Religiously motivated murders – 2013


Prominent Ahmadi murdered in Karachi for his faith

Karachi; June 11, 2013:  Mr. Hamid Sami, 48, a chartered accountant, was shot dead here in the afternoon on a busy road. A community ‘press release’ stated:


“Chenab Nagar (Rabwah): PR. Chaudhry Hamid Sami, an Ahmadi was shot dead for his faith, in Karachi on June 11, 2013. He left his office in Al-Hayat Chambers, M.A. Jinnah Rd. at 6:30 p.m. by car to go home. A friend and a business colleague accompanied him in the car. On the way, some unidentified motor-cycle riders approached his car and opened fire. At least 6 bullets hit him on the face, hand and body, killing him on the spot. He was 48. He left behind a widow, two daughters and a son. The daughters are 12 and 9 years old, while the son is 11. His dead body will be brought to Rabwah for burial.

“Mr. Saleemuddin of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Pakistan expressed great grief over this target-killing and strongly condemned the act. Ahmadi professionals have been targeted in Karachi frequently, while none of the perpetrators has been brought to justice. This has encouraged them to continue the killings. According to him the authorities’ lack of concern regarding Ahmadis’ security is thus obvious. Ahmadis are patriotic citizens, so they deserve to be protected by the government. “After every such incident we have urged the authorities to attend to the situation, but to no avail,” he complained. Publication of hate literature and issuance of fatwas of Wajibul Qatl is ever on the increase; the government can effectively put a stop to it. He demanded immediate arrest of the killers and their trial.” 

In a general circular to all the concerned authorities the community’s Director Public Affairs conveyed that since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX of 1984, 231 Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith. Fifty-one of these casualties were in Sindh, including 21 in Karachi. Most of the victims in Karachi were well-known professionals in their fields.


Ahmadi killed in the Punjab capital for his faith

Green Town; August 15, 2013:         Mr. Jawad Kareem was murdered here on June 17, 2013. The police from CIA police station Kotwali visited his house and brought with them one of the accused. He was 25 years old and had a small beard. He had confessed that he was one of the four who came to kill Mr. Kareem. He and one of his fellows stood outside the house while the other two went inside the house and fired at Mr. Kareem. The name of one of those who entered the house was ‘Haji’. Later the police tried to eliminate the real cause of Mr. Kareem’s murder which was his faith, and diverted the case to terrorism rampant in the country. Available details are given in Chapter 7.


Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Kiyani, Ahmadi murdered in Karachi for his faith

Karachi; August 21, 2013:     Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Kiyani, aged 46, resident of Orangi Town, Karachi was gunned down outside his house by two unidentified motorbike riders at 11:30 on August 21, 2013. Religious prejudice was the obvious motivation.

Mr. Kiyani was sitting with his neighbor, Noor ul Haq, outside his house at the time. The killers came and opened fire. Approximately 12 bullets hit him and he died on the spot. His neighbour chased the bike riders who fired at him too. He was hit by approximately 16 bullets and he also died on the spot. Mr. Noor ul Haq did not belong to the Ahmadiyya community.

Mr. Kiyani is survived by his wife and seven children.  He was an employee in the Customs department. He enjoyed good reputation both at the office and in his neighborhood. He had no enmity with anyone. He was targeted only for his Ahmadi belief.

Mr. Kiyani’s funeral was attended by many of his office colleagues. They praised him for his gentle disposition, generosity, hospitality and eagerness to help. His officers were also full of praise for him. At home he was kind to his children and an affectionate husband. All his children are young, even the eldest is not yet on his own. The youngest daughter is 5, while the son is only 3 years old. Soon after the attack, when members of his family rushed to his side, he smiled to them as if saying the goodbye.

The spokesman of Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan expressed grief and sorrow over the incident and said that the tragic incidents of target-killing have been happening for quite a while in Karachi, and the government had failed to curb them. However, the government should fulfill its responsibility regarding the security of Ahmadi citizens. He paid tribute to the bravery and courage of Mr. Noor ul Haq and said that if all show unity and brotherhood amongst themselves, those who commit terrorism in the beautiful name of religion can be defeated.


Another Ahmadi target-killed in Karachi for his faith

Karachi; August 31, 2013:     Syed Tahir Ahmad who practiced homeopathy was shot dead in his clinic at about 8 p.m. He was 55.

