Targeting minorities: Ahmadi man shot dead in Shaheed Benazirabad

Published: March 8, 2012
The victim, Maqsood Ahmad, was a resident of Rabwah in Punjab, where the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is based. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/FILE

The victim, Maqsood Ahmad, was a resident of Rabwah in Punjab, where the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is based. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/FILE


A week after an Ahmadi man was shot dead in Moni Bazaar of Shaheed Benazirabad, another was killed on Wednesday.

The victim, Maqsood Ahmad, was a resident of Rabwah in Punjab, where the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is based.

According to a Karachi representative of the Jamaat, Ahmad often travelled from Rabwah to Nawabshah and Karachi to sell and distribute homeopathic medicines and would stay in the city for one or two months at a stretch.

He had rented a place in the city.

Initial accounts collected by the Jamaat stated that Ahmad was shot dead in a marketplace by two motorcyclists.

A Section SHO insisted that the murder took place because of a personal enmity. However, he said that a case had not been registered yet.

On February 29, 80-year-old Chaudhry Akram was shot dead when he was with his grandson, who was injured.

There have been several episodes of targeted attacks against members of the community in Nawabshah and in 2011, a prominent Ahmadi lawyer Malik Mabroor Ahmad was killed outside his office.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.

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  • Aziz Bhatti
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:55AM

    Innalillah-e-wa-inna-ilehe-rajeoon. Pakistan has becoming a ‘place of martyrs’ for its minorities. Ahmadis are the most persecuted and targeted minority in Pakistan.


  • Mar 8, 2012 - 9:13AM

    Unfortunately this is not the country which was dreamed by Quaid i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
    The situation of minorities in Pakistan has become worse. The religious extremism has made this country a war land where the deprived masses are living a mesrible life.
    Ahmadiyya Jammaat is very badly persecuted in Pakistan on the basis of there faith and beleives. This religious hate campaign and persecution must be stopped by irony hand by the state otherwise this fire will burn the whole nation, as it is happening in Balochistan.


  • shafiq
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:18AM

    Innalillah-e-wa-inna-ilehe-rajeoon. in two week
    The government should realise that such incidents are
    not building a very bright or positive image of Pakistan.


  • Subah
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:15PM

    All of this is indeed iviting Allah’s curse. This should be stopped if Pakistan wants to get out of the worsening crises it is getting itself into. As mentioned by Dr. Hoodbhouy mentioned in “Run for your life” already most of the cream of literate professionals have left the country, others would follow suit. Many prominent doctors and scientists have gone abroad and serving in other countries. Their sevices are much needed here, but they unwillingly had to opt for leaving their homeland. What a shame. The wrath of God becomes inevitable when innocent people are killed.


  • Pakistani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:31PM

    “Whoever kills a person, it is as if he killed the entire humanity.” Al-Quran

    If people read Quran, they do not understand it because it is in Arabic and Arabic is not taught in Pakistan. We are Muslims in name only, withuot understanding the religion of peace and the book of God.

    Pakistan has become a lawless country. If these fiers are not put out, they will burn all of us.


  • Richard Nazeer
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:50PM

    May God almighty give courage to the family of departed soul to bear such pain.Such things are taking our country to total chao.Alas.


  • Mirza Adeel Sami
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilehe Rajeeyon.

    May his soul rest in peace, amen. May peace brought up in Pakistan and everyone may live together with peace, tolerance and harmony.

    May ALLAH bless Pakistan, amen.


  • M M Malik
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:28PM

    The meek are being persecuted relentlessly in Pakistan. Our tolerance of wajib-ul-qatal calls from the pulpit for decades are bearing their bitter fruits. The fires of hatred and extreme incitement to violence are spreading rapidly and will soon engulf everyone.


  • Bigboy
    Mar 8, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Run for your life


  • MIrza Ahmad
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Innalillah-e-wa-inna-ilehe-rajeoon – Our thoughts and prayers are with those he leaves behind.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @Aziz Bhatti:

    Pakistan has becoming a ‘place of
    martyrs’ for its minorities

    The problem is that they don’t really care about martyrdom. They probably just want to get along with their lives.


  • Murder is murder
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:22PM

    First of all a muder of any human being is always a tragdy and the killers should be punished.
    How does ET or the people commenting here know the motive of the killer? Can’t it be anything other then the religious affiliation of the person killed? It’s shameful how ET has to paint everything in a religious context but I am not suprised! ET does get funding for sources that have an anti-pakistan agenda.


  • Concerned Pakistani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:35PM

    We all are surrounded in living in shadows of fear.
    Why don’t honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan, top notch Government officials, Law enforcement agencies take notice of these events because they also fears severe outcomes of touching this hyper sensitive issue!
    Let them live as we are living. How come law and order situation of our beloved homeland can improve if this game of ‘Spilling Innocent Blood’ is continuously played!

    My condolences for the bereaved family!!


  • Rahman
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:48PM

    What a sad state of motherland……humanity is suffering from “religious elite”.
    May Allah bless his soul and safeguard his family.
    “Inna Lillahe wa Innan Alaihe Rajeon”


  • Umair
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:53PM

    May God bless his soul.


  • muhammad
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:39AM

    it can be personel enmity and many people die every day only ahmadis killing are reported so majorities are also not safe then y targeting minorities living rights only we all suffer in pakistan on hands of mullahs


  • AllahRukha
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:32AM

    This is a news for those who think Ahmadis belong to an elite group. The man was a salesperson and just trying to make ends meet.


  • Muhammad Ali
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:42AM

    What is Benazirabad??? Who gave them this RIGHT???

    After a few days, for winning elections they’ll change Pakistan’s name to Benaziristan or Zulfiqaristan!


  • Sultan Zafar
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Innalillah-e-wa-inna-ilehe-rajeoon. I did work with Maqsood Ahmad, long time ago in the same Curative International. May Allah bless him and his family. Aamin.


  • abdul rauf
    Mar 10, 2012 - 11:31AM



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