An Ahmadi local president shot dead in Bahawalpur

Mr. Tahir Iqbal Cheema (Local President of Chak 84, Tehsil Hasilpur, district Bahawalpur (S/O Mr. Khizar Hayat) was shot death and received martyrdom on 04th March, 2024. Mr. Tahir Iqbal Cheema (Local President of Chak 84  Fatah, district Bahawalpur) went out for his normal routine morning walk after offering the Fajar Prayers from the Ahmadiyya Worship Place. He was shot from point blank from an unidentified person present already at the same route. He received one bullet right on his head and as a result of that he received martyrdom on the spot. Right after the incident the attacker fled the place of incident.

He was 54 years old. He was part of the institution of Wasiyyat. By profession he was linked to the field of agriculture. Mr. Tahir Iqbal Cheema was a sincere Ahmadi and was involved in no kind of argument with anyone and had nothing to take from or give to something.

He has left behind His Wife and Three Children as mourners. His eldest son Mr. Luqman Ahmad Cheema is married and is settled in Germany, his second son Mr. Sulaiman Ahmad Cheema is a Heart Patient and is residing with his Parents, whereas his daughter Madiha Tahir is married and is settled in UK.

Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) mentioned in his Friday sermon on
8th March 2024:

Respected Tariq Cheema, son of Khizr Hayat Cheema of Pakistan, was recently martyred. Two unknown people opened fire on him, leading to his martyrdom. He was 60 years old at the time of his martyrdom. He had set out for his morning walk when he was martyred. He did not have any enemies or personal grievances with anyone. He was serving as the local president of the community. There can be no reason other than his religious beliefs which led to his martyrdom.

He was regular in offering financial contributions, and was regular in offering prayers with great care. He had a great deal of love for Khilafat. He was very trustworthy, so much so that even non-Ahmadis would leave their valuables with him for safekeeping. His wife attested to his kind treatment of her and always treating her as a friend as well. He was kind to his children and tended to their upbringing in an excellent manner. He was loved by everyone and had a particular passion for serving humanity. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. His Holiness(aba) prayed that may Allah elevate his station, grant him forgiveness and mercy, grant patience to the family and enable them to carry on the legacy of his virtues.