Too trusting: Pir kills follower for miracle of life

Published: September 18, 2014
 The pir gave the condition that the victim must be married and have children. STOCK IMAGE

The pir gave the condition that the victim must be married and have children. STOCK IMAGE


A pir was arrested on Wednesday for killing a follower to prove his claim that he could bring him back to life.

A Saddar police spokesman said Muhammad Sabir, a pir of village Mubarakabad in Bahawalnagar, gained popularity over the last five years for his ability to perform ‘miracles’.

He said on Tuesday, he announced that he could breathe life back into a dead man. The pir gave the condition that the victim must be married and have children.

Sabir said 40-year-old Muhammad Niaz, a daily wage worker and father of six children, volunteered for the miracle.

On Wednesday, Niaz was placed on a table in a square and his hands and legs were bound.

The police spokesman said Sabir then sliced his throat as people looked on.

Meanwhile, an anonymous caller informed the police about ‘the miracle.’ The spokesman by the time police reached, Niaz had died.

Witnesses said Sabir uttered some words to bring him back to life. They said when he realized his ‘miracle’ had not worked, he tried to flee.

He was detained by the villagers and handed over to the police. Villagers told police that he used ask a local pet store to donate birds and dogs so that could save villagers from black magic.

They said he sacrificed animals and sprinkled their blood on his followers. He also asked them to sprinkle it at the entrance of their houses to be protected from evil.

A FIR against the cleric has been lodged in Saddar police station. The body of the victim was taken to the tehsil headquarters hospital for autopsy and later handed over to the family for burial.

Samina, sister of the victim, told The Express Tribune, that her brother had sacrificed himself for the spiritual leader.

“Why should I mourn when I know that my brother is in heaven?” she said. “He will be rewarded for his services for the spiritual leader in afterlife.

She said her brother had volunteered for the miracle and that the pir should not have been arrested.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 18, 2014 - 5:06AM

    All these pirs should be arrested and prosecuted.Recommend

  • Fareed
    Sep 18, 2014 - 7:07AM

    That is a nation that jenah dream of it!


  • ahmed
    Sep 18, 2014 - 7:43AM

    Has anyone ever come back after being dead ???


  • Hardliner
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:16AM

    @Moiz Omar:

    not prosecuted, rather EXECUTED!…..


  • irfan
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:29AM

    We are muslim and we are so away from the teaching of islam.


  • S
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:35AM

    Far too many fake pirs and so many in england too! And people follow them so blindly!


  • Sep 18, 2014 - 9:37AM

    Shocking and horrific! Punjab and Sindh are locked in this ‘piri-mureedi’ scam. This only shows the government’s lack of interest in providing education and jobs. Salams


  • Hassan Wali
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:40AM

    Paradise of Fools. May Allah grant such Peers and their Followers true guidance.


  • Mourning
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:46AM

    Height of Jahalat! Shocked on his sister’s statement


  • Ahmed
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:48AM

    Sorry tales from Punjab yet again! Does anyone need to actually rig elections? You know what I mean.


  • Sep 18, 2014 - 10:01AM

    Why we have such a strong faith on relying such people rather than relying blindly in Almighty ALLAH.


  • Kamran
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:06AM

    There should be many more “volunteers”. This would have the great effect of cleansing society of those whose intelligence is low enough to fall for these fraudsters. The sister said he should not be arrested. She should be the next volunteer. I love Pakistan ;-)


  • MJ
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:08AM

    Samina should be next in line to go to heaven using the same method. We need to thin our gene pool of such morons.


  • Lolz
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:12AM

    This is just one example….. Have a look at the current situation in Pakistan… Mian brothers been ruling Punjab for the last 30 years and the blind ignorants been following them without any accountability that makes them live in a 29000 kanal Jati Umra….. isn’t it a miracle in a country where people hardly get a shelter….. Situation is the same across the board just that the forms are different in every other case….. nai samajh aayegi Pakistanio lolz!


  • analyzing pakistan
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:18AM

    Guess pakistanis crave miracles from Pirs or cricketers, result will be the same , disaster


  • jonaid
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:35AM

    @Moiz Omar:
    What arrested and prosecuted?? They should be hanged. Also punish the sister of the volunteer who still believe on pir.