He was attending to patients when the killers, two men and two women, arrived posing as sick. One of them, a man opened fire without warning. Ahmad was fatally wounded. He died on the way to hospital.

Ahmad is survived by his wife and five children. He enjoyed good reputation in the neighborhood and had no vendetta with anyone. He was targeted for being an Ahmadi.

Mr. Saleemuddin, the Ahmadi community spokesman condemned the attack and stressed upon the authorities to meet their responsibility of protection of Ahmadi citizens. “The government should curb the anti-Ahmadi hateful literature that calls for killing Ahmadis. These murders are result of proliferation of inciting propaganda, to which the administration pays no attention,” he said. He also urged the civil society to play its role in discouraging the hate-campaign.


And then a third martyr within 16 days in Karachi

Karachi; September 4, 2013:             Mr. Ejaz Ahmad son of Mr. Muhammad Yaqub was shot dead this morning at about 11 a.m. He was 36.

Mr. Ejaz Ahmad lived in Orangi Town, Karachi. He was riding his motor bike to his job when unidentified pillion-riders approached him and shot him near the left ear. The bullet went through his head. He died on the way to the hospital.

Although the killers have not been identified, their sponsors and handlers are well-known to authorities, as they do not care to hide themselves. They call Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and remain busy in promoting their elimination. Since the promulgation of the notorious anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX they have target-killed 52 Ahmadis in Sindh for their faith, 40% of them in Karachi. The year 2012 was the worst in Karachi in this regard. At the rate of fatal attacks this fortnight they could beat last year’s record.

The authorities have been repeatedly approached by the Ahmadiyya community to take effective action against these criminals, but they remain reluctant to catch the bull by the horn. The bull, however, has become loose and now has the entire city on the run. It is a repeat of the famous statement by Niemollers: “First they came for the Jews, …”


Another Ahmadi killed in Karachi

Orangi Town; September 18, 2013:  Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Kiyani was shot dead here by unknown assailants at 7:30 a.m. He left home for work and had not gone far when two men coming from the opposite side on a motorcycle fired several shots at him. He was hit by six bullets. One bullet hit his left hand; four hit him in the chest and one in the head. He died on the spot.

Mr. Kiyani was 27. He worked as a driver in an army establishment. He is survived by his parents, a wife,  five-years old daughter and a two-years old son.


Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Kiyani Malik Ejaz Ahmad

Mr. Saleemuddin, the Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesman expressed his grief and anguish over this incident and said that such incidents of target-killing have been happening in Karachi for a long time and the authorities have failed to put a stop to them. Four Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi for their faith during the past one month. We refuse to be intimidated by the killing of innocent Ahmadis because we have faith in Allah, he said. Jamaat Ahmadiyya has progressed after every martyrdom. Ahmadis’ spirit is high and our adversaries are wrong to assume that their barbarous activities would make any Ahmadi lose faith. The government should be mindful of its duty and should stop the proliferation of hate literature that incites the public to kill Ahmadis. In the recent past conferences were held in the sacred name of Khatme Nabuwwat throughout the country in which hatred and violence against Ahmadis was preached and the audience were incited against Ahmadis through edicts of Wajibul Qatl (must be killed).

Earlier only a fortnight ago, another Ahmadi Malik Ejaz Ahmad was target-killed in Karachi on September 4, 2013. Mr. Kiyani’s was the fourth such murder in four weeks.


Ahmadi target-killed in Karachi; another injured

Orangi Town, Karachi; November 1, 2013: Mr. Bashir Ahmad Kiyani, 68 years old, was murdered here for his faith.

Mr. Kiyani and an Ahmadi boy, Muhammad Ahmad Wajid son of Mr. Muhammad Akram Qureshi, his neighbor, were going to the Ahmadiyya mosque, when unknown assailants opened fire on them. Mr. Kiyani was hit in the temple and twice in his chest, while a bullet pierced through the calf of the boy’s leg. They were immediately taken to the nearest hospital. Mr. Kiyani succumbed there to the injuries. The boy got stable, but later his wounds started bleeding and he had to be readmitted in the hospital.

Mr. Bashir Kiyani is survived by a widow and five children. His dead body was brought to Rabwah where a large number of Ahmadis attended his funeral prayers.

