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An Ahmadi place of worship was vandalized in the Karachis Drigh Road area within the Shah Faisal settlement boundary, police and community spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Korangi Police (SSP) Chief Superintendent Tariq Nawaz said Dawn.com that about four people damaged the minarets on Monday.
He said the police became aware of the case and asked a member of the community to file a first information report (FIR).
The senior officer said a person identified as Bilal was in contact with the Shah Faisal Colony (SHO) station house officer until Monday evening and was advised by officials to file a report.
He said the police received a request regarding the vandalism, adding that the complainant said an FIR would be registered after consultation with the Ahmadi community.
Amir Mehmood, spokesman for the Ahmadi community, also said that a request to register an FIR had been filed with the police.
The spokesman said a dozen people entered the place of worship around 3.45pm on Monday and smashed the minarets with hammers and put hateful graffiti on the walls.
He recalled that a few months ago, two places of worship in the Saddar and Martin neighborhoods had been vandalized. He said FIRs had been registered in both cases, but police had yet to update them on progress in either.
He said the Drigh Road shrine has existed since the establishment of Pakistan. The government has utterly failed to provide security for Ahmadi places of worship, Mehmood said.
Anti-Ahmadi campaign angers UN bodies
The campaign against the Ahmadi community, which has become a regular feature in Punjab, is not only bringing a bad name to the country, but also incurring the wrath of UN bodies.
After a campaign last month to prevent Ahmadis from offering sacrifices to Eidul Azha, the latest campaign launched against the community involves the demolition of the minarets of their places of worship. The campaign is led by Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).
A poster launched by the social media wing of the TLP in Sarai Alamgir, a town near Jhelum, read: From Shaandar Chowk to the Qadiani Center, all minarets will be demolished. The journey, according to the poster, would start at 10 a.m. on 10 Muharram (July 29) from the TLP office in Sarai Alamgir.
On July 14, the TLP pressured the police to demolish the minarets of an Ahmadi shrine in Jhelum. The local branch of the party later announced that it would demolish the minarets of all Ahmadi places of worship throughout Jhelum district.
Some of these sites are over a hundred years old.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern about the treatment of Ahmadis in Pakistan and called on the government to respond to allegations of violations of international law.
OHCHR said in its letter: We would like to bring to the attention of your government the information we have received regarding increasing discrimination and increasing incidents of hate speech and incitement to violence against the Ahmadi religious minority in Pakistan, including attacks on places of worship and other acts of intimidation.
The letter was submitted to the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
We are deeply concerned by this series of violent attacks against the Ahmadi minority, which we have already discussed in several communications and which, despite our requests for corrective measures from the authorities, the security of the Ahmadi minority continues to deteriorate. says the OHCHR letter.
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