It is with great sadness that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat confirms that on 1st April 2010 three members of its community in Faisalabad, Pakistan were killed in a barbaric attack. The Ahmadis were killed for no other reason than the fact that they were Ahmadi. There should be no doubt that these were targeted killings which took place in response to the continued rallies of anti-Ahmadi fanatical groups who continue to preach that those who kill or harm Ahmadis will be rewarded by God. Such fanatics are murdering in God’s name despite the fact that they have not even a single ounce of honour or decency. Indeed they are infused by nothing but hatred and jealousy.
The three Ahmadis killed were all part of the same family. The deceased were Mr Sheikh Ashraf Parvez (60), Mr Sheikh Masood Jawed (57) and Mr Asif Masood (24). Sheikh Ashraf Parvez and Sheikh Masood Jawed were brothers and Asif Masood was the son of Sheikh Masood Jawed.
At around 10pm local time on 1st April the three Ahmadis were returning home in their car from the shops ‘Murad Cloth House’ & ‘Murad Jewellers’ which they run and formed their long term family business. These shops are based in the Rail Bazaar in Faisalabad. As the car reached Canal Road, near the Faisal Hospital, waiting for them were four or five persons parked in a white car. Suddenly those inside the white car started firing at the car of the Ahmadis and all three Ahmadis were seriously injured. The attackers fled the scene. Before reaching the hospital all three Ahmadis died.
Sheikh Ashraf Parvez is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
Sheikh Masood Jawed is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
Asif Masood is survived by his wife and infant daughter.
Recently Faisalabad has become increasingly dangerous for Ahmadis with continued anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda and planned violent attacks. These three killings follow on from the recent murder of another Ahmadi, Mr Laiq Ahmad, in Faisalabad.
Speaking about the murders in Faisalabad, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said:
“This incident causes the utmost grief; these killings were utterly barbaric. All three Ahmadis were extremely good natured and righteous persons. May Allah elevate the status of the deceased in heaven and grant patience to those who have been bereaved.”
“Faisalabad has recently become a place of much anti-Ahmadiyya agitation. Ahmadis are being targeted and either kidnapped or killed… If Ahmadis are being killed then they are being killed for a purpose. Every murder becomes a means of success for our community. These three martyrs and all other Ahmadi martyrs will continue to live forever… I would like to however warn Ahmadis in Pakistan, particularly those who live in areas where cruelty is prevalent, to take care in their daily travels. May Allah protect all Ahmadis.”