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A photo of the Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal. ─ Photo courtesy Rabwah Times Twitter
A photo of the Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal. ─ Photo courtesy Rabwah Times Twitter

A charged mob of around 1,000 people which reportedly besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal was dispersed by police on Monday, officials said.

The place of worship located in the limits of the Chowas Saidan Shah police station area in Chakwal's Dhalmial district was 'attacked' by nearly 1,000 people, according to the Jamaat-i-Ahmaddiya Pakistan Spokesperson Saleem-ud-Din.

Saleem-ud-Din said a mob armed with batons and weapons was throwing stones and firing on the premises. The mob was "attempting to seize Ahmadiyya property," he said.

Deputy Commissioner Chakwal Mahmood Javed Bhatti said the mob hurled stones and bricks at the place of worship before storming the building, adding that gunmen opened fire on Ahmadis in the area. The DC said that police have now dispersed the crowd and secured the building.

Rashid Ahmad, a local police official, said the mob also set fire to part of the building.

Station House Officer Chowas Saidan Shah Sub Inspector (SI) Muhammad Nawaz told Dawn that police had dispersed the crowd. The situation is under control now, he confirmed, adding that police had not decided on what action to take.

District police officer Chakwal said that a dialogue between local religious leaders and district administration is ongoing.

SI Muhammad Nawaz added that there had been no reports of any casualties.

The Jamaat-i-Ahmaddiya Pakistan spokesperson, however, claimed that there had been one killed in the incident, but was unable to identify the dead.

The Government of Punjab earlier said it was "following up" on the Chakwal incident.

The provincial government's Twitter claimed, "As per details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue."

It is unclear which groups were involved in the incident.

Request for security

In a letter addressed to the district coordination officer, the Ahmadiyya community requested provision of security at its Dhalmial place of worship.

Letter sent by Ahmadiyya community dated December 5
Letter sent by Ahmadiyya community dated December 5

The letter is dated December 5.

The letter stated that the life and property of Ahmadis might be endangered and the procession planned for today might "try to forcibly occupy Ahmadi's worship place".

It was also claimed in the letter that similar reports have been received from the villages of Bohn and Puchnand.

"You are kindly requested to take adequate security measures to protect the life and properties and worship places of the Ahmadia community," added the letter.


Comments (85) Closed



donald Dec 12, 2016 04:48pm

AoA, prayers with all of them.

mojazze Dec 12, 2016 04:51pm

Islam truly does not teach resolution of issues through violence.

ghalzai Dec 12, 2016 04:54pm

Where is the law enforcement and civilized society?

Haroon Dec 12, 2016 05:04pm

Such a peace loving and Pakistan loving community. Never even protest. Government should form a local council from both sides and resolve this asap (if they are interested in resolving it)

klp Dec 12, 2016 05:06pm

Just wait for cpec. Things like this will be past

Harmony-1© Dec 12, 2016 05:07pm

@Ghalzai - They are busy providing security to our rulers!

M. Siddique Dec 12, 2016 05:13pm

What happened to Jinnah's Pakistan where everyone was supposed to go their place of worship without intimidation. Is the Pakistani society becoming intolerant? That will be negation of its Islamic character.

Hira Dec 12, 2016 05:23pm

This is there land too...Ahmadis are free to worship and live in Pakistan... Remember a 1000 people are those who are either not working or Goin to school. This is the sign of our bad government... no job, no quality education. . Pakistan will be the next Nigaria with mobs running around

Laeeq,NY Dec 12, 2016 05:25pm

Live and let them live!

Taimur Dec 12, 2016 05:30pm

This is how Eid Milad Un Nabi is celebrated in Pakistan. This is the example we set for the world and then we blame that the western world do not accept Islam as religion of peace.

PPP Dec 12, 2016 05:29pm

One may practice religion day and night and preach about peace and tolrance so what in real life when came to practical , act opposites to that.

