On the day of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, a mob of around 1000 Muslims attacked an Ahmadi mosque in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The mob didn’t want the minority community to commemorate the birthday. They wounded several people.
According to the Jamaat-i-Ahmaddiya Pakistan spokesperson Saleem-ud-Din, the mosque is located within the limits of the Choa Saidan Shah police station area in Chakwal’s Dhalmial district and the mob armed with baton and weapons. They pelted stones and started firing on the premises. He said the mob was attempting to seize Ahmadiyya property.
Jamaat Ahmadiyya Pakistan Punjab spokesman Amer Mahmood alleged the mob attacked after some clerics of the area announced from a village mosque that they did not allow the Ahmadis to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad at their mosque.
A local police officer Rashid Ahmad said the mob was also set fire to part of the building.
Another police official Malik Nawaz said the security forces had dispersed the mob. The forces sealed the mosque, also the Pakistani army and paramilitary reinforcements were called in to control the situation.
According to the district police officer Chakwal, local religious leaders and district administration is negotiating on that matter.
A 60-year-old man suffered a heart attack during the incident and later, he had died.
The Punjab government’s home department tweeted, “The local administration and police are at the spot and handling the situation. As per details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue.”
In 1974, Pakistan’s parliament declared Ahmadis non-Muslims. Since then, the Islamic extremists have been repeatedly targeting them. The extremists view them as heretics. In 1984, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They were even prohibited from preaching and travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Also, their publications are banned. At that time several Ahmadi mosques were closed.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad established the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century. His followers believe he was a prophet.