Mob besieging Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal being dispersed: police

A charged mob of around 1,000 people who reportedly besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal is now being dispersed, police said on Monday.

The place of worship is located in the limits of the Chowas Saidan Shah police station area in Chakwal’s Dhalmial district.

Earlier today, Jamaat-i-Ahmaddiya Pakistan Spokesperson Saleem-ud-Din had said, “Nearly 1,000 persons have attacked our Baitulzikar in Dhalmial, district Chakwal. The mob is throwing stones and firing on the premises.” 

“The Baitulzikar is under siege and police has failed to bring the situation under control. The mob is attempting to seize Ahmadiyya property.”

Saleem-ud-Din told Dawn, “Our people are under siege in the village,” adding that the mob armed with batons and weapons had besieged the Ahmadi place of worship.

Station House Officer Chowas Saidan Shah Muhammad Nawaz told Dawn that police have begun dispersing the crowd. 

“We haven’t decided what action to take,” he said, stating further that many senior officers had gathered at the site. 

There are no reports of any casualties, he added.

The Government of Punjab said it was “following up” on the Chakwal incident.

“The local admin and police are at the spot and handling the situation,” the provincial government’s Twitter account announced, adding that “As per details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue.”

It is unclear which groups were involved in the incident.


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