Lahore, July 16
The graves belonging to the minority Ahmadi neighborhood members have been allegedly desecrated by police following a protest by non secular extremists in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a member of an organisation representing the neighborhood mentioned on Thursday.
Acting on a criticism lodged by cleric Muhammad Ikram that the Ahmadiyya neighborhood used Islamic symbols on gravestones at Tirigri village in Gujranwala, some 80 kms from Lahore, police eliminated them and warned it to not use the identical sooner or later, Jamaat Ahmadiyya Punjab spokesperson Amir Mahmood informed PTI.
Mahmood mentioned that the police had desecrated minority neighborhood’s graves on the behest of native clerics.
He mentioned this Ahmadiyya graveyard was established over 60 years in the past and now non secular zealots discovered points with it. He mentioned the native cleric had instigated the folks in opposition to the Ahmaddiya graveyard.
Mahmood mentioned the native chapter of Ahmadiyya neighborhood was pressured by police to signal a permission to take away the symbols.
“We have additionally given an endeavor that we’ll not use Islamic symbols as we’re not allowed below the Constitution of Pakistan which declares Ahmadis non-Muslims,” he mentioned.
He mentioned whereas the state is making an attempt to present the impression that Pakistan helps non secular concord and tolerance and then again is following the wishes of the extremists to hold out actions in opposition to a marginalized neighborhood.
“The Ahmadis residing in Pakistan usually are not at peace even after their demise,” he regretted.
There had been numerous such incidents in numerous components of Pakistan wherein the graves of Ahmadi neighborhood members had been desecrated by non secular zealots up to now.
Pakistan’s Parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi neighborhood as non-Muslims. A decade later, they had been banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.
In Pakistan, round 10 million out of the 220 million inhabitants are non-Muslims.
According to the 2017 census, Hindus represent the biggest non secular minority in Pakistan. Christians make up the second largest non secular minority.
The Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are additionally among the many notable non secular minorities in Pakistan. PTI