Pak razes minority Ahmadis’ mosque, says part of antiencroachment drive


Lahore:A 70-year-old worship place belonging to Pakistan’s minority Ahmadis has been demolished by the authorities in Punjab province, the community members said on Monday. Pakistan’s parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi community as nonMuslims. A decade later, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.
Ahmadi community spokesperson Saleemduddin said the worship place, which has been destroyed, was located in Bahawalpur district’s Hasilpur village, 400 km from Lahore. “The assistant commissioner of Hasilpur along with workers attacked the 70- year-old Ahmadi place of worship and destroyed parts of the building without notice,” he tweeted.
Pakistani authorities termed the action as part of an anti-encroachment drive. “Ahmadis had constructed their place of worship some time back but had encroached upon the government land,” assistant commissioner Chaudhry Muhammad Tayyab said.