Army, police disperse mob besieging Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal

Published: December 12, 2016
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Army, police disperse protesters, take control of worship place. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @RAZA AHMAD RUMI

Army, police disperse protesters, take control of worship place. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @RAZA AHMAD RUMI

LAHORE: A charged mob of around 1,000 people, which besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal, Punjab was dispersed by police and army personnel on Monday.

At least one Ahmadi, who was present inside the place of worship, died of cardiac arrest, whereas the protesters claimed six of their fellows were injured in the cross firing.

Sayed Sibtul Hasan Shah, who led the protest, said the campaign has “succeeded as Ahmadis have been driven out of the mosque”. Ahmadis, he claimed, opened fire on them from inside the worship place.

Those present at the place of worship locked the building from inside and refused to concede control of the structure until police managed to prevail on them.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

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Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemudin told The Express Tribune that local clerics had been asking the Ahmadiyya community of Dalmial to handover control of Baitul Zikr to them.

After their demand fell on deaf ears, a large group of men, who took out a rally in connection with Eid Miladun Nabi festivities, ventured towards the place of worship armed with batons and weapons, he said.

The JA spokesperson said the mob began raising anti-Ahmadi slogans upon reaching the site. He added that around 40 members of the Ahmadiyya community locked the building instead of vacating it.

Upon discovering this, the protesters started pelting stones at the building and resorted to aerial firing, Saleemuddin said.

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After gaining control of the place of worship, the attackers allegedly burnt articles inside the building, including carpets. They also washed the building to bring it “under the influence of Islam.”

“It was a beautiful place of worship place constructed 100 years ago,” the spokesperson for the community said.  Saleemuddin said the place of worship was built by the community in 1860 and has been in use since then.

“Today a mob attacked the worship place, threw stones and shot gunfire. Police could not stop them because of weak deployment,” Saleemuddin told .

PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Punjab government tweeted, “As per the details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue.”

It said police and administration are making all out efforts to resolve the issue amicably.

“Police tried its best to stop the attackers but failed because of slim deployment,” Malik Nawaz, the police officer in charge of the Choa Saiden Shah area where the attack took place told Reuters.

“Later, high officials reached the spot with more troops and chased out the occupants.” He said police would register a case against the attackers after receiving a formal complaint from the Ahmadi community.

Last week, the Ahmadi community  officially requested security and notified Punjab government of a possible attack on the day of the Prophet’s (PBUH) birthday.

The security of Ahmadi places of worship is tightened during Eid Miladun Nabi celebrations in case of any untoward incident owing to some instances of hate speeches during the month. Heavy contingents of police are deployed at their two major places of worship in Lahore at Garhi Shahu and Model Town. Both places of worship were attacked in 2010.

PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @RAZA AHMAD RUMI

It is also pertinent to mention that since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the naming of the QAU’s National Center of Physics after noble laureate Abdus Salam, a new hate campaign has been initiated against Ahmadis by right wing elements, demanding the PM rescind the directive.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • cautious
    Dec 12, 2016 - 6:09PM

    Aren’t the police suppose to stop these kinds of incidents – not participate in them? The police officers should be dismissed, the people who broke into the Ahmadi mosque should be arrested/jailed. Recommend

  • Abdul Nafay
    Dec 12, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Ahmedi sect was created by British empire to divide muslims. It is our duty to bring back them again in Islam not through force but through logic & peace.Recommend

  • Shahid Niazi
    Dec 12, 2016 - 7:10PM

    These 1000 people are the terrorists we need to put away. The government should wake up before religious extremism wipes out whats left of our country.Recommend

  • whatever
    Dec 12, 2016 - 7:12PM

    Thank you Jinnah for Pakistan. Even after 70 years, Pakistanis are still discussing who is true muslim and who is not.Recommend

  • Praying for peace
    Dec 12, 2016 - 7:14PM

    @Abdul Nafay:
    How can you be sure that it was created by British? What about other 72 sects.? Religion, belief and iman is private thing and coercion has no place in Islam. Have you forgotten la ikraha fid deen.? How will you feel if Indians say that all Muslims of subcontinent were converted from. Hindus so lets bring them back to Hinduism. Will you be OK with that. If not then pray for peace and be logical.Recommend

