Two Ahmadi Muslims brutally killed by religious fanatic in broad daylight

On 8 June, a tragic incident unfolded in Saadullahpur, Mandi Bahauddin, where two members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar and Mr. Rahat Ahmad Bajwa, were brutally murdered. The attacks occurred in broad daylight, with the victims shot dead in separate incidents. The alleged perpetrator, a 16-17-year-old madrassa student named Syed Ali Riza, has confessed to the murders, citing religious motives. 

Mr. Ghulam Sarwar, aged 62, was shot near his home after attending afternoon prayers. He leaves behind a widow and six children. Mr. Rahat Ahmad Bajwa, aged 30, was targeted while returning from his catering business and leaves behind a widow and two young daughters.

Ghulam Sarwar aged 62 (top) and Rahat Ahmad Bajwa aged 30 (bottom), were gunned down in broad daylight. 

These murders are part of a larger hate campaign against Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, driven by extremist rhetoric and incitement.  

In March, Tahir Iqbal, the president of a local Ahmadi Muslim Community in Chak-84, Bahawalpur, was also murdered in a religiously motivated attack. The total number of Ahmadi Muslims martyred for their faith has reached 280 since 1984, including 10 in Mandi Bahauddin alone. 

The National Commission for Human Rights in Pakistan recently released a report indicating that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community faces the highest levels of violence and discrimination in the country. The report includes recommendations for strict action against hate speech and the promotion of tolerance and respect for religious diversity. 

Source: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

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