Police arrest 35 for Jhelum riots

Angry mob had torched a factory after its employee, a member of Ahmadi sect was accused of committing blasphemy

Afp November 24, 2015
Pakistani firefighters extinguish a fire at a factory after it was torched by an angry mob in Jehlum on November 22, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

JHELUM: Police have arrested up to 35 people over riots in the Jhelum, which reportedly forced members of the Ahmadi community to flee their homes, authorities said Tuesday.

The unrest began Friday when an angry mob in the city torched a factory after one of its employees, a member of the Ahmadi sect, was accused of committing blasphemy.

On Saturday, protesters ransacked an Ahmadi mosque in the congested Kala Gujran area of the city and set fire to some Ahmadi homes.

Blasphemy allegations: Mob torches factory in Jhelum

"Police have arrested up to 35 people in connection with the violence," district police chief Mujahid Akbar told AFP.

Akbar said police were hunting up to 70 other people who incited others and indulged in violence.

Rangers were called in to quell the violence and remain deployed in the area, he added.

According to local councillor Muhammad Asif, around 18 Ahmadi families had left their homes for protection.

Eleven Ahmadis were murdered in 2014 and authorities have failed to apprehend any of the killers, highlighting growing intolerance toward the sect.

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Hameed | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Hogwash. Just like Gojra miscreants these would be let go in a few days too. Harm by them is already done.
Amir | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Heard from a friend who is an ahmedi that the mob took over their place of worship, burned the furniture, then washed the place of worship then offered namaz and took over the building calling it a masjid Secondly some people wanted to purchase the factory and the owner didnt wanted to sell..so incite the mob by calling blasphemy has been committed...simple The usual tactic...like when you want to defame a liberal secular politician call him member of an ahmedi.. Any truth in it Express...do some investogative reporting if any media mughal have the guts instead of writing in the newspaper and commenting sitting on your sofas
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