  • Qasim
    Dec 12, 2016 - 7:47PM

    @Abdul Nafay.
    Qul lihaqo walao kaana moora
    Say the truth and say what you only sure of it.
    If Ahmadis are not Muslims then there is no Muslim in world. Ahmadiyya was not created by British it only saved Pakistan from British. Ahmadiyya is preaching the Islam of Love, peace and harmony and you are preaching hatred. You are only calling for the wrath of Almighty Allah if care is not taking. Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Dec 12, 2016 - 8:22PM

    @Abdul Nafay:
    Dude: You want it to be done through logic and peace while your own views are 180 degrees apart to logic and peace. Same thing: Preach one thing and practice other thing. What a mindset! Recommend

  • Abdul Qadoos
    Dec 12, 2016 - 8:31PM

    These are Muslims, celebrating the arrival of “Nabi-e-Rehmat”(saw) who taught mercy and love for others. But who (among the non muslims) is going to believe His kindness after this act. This is true blasfamy. Recommend

  • C M Naim
    Dec 12, 2016 - 8:48PM

    Thanks for a detailed report. I first read it in Dawn and it gave no details, no explanations. The government announcement to name an already existing educational center after Dr. Abdus Salam could have tempted these mullahs to hit at at Nawaz Sharif and also grab some property. The month of Rabi-al-Awwal has now become a month of open season against the Ahmadis in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Dervaish Khan
    Dec 12, 2016 - 8:56PM

    I am a Muslim and believe that Ahmaddis are not a muslim sect. But I really don’t like this type of attitude towards them or any other small non muslim community. They are at the disposal of the majority religion. Human rights is something to be valued.Recommend

  • Praying for peace
    Dec 12, 2016 - 10:05PM

    @Dervaish Khan:
    None except Allah can give verdict of someone being Muslim or not. Live and let live. Islam teaches tolerance and being open minded. If everyone starts saying I believe this and I believe that, then remember nobody is perfect. Decision of iman or righteousness should be left to Allah.Recommend

  • Bitter truth
    Dec 12, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Misguided souls want to play God on the eve of Rabiul awal.Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Dec 12, 2016 - 10:38PM

    All these 1000 violent people should be arrested and should be held accountable for the loss of one life, damaging the property, destroying peace of the whole region and hurting the sentiments of peaceful AhmadisRecommend

  • Abx
    Dec 13, 2016 - 9:02AM

    Excuse of a nation. Cant stay united for a minute. Recommend

  • Haris
    Dec 13, 2016 - 9:11AM

    lack of education (both religious and other) is the only cause of all the extremism in our country. Just send all the kids to school and see the difference within 5 years.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Dec 13, 2016 - 9:49AM

    I think the Ahmedia Should have opened indiscriminate firing on the crowd particularly shooting the leader cleric of the invaders. Pakistan should defend muslims and non muslims alike.Recommend

  • syed shafiq ul hassan
    Dec 13, 2016 - 10:08AM

    Horrible ! Where is Law Enforcement agencies ? Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 13, 2016 - 10:26AM

    COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa should live up to his faith and beliefs and should not let down his fellow followers.Recommend

  • Singh
    Dec 13, 2016 - 12:59PM

    Law, what law? Govt. Of PunjabRecommend

  • kashif
    Dec 13, 2016 - 1:12PM

    Property mafia coveting others property, using dumb religious people as pawns to take over the property.Recommend

  • Londonwala
    Dec 13, 2016 - 1:21PM

    Shame on Pakistan.. you guys do not have any moral ground to talk about Hindustan when your constitution itself is flawed.Recommend

  • Ilyas Physicist
    Dec 13, 2016 - 2:20PM

    And some people have the gall to talk about persecution of minorities in the western world ! I have a stark message to all Pakistanis: WAKE UP and SMELL THE COFFEE.

    Check the latest findings from the reputed International Religious Freedom report, which has 16 countries classified as Tier 1 (most prone to religious oppression) and guess what, Pakistan is there along with other great role models such as Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Iraq.

    Sometimes, we need to remember the old adage that when you point a finger at others, 4 other fingers point right back at you. Learn to clean our own house first.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 13, 2016 - 3:19PM

    @syed shafiq ul hassan:

    Where is Law Enforcement agencies ?

    The mob rule is practiced by the poiticians and the Government agencies alike and have the support of the countrys majority. For them the regular dose of the religion opiade is what feeds their urge for violence.

    Rex Minor Recommend

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