I hate to say this and may be I shouldn’t. On the other hand, Azam Tariq was a crazy guy who was a leader of a group which murdered hundreds of Shia in Pakistan. He died the way his followers killed so many others.
Maulana Azam Tariq, chief of the Millat-i-Islamia and MNA, was assassinated by unidentified gunmen on Monday afternoon along with four others as his car drove into the capital. […]The attack occurred at a toll plaza in Golra on the southwestern outskirts of the capital, the police said, and added that the Maulana was returning from his constituency Jhang to attend Monday’s National Assembly session.
According to doctors, who conducted his external postmortem, the Maulana, who had escaped several assassination attempts in the past, received 40 bullet injuries, mostly in the head and cervical region. Islamabad’s Inspector-General of Police, Major(retired) Mohammad Akram, described the incident as sectarian. He refused to accept it as a security lapse by the police or other security agencies.
He said the assailants, who were three in number, intercepted the Maulana’s car and sprayed bullets with AK-47 assault rifles. According to eyewitnesses, the assailants who were in a white Pajero escaped. All five people in the car, including Maulana Azam Tariq, died on the spot.
Maulana Azam Tariq previously headed Anjuman Sipah-i-Sahaba, which was banned by President Musharraf because of allegations of sectarian violence. The Sipah-i-Sahaba had been blamed by police for more than 400 killings in sectarian violence in Pakistan in recent years.
He was elected to the National Assembly during last year’s elections as an independent candidate. Despite being a religious leader, he refused to join Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, a conglomerate of six religious parties.
This is probably part of the Sunni-Shia tensions in Pakistan. There are a number of extremist violent organizations on both sides. Azam Tariq was injured before in such an attack.
This was second attempt on Maulana Azam Tariq’s life. He was seriously wounded in a bomb explosion in Lahore High Court premises on January 18, 1997. Maulana Zia-ur-Rehman Farooqi and 25 others were killed in that incident.
Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have been involved in drive-by shootings of quite a few innocent Shias, including doctors in Karachi, in recent years.