Ahmadis accuse police of desecrating 45 tombstones in Hafizabad

    Police in Hafizabad district of Punjab province on Friday night allegedly damaged 45 tombstones of Ahmadiyya community graves bearing Islamic quotes and symbols of holy places, according to reports.

    Reports claimed that the police had also removed Muslim names and Quranic words from Ahmadi houses in the area on the demands of Muslim residents last year.

    In November 2021, 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 a mosque.

    The petitioner, Umar Hayat, said 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 up 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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