Ahmadi veterinary doctor shot dead in Lahore

Updated April 07, 2017


Veterinary doctor Ashfaq Ahmed, 68, was shot dead on Friday in the Sabzazar area of Lahore in what appeared to be a faith-based targeted attack.

The doctor, who was from the Ahmadi community, was being driven by his grandson when a motorcyclist pulled up next to their car and fired at point-blank range, killing him on the spot.

His grandson, Shahzeb, remained unhurt, while the attacker, who was wearing a helmet, fled the scene.

Prof Dr Ashfaq Ahmed had retired as a professor from Lahore University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. He held a PhD in food and nutrition.

For the police, it was too early to say whether he was targeted because of his faith.

However, Salim Uddin, a spokesperson for the Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan, condemned the attack and protested that the doctor was targeted because of his faith.

"In a span of 10 days, this has been the second killing of an Ahmadi. There is a campaign of hate against the Ahmediya community and as a cost, innocent people are killed.

On the one hand, the government boasts about the Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and on the other, people are being killed along religious lines in broad daylight," read an excerpt from a press release issued by the Anjum-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan.

On March 30, a prominent Ahmadi lawyer, Malik Saleem Latif, was fatally wounded in a gun attack claimed by the banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Latif was also a cousin of the late Prof Abdus Salam, Pakistan's first Nobel Laureate.