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21-06-2016 Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan Rabwah
Karachi: Homeopathic practitioner, Chaudhry Khaliq Ahmad killed while tending to patients at his clinic in a religiously motivated attack.
Urgent measures need to be taken to safeguard the lives of Ahmadis in Pakistan.
Chenab Nagar (PR) Yesterday, 20 June 2016, Chaudhry Khaliq Ahmad s/o Chaudhry Bashir Ahmad was shot and killed in a religiously motivated attack in Karachi carried out by unknown assailants. According to the information we have so far, the 49-year old homeopathic practitioner was slain while tending to patients at his clinic in Sikandar Gotth near Abul Hassan Isphani road, Gulzar Hijri. He received multiple gunshot wounds including two to the head. Though he was rushed to the closest available hospital he died on the way there. After the assault the attackers managed to get away.
Chaudhry Khaliq Ahmad was a well-regarded member of the Ahmadiyya community who held no enmity against anyone. He was killed simply for reasons of his faith. Ahmadis have been victims of targeted attacks in Karachi for years now. Just several weeks ago on 25 May, another Ahmadi, Daud Ahmad s/o Haji Ghulam Mahuiddin was killed in the same Karachi neighborhood because of his religion.
Expressing his grief at this murder, the spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, Salim ud Din said:
“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Chaudhry Khaliq Ahmad’s murder. Words cannot describe the sorrow felt not only by myself, but all Ahmadis in Pakistan and throughout the world on account of this heinous act. It seems that there is no respite for Ahmadis even in the holy month of Ramadan. Only recently on May 25, another Ahmadi, Mr Daud Ahmad, was killed in a similar targeted attack in Karachi. It appears that Ahmadis are being targeted in a clear and methodical way. The authorities need to act quickly to put an end to these indiscriminate murders. As of right now Karachi’s Ahmadis are in a state of extreme vulnerability. The government must work to ensure their safety. Ever since the promulgation of anti-Ahmadi laws in 1984, 31 Ahmadis have been killed for their faith in Karachi and not a single perpetrator has been brought to justice for these crimes. This failure to uphold the law has only served to embolden extremists in carrying out further attacks. I call on the authorities to apprehend Dr Khaliq Ahmad’s killers as quickly as possible and send out a clear message that attacks such as this will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in the harshest terms.”
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