Lahore: Daughter of murdered Shia cleric escapes gun attack
LAHORE: Unidentified assailants shot at the daughter of assassinated Shia cleric Allama Ghulam Hussain Najafi in Kot Lakhpat on Saturday. She survived the attack.
Later on Sunday, Shia leaders protested against the police and administration, saying that the Liaqatabad police had not registered a terrorism case. The police have registered a case.
Syed Irfan Naqvi, a member of Jamiatul Muntazir, alleged that unidentified callers had been threatening Fatima Najafia (Ghulam Hussain Najafi’s daughter) for the past couple of weeks. He alleged that the callers had threatened to kill her if she testified in court against the murderers of her father.
He said Fatima Najafia was a witness, as she was with her father when he was killed. He said that she had been injured in the attack. He said that on Saturday morning unidentified men armed with Kalashnikovs opened indiscriminate fire on Madrassa Sakina Bintul Hussain in Pindi Rajpootan, Kot Lakhpat, where Fatima Najafia was the principal.
He said that the madrassa’s gate and cars parked outside and inside were damaged in the attack. He said that Shia girls from all over Punjab lived and studied at the madrassa and that the madrassa administration had asked the police several times to provide them with security, but they (the police) did not.
He said that after the attack the Liaqatabad police registered a case against unidentified assailants under Sections 337H2, 506 and 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). “However, even though the police collected AK-47 bullet shells from the crime scene, they did not register a terrorism case,” he added.
Several Shia leaders under the platform of Hussaini Azadar Alliance (HAA) protested against the attack and the police. They demanded the dismissal and prosecution of the Liaqatabad police station house officer for being negligent and for not providing security to the madrassa after repeated requests.
Shia clerics also addressed a press conference at Jamiatul Muntazir, saying terrorists were targeting the daughter of a renowned Shia cleric. They demanded the government immediately provide the madrassa with security.
The Liaqatabad police station duty officer said that the police had registered a case in this regard. However, he said that a terrorism case would be registered after the Model Town superintendent of police ordered them to do so.