Under threat rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Khan shot dead in Multan

Published: May 7, 2014
Advocate Rashid Rehman was shot thrice. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Advocate Rashid Rehman was shot thrice. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

MULTAN: Human rights activist Advocate Rashid Rehman Khan was killed and a fellow lawyer along with a client were injured in a targeted attack in Multan on Wednesday evening.

Khan and his fellow lawyer were sitting with a client in their private chamber near Kutchery Square when two people approached them at around 8:30 pm. They climbed the stairs to the chamber, located on a higher floor, and opened fire at them.

Each of the assailants fired at least 12 bullets at their victims. Following the attack, the assailants managed to escape via the main road.

Khan died on the spot while his colleague was shot thrice and the client twice. They were rushed to Nishtar hospital where Khan was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors added that Khan had received fatal injuries from three bullets.

ASP Cantt Ali Mardan Khosan said that he knew of the threats to Khan, and that they were investigating the incident.

Khan, who was also a coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Multan, had last month been threatened inside a courtroom in the Multan Central Jail. This had prompted the HRCP to write to the Punjab government on April 10 to express its concern.

A subsequent report by the Special Branch said, “The HRCP, through a letter, expressed its serious concerns over threats given to Rashid Rehman Khan, an advocate of the Supreme Court and lawyer of Junaid Hafeez, who is accused of blasphemy in Multan.”

The report mentions that “three persons including Advocate Zulfiqar Sindhu, in open court” threatened the lawyer and that ‘vigilance is indicated’.

In its letter to the Punjab government, the HRCP said that “[it] is extremely concerned about the threats given to the lawyers of Junaid Hafeez.”

But no action had been taken on these threats. Khan said no case has been registered against the accused so far. “In such cases, the dangerous trend of ‘mob justice’ surfaces because people want to punish at will and this aspect is very dangerous,” he said.

Khan had been attacked five times before Wednesday. However, he had manage to survive till now.

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman, who had a professional association with Khan, said she was devastated by the attack.

There was outrage and despair over the attack, with many taking to social media network Twitter to voice their opinions.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Jat
    May 7, 2014 - 11:30PM

    One notices that those persons who report threat to their life to the authorities, they die quicker and easier…


  • Jibran
    May 7, 2014 - 11:40PM

    His blood is on the hands of the judge presiding the court where the that was made, and the Punjab government Recommend

  • A
    May 8, 2014 - 12:03AM

    Extremely sad situation and seems like hopeless. Only religious fanatics will survive in Pakistan. If this is Islam then better to be a Non Muslim.


  • Beck
    May 8, 2014 - 12:16AM

    Too sad! Now which mosque in Multan will be named after his murderer.


  • Khan
    May 8, 2014 - 12:40AM

    Pakistan is a country for Thugs………Just look around…..Thugs in every leadership position..

    It’s a country where murderer roam freely and never get caught, even if get caught they don’t get the punishment because Punjabi Govt is too scared to upset European Union.


  • Over
    May 8, 2014 - 1:15AM

    Its all over for us. Period.


  • Kepler-8B
    May 8, 2014 - 1:34AM

    I used to wonder. Now I realized that Pakistan has become a failed state.


  • May 8, 2014 - 2:21AM


    Police should also start with Advocates Zulfiqar Sindhu and Sajjad Ahmed, along with Ayub Mughal, who was originally one of the 3 unidentified men, threatening human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Khan as mentioned in the earlier articles, and possibly having a hand in his murder.

    What can one say of the state of affairs, even among so called educated intellectual professions, where even lawyers are violent extremists, let alone openly uttering death threats publicly in court in front of silent inept judges, while the very few progressive, rational, brave and just individuals who uphold the law and contribute to help others in society are being eliminated and cleansed from Pak…


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 8, 2014 - 2:29AM

    Very sad incident. My advice to all brave men and women of this country is that please do not expect any security from government and law enforcement agencies. Best option for them is to arm themselves, get high standard gun training and kill these miscreants who threaten you before they point gun at you. If you cannot shoot first, then change yourself, its better than dying as a sitting duck.


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