Arsalan Sarwar, Karachi
Martyred on January 14, 2014

17-year-old engineer student gunned down outside his home on 14th January 2014.

Arsalan Sarwar sb lived in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and was martyred on the 14th January 2014 at the tender age of 17. He was a FSc Pre-engineering student in Islamabad at the time of his murder. In the early hours of the morning Arsalan was busy with his two non-Ahmadi friends in his street making preparations for the celebration of 12 Rabi ul Awal, when a car and a motorbike stopped at the end of their street. Two men emerged from behind the car and picked up a white carrier bag from a rubbish pile in the street. Arsalan and his friend noticed this and out of suspicion awoke their elders. Arsalan had shouted to draw attention when a man came from behind the car fired two or three warning shots in the air. All three boys ran in the opposite direction. The gunman chased them and proceeded to fire three or four times in the direction of the boys. The bullet marks show that the gunman had intended to shoot at all of them. sadly, Arsalan sustained a gunshot to the head and collapsed to the ground while the other boys dropped to the ground behind the nearby parked cars. The assailants fled the crime scene. Arsalan was rushed to the nearest Hospital and the doctors made their best efforts to save him. however, three hours after sustaining the gunshot to his head, Arsalan sadly passed away.

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V (atba) mentioned in his Friday sermon on 17th January 2014,

“Arsalan Sarwar was loved by all and many non-Ahmadis also attended his funeral. By the grace of God, he was a moosi and joined the blessed scheme at the age of 14. He had always been an active member in the jamaat. Qaid sb Rawalpindi writes that Arsalan and his brothers would often help with security duties and would also be involved in other organisational duties. Murrabi sb Rawalpindi writes that Arsalan would often come to his office and study the books of the Promised Messiahas and was regular in observing prayer and paying chanda. He is survived by his parents and three brothers. May Allah elevate his station and grant steadfastness and fortitude to the bereaved.”

(Friday sermon of 17th January 2014)