Incident Report: 60-year old Ahmadi Muslim Stabbed to Death in Pakistan by Religious Fanatic

On 12 August an Ahmadi Muslim man was brutally stabbed to death on grounds of faith, in Rabwah, Pakistan – home to the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The perpetrator was raising religious slogans at the time of the incident.

A religious fanatic, reported to be Hafiz Muhammad Shahzad Hasan Sialvi Rivi, fatally stabbed an Ahmadi Muslim man by attacking him several times with a dagger.

60-year old Mr Naseer Ahmad was at a bus stop in Rabwah, when the attacker pressured him to chant slogans including a slogan in praise of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the late founder of the extremist party Tehrik Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Upon Mr.Ahmad’s refusal to comply, the perpetrator attacked him with a dagger and killed him on the spot whilst uttering “Whosoever abuses the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) should be killed”. The perpetrator was arrested on the spot.

Mr. Ahmad, who had no enmity with anyone, is survived by his widow and three daughters. The perpetrator, is reported to be a graduate of Anwar-ul-Quran Madrassa (religous school) of Police Station Muhammad Wala in Punjab.

This brutal murder in broad daylight at the hands of a religious fanatic is deeply worrying and reflects the impact of the anti-Ahmadi hate campaign that has been rife for decades with no action taken by the authorities to tackle this issue, despite the extremists being known to the authorities.
The population of Rabwah consists of 95% Ahmadi Muslims and even there Ahmadi Muslims live in constant fear of their safety.

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