Militants kill Pakistani from Ahmedi sect

Suspected militants killed a member of the minority Ahmedi sect and injured his son in an attack in northwest Pakistan`s Mardan district today, police said.

Peshawar: Suspected militants killed a
member of the minority Ahmedi sect and injured his son in an
attack in northwest Pakistan`s Mardan district today, police
said.

The attackers, who were on a bike, shot dead Mehmud
and injured his son Arif in Muslimabad town of Mardan
district.

Arif had recently received a cash award of Rs 50,000
from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister for displaying
valour during a botched attempt by a suicide bomber to storm
an Ahmedi mosque in Muslimabad in September.

One person was killed and two others were injured in
that attack.

Muslimabad has a sizeable population of Ahmedis, who
have been the target of a string of attacks by pro-Taliban
militants this year.

In May, 95 people were killed when suicide attackers
stormed two Ahmedi mosques in Lahore.

Ahmedis consider themselves Muslim but they were
declared non-Muslims through a constitutional amendment in
1974.

A decade later, they were legally barred from
proselytising or identifying themselves as Muslims in
Pakistan.

Some 1.5 million Ahmedis live across the country.

PTI

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