The graves belonging to the Ahmadi Muslim community members have been allegedly desecrated by police following a protest by so called pure Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province, a member of an organization representing the community said on Thursday (July 16).
According to the report
, Amir Mahmood, spokesperson of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Punjab said that police removed the Islamic symbols used on gravestones at Tirigri village in Gujranwala, located around 80 kms from Lahore, and warned, it not to use the same in the future. Police took action after the complaint lodged by Muslim cleric Muhammad Ikram, he added
"We have also given an undertaking that we will not use Islamic symbols as we are not allowed under the Constitution of Pakistan which declares Ahmadis non-Muslims,” he said.
While talking to media, Amir Mahmood said that this Ahmadiyya graveyard was established over 60 years ago and now religious zealots found issues with it. He said the local cleric had instigated the people against the Ahmaddiya graveyard.
"The Ahmadis residing in Pakistan are not at peace even after their demise,” he regretted.
Pakistan's Parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi community as non-Muslims. A decade later, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.