Ahmadi Muslim Mosque Sealed in Sanghar and Case Registered against Local President and Senior Offical

In Sanghar, Sindh province (Chak No. 24), the residence of Dr. Azhar Iqbal (local president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim branch) was undergoing renovation, and within the premises, there was an Ahmadi Muslim mosque. The restoration work of the damaged niche area in the mosque was also in progress. However, opponents objected to the presence of the minaret and nice, arguing that Ahmadi Muslims are not allowed to have such features in their mosques according to the law. This led to social media campaigns and the gathering of a large number of anti-Ahmadi mob from neighbouring villages, who surrounded the mosque and demanded its demolition.

On July 4, 2023, the Station House Officer (SHO) and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) visited the site and were informed that the mosque was an old structure (pre-dating the anti-Ahmadi laws), and thus not an illegal structure.

Despite this explanation to reassure the mob, the mosque was sealed, and a case has been registered against Dr. Azhar Iqbal, under sections 295-A, 298-C, and 298-B(1)(d) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The notice also included the name of Dr. Azhar Iqbal’s brother,  Mazhar Iqbal, who serves as a Director at Ahmadi Muslim headquarters in Rabwah.

Source: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

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