Ahmadi doctor shot dead in Pakistan

A doctor from the minority Ahmadiyya community was shot dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Friday.

69-year-old Ashfaq Ahmad and his 11-year-old grandson were making their way to the local Mosque for Friday prayers when they were attacked by a lone gunman on a motorbike near Moon Market. The popular market area is situated in the suburb of Allama Iqbal Town.

Dr Ashfaq Ahmed had retired as a professor from Lahore University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences. He held a PhD in food and nutrition.

According to Saleemduin, the spokesperson for Ahmadiyya community Pakistan “The attacker flagged down Ahmed to stop his car, shot him at point-blank range, and then fled,”

He added that Ahmed’s 11-year-old grandson who was sitting on the rear seat and another man who was sitting on the front passenger survived the attack while Ahmed died on the spot.

On March 30, Ahmadi lawyer and cousin of noble laureate Dr Abdus Salam was shot dead in Nankana City.

The minority Ahmadi Muslims were declared ‘non-Muslim’ using a constitutional amendment in 1974 and have faced persecution at the hands of the Government as well as religious extremists and right-wing forces since then. In a 2010 terrorist attack, 86 Ahmadis were brutally murdered as they offered Friday prayers in a Mosque.