Dr. Tanveer Dec 12, 2016 05:33pm

These are our uneducated ignorant aashqaan e Rasool (SAW). Who, in fact know nothing about their prophet.......

Rehman Dec 12, 2016 05:40pm

@klp - It is naive to say CPEC will resolve this. This is a social problem, and it is not going to disappear with CPEC. This needs wholesale change in our country's mindset. Changing and improving our education system is more important than just CPEC. Just look at the Middle East. Money didn't change the backward looking mindset in many of those countries. On the other hand, you have many modern and progressive thinking Muslim countries without being rich, for example Indonesia. Even Turkey became a progressive-thinking Muslim country much before it became wealthy.

akram Dec 12, 2016 06:15pm

the religious parties involved must be punished.

Vivaan SINGH Dec 12, 2016 06:18pm

@Hira very true

Factual Dec 12, 2016 06:29pm

Let's not jump to conclusions. Let wait for whole picture to emerge. Meanwhile, Police must maintain order and provide protection to life and property.

kings way Dec 12, 2016 06:35pm

The Ahmadi are also Pakistani national. They are our brothers. Please protect them.

Nuanced Dec 12, 2016 06:34pm

@Rehman - He mentioned CPEC sarcastically ;) .....

Justice Dec 12, 2016 06:44pm

True face out in the open.

Ali Ahmed Dec 12, 2016 06:55pm

True Islamic peoples save the other and dont provide harms to anyone. Islam is a religious of peace.

Proud Pakistani Dec 12, 2016 06:59pm

This is what we actually are.

Leo Dec 12, 2016 07:08pm

@mojazze : really?

KH Dec 12, 2016 07:13pm

@klp, yes yes, wait for the CPEC, everything will vanish...

Mr sad Dec 12, 2016 07:31pm

This is the sad legacy that Bhutto and Zia left us with - look how they ended up and look what they have done to our country

Muba Dec 12, 2016 07:41pm

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

Abraham Haque Dec 12, 2016 08:15pm

@Hira we already are worse than Nigeria

mir kareem jan Dec 12, 2016 08:36pm

Where is Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's Pakistan..

Logic Dec 12, 2016 08:38pm

@Ali Ahmed but then why this happens

Ahmed Dec 12, 2016 08:46pm

Respect right of citizen of all religions. That's what is Islam.

Guest Dec 12, 2016 08:59pm

@Rehman. CPEC is the cure of all ills. Only the enemies of Pakistan can doubt the benefit of CPEC to the country. There are countries that will be excluded from CPEC and those are the one creating all these problems and spreading misinformation.

Roona Dec 12, 2016 09:27pm

@Dr. Tanveer Are the attackers following the example of the Holy Prophet (saw)? His actions cannot inspire such hatred. Even in adversity, even to those who threw garbage on him, he reciprocated with love. Mobs don't love. Mobs look to hurt.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 12, 2016 09:29pm

Ahmadi or any minority are our brothers and sisters along with all our Pakistanis. No to fundamentalist of any faith.

Ajay ladkani Dec 12, 2016 09:29pm

This unfortunate incident happened after honoring great scientist Abdus Salam.

MSAlvi Dec 12, 2016 09:45pm

Misunderstanding and wrong practice of religion is a great hurdle in the way of progress in Pakistan.

Akber Dec 12, 2016 09:58pm

Being in majority does not give the right to force a minority to submit or face destruction. Religious bigotry is getting out of control and should be stopped.

Farooq Dec 12, 2016 09:59pm

Where are all the Pakistanis now who were complaining on Facebook in the wake of Trump's victory about potential attacks on mosques in USA?

Nadeem Dec 12, 2016 10:25pm

It is imperative that Pak Govt pass laws to dissuade such mob mentality!

Tahir Chaudhry Dec 12, 2016 10:44pm

@Proud Pakistani : No body could have said better.

