November 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Gunmen Kill Sunni Party Leader In Attack At Pakistan Building

Compiled From Wire Services

Assailants gunned down a Sunni Muslim lawyer and critically injured his associate in the latest religiously motivated attack in eastern Pakistan, police said Sunday.

Nadeem Iqbal Awan, the secretary-general of the Sunni Muslim Party of Islamic Scholars, was meeting with colleagues at his office Saturday evening when the attack took place, police said.

Two men on a motorcycle sped up to Awan’s office in Multan, a town in Punjab province, 140 miles south of the provincial capital Lahore, and fired through the door.

On Sunday, dozens of people, wailing and beating their chests in grief, protested Awan’s killing and demanded the arrest of the gunmen.

More than 200 people have died so far this year in clashes between Shiite and Sunni extremist groups in Pakistan.

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