Ahmadi mosque attack on Id-e-Milad: What actually happened, how Pakistan reacted?
Los Angeles : Pakistan’s Punjab Province was on Monday hit by a brutal attack on the peaceful day of Islam's Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.
Several thousands of protestors stormed a mosque belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect and fired at worshipers on the peaceful day.
The firing wounded several before Pakistan police arrived at the scene and dispersed the attackers.
#Mob attack #Ahmadi worship place in #Chakwal@Xadeejournalist @ZarrarKhuhro @WusatUllahKhan @Dawn_News pic.twitter.com/U1E59QPPmo— ZaraHatKay (@ZaraHatKay_Dawn) December 12, 2016
An Ahmadi spokesman told media, nearly two thousand Sunni Muslims entered the Ahmadi mosque and hurled stones, bricks and firing weapons.
According to the Ahmadi minority beliefs, a follower followed prophet, however, the view runs counter to the Muslim religion's central belief that Mohammad was the last of God's messengers.
This is the letter local #Ahmadi community wrote to local administration & provincial government. Yet this happened today. pic.twitter.com/xB499podLV— Saleem ud Din (@SaleemudDinAA) December 12, 2016
In 1974, Ahmadis according to a Pakistani law were declared non-Muslims, in fact they can be even put behind bars for acting like Muslims.
In today’s incident, the police even tried to distract the attackers but failed because of slim deployment.
Police believes that the attackers likely attacked the mosque because they suspected the worshippers were breaking the law by commemorating the birthday of the prophet Mohammad.
Ahmadi community targeted again. A 1000 strong mob desecrates a mosque in #chakwal #Pakistan. Tragic irony:on Prophet's b'day. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/2oRGW9negw— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) December 12, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with our ahmadi family in #chakwal Pakistan. May Allah protect you all and keep you safe, ameen.— Why Ahmadi? (@WhyAhmadi) December 13, 2016
Bilawal Bhutto should also issue a statement saying he regrets ZA Bhutto's law against Ahmadi Muslims. https://t.co/QHX7ptspXM— Tufail Ahmad (@tufailelif) December 12, 2016