Pakistan: Ahmadi leader shot dead in Bahawalpur


The president of the Ahmadiyya community in Bahawalpur’s Hasilpur district was shot dead by unknown assailants on Monday morning, police said.

Tahir Iqbal, 54, was out for his morning walk in the Chak-84 village when two motorcyclists opened fire at him, resulting in his death on the spot. According to the police, the body was moved to a morgue for autopsy and a case was lodged against two unidentified suspects. An application submitted for the registration of the first information report, said the assailants fled from the crime scene.

Speaking to the media, Bahawalpur District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Abbas Shah claimed the initial investigation suggested that the motive behind the murder was not religious but related to ‘honour’. Iqbal, a landlord, was in a relationship with a woman in the village and her relatives had warned him several times to end the ties, the official said.

DPO Shah speculated that the woman’s relatives might have killed Iqbal “in the name of honour”, adding that the police were also looking into the possibility of a “religious angle”.

The DPO further stated that the police were conducting raids to arrest the suspects and an investigation was underway.__Daily Times