  • Saad
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Confused, whether i should laugh or cry, simply disapointing


  • Abrar Ali
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:37AM

    A typical example of how far we are from teachings of Islam. Really very sorry for the innocent labour who died and especially about his children.
    Such Pirs should also be executed in the similar way.


  • yogesh
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:43AM

    illiteracy is the root cause of such things. ..they dnt hv ability to think rationally n scientifically. .blind following with giving own thought will lead to this only…


  • A Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:44AM

    When will our country snap out of these illiterate practices?.


  • Fawad
    Sep 18, 2014 - 10:52AM

    The guy was a poor daily wage worker, most probably illiterate as well. But what is the government doing? This would not have happened if government institutions like police were doing their job properly. Instead of focusing on spending all their energies in following political decisions by the government, police should focus on their professional duties instead.


  • Umar Sear
    Sep 18, 2014 - 11:00AM

    “She said her brother had volunteered for the miracle and that the pir should not have been arrested”. WOW!


  • Stranger
    Sep 18, 2014 - 11:52AM

    Why blame the pir I say . He is merely supplying for the demand .As long as there are people who wait for some miracles or some messiah to come , Pirs like him will exist.


  • Ahmad
    Sep 18, 2014 - 1:03PM

    Alas, there is no limit of ignorance..
    We are far away from true teaching Islam, and several of us choose to follow those “pirs” blindly..
    A lesson for Dr Qadari followers as well..


  • salwa
    Sep 18, 2014 - 1:19PM

    These are the people who should be shot and killed in ‘Target Killing’ rather than the educated, civilized Muslims of our society who we actually need.


  • Omer
    Sep 18, 2014 - 1:42PM

    Since this person was not preaching anything related to Islam, the term “Pir” to define this evil person is wrong. He should rather be called a black-magic practitioner or an unholy person. If a person is a true Pir, then Islam is the only thing he preaches. Neither does he require to prove anything through such inhuman deeds nor does he indulge himself or others in such matters.


  • jiyala
    Sep 18, 2014 - 1:52PM

    Jahil pirs and their ignorant followers.


  • naseer
    Sep 18, 2014 - 2:22PM

    Pir never behave like magicians… we should study and have knowledge about it..


  • kulwant singh
    Sep 18, 2014 - 6:52PM

    There is no shortage of such Pirs, Baba, Jyotishis who claim they are having magical powers and what is most harassing is the fact that their ads regularly appear on TVs and News papers on this side of the border too, the Govt never take any action against such people because they are interested in votes only. All Pirs, Babas and Jyotishes must be put behind bars. Why this Pir played with the life this innocent man if he was so confidant of his powers he should have tested the same on any one from his family.


  • Saif Sheikh
    Sep 18, 2014 - 7:29PM

    The fact that people still believe and follow these Pirs even after such incidents is cringe-worthy. The problem is that nobody learns a lesson from such horrors. We as a nation forget the past so easily and its not just this incident it is also so many similar and dis-similar incidents which have left people dead, injured and/or handicapped. And while I can’t judge the man who died because I didn’t know him personally, however I would like to point out to his sister that any man who died believing that someone else other than Allah (S.W.T) can give and take life is committing shirk so he cannot possibly go to Jannah.


    Sep 18, 2014 - 7:30PM

    No body but the people have to take the blame for creating such circumstances in the family or with friends or for greed that lead to this. It is shameful that despite innumerable Mosques in the Country people are not learned enough. Most of these Mosques have totally illiterate or highly biased towards some Maslak Imams, who instead of educating people on social issues talk of imaginary anecdotes connecting those to Islam. It is in this area that majority of our population needs to be enlightened. The curse of all satanic rituals must be eliminated and all such fake pirs should be prosecuted. Unfortunately the Authorities are hand in glove with these enemies of the people and a large number of MNAs MPAs practice piri faqiri.. This is the worst part. The NEW PAKISTAN MUST ELIMINATE THIS SHIRQ


  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Sep 18, 2014 - 9:57PM

    The Pir should be hanged but I have no sympathy for the volunteer and his sister. Good riddance. I regret this sister too was not a participant in the “miracle”s. There is no way to convince these people and there is no way to change these people. They are a burden on rest of us.


  • Mj
    Sep 19, 2014 - 5:05AM

    “Far too many fake pirs and so many in england too! And people follow them so blindly!”

    All pirs are fake. It’s all a sham. There’s no supernatural or spiritual world.


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