It is with agonizing heart-rending grief that we come to you with the horrible news of the brutal target killing of an Ahmadi Maqsood Ahmad Qamar, in Chak #33 Dharowali, District Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.

On September 2, 2021, at around 9 PM unknown shooters. Maqsood Ahmad was a British citizen and belonged to Manchester UK. He was a Pakistan Army veteran, and an avid volleyball player. Maqsood Ahmad had retired from Pakistan army as Nike.

Maqsood Ahmad was visiting his ancestral village in Pakistan for a few months, the rest of his kinfolk were still in Manchester. He couldn’t return due to the pandemic and started cultivating his own farmland. Yesterday, when he was returning from his farmland to the village, unknown assailants started shooting at him. He was shot thrice due to which he died at the spot.

The matter of the fact is that there is alarming increase in hate campaign activities against the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan. The killing and murder of Ahmadis has become a norm in Pakistan of which the government hardly takes any notice. Threats and attempts to kill Ahmadis have been on the increase almost in every part of Pakistan.

These murders, attacks and threats have created a sense of deep insecurity amongst members of the community while the Ahmadis everywhere in Pakistan are living in a deep atmosphere of fear.

We keep the world community informed in the hope that it will take a stern view of these horrific acts of barbarism in Pakistan and assure the safety and security of law abiding and peace-loving members of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.

On July 13, 2021, UN human rights experts expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadis.

We strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to honour its responsibility to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis and that perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20 and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.

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