THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
Eye on persecution: Ahmadiyya mosque creed desecrated, community threatened by police
The demand to erase the Kalima (Islamic creed) from the Ahmadiyya mosque was issued by the Islamist extremist clerics of the area and the local police personal answered the call to “avoid a law and order situation,”
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Source/Credit: AMC Persecution report
By Imran Jattala | October 13, 2011
An “unfriendly visit of a government official” was paid to the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on the outskirts of Vehari, a city in the Punjab, Pakistan.
The conditions for the members of the Ahmadiyya community have further deteriorated in the area where police personal are now in cahutes with the local Islamist extremists, Ahmadiyya Times has learned.
According to a report issued by the public affairs office of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Pakistan, the police personal took it upon themselves to deface an Ahmadiyya mosque in Chak 245/EB, a few weeks ago.
The demand to erase the Kalima (Islamic creed) from the Ahmadiyya mosque was issued by the Islamist extremist clerics of the area and the local police personal answered the call to “avoid a law and order situation,” it was claimed.
“These mullas are now planning the same for some other Ahmadiyya mosques in the district,” the Ahmadiyya community has learned.
According to the report, an ASI (Assistant Sub-Inspector) Police from the Special Branch visited Chak 363/EB recently.
The police official’s visit was a cause of intimidation and concern for the members of the Ahmadiyya community.
“He inquired as to when the Kalima and the verse were written in the mosque,” it was reported.
Ahmadis told the ASI that the contents were written long ago, when the mosque was first constructed.
The police officer warned Ahmadis that local clerics were holding meetings about the Kalima in their mosque and there is a fear of public uproar.
It is often the practice of the law enforcement agencies in the Punjab that instead of assuring protection and safety, the police official would warn the community to be ready for ‘anything’ as a result.
-- Eye on persecution: Ahmadiyya mosque desecrated, community threatened by police
-- By Imran Jattala
-- By Imran Jattala. Follow on Twitter: @IJattala