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May 24, 2018 – Mob Attacks Ahmadiyya Religious and Historic Site in Sialkot, Punjab

I am dismayed to learn that mob of six to seven hundred people, watched by local government officials and protected by local police, was allowed to demolish the historic home of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and vandalize the adjacent mosque.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the founder of the Ahmadiyya denomination and had lived in the home during his stay in Sialkot, Punjab. The residence is of historic significance to the Ahmadiyya community.  Over the years, the residence had begun to fall into disrepairs, members of the Ahmadiyya community applied for permission to restore the residence

After learning that local authorities had granted permission for the restoration of the residence, local mullahs pressured the local authorities to rescind the repair and restoration permission. The local authorities bowed to the pressure and stopped the restoration work and sealed the residence.

n the evening of May 23, 2018, incited by the local mullahs, an angry mob arrived at the site and demolished the residence. The mob then turned its anger on the adjacent mosque, destroying its minarets, dome and doors.

I mourn, along with the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community, the loss of this important historic site and the desecration of the mosque.

The right to practice one’s religion is a basic human right. I am calling of the Goveqadrnment of the Punjab to condemn these despicable acts and hold the local mullahs, officials and police accountable.