New Delhi (NVI): In yet another attack on the minority Ahmadiya community in Pakistan, a 65-year-old Ahmadi man was shot dead in Peshawar.
According to reports, a gunman opened fire at Abdul Qadir on February 2, when he was at work at a doctor’s clinic in Bazid Khel in Peshawar.
The sexagenarian received critical gun wounds and later succumbed at a nearby hospital. According to reports, the attack was religiously motivated.
Last year also witnessed such attacks on Ahmadiya community members in Pakistan including the killing of a doctor belonging to Ahmadi community in November, who was shot dead by a teenage boy in Nankana Sahib that falls in the country’s Punjab province.
The 31-year-old doctor had died while his father and two uncles also recieved injuries when the family were offering Friday prayers at their house in Murh Balochan area of Nankana, the Dawn reported.
Human Rights activists and some journalists have condemned the incident, even as Pakistan fails to protect its minorities.
The same month last year also witnessed the killing of an octogenarian, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants at a bus terminal in the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar.
India had condemned the killing of the 82-year-old man from the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan while stating that the incident is sad reflection of the state of minorities in Pakistan.
Ahmadiyyas are Muslims by faith but members of the Sunni sect dub them as “kafirs” or non-Muslims and target them for presenting themselves as Muslims. Pakistan is a Sunni Muslim-dominated country and hence the Ahmadiyyas are on the receiving end, including due to the apathy of the establishment.