LAHORE: Leave it to the police to think out-of-the-box when coming up with ways to harass minorities.
On Wednesday, police officials in Chenab Nagar, Chiniot District – where the headquarters of the Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya is located – allegedly harassed Ahmadi children who were volunteering in a traffic awareness campaign.
Members of the Itfalul Ahmadia – an Ahmadi children’s organisation – were conducting an awareness campaign of traffic rules while standing on a roadside.
Police officials saw them and swept into action, snatching up their pamphlets and taking one of the children into custody.
At this point, an adult member of the community intervened.
They claim ASI Muhammad Asif said he would lodge a case against them for violating labour laws by making the children work on the streets.
In reply, the youth told the officials that they were standing there voluntarily to conduct the campaign and were not forced to labour.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2017.