Ahmadi Doctor Martyred by Pakistani Religious Extremists

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - On September 8, 2008, in Zila Mir Pur Khas,
Pakistan, religious extremists barged into the clinic of Dr. Abdul Manan
Siddiqui, and then repeatedly shot him. Dr. Siddiqui died at the scene. The
extremists also inflicted serious injuries to a security guard (who is in
critical condition), clinic staff member and a patient. This horrific act of
terror took place in the Province of Sindh, the home of Pakistan's new
President, Asif Ali Zardari, as well as during Islam's holy month of Ramadhan.
    Dr. Siddiqui was the Vice-President of the local chapter of the Ahmadiyya
Community, a long-persecuted religious minority which, in 1974, was declared
non-Muslim, and then in 1984, became criminally prohibited from declaring
themselves as Muslims and peacefully practicing their Islamic faith, including
greeting people and praying in accordance with Islamic custom and practice.
    In the days leading to the violent murder, Dr. Siddiqui had received
numerous death threats from local religious extremists bent on making him an
example of the treatment that they openly advocate be meted out to all members
of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. Dr. Siddiqui was targeted solely on
account of his being a leading member of this community. He was 40 years of
age and is survived by his wife and three young children.
    After receiving his medical education and training in the United States,
Dr. Siddiqui opted to return to Pakistan in order to serve the needs of his
people. "Dr. Siddiqui strongly believed in serving the poor and the needy,
especially in the remotest villages and towns of Pakistan," said Dr. Aslam
Daud, General Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada and a
former classmate of Dr. Siddiqui. Dr. Daud added, "While Canada has provided
me with a safe place to practice my faith, I am deeply saddened at having to
see the ultimate price paid by colleagues who strive to serve humanity in such
difficult circumstances."
    "The members of Canada's Ahmadiyya Community are deeply shocked and
disturbed by the targeted killing of its prominent leaders in Pakistan. This
campaign of terror is being waged by religious extremists who purport to be
the champions of the peaceful message of Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad,
peace be upon him. Actually, such people bear no relationship with Islam, but
rather, are solely bent on forwarding their own violent, cruel and selfish
agendas. Every citizen of every civilized nation should condemn such
atrocities and demand that the Government of Pakistan prosecute the murderers
and ensure the safety of all religious minorities in Pakistan, including the
Ahmadiyya Community," said Lal Khan Malik, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community in Canada.
    Throughout Pakistan's history, but particularly since 1984, countless
members of the Ahmadiyya Community have been killed. Yet, police invariably
refuse to arrest or lay charges against any perpetrators. To date, no charges
have been laid against anyone associated with the murder of Dr. Siddiqui.
    "In Pakistan, the streets are never safe as religious extremists freely
take the life and liberty of innocent, peaceful and law-abiding citizens
without fear of criminal prosecution. The murder of Dr. Siddiqui and others
are crimes against humanity," said Naseem Mahdi, Senior Vice-President of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada.
    For further information: on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca; or www.alislam.org;

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For further information: Media Contact: Mumtaz Butt, Manager Press and
Media Relations, AmjMedia@Ahmadiyya.ca

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