Police demolish minarets of Ahmadi place of worship

Spokesperson of Ahmadi community says 6 minarets demolished, 2 bigger ones to be taken down later.


Rabia Mehmood July 12, 2012

LAHORE:


The police destroyed six minarets at a place of worship for Ahmadis in Kharian city on Tuesday night.


The dome-like structures were taken down in Bait-ul-Hamd by policemen on an application of some members of the Tehreek-e-Tahafuzz-e-Islam, a religious organisation affiliated with the Barelvi sect.

The organisation asked the police to take action under Section 298-B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code, according to which it is illegal for Ahmadis to ‘act or look’ like Muslims, or call their places of worship ‘mosques’.

However, no court order was issued regarding the demolition of these minarets and while SHO Raja Zahid claims the decision came “after a mutual consensus,” the community begs to differ.

At about 9:15 pm on Tuesday policemen, under the supervision of DSP Sultan Meeran went to the place of worship near Kabari Bazaar in the Pul Nullah area of the city.

Six minarets of the double-storey building were demolished, whereas two others, which were bigger in size, could not be taken down due to a lack of skilled labour. The police decided they would be taken down later, said the Ahmadiya community’s area representative, Nasir Dar.

SHO Raja Zahid said it was an “amicable and peaceful process and 80% of the work has been completed.”

Zahid added that a committee was formed by DSP Sultan Meeran, which mutually decided that the minarets should be demolished to avoid any untoward incident in the peaceful city.

Spokesman for the community Saleemuddin sees the move to mar the building, which was built in 1980, as a violation of rights. “Is there a patent for the design? All kinds of buildings have minarets and domes as part of their designs, why can’t Ahmadis retain the ones built before the 1984 ordinance?”

This is the first time since 1984 that minarets of a place of worship of Ahmadis have been destroyed by the police, though a number of places have been sealed by authorities in the past.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2012. 

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COMMENTS (19)

God | 8 years ago | Reply You will pay for your actions in the afterlife,
zK | 8 years ago | Reply

All the people sympathising with the Ahamdi's should go through Islamic history first and see what the First Khalifa Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddiq (RA) did to the ones claiming false prophet hood soon after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). These people will get their answer. Lastly , religious freedom is something else and trying to mutilate and twist the core dogma of an established religion and calling it the "true" faith is something else and needs to be condemned in the strongest manner !

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