Tributes paid to British-Pakistani shopkeeper killed in UK

Published: March 27, 2016


LONDON: Tributes were paid Saturday to a British-Pakistani shopkeeper killed in what police described as a “religiously prejudiced” attack, as a Muslim suspect remained in custody.

Asad Shah, 40, died after being found with serious injuries outside his shop in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Thursday evening.

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He was believed to be a member of the minority Ahmadi community, and media reports said he was originally from Pakistan.

Police arrested a 32-year-old Muslim man on Friday, and a spokeswoman said: “A full investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as religiously prejudiced.”

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In a statement on Saturday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK condemned the “completely brutal, horrific and unjustified attack”.

The day before his death, Shah had apparently posted a message on Facebook reading: “Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation x!”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined a vigil for Shah outside his shop on Friday night, while locals gathered again on Saturday to pay tribute to a man they said was a pillar of the community.

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There are about 30,000 Ahmadis in Britain.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Iqbal
    Mar 27, 2016 - 2:56PM

    This article’s final paragraph concludes with “…..a sect with a strong missionary drive that is denounced as heretical by hardline Islamic scholars.”
    Why don’t you say that these hardliners are Pakistanis?
    I live in UK and the current negative anti Muslim feelings in the West is such that I am of the opinion that we will be wiped out of their countries unless we respect their laws. It is high time we ditched 5th century beliefs.
    This week marks 60 years of Pakistan officially becoming “Islamic Republic”. Nothing has improved and like Bangladesh we should discuss the concept of abandoning this ideological mess we are in.Recommend

  • Zulqarnain
    Mar 27, 2016 - 3:23PM

    Ahmedi Muslims cannot escape the violence of Sunnis even in the UK ! Just horrific !Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Mar 27, 2016 - 5:30PM

    Yesterday He was quoted as a Muslim. Today he became a Pakistani British and the religion part was removed.?. What happened overnight?. Recommend

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