Pakistani police arrest 8 men for allegedly religious murder

Pakistani police said they arrested eight men from the Ahmadi sect of Islam on Saturday who opened fire on a group of Sunni Muslims the previous night, killing one and injuring another.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani police said they arrested eight men from the Ahmadi Muslim sect on Saturday who opened fire on a group of Sunni Muslims the previous night, killing one and injuring another.

Senior officer Faisal Mukhtar said Ahmadis fired at Sunnis as they chanted religious poems in Bahuman village near Lahore in eastern Punjab province. A minor suspect was still missing.

The killing was a rare case of violence by Ahmadis, who have a long-standing grievance against Pakistan’s Sunni majority, which views them as heretics.

Ahmadis believe that an additional prophet named Ghulam Ahmad was sent by God in the 19th century, centuries after Prophet Muhammad. This view contradicts the fundamental Islamic principle that Muhammad was the last messenger chosen by God.

Pakistan amended its constitution in 1974 to specifically state that Ahmadis are not Muslims and cannot be called or called that. He also forbade them to preach.

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