Published: 10:30 GMT Standard Time - Thursday 01 December 2011
Christian leader shot dead in Pakistan in suspected Islamist attack
Country/Region: Pakistan, South and East Asia
A leading figure in the Christian community has been shot dead in Pakistan, having previously received death threats, in a suspected Islamist attack.
The funeral of Jameel Sawan
Jameel Sawan, a preacher, evangelist and champion of minority rights, was gunned down in Karachi on 16 November.
He had a shop in the city but spent a lot of his time pastoring Christians and sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
Jameel had also been a close aide to Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, who is chairman of the Standing Committee on Minorities Affairs in the Sindh Assembly and president of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance in Sindh. Both men had received death threats from Muslim extremists because of their involvement in campaigning for minority rights and support for policies initiated by the assassinated Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti.
Mr Khokhar instigated a two-minute silence at the Sindh Assembly for Jameel and three Hindu doctors who were killed in Shikarpur a few days earlier. He also appealed for protection and financial assistance for Jameel’s family.
Jameel leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters. His family believes that he was targeted by a radical Muslim group.