Ahmed Waqas Goraya
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Muhammad Gohir Khan was sentenced for life imprisonment on 11 March 2022 with 13 years minimum time to serve.
Summary of Case
On Feb 2nd, 2020 the Pakistani blogger was attacked and threatened outside his residence in Rotterdam, where he live in self- imposed exile for over a decade.
The attack on the blogger, Ahmad Waqas Goraya, was carried out by two men. “I was on the phone when a man appeared and began punching me in the face while I saw another man with him filming the attack,” he told RSF. Speaking in Urdu with a Pashtun accent, the man hitting Goraya threatened to kill him and told him he knew exactly where he and his family live.
Goraya fled his homeland after he was threatened, kidnapped, and tortured. He is among several Pakistani bloggers and authors who are critics of the Pakistan Army.
Goraya had filed a complaint at the police station near Marconiplein, in the Rotterdam district of Delfshaven.
In June 2021 a British-Pakistani Muhammad Gohir Khan was charged by Crown Prosecution Service with one count conspiracy to murder of Ahmad Waqass Goraya and found guilty in January 2022.
Muhammad Gohir Khan was sentenced for life imprisonment on 11 March 2022 with 13 years minimum time to serve. “The charge was that between the 16th day of February 2021 and the 24th day of June 2021” Khan conspired to Murder Ahmad Waqass Goraya in connivance with unknown persons.
Muhammad Gohir Khan, a UK based Pakistani living in East London, formerly ran a cargo company Worldwide Cargo Services, and was in debt for £200,000. He was contacted through a handler Muzamil, who would have received £20,000 as his cut. Detectives uncovered thousands of messages between Khan and ‘Mudz - also referred to as ‘Ali’ ‘Zed’ and ‘Papa’ - detailing plans for the murder. Muzamil managed to deposit £5000 in a Pakistani bank account of a person named Muhammad Amin Asif. The money was to launder using the illegal Hundi channel starting with a deposit in Pakistani private bank.
Category of Incident
ICCS Divisions: 0201-Assaults and Threats
ICCS Group: 02011-Assault
ICCS Class: 020111-Serious Assault
ICCS Crime: Assaults and threats
Date of incident
Name of affected person
Ahmed Waqas Goraya
Other affected persons
No other person affected
Name of affected organization
No organization affected, he works as freelancer
Other affected organizations
No other organization affected
Age of victim
Amount of compensation announced by government: No compensation Announced
Date of compensation announcement by government: No compensation Announced
Date of compensation paid by government: No compensation Announced
Amount of compensation announced by others: No compensation Announced
Date of compensation announced by others: No compensation Announced
Date compensation paid by others: No compensation Announced
Was FIR registered ?: Yes
Date of FIR: 02/02/2020
FIR Details: Not Available
Police station of FIR: police station near Marconiplein
Name of complainant: Ahmad Waqas Goraya
Name of accused in FIR: Not available
Was case investigated ?: Under investigation
Court where case was presented: Marconiplein
Name of prosecuting lawyer: Not Available
Date of first court hearing:
Date of last court hearing:
Status of court case: Not Available
Journalist Union Status
Media Source Status
Media reports:https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/611308-pak- blogger-in-exile-attacked-outside-his-holland-home
Colleague of victim
Press Club Status
Press club 1: N/A
Press club 2:
Press club 3: