A veterinarian doctor of Ahmadi community was killed in a brazen gun-attack in Lahore’s Sabzazar neighbourhood Friday afternoon, in an apparent faith-based attack.
Police said it was too early to say if Ashfaq Ahmed, a 68-year-old retired professor of the University of Veterinary Sciences in Lahore, was target killed by some anti-Ahmadi militant group.
However, Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan said Prof Ashfaq was an active member of the Ahmadiyya community and “he was targeted simply because of his faith”.
The deceased, who had a doctorate degree in food and nutrition, was riding in a car along with his grandson and a friend to offer prayers at a worship place in Iqbal Town when he was targeted on the busy road in broad daylight.
An eyewitness told the police that a motorcyclist fired a single bullet from a pistol at point blank range as the car was moving slowly due to the dug up road near Shah Fareed Chowk.
“The victim sustained a bullet in the head and died on the spot,” a police investigator said. His body was moved to the morgue for autopsy. The attacker was wearing a helmet and he fled instantly after the fatal assault.
“Other (two) persons in the car remained unharmed,” Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesman said. “We strongly condemn the killing of second Ahmadi within 10 days,” Saleem said.
The deadly shooting comes just days after another member of Ahmadi community was shot dead in Nankana Sahib district of Punjab. Malik Saleem Latif advocate, a cousin of Nobel winning physicist Abdus Salam, was shot dead near his home in Nankana on March 30.
A police officer said they were investigating the shooting keeping in mind different aspects of the killing. “Apparently, it was an incident of target killing. Investigators are working on this case and the killers would be brought to justice,” the officer said, requesting his name not be mentioned.