Pakistani Protesters Slam Killing of Shiite Cleric
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Shiite Muslims in Pakistan held demonstrations in condemnation of the killing of a prominent Shiite cleric in Lahore.
Allama Nasir Abbas, the leader of Tehreek Nifaz Fiqah-e-Jafaria, was gunned down by unidentified armed men on Sunday night, on his way home after addressing a religious gathering in the capital of Punjab Province.
“It is a targeted attack. The gunmen shot him from close range when he was driving home along with his driver and a friend,” said Lahore police chief Chaudhry Shafeeq. “Abbas died on the way to hospital. His driver and friend were unhurt.”
The followers of the cleric gathered at the hospital after hearing the news and held a protest, Press TV reported.
Chanting slogans against the Pakistani government, the protesters said they will not bury his body until police arrest the killers.
Groups of Shiites also demonstrated in front of the Punjab governor’s house early Monday to demand officials to bring the attackers to justice.
Three days of mourning have been announced in Lahore to honor the assassinated Muslim leader.
The latest killing comes more than a week after the assassination of Maulana Shamsur Rehman, the leader of the Sunni organization of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, a Sunni organisation, near a mosque in Lahore. Shiite groups have condemned the December 6 killing of the Sunni leader.