We reported last month the demolition of the Minarets and domes of an Ahmadiyya Mosque in District Gujranwala, Pakistan carried out under the eyes of the local Police force.
Today, unfortunately we come back to you with the report of the destruction and demolition of another Ahmadiyya Mosque in a rural settlement in Muzaffar Garh, Punjab, Pakistan. This act of profanity again happened under the cover of the local Police.
In both of these cases, assurances given for the protection of the places of worship of all religious faiths in Pakistan given by the Supreme Court in 2014 were ignored. Moreover, Government Officials in Punjab unfortunately are engaged in such illegal activities to win the pleasure and approval of the ferocious opponents of the Ahmadis.
The incident we are reporting today happened on 11th April 2021 under the guard of the local police force. A violent mob gathered round the Ahmadiyya Mosque in a village in District Muzaffar Garh. The Minarets and the Prayer Arch of the mosque were destroyed. This wild act has been condemned by all particularly the advocates of Freedom of Religion. Such incidents openly expose the fact that not only the lives and honour of Ahmadis in Pakistan is at stake but also their places of worship. Please find enclosed pictures.
We request the Government of Punjab to respect and follow the eight-point directive given by the Supreme Court in 2014 which emphasised the provision of protection for the places of worship of all religions in Pakistan.
The destruction of Ahmadiyya Mosques in Pakistan is a glaring contravention of Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan and also the Supreme Court verdict of 2014. The Government must stop the Police force engaging in and supporting such disdainful acts of hooliganism.
We request your support, along with your friends and contacts, for a powerful action to call for Freedom of Religion and safeguard of fundamental Human Rights from the Government of Pakistan. The world should pressurise the Government of Pakistan to harness these culprits to save the image of Islam and the image of their own country, which they profess to be an Islamic democratic state.
Most importantly, the Government of Pakistan should ensure that all citizens enjoy Freedom of Religion and equal citizen rights as stipulated in the Constitution of Pakistan article 20 and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 2, 18.