An Ahmadi man was stabbed to death by a religious fanatic on Friday in Chenab Nagar.
Sixty-year-old Ahmadi Naseer Ahmad was waiting at the Chenab Nagar Bus Stop when Shahzad Hassan forced him to raise slogans in praise of deceased TLP supremo Khadim Rizvi. He also asked the deceased to chant “Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah’! He attacked Naseer soon after.
Hassan was overpowered at the spot and handed over to police. In a statement, the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya (JA) said Ahmad had no personal rivalry with anybody. He was simply killed for being Ahmadi, the JA said.
Expressing grief over the incident, JA spokesperson Saleemuddin said Ahmadis were not even safe in Chenab Nagar — an Ahmadi-majority town. He said the proliferation of anti-Ahmadi sentiment was to be blamed for the community’s sense of insecurity. Saleemuddin questioned how the government did not nab purveyors of hate despite being cognisant of who they were.
Ahmadis are severely persecuted in Muslim-majority Pakistan where discrimination enjoys legal and constitutional sanction. An Ahmadi was earlier killed in a targeted attack on May 17. The burial of two Ahmadis was impeded separately over the year. An Ahmadi worship place was sealed in Mirpur Khas. The graves of 173 Ahmadis have been desecrated. Thirty-one confession-based cases have been lodged.