Pakistan police look for suspects after Ahmadi professor killed


Every human life is precious and sacred and killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

Pakistan's four million-strong Ahmadiyya sect has faced death, intimidation and a sustained hate campaign for decades [File: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters]

Police in northwestern Pakistan have launched a manhunt for suspects, including a Muslim professor, accused of killing a colleague from the minority Ahmadiyya sect following arguments on religion, officials said.

On Monday, two men in Peshawar city shot dead Naeemuddin Khattak, who held a doctorate in zoology and was a teacher at a college, police officer Ashoor Khan told the dpa news agency on Tuesday.

Khattak’s brother told police a Muslim professor from another college with whom the 56-year-old victim had heated arguments on religion shot him, Khan said.

“We are raiding possible hideouts to arrest the suspect,” the police officer said.

The incident occurred two months after a Pakistani-American man who belonged to the Ahmadiyya sect was shot dead inside a court during his trial under Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

The US State Department criticised the killing, urging Pakistan to repeal such laws to prevent crimes triggered by religious hatred.

Pakistan’s four million-strong Ahmadiyya group has faced death, intimidation and a sustained hate campaign for decades.

Ahmadis insist they follow Islam. However, Pakistan declared the group non-Muslim in 1974 for regarding their sect’s founder, Ghulam Ahmad, as a prophet. Orthodox Islam holds Muhammad was its last prophet.

More than 260 members of the sect have been killed in gun or bomb attacks since 1984 when the sectarian violence started in Pakistan, according to statistics compiled by the community.


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1 reply

  1. From the Facebook of Riaz Ahmad Rehmanمحبت سب کےلئے۔۔ نفرت کسی سےنہیں
    15h ·

    A few moments ago, Manzoor Ahmad Pashtun, the leader of the Pashtun Salvation Movement, and his PTM ally paid their last respects to the late Prof Naeem Khattak, and offered their condolences to the family of the martyr.

    unquote. A nice gesture. May Allah bless Manzoor Ahmad Pashtun. and those coming with him.

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