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Sectarian Violence in Punjab since 2009

2018

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1
March

 

 

0
0
Total*
0
0
*Data till January 7, 2018

2017

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1
March 30

Nankana Sahib / Punjab

A prominent local leader of the Ahmadi community and a relative of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was shot dead in Nankana Sahib town of Punjab in the morning in an attack claimed by the banned LeJ.

1
0
2
April 7

Sabzazar / Lahore

One veterinary doctor Prof. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed (68) who belongs to Ahmadi community was shot dead in a sectarian target killing in the Sabzazar area of Lahore.

1
0
3
May 4

Saddar / Rahim Yar Khan District

A 62-year-old Ahmadi man, identified as Basharat Ahmad, was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Saddar area of Rahim Yar Khan District in Punjab.

1
0
Total*
3
0

2016

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1
March 2

Kot Abdul Malik / Sheikhupura District

An Ahmadi, identified as Qamarul Zia (35), was killed for his faith in Kot Abdul Malik city of Sheikhupura District. Zia was killed while he was leaving his house to fetch his children from school.

1
0
2
June 4 Darul Islam / Attock District

Unidentified gunmen killed a 65-year-old Ahmadi man in Darul Islam of Attock District in Punjab.

1
0
3
October 12 Kotli Loharana Mashriqi / Sialkot District

More than 10 Shia mourners were injured when armed assailants affiliated with ASWJ opened fire at Ashura procession in Kotli Loharana Mashriqi area of Sialkot District in Punjab.

0
10
4
November 25

86/6-R village / Sahiwal District

Two unidentified assailants shot dead the caretaker of an Imambargah and critically injured his 24-year-old son when the duo was en route to the Imambargah in 86/6-R village in Sahiwal District.

0
2
Total*
2
12

2015

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1
January 9

Chittian Hattian / Rawalpindi

Eight persons were killed and 25 others wounded in a bomb blast on Imambargah Aun Muhammad Rizvi at Chittian Hattian locality of Rawalpindi city of Punjab.

8
25
2
January 16

Rawalpindi

Three Shia men, identified as lawyer Fayyaz Hussain Shah (40), and his two nephews Mir Ghazi Shah (20) and Mir Hamza Shah (22) were shot dead while they were returning home from a religious gathering in Rawalpindi District.

3
0
3
February 15

Pirwadhai More / Golra / Rawalpindi District

A local leader and 'spokesperson' of ASWJ Rawalpindi Chapter, Maulana Mazhar Siddiqui, was killed in a targeted sectarian attack near Pirwadhai More within the precincts of the Golra Police Station in Rawalpindi District.

1
0
4
February 18

Kurri Road / New Shakrial / Rawalpindi / Punjab

At least four Shias were killed and six others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during evening prayers at the mosque in Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah located on Kurri Road in New Shakrial area of Rawalpindi District in Punjab.

5
6
5
March 15

Youhanabad / Lahore

At least 15 persons, including 13 Christians and two Policemen, were killed and more than 70 were injured when two suicide bombers attacked two churches near Youhanabad neighbourhood in Lahore District, sparking mob violence in which two other militants were killed.

19
70
6
August 20

Taunsa / Dera Ghazi Khan District

An Ahmadi, identified as Ikram Ullah (37), was shot dead by four unidentified militants in a sectarian attack in Taunsa town of Dera Ghazi Khan District.

1
0
Total*
37
101

2014

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1
January 3

Islamabad

Two ASWJ cadres, including Secretary General Mufti Muneer Muavia and his colleague Qari Asad Mehmood were killed in an attack in Islamabad.

2
0
2
January 5

Rajanpur District

The President of the MWM Rajanpur District, identified as Doctor Azhar Hussain (59), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in a sectarian attack at his residence in the District. Hussain was a doctor by profession.

1
0
3
January 8

Rawalpindi District

A College Professor and a Shia religious leader, identified as Nazir Hussain Imrani, was shot at and critically injured by unidentified assailants in a targeted sectarian attack in Dhoke Kashmirian area of Rawalpindi District.

0
1
4
January 18

Noori Gate / Sargodha District

Three persons were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on a car carrying ASWJ leader at Noori Gate in Sargodha area of same District in Punjab.

