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Pakistan Police Demolishes the Minarets of Kharian Mosque

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Editor’s comment: Police in Pakistan showing complete disregard for religious freedoms.
Source: The Express Tribune

LAHORE: Six minarets of an Ahmadi place of worship, Baitul Hamd, were demolished by the Kharian city police Tuesday night.

The demolition took place on the application of Saqib Shakeel Ghazi, Syed Iftikhar Kazmi and others from the Barelvi religious organisation called Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Islam. It had been filed to the Kharian police station.

The application asked the police to take action under the Section 298 B and C of the 1984 ordinance, which declares it illegal for Ahmadis to act or look like Muslims, to practice or propagate their faith and to call their worship place a “mosque”.  There were no court orders for the demolition.

Police personnel, under the supervision of DSP Sultan Meeran, assisted by SHO Kharian Sadar Police Station Raja Zahid went to the worship place located near Kabari Bazar, Pul Nullah in Kharian.

Ahmadi community spokesperson in Kharian, Nasir Dar told The Express Tribune that six minarets had already been demolished whereas the police would demolish the two bigger ones later on as one was attached to the worship place’s electric supply and the other would fall on the building if not taken apart with the help of skilled labour.

The Kalma written on the front of the worship place’s entrance was also removed by the police as well, and the complimentary quotes about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were whitewashed.

SHO Raja Zahid said, “Everything was done amicably and peacefully and 80% of the work has been completed.”

Zahid further told The Express Tribune that after receiving the application from the afore-mentioned religious organizations, two meetings with the Ahmadi community and the applicants of the religious organization were held.

Afterwards a committee formed by DSP Sultan Meeran decided that it would be better to demolish the minarets. Zahid added that “noted and respected citizens were part of this committee also.”

SHO Raja Zahid said that the decision to demolish the minarets and other similar actions taken regarding Baitul Hamd were done “after a mutual consensus of the parties involved and the Qadiani community members who were very cooperative”.

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4 Responses to Pakistan Police Demolishes the Minarets of Kharian Mosque

  1. naureen choudhry

    July 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I choke at the thought of such inhumanity and violation of human rights. And they do this in the name of GOD?
    I am reminded of the Quranic verse which these people violate and the Ahmadis fulfill:
    “And the servants of the Gracious God are those who walk on the earth in a dignified manner, and when the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!’ [25:64]
    God guide us all. “Inna lillahe wa inna ilaihe rajeoon” at the demolition of the minarets of the mosque.

  2. Hanif Koya

    July 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

    The increasing sanctions against Ahmadis and PAT’s blocking of important Ahmadiyya sites and blog including that of Dr. Abdus Salam are acts of insanity and cowardice.

    Such acts of insanity, injustice and flagrant breach of human rights are signs that Pakistan is speedily heading for doomsday.

  3. khiz

    July 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    to all the purparators involved in commiting such evil crimes(Saqib Shakeel Ghazi, Syed Iftikhar Kazmi and others from the Barelvi religious organisation called Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Islam)these people think they can act as god an decide who whorships allah an who cannot. wishing death on u and your family is to easy. even if allah ta la only listens to me once i will only ask allah to punish these people hear on earth for all us to witness. to erase a kalima to wipe out the name of allah, if these people think this is not a sin of the highest degree then these people are only fooling thmselves. but i laugh at these people cos the more they try to take us down the stronger we get. i would luv for these individuals to come to london an try what they are doing in pakistan. u claim to be gud muslims take a close look at your nation allah has curse such a land a nation full of sin and sinners. with greedy leaders. one more thing what have they achieved by thier actions? who eva wiped the kalima he shall have no hands. i prey to allAH.

  4. issa boakye

    September 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

    This madness of the highest order.

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