Ahmadi schoolteacher shot dead in Sheikhupura

Published: October 3, 2011
Dilawar Hussain was shot twice at the government school where he taught.

Dilawar Hussain was shot twice at the government school where he taught.

LAHORE: As his students watched, a recent convert to the Ahmadi faith, Dilawar Hussain, 42, was shot dead at a government primary school in a village in Sheikhupura on Saturday.

According to the FIR registered, the deceased was shot twice while he was taking a class at the primary school in Dere Golianwala.

Hussain, along with his wife, Ishrat Bibi, and four children, had recently converted to the Ahmadi faith. His family was the only one in the village belonging to the Ahmadiyya community, Sheikhupura’s Ameer Jamaat Ahmadiyya Chaudhry Abdul Hameed Bhatti told The Express Tribune.

He said the deceased’s siblings boycotted him after his conversion and other relatives went against him when local clerics declared him “liable to be killed”.

Bhatti said even his brothers, one of whom is a police officer, did not want to register an FIR and become a complainant. Instead, they made Ishrat Bibi the complainant and prepared the application themselves.

Hussain’s relatives refused to own his body. At the same time, they created obstacles for his widow to take the body away from the village to Rabwah, the headquarters of the Ahmaddiya community. However, under police security, she finally managed to take the body away.

Sheikhupura SHO Shahid Zafar Gujjar said that as the FIR was registered against two unidentified people, they had no information about the murderers.

The SHO said authorities will be able to trace out the assailants once the witness identifies them. He added that the police had completed the legal requirements by getting autopsy of the body and registering the FIR. He revealed FIR # 1146/11 under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code had been registered against the assailants.

Saleemuddin, a spokesperson for Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan, condemned the murder and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused. He said fatwas declaring members of the Ahmadi sect “liable to be killed” were being issued in different parts of the country and these religious edicts were being published in vast numbers. This, according to Saleemuddin, has resulted in target killings of many Ahmadis.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (70)

  • citizen
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:19AM

    It was very bad, May God give them strength to fight with these circumstances.


  • Arindom
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:22AM

    Another Strategic Asset demanding a pay rise!


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:31AM

    As his students watched, a recent convert to the Ahmadi faith, Dilawar Hussain, 42, was shot dead at a government primary school

    This is an extremely sad incident. Killing the Ahmadi school teacher was certainly a grave mistake. No one has the right to take another person’s life.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Oct 3, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilahey rajeoon

    May Allah give peace and patience the the family and give azab from himself to the killers and the cleric who gave this fatwa.


  • Oct 3, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Inna Lillah wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun!
    1) The relatives boycotted Hussain on his becoming an Ahmadi Muslim
    2) He was killed for his faith
    3) His family refused to own his body

    Which of the above three was not done to the early Muslims by the Quraish of Mecca? You decide. May God grant patience to the martyr’s family and bless his progeny, amen. May Allah grant him an excellent abode in the hereafter, amen.


  • Doctor
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:10AM

    Just sad. Everyone who is beating their chest about how proud they are to be Pakistani should just take a deep breath. We have good people in Pakistan but Pakistan itself is rotten to the core because we cannot and do not protect minorities, women, children, and others at risk. We allow religious terrorists to walk all over us and say nothing. We are not bold. We are not brave. We are cowards cowering in fear.


  • Lone Star
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:11AM

    May Allah accept his shahada and rest his soul in peace. Ameen. May Allah be care-taker of the deceased’s family. My heart goes out to the young kids, these cruel killers have no religion at least not Islam. What a barbaric society. Inna lillah he wa inna elehe raj’eoon.


  • Naveed A. Jami
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:32AM

    In my view such news should not be publicized too much. Islam as it is seasoned in Pakistan says to kill a person who leaves the faith. Sounds barbaric,cruel and unjust but Apostasy exists in Islam.


  • Ahmee
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Alas…Pakistan has turned in to an intolerant society loaded with guns and clerics ever ready to declare others Liable to KILL…What a mockery of law and humanity, sadly nothing will happen and the killer will walk free. I wish he gets the same capital punishment as that of the Fanatic Qadri plus the cleric involved. Let it be an example.
    This Nation is facing the wrath of ALLAH Almighty for this very reason, people walking on earth are taking decisions only owned by ALLAH so let be it, keep suffering, Kill others in the name of ALLAH and you shall be treated in the same manner. Repent and seek forgiveness ALLAH is kind and gracious to forgive you. May Peace prevails…Humanity Rules…and…May Pakistan Live Long.
    Love for All Hatred For None!!!