3
0
5
January 29

Khanpur area / Rahim Yar Khan District

Shia leader and a member of the Jamia Ali Akbar Trust, identified as Ghulam Mustafa, was shot dead by unidentified militants near his house in the Khanpur area of Rahim Yar Khan District.

1
0
6
March 10

Zia mosque / Sharkial / Islamabad

The Information Secretary of the ASWJ Rawalpindi Chapter, Mohammad Sohail Muavia, was killed and two of his companions, identified as Ammanullah and Nasir, were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the car of Mufti Tanveer, Rawalpindi President of ASWJ, near Zia mosque in Sharkial area of Islamabad.

1
2
7
May 16

Sharaqpur / Sheikhupura District

A teenager shot dead an Ahmadi man, identified as Khalil Ahmad, over blasphemy inside Sharaqpur Police Station in Sharaqpur tehsil (revenue unit) of Sheikhupura District.

1
0
8
May 22

Shamsabad / Rawalpindi District

A unit in-charge of ASWJ, identified as Nasir Abbasi, was killed while another person, identified as Ishtiaq, was injured when unidentified militants opened fire on them in Shamsabad area of Rawalpindi District.

1
1
9
May 26

Chenab Nagar / Chiniot District

Unidentified militants shot dead a US-based Ahmadi doctor, identified as Mehdi Ali (50), outside the Ahmadi graveyard in Chenab Nagar (also known as Rabwah) city of Chiniot District.

1
0
10
June 20

Pind Parian / Shahzad Town / Islamabad

At least 52 persons were injured in an IED explosion during Urs (the annual religious congregation at the shrine) celebrations at Darbar Nangay Shah Pir Badshah in Pind Parian area in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town Police Station of Islamabad.

0
52
11
July 18

Chakri Road / Rawalpindi District

Unidentified assailants shot dead two cadres of ASWJ, the frontal organisation of SSP, identified as Raja Saifullah and Mohammad Aslam, on Chakri Road in Rawalpindi city (in Rawalpindi District) of Punjab.

2
0
12
September 11

Sandal Bar / Faisalabad District

A head of a Seminary, identified as Maulvi Sadiq Khan (65), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sandal Bar Police Limits of Faisalabad city (Faisalabad District).

1
0
13
September 21

Dhamyal Road / Rawalpindi District

The deputy caretaker of Taleem-ul-Quran seminary, identified as Mufti Amanullah (34), was shot dead while his student identified as Mehmood (18), sustained injuries in a targeted attack near the high security Qasim aviation base on Dhamyal Road in Rawalpindi District.

1
1
14
November 4

Kot Radha Kishan / Kasur District

A Christian couple has reportedly been burnt to death in a brick kiln over blasphemy charges in Kot Radha Kishan city of Kasur District.

2
0
15
November 6

Gujrat town / Gujrat District

A Police officer Mukhtar Ahmed revealed that a Shia man, identified as Syed Tufail Hyder, was killed by Police Officer Sarfraz Naveed in police custody on grounds of blasphemy in Gujrat city of the same District.

1
0
16
November 10

Sadiqabad / Rawalpindi District

Two Police Constables, identified as Muhammad Waheed and Qamar Shah, were killed and two others, identified as Adeel and Yasir, were injured when unidentified militants opened fire on them while they were stationed outside an Imambargah within the limits of Sadiqabad Police Station in Rawalpindi District.

2
2
17 November 26

Sector E-11/4 / Islamabad

In an incident of target killing, a religious leader, Guam Nadal Irfan (45), was shot dead in Sector E-11/4 of the federal capital Islamabad in the night of November 26 when he was going to E-11 from G-11.

1
0
18 November 26

Golrah PS / Islamabad

A Shia cleric and senior leader of MWM, Allama Muhammad Nawaz Irfani, shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the limits of Golrah Police Station in the Federal capital Islamabad.

1
0
19 December 27 Shah Rehman / Gujranwala / Punjab

Gunmen shot dead a member of the Ahmadi religious minority. Luqman Ahad Shehzad was shot in the back of the head near Bhiri Shah Rehman village, a small community of Ahmadis in the Gujranwala District of Punjab.

