Another Sunni Leader is gunned down in Pakistan

QUETTA: Unidentified men killed Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat-Noorani provincial leader Maulana Iftikhar Ahmed Habibi in Quetta on Wednesday, sparking a wave of protests.

Police said Habibi, who was also a regular Islamic commentator on the Pakistan Television (PTV), was killed by unidentified men when he was on his way to work. Habibi was driving to the PTV Quetta station when the men opened fire, killing him instantly.

His relatives took the body to the Governor’s House to protest. The protesters chanted slogans against the police and demanded the arrest of the culprits. The police resorted to aerial firing in order to disperse them and took around 14 protesters into custody.

No group has claimed responsibility for the murder.

“This is an act of sectarianism carried out by those who had previously threatened to kill Habibi,” Mir Abdul Qudoos Sasooli, the provincial president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), said. “The murder was carried out by the activists of banned organisations which are operating now under new names,” he said, giving the Balochistan government a 72-hour ultimatum to arrest the murderers.

The JUP will observe a Balochistan-wide strike on Thursday (today) to protest against the murder. Sasooli appealed to traders and the people to observe a shutter-down strike as a protest against Habibi’s assassination and express their solidarity with the JUP in Balochistan.

He said the JUP would contact the Anjuman-e-Tajiran Balochistan to ensure the strike was a success, APP reported. Habibi was a regular commentator of Balochi and Brahvi languages on PTV. His friends said the slain leader had been threatened in the past but the police had not provided him any security.


One comment

  1. tu ne batil ko mitaya ai imam ahmad raza.
    dinka dangka bajaya ai imam ahmad raza.

    ham bangladeshi yiha par dewbandi, tabligi, wahabi se lar rahe hai, quran aur hadish ke dalil ke sath, aur ham sab aur iha ke sunni ulema v is kam me kafi kamyab huye hai……par iha par koi sunni tv chanel nahi hai is liye kavi kavi unlogo ka jawab rehke v ham nahi de sakte….. ye log kavi kavi free me kitab print kar ke logo ko dete hai………..aur hamare pas fund ke kami ke waje se ham bahut kam hi book chap kar logo ko de sakte hai………………par allah ki rehmat hai ke ham bahut kamyab huye hai…………………………………………

    nawshad ansari

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