting any un Islamic legislation, religion should be strictly kept in private domain. It is responsibility of all educated Pakistanis and media to bring home this point.

Aleem Mar 30, 2017 06:56pm

As condemnable as this act is, what was the case for which he was going to the court? Could personal enmity related to the case be the reason behind his murder?

Bored Mar 30, 2017 06:58pm

And thet talk about intolerance & minorities in India

Asif A Shah Mar 30, 2017 07:00pm

Outrageous!

nadeem Mar 30, 2017 07:04pm

Very sad news

Ishtiaq andrabi Mar 30, 2017 07:08pm

Let for once the culprit be caught, prosecuted and punished in real time and in full limelight!

STOP PERSECUTING MINORITIES

Itrat Mar 30, 2017 07:13pm

Please Live! And let Live.

Saifuddin Takhtawala Mar 30, 2017 07:14pm

Government has failed to protect minorities. Killing of innocent minority educated class is done purposly by these fanatics to leave them voice less in the Society of haves and have nots.

Kashif Mar 30, 2017 07:16pm

Welcome to zia's Pakistan full of hatred, hippocracy and bigotry. We will just keep condemning the brutal atrocities till someone else condemn our brutal deaths.

Kashif Mar 30, 2017 07:18pm

@Saqib ghumman This will not happen my friend.

KJ Mar 30, 2017 07:18pm

@Ehsan mani :"And what does our Prime Minister have to say?"

Didn't he recently give a speech on how important it is to protect the minorities in Pakistan?

Sabeha Mar 30, 2017 07:19pm

Thanks to Dawn for raising the voice of truth.

Kashif Mar 30, 2017 07:20pm

@vimla we will just keep condemning and do nothing to eradicate those monsters.

truth be told Mar 30, 2017 07:47pm

Not just the perpetrator of this heinous and cowardly murder but whole of the majority community is also guilty for allowing this to happen time and again. Prime Minister and the so cold muslim religious leader's silence is deafening Has this nation got a conscience?

FAHAD ATHER Mar 30, 2017 07:49pm

Sad, no words. we should think all as a human being first. Minorities especially Ahmadis have left Pakistan just because of this extremism.every one has a right to live in their own way.

Abbas syed Mar 30, 2017 07:51pm

People, this terror against minorities will end when the religion is banished from the body politics of Pakistan. Make Pakistan a secular and democratic peoples Pakistan

Shridhar Subrahmanyam Mar 30, 2017 07:53pm

How long are we to go on with this killing just because someone is of a different faith?

Prateik Mar 30, 2017 08:07pm

Minorities are not safe in Pakistan.

Sohail Mar 30, 2017 08:23pm

the sharif government has no interest in stopping extremism

Rehana Agha Mar 30, 2017 08:26pm

May God question the people who triggered this hatred towards Pakistani fellow brothers of our country that used to be so peaceful.

Zaki khan Mar 30, 2017 08:27pm

I was in Pakistan recently and was appalled to see overt instances of discrimination againt Ahmedis in newspapers, on tv, ouside on the streets in the form of posters, ets. Yet, the government doesn't take any action against the perpetrators.

Ibrar Mar 30, 2017 08:38pm

Justice has to be served. Salute to Ahmadi community for their peaceful and patient resistance.

DIL Mar 30, 2017 08:39pm

Ahmadiyya Jammat has been peaceful and patriotic community since the creation of Pakistan . There has not been a single incident where this community has burnt a single tire on road or involved in destruction of Govt property to protest discrimination and violence against them . After continues discrimination and violence they have created brilliant minds like Dr. Abdul Salaam , Obaidullah Aleem and many doctors and engineers who are serving humanity inside and outside Pakistan!

From USA S.A.Hyder, PH.d. Mar 30, 2017 09:03pm

".....hate mongers are enjoying the support of the government". With due respect, you are dead wrong, Sir. The government is not supporting the hate mongers, government is creating and is part of the hate mongers !! Without government's active role in creating this atmosphere of chaos and fear, these so-called 'Banned' organizations could not have survived, let alone flourish. When the Federal Ministers have meetings with the Head Mullahs of these organizations, these same banned organizations, what else can you expect?

Saeeds Mar 30, 2017 09:03pm

@pashtoon total agree

Awaz... Mar 30, 2017 09:03pm

Where is Ch. Nisar, the savior of Pakistan? If you are a honest and just man, call the meeting of religious scholars and opposition leaders and condemn, protest and arrest the killers as soon as possible.

Ayesha Shaikh Mar 30, 2017 09:13pm

This is so sad and lack of action from the state is even worse :(

imran ali Mar 30, 2017 09:29pm

what happened to Rangers operation in Punjab?

