Targeted attack: Elderly man killed, grandson injured, outside relative’s house

Published: February 29, 2012
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Two motorcyclists shot at the men and fled.

Two motorcyclists shot at the men and fled.

HYDERABAD: An 80-year-old man, identified as Chaudhry Akram Arain, was shot dead and his grandson, 18-year-old Muneeb Ahmad, was injured, near a relative’s house in Shaheed Benazirabad on Wednesday.

According to Iqbal Arain, Akram’s nephew, both men were on their way to Akram’s son-in-law’s shop when they were ambushed by two motorcyclists in Camp Two area of the district.

DSP Aijaz Memon said that they were looking into a possible motive for the attack but have so far ruled out a personal enmity. It follows a pattern of similar attacks against Ahmadis.

Akram and his family had relocated to Australia in 2001. He had returned three months ago on a visit, since his son and a daughter still lived in Shaheed Benazirabad.

The head of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat in Rabwah condemned the killing in a press statement. Their spokesman, Saleemuddin, maintained that Arain was murdered because of his religious beliefs.

More than two weeks ago, two Ahmadis were killed outside their place of worship in Kunri taluka of Umerkot district. The police arrested a suspect, Masroor Ahmed, on Tuesday, and a court has remanded him to police custody. A security guard identified as Idrees Shah, who worked at the place of worship, was detained on February 12.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Kanwal
    Feb 29, 2012 - 8:30PM

    And this is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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  • Sabahat
    Mar 1, 2012 - 12:04AM

    CJ takes notice of Waheeda Shah’s slap. but not bothered at all about the regular massacre of Ahmadis and Shias. the UnJustice Iftikhar Chodhri shame on you.

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  • Haji Rafiq A. Tschannen
    Mar 1, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Pakistan is a strange country. They call a place where a prayer is recited in exactly the same manner as in all the Mosques in the country a ‘place of worship’, as if it was an agent temple to some strange gods. When will you have the courage to call a Mosque belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat a MOSQUE?

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  • JustAnotherPakistani
    Mar 1, 2012 - 2:31AM

    “Shaheed Benazirabad.”…? Are we devoid of any imagination and/or originality?

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  • Absar Shah
    Mar 1, 2012 - 9:49AM

    @Sabahat:
    very well said Sabahat !!

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  • Gen Pasha Retd
    Mar 1, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Surly to Allah we belong and surly to him shall we return

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