  • Jinnah Quote of the Day
    Oct 3, 2011 - 11:48AM

    We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community, because even as regards Muslims you have Pathans, Punjabis, Shias, Sunnis and so on, and among the Hindus you have Brahmins, Vashnavas, Khatris, also Bengalis, Madrasis and so on, will vanish. Indeed if you ask me, this has been the biggest hindrance in the way of India to attain the freedom and independence and but for this we would have been free people long long ago. No power can hold another nation, and specially a nation of 400 million souls in subjection; nobody could have conquered you, and even if it had happened, nobody could have continued its hold on you for any length of time, but for this. Therefore, we must learn a lesson from this. You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan.


  • fareeha
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:06PM

    another case of religious extremism. May Allah be with the family of the deceased.


  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Welcome to Pakistan or should I say Mullahstsn?


  • Nasir
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Surly to Allah we belong and to Allah we return.


  • Haroon Ali
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Religious tolerance is at the lowest in the world in our country. Recommend

  • UK
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Even worms get treated better than religious minorities in Pakistan.
    This is really sickening.


  • imran
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:39PM

    y not arrest the mullah


  • Acorn Guts
    Oct 3, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Countless Ahmadi’s have sacrificed their lives for what they think is right. My uncle was martyred last year and me and my family had to move house because of the threats and abuse. It is time to just let us just be! … if we are wrong we’ll pay the price when we die. No human has the right to declare whether we are Muslims or not through some highly politicised and draconian constitutional ruling let alone declare us ‘wajab-ul-qatl’.

    Pray for the day when Allah’s wrath will hit those that commit cold blooded murders of innocents in the name of his prophet and his religion.


  • Mike Mullen (rtd)
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:03PM

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.The mullas who issued the fatwa must be punishedRecommend

    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:11PM

    @Gen Pasha (retd): You are a general you should know better tha it was a general who brought klashinkov culture and islamic laws properly into the pakistani constitution yet you are sarcastically calling pakistan mullahistan.if you are such a pessimist then i am greived to know that you were once elevated to the top of our military:
    PS welcome to faujistan


  • Ali
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:12PM

    after owning a green passport, it is my responsibility to defend my country overseas. but the citizens out there in our beloved Pakistan, don’t even think what others think of us after the incidents of discrimination due to religious views, ethnicity, and gender based. This is not Islam, this is not a matter of Ghairat (Honour), this is absolute ignorance of what actually Islam teaches us. Islam is all about Love, Peace, Brotherhood, Freedom, and Loyalty.


    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:14PM

    @Waseem: Apostasy in Islam (Arabic: ارتداد, irtidād or ridda‎) is commonly defined in Islam as the rejection in word or deed of one’s former religion (apostasy) by a person who was previously a follower of Islam. The Qur’an itself does not prescribe any earthly punishment for apostasy, but the Hadiths do. According to the four mainstream schools of Islamic law (sharia), its punishment is execution although the student was wrong but the fatwa was correct Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:25PM

    The wajab-ul-qatal sermons are now bearing their bitter poisonous fruits. The time for blowing the trumpet of tolerance is closing very fast.


  • Mirza Ahmad
    Oct 3, 2011 - 1:51PM

    To Allah we belong, and to Him we return. Our thoughts are with the family. God will indeed punish the perpetrators and those who fail to bring action against them.


  • Blue Bells
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:04PM

    Intolerance, the saddest part is we cant leave a person to do or follow whatever he/she wants to. I dont think our people understand the verse in the Quran ”There is no cumpulsion in religon”. We love to take matters in to our own hands eh? Who cares if the person had a family, children etc, the fact that he was the sole breadwinner since he was a ”Ahmedi” lets just annihilate him. And these mullahs call themselves muslims i think they should be annihilated.


  • R.A
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:10PM

    I close my eyes and go back 1400 years
    and see similar atrocities taking place
    against the followers of Holy Prophet S A W
    I can only say

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:22PM

    Its a duty of state to deal such people as per Islamic Law who convert their faith from Islam to such faith which is unanimously unaccepted by the Islamic Scholars all around the world, Constitution/Law of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and also by South Africa through the South African legal/court procedure where both the parties get legal prosecution chance. However, No citizen has any right to take law in its hand. This act must be treated seriously that no such incident shall take place in future.


  • observer
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:31PM

    @Diggvijay Singh

    Killing the Ahmadi school teacher was certainly a grave mistake.

