Pakistan’s Ahmadis, declared non-Muslims by the majority Sunni Muslims in Pakistan, face increasing levels of violence in the country. For Islamic fundamentalists the Ahmadis are a heretical sect that cannot claim to be Muslim because they do not recognise Muhammad as the final prophet.
Karachi, 4 October, 2012
Khawaja Zahur Ahmad, 64, a peaceful and respectable Ahmadi man, was shot dead near his home in Satellite Town. A few months prior to Ahmad’s assassination religious extremists had gathered outside his home shouting slogans. He was gunned down in Pakistan for following his faith.
Thursday, 18 October, 2012
In Sialkot District, Riaz Ahmad Basra was shot dead in Ghatialian.
Friday, 19 October, 2012
A newly married Ahmadi man of Baldia Town area of Karachi was killed and his father, brother, and father-in-law were critically injured when they were attacked while returning home after Friday prayer services.
Karachi, 23 October, 2012
2 Ahmadi men Abdul Hamid Khan and Bashir Ahmad were target killed in Baldia Town.
Sunday, 24 June, 2012
A member of the Ahmadiyya community, Aslam Bhatti, 34, was sitting in his computer shop in Baldia Town on 24 June 2012, when armed men riding on motorcycles shot at him four times. Bhatti tried to duck two bullets but a bullet ripped through his shoulder and another through his jaw, leaving him critically injured. Bhatti, the father of three daughters, had reportedly received death threats by people in his locality who called him an infidel and asked him to leave the area.