SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A prominent Shia cleric has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad.
According to the Pakistani police, Allama Muhammad Nawaz Irfani, a leader of the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) religious and political party, lost his life after unknown assailants opened fire on his car in one of the districts of Islamabad on Wednesday.
Irfani was credited with organizing Pakistan’s local tribes against Taliban militants.
Following the incident, the MWM gave the Pakistani government a 12-hour ultimatum to identify and detain those behind the deadly attack.
Moreover, Pakistan’s Shia Ulema Council condemned Irfani’s murder, and lashed out at the government for failing to protect civilians and giving terrorists a free hand to massacre Shia leaders.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, but such assaults are often attributed to pro-Taliban terrorists.
Earlier this month, another Shia cleric, Allama Nisar Abbas, was gunned down by terrorists in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims and appear to have widened their terror campaign in major Pakistani cities.
According to local sources, militants affiliated to Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups have killed thousands of Shia Muslims in the country.
The killing of Shias in Pakistan has sparked international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing carnage. Still, those behind the violence are rarely caught or punished.
Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings. They also accuse Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community.