Ex-army man gunned down in Nankana Sahib over his Ahmadi faith

    Maqsood Ahmed, belonging to the minority Ahmadi community, was shot dead by unknown gunmen near Nankana Sahib on Thursday.

    According to reports, 45-year-old Ahmed was attacked by unidentified assailants in Dharowal, near Nankana Sahib. He had four young children and retired from the Pakistan Army 10 years ago.

    Family members say he was shot around 9pm as he was irrigating his farmland in Chak 33, Dharowal.

    Reports state that Ahmed was a dual British-Pakistani citizen and he had returned from Britain six months ago.

    Police have lodged an FIR over the murder charges, but no person has been arrested as of yet.

    According to the FIR, Maqsood Ahmad was shot several times by four unknown assailants with two bullets hitting him on the head, killing him instantly.

    Spokesman Jamaat Ahmadiyya Saleem-ud-Din urged the government to take swift action and arrest the culprits and bring them to justice.

    “We hope that the Govt will ensure that in future it will put an end to the violence perpetrated against members of the Ahmadiyya Community,” the spokesman of Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya said in a tweet.

    Meanwhile the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Religious Harmony, Tahir Ashrafi condemned the incident through a tweet but used the term “Qadiani” while referring to the slain person. Ahmadis consider “Qadiani” a derogatory term that is also often used as an anti-Ahmadi slur.

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