KARACHI: Three members of the Ahmadiyya community survived a gun attack in the metropolis Sunday night.
Saleem Rafaqat and his two nephews – Maaz Ahmad and Shahmir Ahmad – were returning home in Block 6, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, after offering Isha prayers at a worship place when gunmen shot at them.
They were shifted to a local hospital where Rafaqat and Shahmir were admitted for treatment of their bullet wounds, while Maaz, who had only suffered an abrasion after a bullet grazed his head, was discharged after first aid.
The police did not immediately register a case, saying they were waiting for the complainants to record their statements. “We are not sure whether it was a targeted attack or attempted robbery,” said Gulshan-e-Iqbal SHO Farooq Sanjrani. He added that while investigations were under way, the situation would clear once the victims recorded their statements.
However, the Ahmadiyya community in a statement called it a targeted attack.
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“The anti-Ahmadiyya community literature is continuously being published and distributed which endangers the lives of community members,” said Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan’s spokesperson Saleemuddin. He demanded the assailants be arrested immediately and punished according to the law.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2015.