Harmony-1© Dec 12, 2016 10:48pm

@Logic - This happens when some cannot apply simple logic!

Akram Dec 12, 2016 10:53pm

@Rehman "@klp - It is naive to say CPEC will resolve this" Ignore this. Its just an Indian troll jealous of CPEC.

Parvez Dec 12, 2016 11:08pm

The people who instigated the mob are the ones to be arrested......but we all know that will never happen.

AW Dec 12, 2016 11:33pm

Ahmadiyya community are citizens of Pakistan with equal rights. It is the duty of the Government and the Parliament to act for provision of full protection to their lives and property as well as to safeguard their rights.

No mob of extremists should ever be allowed to create fear again. Those in the mob who attacked their place of worship in Chakwal must be arrested and prosecuted in the Ani-terrorism court in order to send the message to all extremists in the country that the government has zero tolerance for acts of violence. Ahmadiyya community deserves to live in peace and without fear

Muhammad Shammaz Hussain Dec 12, 2016 11:33pm

Very appalling. However, the news does not elaborate the reasons behind the mayhem.

Asif Jamil Dec 12, 2016 11:40pm

@Taimur

Taimur you have spoken for a large majority of Pakistanis who hang their head in shame when such absolutely disgraceful incidents happen. This is not Quaid-e-Azam's Pakistan! It has become an inferno of ignorance and fanatism.

Sardar suri Dec 12, 2016 11:56pm

very sad day for all religious minorities in Pakistan. Why so much intolerance?

L.Ahmad Dec 13, 2016 12:06am

Mob gathered, armed with rocks sticks, guns and other weapons, charged towards the mosque and attacked the worshippers inside. At what point the administration and police decide to react. Unfortunately, after the damage was done. Too little too late.

Amir Khan Dec 13, 2016 12:11am

These sectarian attacks are a reflection of an ignorant society and incompetent government.

Rahul Dec 13, 2016 12:41am

action speak louder then thinking.

karachi Wally Dec 13, 2016 02:10am

Shame on us the majority that our brothers Ahmedi Muslims are being treated this way!

ahmadrashid Dec 13, 2016 02:11am

Islam Is a Peace Full Religion and what Religion Is to Love all respeact and Love all Religion weather they Are ahmadiyya Christians Ur Hindus live with Peace and Hermony

nasir khan Dec 13, 2016 02:29am

Is there any leader in Pakistan to raise voice against this unfortunate incidence?

ANT Dec 13, 2016 02:32am

1 dead no arrests!!

Adnan Dec 13, 2016 02:59am

Pakistanis and Minorities are much safer under Donald Trump than Pakistani law and order

mojazze Dec 13, 2016 04:55am

@Leo really

SATENDAR RAWAT Dec 13, 2016 04:58am

Shame on such behaviour

Mirza Ahmad Bilal Dec 13, 2016 05:39am

Ahmad's are in minority, as per Constitution of Pakistan. So being as Non Muslim Minority, they have full right to live and enjoy in the country without any scaring situations. They are not to be harassed and no one has right to destroy their properties in person or as a whole. It's strictly against Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) to enforce anything on minorities.

What I observed in the letter, they are claiming their worship place as "Masjid", which they cannot as per Pakistani Constitution. I hope those who are being addressed in the letter, will surely take notice of it.

Rational Corp Dec 13, 2016 05:49am

It is wonderful to read the comments from readers, accepting accountability and responsibility. If crimes are committed in the name of any particular community, it helps if the followers are willing to accept fault within. I would love to see Pakistan like it was up to the 1970s.

Mustafa R. Dec 13, 2016 06:12am

Swift and certain punishment is needed to dissuade the fanatics from taking the law into their own hands. The purported killing should investigated and confirmed either way within two hours, it is thoroughly unacceptable in a civilized society for the police to even not be aware of a murder after being forewarned.