1
0
Total
23
59

2013

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured
1

January 7

Kot Pindi Das / Sheikhupura District / Punjab

Two unidentified armed motorcyclists shot dead vice-president of the SSP, Muhammad Shakeel, near Kot Pindi Das area of Sheikhupura town of same District in Punjab. According to Police, the Muhammad Shakeel had been on his way to Lahore when unknown motorcyclists opened fire on him near Kot Pindi Das.

1
0
2
January 23

Talagang / Chakwal District / Punjab

A local leader of ASWJ, Qari Mohammad Saeed, was killed by unidentified assailant in Talagang area of Chakwal District in Punjab. Qari Mohammad Saeed, the prayer leader of a local mosque, was attacked by an unidentified assailant when he came out of Ayesha Siddiqua Masjid on Mianwali road after Maghrib prayers.

1
0
3
February 18

Gulberg / Lahore

In a sectarian attack, the Lahore General Hospital Ophthalmology Department head Professor Dr Ali Haider and his son were shot dead by two unidentified assailants in the Gulberg area of Lahore city (Lahore District), the provincial capital of Punjab.

2
0
4
August 2

Umar Block / Abbasia Town / Rahim Yar Khan District

Six unidentified militants shot dead Shia Council's Divisional President Sheikh Manzoor Hussain and his younger son Haider Ali while they were leaving their house located at Umar Block in Abbasia Town of Rahim Yar Khan District.

2
0
5
August 23 Bhakkar District

A clash between ASWJ and members of Shias community killed at 11 people in Kotla Jam area of Bhakkar District.

11
0
6
November 9

Gujranwala town / Gujranwala District

Unidentified gunmen opened fire as Muhammad Yousuf, the prayer leader of the Qasr-i-Abu Talib Imambargah in Mominpura area, had just finished leading Fajr prayers. Yousuf and another person present at the mosque died on the spot. A short while later, gunmen entered the Qasr-i-Zainabiya Imambargah in Shahrukh Colony located a short distance from the first mosque and opened indiscriminate firing, killing worshiper Syed Javed on the spot.

3
0
7
November 15

Fawara Chowk / Rawalpindi

At least 10 persons were killed and over 78 injured after sectarian clashes erupted at a 10th of Muharram (the mourning period observed by the Shias, commemorating the tragedy of Karbala) procession near Fawara Chowk in Rawalpindi of Punjab.

10
78
8
November 19 Gujrat town / Gujrat District

LeJ militants killed a senior Shia university director, Syed Shabir Hussain Shah, along with his driver in an apparent sectarian attack in Gujrat town of same District.

2
0
9
November 22 Baraf Khana Chowk / Rawalpindi District

A Shia man, identified as Razzaq Ali, was shot dead by two unidentified armed assailants at a grocery shop in front of Imambargah Qasr-e-Abbas near Baraf Khana Chowk in Rawalpindi District.

1
0
10
December 6 Lahore

The provincial head of ASWJ, identified as Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muawiya, was shot dead in an incident of target killing on Ravi Road in Lahore District.

1
0
11
December 15 Lahore

A Shia leader associated with TNFJ Nasir Abbas was shot dead near FC College in Lahore.

1
0
12
December 17 Gracy Line / Rawalpindi

Four persons, including a SI, were killed while 13 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a sectarian attack outside an Imambargah in Gracy Line area near airport in Rawalpindi District.

5
13
13 December 30 Race Course / Rawalpindi District

Two Police Officers were killed and another injured in a firing incident outside an Imambargah in Race Course area of Rawalpindi District. The officers were deployed for the security of the Imambargah.

2
1
Total*
42
92

2012

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured

1

January 15

Khanpur / Rahim Yar Khan District

At least 18 people, belonging to the Shia sect, were killed while 30 others were wounded when a bomb exploded near a procession marking Arbain or the chehlum (40th day) of Hazrat Imam Hussain's martyrdom in Khanpur city of Rahim Yar Khan District.

21
27
2 February 6

Kalar Abadi / Gujranwala District

Seven persons were injured in firing between two groups during an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession organised in Kalar Abadi area of Gujranwala District.

0
7
3 October 19

Lahore District

Unidentified armed militants shot dead a Senior Lawyer and Shia activist Shakir Ali Rizvi near the Jain Mandir area in Lahore District while he was heading to the Lahore High Court with a colleague.