Rizwan Mar 30, 2017 09:32pm

A state has the responsibility of protecting the life of all its citizen without discriminating on their belief.

Zak Mar 30, 2017 09:34pm

Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently made the 'bold gesture' to rename Quaid-i-Azam University's (QAU) physics department after Professor Abdus Salam, the community still greatly suffers at the hands of extremists.

Namo Mar 30, 2017 09:35pm

Secular Pakistan?

Llewelyn DSouza Mar 30, 2017 09:39pm

We should also Condemn the law that persecutes them

Siva D Mar 30, 2017 10:28pm

@Iqbal bhai I agree with your sentiment but it is almost impossible to directly protect every citizen from discrete incidents such as this in the short term. A more gainful strategy would be to roll back religion base ideology that has gradually gotten stronger in Pakistan as did intolerance for the "other". Without going into its origins, now that Pakistan is a sovereign nation, it should work at promoting itself not as a nation for muslims but a nation for ALL its citizens and cut at the roots of this hate. Also, like any modern nation, education should be based on rationalism and science and leave the personal choice of religion and god to individuals.

CH. K. A. Nye Mar 30, 2017 10:33pm

@KJ... Speeches, big talk, promises.... No action...

gknatarajan Mar 30, 2017 10:50pm

sad. cculprits shud. be punished.

CH. K. A. Nye Mar 30, 2017 10:53pm

Our Intelligence Services, which are amongst the best in the world, surely can assist in locating these terrorists.

What or who is preventing them from doing just this?

helloall Mar 30, 2017 11:20pm

@COAL IS DEATH. agree. Ideology is where the problem lies. It should be fixed/reformed.

helloall Mar 30, 2017 11:24pm

@Salman ".. This is a one-off incident.." Out of touch with reality.

option Mar 30, 2017 11:40pm

lets not jump to conclusion. Let the authorities do the investigation

Muhammad Mar 30, 2017 11:58pm

I am sorry to hear that....

Ayub Mar 31, 2017 03:04am

Very sad. Our sympathies are with the bereaved family.

Gul Hasan Mar 31, 2017 03:07am

I wish someone can ask these killers what are they trying to achieve? Kill and then run away that is cowardice.

haroon Mar 31, 2017 03:55am

nothing will happen, Police will not catch those involved. Nothing happened in Model town shooting also. We will all pay the price especially the rulers.

Syed waqar Ali Mar 31, 2017 04:19am

Those who are killing non-minority people in Pakistan should think how would they feel when they as minority persons outside Pakistan are killed by the majority or nationals of those countries. This act is highly condemnable and shameful. What they are going to get from such shameful acts.

M. Ahmed Mar 31, 2017 08:17am

When such hatful incidents are going to stop. Every citizen deserve peaceful life without fear.

Milton Mar 31, 2017 02:13pm

@Haal e ghazab
No Sir, minorities are well protected in the numerous European states. Germany head the European states in this field. I lived most of my life in the West as a member of a minority. I prospered, my children got education and my grandchildren are flourishing a touch better than many indigenous people.

Mudassar Mar 31, 2017 02:25pm

@ CH. K. A. Nye "What or who is preventing them from doing just this?"

lack of commitment to law and order, and political will. No seriousness or sincerity about protection of minority rights.

Jamil Mar 31, 2017 08:18pm

It is very tragic what is going on in Jinnah Pakistan,my own niece left this place with her family due to these unsafe conditions .we can only hope & pray better safety for all Pakistani minorities

J. Gamble Mar 31, 2017 09:00pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi -You are a former diplomat, and you have large followings. It would be a great tribute to the departed soul, if you take the initiative to start a scholarship program in his memory, and when you do that, I will make my contribution. R.I.P.

J. Gamble Mar 31, 2017 09:09pm

@Llewelyn DSouza -It is not clear what are you trying to say.

Bilal Apr 01, 2017 12:50am

So sad.. Protection of minor religion followers is duty of government.

PIXELL Apr 01, 2017 06:58am

Law and order situation in Pakistan is worth appreciation. Good luck.

MAK Apr 01, 2017 10:30am

"One who killed one human (non combatant) is as if he killed the whole humanity" hate & its preachers are more dangerous than monetary corrupt.

Peace Apr 02, 2017 02:09am

Religion is to unite people. Those who are committing such attrocities in the name of religion are defaming Islam. Government will have to deal with a strict hand otherwise hatred and enmity among citizens will prove fatal as it being seen.

F Chaudhry Apr 02, 2017 04:31am

The discriminatory laws in the country are at the back of such hate crimes. Government should repeal these laws if it seriously want to stop this aggression and hate against minorities.