A Dec 13, 2016 06:39am

@Ahmed "Respect right of citizen of all religions. That's what is Islam"

What has been going on in Pakistan under the name of Religion is barbaric.Such things are difficult to contain; forget about bringing any change in the mindset of the people. Otherwise even after knowing that this is destroying the unity among Muslims and posing hurdle in economic development this has not stopped.Nor is seen serious thinking on bringing change in education system in line with other developed nations.

It is now too late to change ...therefore this has been now accepted as normal by all.

Khawaja Dec 13, 2016 06:39am

Is there a place for Pakistanis in Nawaz Sharif Pakistan?

SJ Dec 13, 2016 06:50am

@klp true, CPEC is the promised Messiah:)

Mustafa Dec 13, 2016 07:10am

@KH except interest payments!

Ayub Dec 13, 2016 07:23am

Islam is a religion of peace and calm. Islam teaches respect and tolerance towards other religions and beliefs. There no place for violence and religious extremism in Islam. Every citizen of the country has an equal right to profess his religion freely without any fear or intimidation.

Karim Dec 13, 2016 07:29am

@Ahmed since when..?

Karim Dec 13, 2016 07:28am

@Ali Ahmed wow that's a new fact. Look around before u make such statements

Mustafa Dec 13, 2016 07:45am

@SJ;

The twisted minds, especially from your side of the border are trying to turn this into a tirade against CPEC, what does CPEC have to do with this incident?

Sara Dec 13, 2016 07:50am

@mojazze so true

Sara Dec 13, 2016 08:11am

@Ahmed Islam needs to prove that it believes in tolerance. The western countries have their doubts when thing like this happens.

Mohajir Dec 13, 2016 08:32am

This animosity towards Ahmadiyyas should stop

Talib Dec 13, 2016 08:36am

Intolerance

Akbar Khan Dec 13, 2016 08:42am

Who is responsible to protect minorities in Pakistan? Our democracy is more like anarchy.

Millan Dec 13, 2016 08:59am

Love for all, hatred for none.

Zubaida Khan Dec 13, 2016 09:03am

@mojazze Your religion is perceived by whats written in the books, or practiced by people 1400 years ago. It is what your people practice today. Whatever you do is what your religion allows, not what you say it allows. No one has the time to read the many volumes of books that you keep.

You are judged by your practices.

Zubaida Khan Dec 13, 2016 09:08am

@mir kareem jan If you recall that Zafarullah Khan stood in the line of non-muslims during the burial prayers of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. If you dont believe me look it up.

Don't blame the Jinnah or our politicians on this. The Qadianis themselves asked to be treated differently. Go ask Yahya Bakhtiar.

Farrukh Dec 13, 2016 10:21am

Every time I read this I doused in shame. What have we become as Pakistanis. Definitely an incitement by mullahs of our time. Sigh!

GAK Wazir Dec 13, 2016 10:46am

Islam does not preach violence and hatred. It calls for resolving controversial issues through dialogue and debate. Is there no government to protect the minorities and ensure their religious freedom? We should not distort the image of Islam which stands for peace, tolerance and accommodation.

BalaK Dec 13, 2016 11:35am

Hardliners planned to eliminate all other religious minorities. Let us see how they will be protected.

Minni Dec 13, 2016 11:43am

@Ali Ahmed are you sure?

Minni Dec 13, 2016 11:46am

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Even constitution

Mango man Dec 13, 2016 11:59am

@mojazze Yup, Islam doesn't promote violence, the so called "Islamists" do. We need to learn to distinguish between the two.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 13, 2016 01:41pm

@Mango man Beautiful words yaar.

Usman ahmed Dec 13, 2016 02:28pm

Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Culprits involved in the incidence must be punished.

Agha bAKHTIAR Dec 13, 2016 07:16pm

What a non sense act

arjun Dec 14, 2016 08:48am

@klp ..lol..ya very true..

jab Dec 14, 2016 10:10am

Commanalities between India and Pakistan is they are first to preach and last to follow