Pakistani shrine custodian confesses to torturing, killing 20

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The perpetrator of the killing in a Sufi shrine in Pakistani city of Sargodha confessed to torturing and murdering at least 20 disciples, including four women, police said.

The suspect, Abdul Waheed, who was the custodian of Darbar Ali Muhammad Gujjar, a shrine in Chak-95 of Sargodha, used a dagger and sticks to kill his victims, Sargodha Deputy Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chatta said.

Waheed called the victims, and asked them to visit the shrine. Six of the deceased belonged to the same family.

Speaking to Geo News, Chatta said Waheed and his accomplices first intoxicated the disciples then tortured them with machetes and batons, eventually killing them.

The police commissioner added he believed Abdul Waheed suffers from a 'critical mental disorder'.

Two women and as many men managed to escape, in an injured condition, from the shrine. One of them reported the horrendous crime to locals who then informed the police. The injured were admitted at district headquarters hospital. One of the women tried to say something but could not speak much.

DC Sargodha quoted Waheed as saying that he killed his disciples because, according to him, they poisoned his spiritual leader, Ali Muhammad, to death two years ago. Waheed told the police that had he not killed them, they would have poisoned him too.

One of the victims included the son of Waheed's spiritual leader. "Asif Pir Ali was the son of Muhammad Gujjar, the spiritial leader," said a family member of the deceased.

The custodian worked for the Election Commission in Sargodha, his office card was found in his possession, the official informed. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, Waheed retired from service a year ago.

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