Police in northwestern Pakistan have launched a manhunt for suspects, together with a Muslim professor, accused of killing a colleague from the minority Ahmadiyya sect following arguments on faith, officers mentioned.
On Monday, two males in Peshawar metropolis shot useless Naeemuddin Khattak, who held a doctorate in zoology and was a instructor at a university, police officer Ashoor Khan informed the dpa information company on Tuesday.
Khattak’s brother informed police a Muslim professor from one other school with whom the 56-year-old sufferer had heated arguments on faith shot him, Khan mentioned.
“We’re raiding attainable hideouts to arrest the suspect,” the police officer mentioned.
The incident occurred two months after a Pakistani-American man who belonged to the Ahmadiyya sect was shot useless inside a court docket throughout his trial below Pakistan’s blasphemy regulation.
The US State Division criticised the killing, urging Pakistan to repeal such legal guidelines to forestall crimes triggered by spiritual hatred.
Pakistan’s 4 million-strong Ahmadiyya group has confronted demise, intimidation and a sustained hate marketing campaign for many years.
Ahmadis insist they comply with Islam. Nevertheless, Pakistan declared the group non-Muslim in 1974 for concerning their sect’s founder, Ghulam Ahmad, as a prophet. Orthodox Islam holds Muhammad was its final prophet.
Greater than 260 members of the sect have been killed in gun or bomb assaults since 1984 when the sectarian violence began in Pakistan, in response to statistics compiled by the neighborhood.