    I thought in India murder is considered a crime under Section 302 of the Criminal Code, but if Mr ‘fair minded Indian’ says it is a ‘mistake’ it must be a that.


  • KolachiMom
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Barbarians! We will have nothing to stand on in defense of this country, it’s majority ruling religion or our integrity till horrific acts like this remain the present norm.


  • usman
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:53PM

    And this so called pakistani express tribune is just defaming pakistan,why don’t this ET find a single positive thing in their own motherland


  • Saad Karim
    Oct 3, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Actually, we need to tell people that it is not a duty of citizen to implement law and the due punishment of such conversion from Islam

    But Its Government who should implement the law. Such killing is not justify even in good faith.Recommend

  • Oct 3, 2011 - 3:03PM



  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:04PM


    I thought in India murder is considered a crime under Section 302 of the Criminal Code, but if Mr ‘fair minded Indian’ says it is a ‘mistake’ it must be a that.

    My dear friend, I had written a brief explanatory note along with that comment that you see. But the moderator found something objectionable in my remarks and edited that part out. So, my comment appears slightly out of context.


  • KolachiMom
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:11PM

    And this so called pakistani express tribune is just defaming pakistan,why don’t this ET find a single positive thing in their own motherland

    No my dear, it is these people who kill (and ones like you who choose to ignore them, instead of having the courage to condemn them) who defame this country. Perhaps you could start your own “feel good” online newspaper, and pretend the world is a lovely place full of rainbows and lollipops. You could name your publication ‘The Ostrich’


  • Omer
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:20PM

    I think the person who declares anyone “wajibul katal” should be punishable by death.


  • Oct 3, 2011 - 3:32PM



  • Adeel Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:34PM

    @Omer. Infact “wajib-ul-qatl” is the fatwa, regarding someone who convert from Islam, is of Imam Abu Hanifa RA, Imam Shafai RA, Imam Ahmed bin Hambal RA and Imam Malik RA. Shall we need to punish by death. And Ahmadi or Qadyani is non-Muslim as per constitution of Pakistan.


  • observer
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:48PM

    @Diggvijay Singh

    My dear friend, I had written a brief explanatory note along with that comment that you see. But the moderator found something objectionable in my remarks and edited that part out. So, my comment appears slightly out of context.

    Did you , in the ‘brief explanatory note’ call it murder? And did you demand punishment for the perpetrator and the abettor of the crime?

    Or did you talk mumbo jumbo about public opinion as you have been doing in the case of Taseer?


  • Brasstacks
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:49PM

    @Ali: Bhai pardon me for my ignorance as I am a Hindu. But if most followers tend to interpret Islam in skewed manner as you are implying, then we need to think & introspect what the real problem is? What is the root cause for this so called misinterpretation of Islam? Is it with the followers, the interpreters ( ie the Mullahs ) or ……..(I shudder to put down the words as I do not want to hurt sentiments of my Muslim brothers)? BTW no religion is superior to the others as there is only one God for all of us.


  • Brasstacks
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:52PM

    He, Digvijay Singh is not an Indian.


  • Munir Khan
    Oct 3, 2011 - 3:58PM

    @Naveed A. Jami:
    First of all it is debatable whether apostasy exists in Islam as there is no consensus. Second of all if any punishment is to be given then it is by the state, not random killers. Did the killers think of the trauma that they inflicted upon the “Muslim” children when they shot the Shaheed in the back. We need to stand up for the rule of law. Islam does not mean the rule of the jungle, and your point is totally irrelevant!! Recommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:10PM

    Ahmadis of Pakistan are like Jews in Nazi Germany.


  • Acorn Guts
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:45PM

    @Rana Taimoor:
    You are wrong on so many different levels that it baffles me!

    a. ‘Liable-to-be-killed’ is not a law in islam against those who are guilty of blasphemy. Prophet Mohammad (s.a.w) himself forgave many guilty of this sin in his lifetime.
    b. Yes you can convert to other religion or sect once you have accepted islam, the verse ‘la ikraha fid deen’ from holy quran says just so.
    c. Pakistani law does not provide this murderer any protection. It is the people with extreme views who do.
    d. The murderer did not do a good job. He has committed a sin against humanity if you really believe in what islam teaches us.
    3. Ahmadis do not deny ‘Khatme-Naboowat’ infact we do believe in finality of prophet Mohammad (s.a.w).


