Sargodha: Ahmadi Worship Place Desecrated 'In Police Presence'

Sargodha: Ahmadi Worship Place Desecrated 'In Police Presence'
A mob desecrated the minarets and the dome of the Ahmadiyya Place of Worship in Ghooghiat, District Sargodha, on Sunday.

On the condition of anonymity, an eyewitness said that all this happened in the presence of local police at around 11 pm. It i s pertinent to mention here that this place of worship is approximately 118 years old.

Attacking and demolishing Ahmadiyya worship places by mobs and government officials is a blatant violation of Pakistan's constitution and Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani's 2014 decision.

The persecution of the Ahmadiyya community has been on the rise in different areas of Pakistan for some time now. The Punjab province has been the center of it, and the extent of these activities is such that the peaceful Ahmadis are not left alone even in the holy month of Ramazan.

A fact-finding mission led by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has underscored an alarming uptick in the persecution of members of the Ahmadiyya community in Gujranwala and surrounding areas—specifically, the desecration of their graves, the destruction of minarets at Ahmadi sites of worship, and first information reports (FIRs) filed against community members for carrying out ritual animal sacrifice on Eid.

On February 20, 2023, a 75-year-old Ahmadi doctor named Rasheed Ahmad was shot dead in Gotriala, district Gujrat.

Dr Rasheed was shot several times while he was examining patients at his clinic. A dead body of a boy named Hafiz Inam was discovered in nearby fields, and it is most likely that he committed suicide after killing Dr Rasheed.

It is being reported that Hafiz Inam was at the forefront of the opposition of the Ahmadiyya community. In this regard, the police have arrested a local boy named Babar. Dr. Rasheed, a Norwegian national, was running a homeopathic clinic. His family is settled in Norway, whereas he was living in Pakistan to serve the country.

He has left behind two sons and five daughters as mourners. One of his daughters is living in Pakistan, while all the other children are settled abroad.