A mob demolished the minarets and mihrab of the building in Muzaffargarh. Again, the police sided with the thugs.
by Massimo Introvigne
Despite international protests, attacks against Ahmadi mosques in Pakistan continue unabated.
On April 11, a crowd gathered around the Ahmadi mosque in a village in the area of Muzaffargarh, in Punjab, and started demolishing the minarets and mihrab.
Local Ahmadis called the police, which sided with the attackers, and actually arrested five members of the minority religions.
The incident proved, once again, that the Supreme Court 2014 directives for the protection of places of worship of minority religions are not respected in Pakistan.
The Ahmadis are regarded as “heretics,” and officially declared non-Muslim by Pakistani law. Referring to their places of worships as “mosques” is prohibited.
Apart from any theological dispute, Pakistan should guarantee the freedom of religion or belief to all its citizens, and protect them from harassment coming from violent mobs and militias. When it comes to the Ahmadis, this almost never happens, and hundreds of them have been killed, with perpetrators rarely punished.