1
0
4 November 21

Misrial Road / Rawalpindi District

At least 20 mourners, including two minors, were killed and more than 30, including three Police personnel and five children, were wounded in a suicide blast at a mourning procession taken out from the Imambargah Qasar-e-Shabbir in Dhok Syedan area on Misrial Road in Rawalpindi District.

21
30
Total
43
64

2011

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured

1

January 25

Ghora Chowk / Urdu Bazaar / Lahore

A suicide bomber struck at the Ghora Chowk in the Urdu Bazaar area of Lahore, the Provincial Capital of Punjab, killing at least 10 people, including a woman and three Policemen, and injured at least 85 others.

10
85

2

April 3

Dera Ghazi Khan / Punjab

At least 41 persons were killed and more than 100 injured when two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the shrine of Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, popularly known as Sakhi Sarwar, in Dera Ghazi Khan District of Punjab.

51
92
3 August 28

Darya Khan / Bhakkar / Punjab

Unidentified assailants shot dead three youths and injured six others in a suspected sectarian killing at a billiard club in Darya Khan Town of Bhakkar District in Punjab.

3
6
Total
64
183

2010

S.N.
Date
Place / District
Incidents
killed
Injured

1

May 28

Model Town and Garhi Shahu / Lahore

At least 80 worshippers killed and 92 others injured as seven assailants including three suicide bomber attacked Ahmadiyya place of worship in Model Town and Garhi Shahu areas of Lahore in Punjab.

100
92
2 July 1 Data Gunj Bakhsh / Lahore

At least 40 persons were killed and 175 others injured when three suicide attackers blew themselves up inside the shrine of Lahore's patron saint Syed Ali Hajwairi popularly known as Data Gunj Bakhsh, at about 11 pm (PST) in the night.

44
175
3

July 18

Sargodha / Punjab

Three persons were killed and more than 20 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an Imambargah in Sargodha town of Punjab in the evening.

3
20
4 September 1

Karbala Gamay Shah / Data Darbar / Lahore

43 persons were killed and another 233 injured in two suicide attacks and one grenade attack on a Shia procession marking Hazrat Ali's martyrdom in Lahore. LeJ Al-alami claimed responsibility for the three attacks that occurred minutes apart in Bhaati Gate locality of Lahore.

43
230
5 September 26

Bahawalpur / Punjab

Two persons were killed and seven others injured when unidentified assailants attacked a mosque in a suspected sectarian attack in Bahawalpur of Punjab in the morning.

2
7
6 October 25

Baba Farid Shrine / Pakpattan / Punjab

A bomb explosion at the eastern gate of the Baba Farid Shrine in Pakpattan District of Punjab killed at least six persons, including three women and injuring several others.

6
NS
Total
198
524

2009

No

Date

Incident

1

February 5

32 persons were killed and 48 others wounded when a suspected suicide bomber blew himself amidst a crowd of Shia worshippers outside a mosque in Dera Ghazi Khan. Police said the blast targeted dozens of people converging on the Al Hussainia Mosque after dark, shortly before a religious gathering. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Police blamed sectarian extremists for the incident. "Ninety-nine percent it looks like a suicide attack… The explosion occurred just 50 feet short of the mosque. It is a terrorist attack aimed at Shias to create unrest," said Shaukat Javed, the Inspector General of Punjab Police.

2
April 5

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of an Imambargah (Shia place of worship) at Chakwal, killing 24 people, including three children, and injuring 140 others, at a religious gathering. The target was the gathering of about 800 people, who were attending a Majlis-e-Aza (a gathering to mourn Imam Hussain) at an Imambargah in Muhallah Sarpak. The Majlis ended at 12:15 pm and the people were preparing to leave the Imambargah when a 15-year old boy, who looked to be an Afghan, stormed into the crowd and blew himself up after private security guards tried to stop him. The Inspector General of Police Shaukat Javed confirmed that the suicide attacker was a single person and said the incident was the continuity of the recent wave of terrorist attacks. He also said the suicide bomber appeared to be a 15-year-old boy whose legs and head, with damage to the face, had been found at the blast site.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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