Hafizabad police desecrate tombstones of 45 Ahmadi graves

They had Islamic quotes, symbols engraved
Feb 07, 2022
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@PressSectionSAA
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@PressSectionSAA

The Hafizabad Police have damaged 45 tombstones of Ahmadiyya graves bearing Islamic quotes and symbols of holy places.

The anti-Ahmadi elements in the area got these removed as they find such tombstones ‘objectionable’.

This is not the first such incident that has taken place in Punjab during the last few years.

The local police during an operation Friday night removed these tombstones. It is a mixed graveyard.

Anti Ahmadi elements are very active in the area. Last year on their demands, the police had removed Muslim names and Quranic words from the Ahmadi houses in the area.

In November last year, an additional district and sessions judge had dismissed the application for registration of a case under blasphemy charges against Ahmadis for using Islamic names, writing Islamic quotes on the tombstones and building a worship place that resembles to a mosque.

The petitioner, Umar Hayat, told SAMAA Digital that he had approached the court for action against Ahmadis but he “could not get any justice.” After that, Ata Ullah Shah, son of late Bravelvi scholar Shabbir Shah Hafizabadi, took the matter and made the local police remove these tombstones, said Hayat.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan spokesperson Saleem ud Din said that the graveyard has existed there since 1974.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in a statement said, “Such acts are becoming almost routine, leaving members of the Ahmadiyya community as beleaguered in death as they are in life.”


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