Extremists attack Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Karachi

On 2 February at around 3:30 pm, an extremist mob destroyed the minarets of an Ahmadi Muslim mosque in Karachi, that has been used by Ahmadi Muslims for more than 50 years. 

Extremists scaled the walls of the building to demolish the minarets with hammers. Police on duty tried to stop the perpetrators but due to the aggression of the crowd the police retreated. No one has been arrested for this attack.

Cleric Abdul Qadir Patel, had previously complained to police that the place ‘looked similar to a mosque’ and a Muslim could mistake it as such for the purposes of worship. In September 2022 he demanded that police register a criminal case against four Ahmadi Muslims he accused of running the mosque and for them to be given ‘exemplary’ punishment under the law. He also successfully pressured the local sessions court judge to register a ‘criminal’ case against the four Ahmadi Muslims. 

The attack can be seen here on a video posted on social media.

In the meantime, it is understood that the police station in Jamshed Quarters, on its own initiative, registered a  criminal case,  against the named four Ahmadis on 9 September 2022, with FIR No. 527/22 under anti-Ahmadi laws of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC sections 298-B and 298-C) that carry a three year prison sentence.

This is the latest in a series of violent attacks against Ahmadi Muslims, seeking to deprive them of every aspect of freedom of religion in Pakistan.

Source: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community U.K.

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