Three mosques belonging to the Ahmadi community were demolished in Pakistan. Ahmadis call themselves Muslims, but they are not considered Muslims in Pakistan. The Pakistani Parliament had declared the Ahmadi community as non-Muslims in 1974. He has been banned from preaching religion and going to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Whereas in Pakistan their number is around one million.
Even a week ago, there was vandalism at places of worship of Ahmadis.
A week or a few days ago also, places of worship of Ahmadis were vandalized. On September 8, the local police in Punjab province removed the arches of the shrines of Ahmadis. This was done by ignoring the order of the High Court which has banned the demolition of religious places of minority communities built before 1984. The High Court order has been violated once.
Three places of worship were demolished
“Identifying the minarets of Ahmadi places of worship with Muslim mosques, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) activists stormed three Ahmadi places of worship in Sheikhupura, Bahawalnagar and Bahawalpur districts of Punjab and destroyed them during the last few years. The minarets were demolished.” Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya Pakistan official Amir Mehmood informed the media on Monday.
With these latest incidents, the number of attacks by radical Islamists on Ahmadi places of worship in various parts of Pakistan or demolished by police during this year has increased to 31.
Police is also cooperating in sabotage
“As soon as TLP attacked these three Ahmadi places of worship, the police did nothing to stop it. Ahmadis are being deprived of their basic rights as citizens living in Pakistan. Sadly, the police also Mahmood said that the recent decision of the Lahore High Court clearly states that there is no need for any change in the minarets of Ahmadi places of worship built before 1984. He said, “These places have been built since 1984.” were made earlier.
The situation is getting worse day by day
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that the destruction of a part of Ahmadiyya places of worship is a flagrant violation of the recent decision of the Lahore High Court regarding the protection of Ahmadiyya places of worship. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya Pakistan said that the situation for the already marginalized Ahmadis in the country is getting worse day by day.
It said, “Ahmadis are facing harassment at the hands of anti-social elements. Incidents of desecration of places of worship are continuing in various areas of Pakistan. This is a new rule and the authorities are doing nothing.”
Ahmadis are called Qadiani
It says that the police is in collusion with extremist elements and instead of protecting Ahmadi places of worship, they are destroying them. In Pakistan, Ahmadis are usually called Qadiani, which is considered a derogatory term for them. He has been banned from preaching and going to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Although Ahmadis number around one million in Pakistan, unofficial figures put their population much higher.