Killing of 82-yr-old Ahmadi man in Pakistan unfortunate: MEA

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava

New Delhi (NVI): India today condemned the killing of an 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.

As per media reports, the octogenarian was shot dead by unidentified assailants at a bus terminal in the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday.

“We have seen media reports of an 82-year-old Ahmadi man believed to have been shot and killed by some gunmen, apparently because of his faith, in Peshawar. This is, unfortunately, a sad reflection of the state of minorities in Pakistan,” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said.

“Over a period of time, we have seen the space for people from the minority community to practise their religion shrink continuously. Besides, their condition remains deplorable.

We have been consistently raising the issue of the safety, security and well-being of minority communities with the Government of Pakistan,” Srivastava added.

The elderly man was killed because of his faith. Last month, a professor from the Ahmadi sect was killed by his colleague following arguments on religion.

Notably, this is the fourth such targeted killing of a member of the minority Ahmadi community in recent months. There has been no let-up in violence against the members of minority communities in Pakistan.

-ARK