Mr. Kiyani enjoyed a good reputation in the locality and had no personal vendetta with anyone. He was killed simply for being an Ahmadi. It is worth mentioning that Mr. Kiyani’s son Mr. Ijaz Kiyani and son-in-law Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Kiyani were similarly killed in September and August respectively, this year. It is a heavy toll for a family; their plight cannot be described in words.

Mr. Saleemuddin, the spokesman of Jamaat Ahmadiyya expressed great sorrow and grief over the incident and said that the murder of a third member of the same family in Orangi Town shows that an organized group is target-killing Ahmadis. Mr. Saleemuddin stated that the decrees of Ahmadis being Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) are being issued openly in conferences held in the sacred name of Khatme Nabuwwat. Extremists opposed to Ahmadis publish and distribute hate literature in public in which people are urged to boycott Ahmadis and kill them, but the authorities take no notice of these. Innocent Ahmadis are being killed as a result.

Asian Human Rights Commission took note of this murder and after due inquiry issued a statement AHRC-STM-198-2013 and gave it the title PAKISTAN: An entire Ahmadi family was targeted in sectarian killings. The statement mentioned the following, inter alia:

“In Pakistan, at every level including the media and at official levels, decrees against Ahmadis are being issued as Wajibul Qatl (must be killed). A non-government organization (NGO) Khatme Nabuwwat is dictating terms to the state and is notorious for issuing decrees against the Ahmadis and even other sects. The indifferent attitude of the state and the government towards the killings of Ahmadis is creating extremism in the name of religion and conspicuously spreading hatred in different religious sections of the society.

“The Asian Human Rights Commission urges government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to initiate an inquiry into the brutal killings of this father, his son and son-in-law on the pretext of following a particular religion.  The target killing of Ahmadis is accelerating and in recent months several professionals have been murdered ruthlessly.

“The Government of Pakistan is totally numb to these atrocities … .

“At a time when the world and all the international organisations are seriously and soberly promoting freedom of religion and faith, the Pakistan Government seems to be intent upon destroying all fundamental freedoms and depriving Ahmadis the rights to pursue and practice their faith and belief.

“The Government of Pakistan must act now to stop religious hate mongering in the country and apply sanctions to the liberty of Mullahs bent upon destroying the little that is left of law and order in the country.”

It is relevant to mention that it is weeks since an ‘Operation’ goes on in Karachi against killer-gangs etc, but those who kill Ahmadis remain untouched and are free to continue their target-killings. This laxity appears to be deliberate.


Ahmadi killed in the Punjab capital for his faith

Green Town, Lahore; June 17, 2013:           Unidentified assailants killed Mr. Jawad Kareem, an Ahmadi at his home for his faith. He was 33.

Mr. Kareem, a resident of Green Town, was coming downstairs at about 8:30 p.m. to collect his wife from her clinic, when unknown assailants entered his house and shot him. The bullet hit him in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital but did not survive. He had no personal vendetta with anyone. However, he was an active Ahmadi and was receiving threats for some time.

On hearing the noise of the attack, his elder brother who lives on the ground floor came out. The assailants fired a few shots in the air, and told him, “Next, it is your turn.”

He is survived by his widow, three small children and a brother. His youngest child is only five months old. His mother died of grief the next day.

The spokesman of the Ahmadiyya community strongly condemned the murder and the on-going target-killing of Ahmadis. “An organized anti-Ahmadiyya campaign is going on in Lahore for a long time; baseless police cases are being registered, and the administration cooperates fully with the miscreants,” he said. Hate is promoted and venom is spit against Ahmadis in conferences which are held in the sacred name of Khatme Nabuwwat. The audience are provoked against Ahmadis and instigated to attack them. Also, anti-Ahmadiyya stickers and provocative banners are displayed at public places. “By acting puppets of anti-Ahmadiyya elements, the administration has proved that it has no interest in protecting legal rights of Ahmadis,” he added. Ahmadis are patriotic citizens of this country and deserve security by the state. “We have informed the authorities after every incident to solve this problem, but they pay no heed. The publication of decrees of Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and dissemination of anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature is constantly on the rise which the government can easily stop. The killers should be arrested and brought to justice,” he demanded.