  • Aurangzeb
    Oct 3, 2011 - 4:50PM

    Another example of our destroying patience towards the people whom we consider unlike to us…. May God bless with Mr. Dilawqar. Ameen


  • TZ
    Oct 3, 2011 - 5:17PM

    How we can preach Islam to non-muslims? by quoting these kind of examples?


  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2011 - 6:23PM

    Let every one know this fact and stop blaming Pakistan. It is done as it is prescribed. Now run for cover where you can !


  • Oct 3, 2011 - 6:29PM

    These Fatwa issuing mortal Gods are nothing but ideologically insecure, faithless people who want to kill those whom God creates and feed!
    Psycho monsters.

    -A NonAhmedi.


    Oct 3, 2011 - 7:04PM

    What is being taught in schools curriculam that Pakistan existed since 11th century is absolutely correct. During that period no non-Muslims was safe and killed on sight and the same is being practiced in Pakistan.


  • AnisAqeel
    Oct 3, 2011 - 7:33PM

    What is good with the Ahmadis? After all these atrocities and punishments, they sill are progressing and their faith strengthens, Why…Why…Why???


  • Dare to speak
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:07PM

    Sickness of our society to limits

    we as a nation had zero religious tolerance, we are living in country where difference of opinion as if crime or blasphemy ,Cant a person has right to chose a faith of his own. Are Ahmadiyaah not human beings.?

    Jamal uddin Afghani after visiting west he said. ” In west I have seen Islam without Muslims and In east Muslims without Islam

    our only hope is the new generation who some how believe in tolerance and difference of opinionRecommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 3, 2011 - 8:56PM

    These acts are counted towards country’s bad lists discussed at all forums of the world.


  • Mrs K
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:34PM

    It shocking how many of the supposed educated readers of tribune lack basic knowledge about Islam.

    Rana Taimoor and Naveed A.Jami

    Check out the Quran:”Let there be no compulsion in religion” (2:256) and also

    “Those who believe then disbelieve, again believe and again disbelieve, then increase in disbelief, God will never forgive them nor guide them to the Way” (4:137).

    I fear for the future of my country.


  • Daniel Faizi
    Oct 3, 2011 - 9:42PM

    MA ANA ALAIHI WA ASHABI remember that as you read the article and see who the true believers of Islam are the one, surely it is not the ones who give fatwas and label other life as targets to be killed, and surely not the ones who deny burial rights to a dead body.


  • maheen
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:38AM

    I dun understand WHY Ahmadis are not given a chance and a platform to discuss and explain their faiths and beliefs? We live in a country that was created for freedom.. and now its like people are not even allowed to decide their own faith. Religion is a matter of soul. Nobody got the rights to call anybody else a non-Muslim. Who is to be blamed ? The cleric? the family? or the law? What is lost is Lost.
    May Allah help and protect the family Recommend

  • rehmat
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:55AM

    When the Ranger killed the alleged ‘dacoit’, Supreme court took suo moto notice. Will it do the same now or justice is only for Sunnis in Pakistan?


  • Farhan
    Oct 4, 2011 - 12:57AM

    I have read in Pakistani Media and specifically in Tribune regarding Phamplets ditributed in Faislabad main roads and markets to kill Qadianis as they are Qajib ul Qatal. Why the goverment or the authorities dont take any action?????


  • T Khan
    Oct 4, 2011 - 4:07AM

    @Adeel Ahmed:

    ‘La Ikraha Fiddeen’
    What do you understand by this verse of the HOLY QURAN and mind you, I do not think anyone can argue that the in Islam the word of Quran can not be nullified by anything else. There is a very clear rule stated by the pioneers of Islam from 1500 years ago…anything that goes against the Quran can not be considered right. The Haddiths that are said to have these rules about executions are not from the main books and still people are hell bent to give them more prestige than the word of ALLAH??? For a Muslim how can that make sense to you???
    If you think they are wrong in converting, convince them with facts and logic the way the other side convinced them, otherwise this is all a sham of the Mullah who can not prove Ahmadies wrong and has to save his seat one way or the other and the easiest way is to have you kill for him.


  • tayyab
    Oct 4, 2011 - 4:08AM

    Very sad incincident. May his soul rest in peace


  • Aniq
    Oct 4, 2011 - 5:29AM

    Strategic assets is a term india made up do you have anyproof this was done by LET or groups which received support in the past ?
    Pak Govt is not responsible for action of these groups
    just as USA is not responsible for actions of Libyan Rebels

    A random ahmadi getting killed, when even police officers are not safe is not news


  • kashan
    Oct 4, 2011 - 10:35AM

    Pakistan need Jihad against corruption, to maintain law in order, for education, for health, for public safety, for unemployment…..But we are nothing to do these things. My whole sympathy is with the victimize family.


