Chiniot: 70-year-old Tableeghi Jamaat preacher murdered over sectarian beliefs

Chiniot inner view of the mosque where the incident took place. PHOTO: EXPRESSThe inner view of the mosque where the incident took place. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A member of Tablighi Jamaat was murdered while another was injured over disagreement about religious beliefs within Sadar police station precincts in Chiniot on Wednesday.

Sadar Police Station SHO Muhammad Afzal told The Express Tribunethat 70-year-old Waliur Rehman, a resident of Old Muzaffar Colony, Karachi, was leading an 11-member team of a Tablighi Jamaat and travelled from Raiwind to Chiniot for preaching purposes.

He added the group camped in Qila Asiyaan in the outskirts of Chiniot and started door-to-door preaching.  “During the course, Waliur Rehman and his group went to the house of two brothers Ikram Khan and Imran Khan, who were students of Darul Uloom Muhammadia Ghousia, Bhera, Sargodha District,” he said.

He maintained, “Waliur Rehman had an argument with Ikram and Imran over difference of opinion over religious beliefs.”

The SHO said, “On the day of the incident, Waliur Rehman and one of his companions Abdullah Khan were sleeping in a mosque when accused Ikram and Imran attacked them with a spade.”

“As a result, Rehman was killed on the spot while Abdullah suffered critical injuries on various parts of the body,” he said.

He told The Express Tribune the injured was shifted to Allied Hospital, Faisalabad for treatment.

Afzal revealed, “The police have arrested accused Ikram while his brother is still at large.”  A case had been registered against them under sections 302 and 324 of the Pakistan Panel Code on the complaint of victim’s son-in-law Muhammad Rafique.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2017.

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