Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pakistan: Ahmadi lawyer gunned down in Nankana Sahib was cousin of Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam


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.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: Daily Dawn
By Imran Gabol | March 30, 2017

Update: A security guard of a gold shop has now been identified as the suspect who gunned down the Ahmadi advocate in Nankana Sahib. He also chased his son to kill but he escaped. (ET)

A prominent local leader of the Ahmadi community and a relative of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was brutally gunned down in Nankana Sahib on Thursday morning, police said.

Advocate Malik Saleem Latif, a leader of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya, 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 fired at them from behind.

The murder sparked outrage among the Ahmadi community. Ahmadi community said incident shows that the ongoing military operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasad are not being implemented the way they should be. "Around 1,700 advertisements were published against the Ahmadiya community in local and national newspapers in 2016."

'No check on hate-mongering'

“There is no check on hate mongering and if the situation remains the same then the killing of Ahmadis will also continue,” community said.

Community says it is 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 and bias towards the community is one of the main reasons that Pakistan's first Nobel price winner, Dr. Abdus Salam, fled the country to reside in the United Kingdom.

Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently made a bold gesture to rename Quaid-i-Azam University's (QAU) physics centre 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. Despite passage of several hours, Latif's murder has not been reported in mainstream electronic media.

A history of persecution

In December, a charged mob of around 1,000 people besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal.


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