Motive for murder: Ahmadi man killed ‘because of his faith’

Published: June 19, 2013
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Investigation officer says it was likely due to a personal enmity.

Investigation officer says it was likely due to a personal enmity.

LAHORE: 

A member of the Jamaat-i-Ahmadia was shot dead in Green Town, allegedly because of his faith.

Four armed teenagers entered Jawad Karim’s house on Monday and shot him dead. They then walked away from the scene, said Imtiaz Adnan, Karim’s brother and a witness to the incident.

Adnan told The Express Tribune that four people armed with pistols had entered their house. One chased Karim to the first storey of the house and shot him in the chest. Adnan said he heard his brother cry out and reached the spot. He said he saw the assailant fleeing. He also saw three of his accomplices standing downstairs. They all simply walked away after killing Karim, said Adnan.

He alleged that Karim, 32, had been killed because of his religion. Local clerics had created a hostile environment for them, he said. Karim had also received several death threats, he said.

Green Town Station House Officer Sheikh Hammad told The Express Tribune that there may have been several motives for Karim’s murder. He said they had registered an FIR against unidentified suspects and started an investigation. He said Karim’s family had gone to Rabwa (Chenab Nagar) to bury him. Therefore they could not help the police trace the killers, he said. A formal investigation would be initiated once they returned, said Hammad.

The SHO said there could be several motives behind the murder, but he did not believe religion was one of them. If Karim was killed for being an Ahmadi, the killers would also have shot Adnan as he was there at the scene when Karim was shot, he said.

If the killers were religious extremists, they would have targetted Karim in a public area to create terror-not his house, said the SHO. Hammad suggested that the murder was likely motivated by a personal enmity, even though the family had said that Karim had no known enemies.

Karim is survived by his parents, a wife and two children. He ran a small clinic, Hussain Clinic, in the area. His wife, a doctor, looked after the clinic.

Jamaat-i-Ahmadia Pakistan spokesperson Saleemudin said Karim had been targetted because of his faith. He condemned the incident and said it had occurred as part of an on-going campaign against Ahmadis in Lahore. False FIRs were registered against Ahmadis, he said, and they were being targetted mercilessly. He said that the government had failed to protect the minorities and controlling the hate-campaign against Ahmadis.

Saleemudin said fatwas were regularly issued against Ahmadis in public meetings. Banners and stickers that incited hatred against Ahmadis were openly distributed and displayed. He appealed to the government to protect their lives and liberty.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Muhammad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:48AM

    Horrible!
    Pakistan will never succeed as a nation if we continue killing our own people! -.-

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  • Asad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:51AM

    If Karim was killed for being Ahmedi, the killer would have shot Adnan as well since Adnan was there when Karim was shot said the SHO. And the subject is Ahmadi man killed ‘because of his faith’. Spreading Hatred?

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  • Blunt
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Pathetic Reporting and misleading title of the news item.
    What proof you have to label the motive of murder was victims’ faith. Even SHO of relevant area and investigation teams are not sure of that.

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  • Babar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Even Allah cannot help Pakistan anymore because Pakistan is not a nation anymore. Pakistan is an extension of religous funamentalism where no section of society is safe. Sooner or later , it will be your turn!!! When the constitution defines who is Muslim and who is not then what are the common people going to beleive?

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  • Ricky
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:04AM

    “The SHO said there could be several motives behind the murder, but he did not believe religion was one of them.”
    Yes he is right it is only a coincidence. Yet in every incident the victims are usually smaller sect Muslims or minorities. Just a coincidence!

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  • Junaid
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Every day dozens of Paksitanis are killed. but only Qadyani made headline.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:24AM

    Every Muslim country, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Libya are imploding. Everywhere more or less religion is the issue. We need secular constitutions that provide everyone a safe, secure environment to be full citizens under law, not half or quarter citizens. That has been the secret of success in the West that made itself an inclusive society. Even in England when King Edward VIII wanted to marry a divorcee, PM Stanley Baldwin forced him to abdicate as people of Britain and the Commonwealth did not support violation of tradition. That’s why Britain and all those countries where secularism exists have blossomed under the rule of law.

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  • Jun 19, 2013 - 10:29AM

    The silence of Punjab Government in respect of continuous persecution against Ahmadis is seriously questionable. This is totally inhuman acts by them. No steps have been taken against this.

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  • Blunt
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:35AM

    Can ET please describe for us the ‘motive for murder’ of everyone of 26 killed while attending funeral procession in Shergarh, Mardan. Wasn’t that too their ‘faith’
    Can’t get what people get out of spreading the hatred.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:42AM

    @Lala Gee

    This is what is called a silent genocide.

    Ahmadis are not killed in one massacre of 1000 people. Instead tens of thousands of them are killed slowly, one at a time, on a daily basis.

    Today because of free media these things are coming to light.

    I wonder how many Ahmadis were killed just about 10 years ago!

    This is exactly how Hindus disappeared from Pakistan.

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  • Asad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:56AM

    Today morning within one hour 3 people were killed in Karachi, I dont see any news here. Stop spreading hatred ET. We all know that daily dozens of Pakistanis are being killed. We all condemn it but that does not mean you highlight a particular sect!!

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  • Cyrus
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:06AM

    let us all condemn the “act” 1st. Down with killers…

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  • BetelQ8
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:12AM

    The article is partial and spreading haterd, intentionally or non-intentionally.

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  • Farrukh Mehmood
    Jun 19, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Since the new government lead by MR Nawaz Sharif of PML-N has taken over, there has been a marked increase in attacks on Ahmadis in various parts of Pakistan.

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  • Another news
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Mr Jawad Karim who was killed two days ago, his mother died of heart failure yesterday unable to cope with the news.

