Aghast over the gruesome killing of a British national belonging to the Ahmadi community in Nankana Sahib, the ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan have raised concern over their safety.
Members of Pakistan’s human rights groups and civil society have also expressed their anger against atrocities being committed on ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities.
According to reports in Pakistani media, 55-year-old Maqsood Ahmed was attacked by unidentified assailants in Dharowal, near Nankana Sahib. Family members said he was shot around 9 pm as he was
irrigating his farmland in Chak 33, Dharowal. They say Ahmed was a dual British-Pakistani citizen and this was his first tour back home after migrating from Pakistan. The victim – a retired officer of the Pakistan Army was settled in the United Kingdom.
Netizens lambast PAK government for targeting minorities
“Crimes against minorities are rising. Every person include judges who conduct trials of Blasphemy are compelled to convict the innocents. Honest judges are left with two options either leave
the country or die like High court Justice Arif Iqbal Bhatti. Where we are heading as a nation?” asked Qader Khan while reacting to the killing of Masood Ahmad.
Another netizen, Majid Lahorewala asked, “Why there is a feeling of insecurity in
our own country? Why not abroad we have these feelings so happy away from here but always worried here something very wrong with our society very very wrong?”
Expressing his concern
over discrimination with the Ahmadi community, Ahmed Siddiqui tweeted, “Imran Khan looking for container walaly Khan sb who once said that minorities will be safeguarded in Naya Pakistan and to hold PM responsible for any killings in the country. Wondering
if you’re still our PM or…?”