  • BruteForce
    Oct 4, 2011 - 11:20AM


    You are right. it is not the fault of the Pak Govt. It is the fault of the people who made Pakistan an Islamic Republic, it is the fault of people who said 2 set of people cannot live together, it is the fault of people who did not think of the consequences of creating a Country with a divisive ideology.

    The Pakistani state is the result of shortsightedness of such leaders.

    Bangladesh is moving away from the legacy of the 2 nation theory, and is doing remarkably well. Recommend

  • Cycloneous
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:21PM

    I have a question, why do the people in Pakistan tolerate this nonsense?

    The cleric should be arrested, and put in jail for inciting the killing of a human being. Any one who justifies this killing lacks proper moral values as a human being and insults every peace loving Pakistani. Truly sad.

    We here in America wonder, why do you tolerate this type of nonsense and clerics; we can only shake our heads in disbelief, I know I do!


  • NoJizya
    Oct 4, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Either Muslims will handle the violent aspects of Islamic teaching or the rest of the world will eventually destroy it. 4.8 billion non-Muslims won’t continue to put up with it.


  • Joe Blow
    Oct 5, 2011 - 3:51AM

    This is why religion should be illegal.


  • goodwithout
    Oct 5, 2011 - 5:17AM

    “God” already gave them the strength, and that is why this man is dead.
    Religion is poison.


  • Don Goss
    Oct 5, 2011 - 8:56AM

    It’s amazing. There are actually people here implying the man should have been killed, but by the state and not an individual. What a sickening, disgusting, pathetic culture. Is it any wonder that Westerners and those of other faiths don’t want Islam anywhere near them?


  • william
    Oct 5, 2011 - 2:03PM

    It is always claimed that ‘ordinary’ Muslims are not like the Islamists and radicals. this case illustrates very clearly that Muslims behave vilely to anyone who is not of the faith or worse
    anyone who converts from Islam. As the current case in Iran shows death is the result of apostasy. The clerics are also often the very worst in condemning to death people who renounce Islam


  • Cycloneous
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:04AM

    It saddens me that we hear all this stuff about islam being a religion of peace, but when you see news stories like this, it makes one wonder who is really telling the truth!

    I will go out on a limb here and say it, and many muslims will be offended by it but I think it has to be said. When are you muslims going to stand up to the imams, clerics and madrassas that instigate this nonsense? When is it that you will take back your religion from these monsters? We in the West, and here in America, wonder, when is it that you will start to tell these clerics, imams and sheikhs that their ideology is not islamic and therefore not welcome? If any one could answer these questions, I am all ears and waiting for the answers.

    For the record, I am not a Jew, CIA, Mossad or belong to any spy agency, I am just a simple American looking at what is happening to your country, so please, pretty please with sugar on top, don’t accuse me of being from any of these cultural or government sanctioned organizations.


  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Oct 8, 2011 - 9:17PM

    Hearing such incidences, my thoughts go back to the period when Muslims rulers were ruling India. Mullas were doing same things during Aurangzeb and Jahangir’s rule. No wonder Mughal empire fell after Aurngzeb. Khalsa panth became the force against Mullah terror. To me the religious extremism in Indian sub-continent is nothing but still the work in progress.. Religious tectonic plates collide in Indo-Pak region and we often feel the tremors. Like North and South poles on Earth, there are two religious poles; one in Jerusalem and another in UP province of India. The line joining these two points is the line of all religious troubles in the world. All Hindu Gods were born in UP and almost all Non-Hindu Gods were born in or around Jerusalem. Then you have Deoband and Beraley in UP. Farther away one goes from the line of religion and the two poles, more peaceful he or she is.No wonder we have no Hindu-Muslim problems in South India. Interestingly it was UP (Aligarh) which was the hot bad of Pakistan’s birth. Based upon by above views, I see no cooling down of religious fanaticism in Pakistan..Wish my theory is wrong…Recommend

  • Mubarik
    Oct 8, 2011 - 11:57PM

    Because MULLAH is Mightier than Government .


  • Taimur Ch
    Oct 13, 2011 - 12:45AM

    Is this Islam? Definitely not. And if it is Islam ( according to Mullahs ) then what is fascism


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