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  • akbr
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:02PM

    the article is baised,,, spreading hatred,, shame on such paper,

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  • Rahul
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:26PM

    Weren’t Ahmadis and Shias at the forefront of the creation of Pakistan. Call it sweet karma. You can’t run, You can’t hide.

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:39PM

    @Billo Bhaya

    Well i think secularism had no role in this. They succeeded because of their education and industry etc. Not by putting religion to the side. Their majority religion (Christianity) had no law to be included in running the state. We do. The problem is not with this. It is the lack of education, bad economy etc.

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  • Journalist
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:51PM

    Regretable

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  • Citizen
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Pained

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  • GA
    Jun 19, 2013 - 4:05PM

    People at ET have no knowledge of religion yet talk about it. Strange.

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  • Nasir
    Jun 19, 2013 - 4:37PM

    The people commenting here that this is a biased story etc etc cannot even realize How it feel and what challenges an Ahmadi has to face while living in a society that deprives you for your basic rights. Shame on low thinkers and even more shame on the hatred been material spread openly under Govt supervision.

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  • SRahman
    Jun 19, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Whole Pakistani society is responsible for these kinds of murders. They were either ignoring or cultivating the crop of hatred when it was sowed. Except few newspapers, you don’t even hear about this kind of brutality because for many “righteous” souls it is very insignificant event. Our collective conscious and guilt has faded away by the fanatic and sectarian propaganda. The tragedy is our mindset, we want to become “good” Muslims without becoming good human being, as if both are distinct entities.

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  • ashar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:11PM

    It looks like a policy of ET to provide so many to send their hateful comments against Pakistan and Islam by breaking this sort of news every alternate day, in a typical manner to depict that every ahmedi in Pakistan is being targeted.

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  • Fazal Ahmad
    Jun 19, 2013 - 6:11PM

    @Asad:
    Million $ question! What are these teenagers trained for?

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  • sharp eye
    Jun 19, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Only Qadyani made headline.ET is supporting them

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  • SRahman
    Jun 19, 2013 - 7:20PM

    @sharp eye:
    What could be more deplorable mental and spiritual state that people are complaining about a news of a cruelty instead of cruelty itself. Simply deplorable and disgusting – forget decent human beings, even animals would have better humane sense….

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  • hmm
    Jun 19, 2013 - 7:57PM

    @Junaid, @Blunt:
    so you mean the Police of Pakistan is very honest and whatever they say is true….

    after reading comments the moral degradation of our society is quite evident…whether the commentators admit it or not…it seems that if ahmadi or for that matter anyone from minorities is killed then that is not a big deal so it should not be made headline…

    remember this is not isolated happening , go to aggregated news items within this newspaper about this persecuted community at http://tribune.com.pk/ahmadipersecution

    then tell me if it is isolated story or part of a major ethnic terrorising plot by majority….
    what is more, remember that ET is not only raising voice for ahmadis but it raises voice for Christians and shias/hazaras as well….its just that we as a nation have become fanatically blind……

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  • sana
    Jun 19, 2013 - 8:18PM

    @sharp eye:
    Right

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  • behold
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:11PM

    @ashar:
    ET only reports what is happening…nothing else…Our country is suffering through fanaticism in the form of sectarianism and terrorism….erase these two evils and ET will only be reporting positive things…
    alas people at large do not understand that reporting oppression of minorities by ET is not sensationalism but it just tells about atrocities committed upon the oppressed and nothing else……..

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  • Syed
    Jun 20, 2013 - 10:06AM

    i blv no person is killed without any particular reason, its really disgusting how everyone uses religon as a tool may it be sunni, shia, christian jew or ahmadi everybody is just using religon.

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  • Chaudhry
    Jun 20, 2013 - 1:55PM

    Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon. We strongly condemn. We feel pity for the coward and merciless killers. May Allah show the right path to my nation, because they don’t know the truth.
    They are proud of killing and arson. Is this the way to prosper in the world. How pitiable the situation is. Extremely deplorable.

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  • Talha
    Jun 20, 2013 - 7:16PM

    @blunt I agree we should not blindly blame a person’s religions for any such act but when open threats are being given names are singled out and a person is killed than it is criminal neglect to blame anything else. I have seen hundreds of posters which call for my blood. Hundreds that demonize me. Remove all of them than talk to me about other motives. Disgusting how this level of persecution is invisible to our masses. Can any one commenter honestly say that he has not seen an anti ahmadiyya pamphlet or advertisement. If this level of persecution does not unnerve you than wait for the day when you too will be declared Kafir and killed. That day perhaps someone will say he was killed because of other motives.

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  • Indian Catholic
    Jun 20, 2013 - 11:02PM

    @Ahmed: Well i think secularism had no role in this. They succeeded because of their education and industry etc. Not by putting religion to the side. Their majority religion (Christianity) had no law to be included in running the state. We do. The problem is not with this. It is the lack of education, bad economy etc.
    .
    What you are saying is not true. During the Dark Ages, the Vatican controlled most of Europe. Granted there is no legal framework in the Bible, but the Pope, the Bishops and the clergy set up their own rules and had revenue streams from tithe and other services. The rulers could do nothing as the monarchs received their power by “divine right” which meant the Vatican was involved.
    .
    The Renaissance which brought Europe out of the Dark Ages began in Florence which was run by the Medicis who did not fall in line with the Vatican and later installed Popes from their own family.
    .
    “Separation of church and state” was advocated first by Martin Luther and later Thomas Jefferson. It played a big role in the development of Europe and the US. Yet only 2 countries in the world fully separate church and state as per their constitution and one of those two is India.

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