Hate crimes against Ahmadis are fairly common in Pakistan.
The Ahmadi community has always been sidelined in the country and even the laws in Pakistan are devised in a way that subjugates them. And since even the law discriminates against the community, a lot of people act on their hatred against them.
There are countless examples of the Ahmadi community being a target of hate crime and violence. One of which, most recently unfolded last night, on the second day of Eid in Ghaseetapur, district Faisalabad.
According to reports, an Ahmadi place of worship came under attack last night. It ended with six Ahmadis being shot and wounded.
Ahmadi Mosque set on fire, 6 Ahmadis shot at, and now extremist mob headed towards houses of local Ahmadis in Ghaseet Pura, Faisalabad.
Via Kashif N Chaudhry pic.twitter.com/POLwD2KltM
— NayaDaur (@nayadaurpk) August 23, 2018
Till now, there have been no reports of any fatalities as a result of the attack.
Disturbing reports coming in from #Faisalabad. On the second day of Eid, #Ahmadi mosque burnt down by a charged mob in
Ghaseetpura district. 6 ppl have been wounded in the gun attack. Witnesses say several worshippers are stranded in the area. #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/JlOnPnSRfd
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) August 23, 2018
The spokesperson for Jama’at Ahmaddiya Pakistan tweeted about the incident.
Over a minor dispute between 2 persons that was manipulated by mullahs & miscreants an armed mob attacked Ahmadiyya Baitulzikr in Chak 69 RB (Ghaseetpura) district Faisalabad. 6 Ahmadis got injured in the attack. Situation is relatively under control but tense.
— Saleem ud Din (@SaleemudDinAA) August 23, 2018
He talked about how a small squabble was highjacked and used to incite the attack on an Ahmadi place of worship.
And the result was a mob attacking the place of worship and opening fire which resulted in six Ahmadis being wounded by bullets. The news was not picked up by news media outlets which further upset a lot of people.
Sad news coming from Faisalabad, An Ahmadi Worship place has been attacked by a mob in Ghaseet pora. Casualties feared. 😔#AhmadiyyaPersecution #NayaPakistan
— Ibraheem 🇵🇰 (@eb_abraham) August 23, 2018
Pakistan is a very sick nation when it comes to our Ahmadi brothers. I can't tell you how much I feel disgusted of being a Pakistani when I see our acts of tyranny against Ahmadis.
— Minhal Raza (@Minhal512) August 23, 2018
But people took to social media to raise awareness about the issue and demand change. A lot of people were prompting the new government to take action on the issue and set a precedent against this type of behaviour in the future.
Ahmadi mosque under attack in Ghaseet Pora Faisalabad. Firing and stoning lead various Ahmadis injured.
Real test for Naya Pakistan's Nayi Govt. Imran Khan will you break the shackles and make sure the Ahmadis… https://t.co/moKp3psfFT
— Kristina Yn (@KristinaYn7) August 23, 2018
Will @ImranKhanPTI’s tenure be another dark era for Pakistan’s religious minorities?
How govt reacts to this current and ongoing attack on Ahmadi Muslims near Faisalabad will say a lot about the life of religious minorities in the next five years. #NayaPakistan #AhmadiApartheid pic.twitter.com/v29FQYuA7o
— Kashif N Chaudhry (@KashifMD) August 23, 2018
@ImranKhanPTI Prime Minister oh Prime Minister please see that an Ahmadi “Place of Worship” has been attacked. And your government seems to be doing nothing neither in Punjab not elsewhere.
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) August 23, 2018
The entire incident was incredibly saddening. And considering it was the second day of Eid-ul-Azha, it was much more heartbreaking. A day which is to be filled with doing good for your fellow mankind was spent by some people trying to harm and terrorize their own people.
With everyone talking about Naya Pakistan, it is important to note that we as a nation must set the course for what we want in Naya Pakistan and what we need to leave behind. It is the people who make up a country and decide it’s fate, so it is up to us to raise our voices and solidify that the killing and terrorizing of Ahmadis needs to stop.
JUST IN: Ahmadi Mosque set on fire, 6 Ahmadi Muslims shot at, and now extremist mob headed towards houses of local Ahmadis in Ghaseet Pura, Faisalabad. Please pray for & raise your voice for Ahmadis in the area.
Is this the Naya Pakistan we seek? #AhmadiApartheid pic.twitter.com/hKM9TDe6U9
— abdul naeem (@abdulna92896069) August 23, 2018
What do you think about this attack on the Ahmadi place of worship? Let us know in the comments!
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