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Minority Ahmadi doctor shot dead in Pak

Hameed Ahmad, 63, was killed when he was returning to his home in Attock district, a Jamaat Ahmadiyya official told PTI.

He said two men on motorcycle intercepted Ahmad and shot him dead in district, some 300 kilometres from Lahore.

The attackers managed to escape. “Ahmad had been facing threats and intimidation for some time from religious extremists on account of being an Ahmadi. Over a year ago unknown assailants had thrown petrol bombs at his clinic but luckily he survived as he was not present at the time of attack,” the official said.

Last week, another member of the minority community was killed in a targeted attack in Karachi. In 2014, at least three female members of the Ahmadi community, including two minors, were killed in Punjab’s Gujranwala People’s Colony when a mob torched several houses over alleged blasphemy. 

“It seems that members of the Ahmadi community are again in the crosshairs of extremist groups. On the one hand, the authorities speak of good governance and on the other nothing is done to safeguard the rights of Ahmadis in Pakistan,” said Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesman Salimuddin.

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