Press Release Date: 
January 20, 2016

For Immediate Release
Safwan Choudhry

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at mourns the death of 19 students and faculty in Bacha Khan University

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada categorically and unequivocally condemns the attack on Bacha Khan University in Peshawar, Pakistan. Tragically, at least 19 civilians have been reported dead and many more were critically injured in this gruesome act. The attack comes a little more than a year after the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack, which resulted in the death of more than 150 people, primarily children.

"We are deeply saddened to hear about the horrendous acts of violence in Pakistan," said Mr. Lal Khan Malik, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Canada. "The innocent victims of these cruel attacks and their families are in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers."

He added, "Education is the primary and most effective method to defeat extremist organizations and ideologies. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught Muslims to attain the highest level of education possible. We pray that God grants patience to the families of the victims, and restores peace in Pakistan."

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jam'at is no stranger to such targeted attacks of the Taliban in Pakistan. On May 28, 2010, the Taliban attacked two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killing over 90 Ahmadi Muslims.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at prays for swift justice and the rapid recovery of the wounded.