Continuing vandalism

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The case of a country being mortgaged in the name of religion

Three alleged incidents in the past few days have gone relatively unnoticed: the desecration of over 120 Ahmadi community graves in close neighbourhood of the Sharifs’ mansions in Model Town, Lahore, the attack on a 70-year old Swedish charity worker also in Lahore and the desecration of a Hindu temple in Karachi.

In the first instance, the vandals attacked the graveyard on the plea that the Ahmadis were non-Muslims and, therefore, could not write the Kalima or Bismillah on their tombstones. They also assaulted the caretakers of the graveyard and their families chanting that they would be blessed with a place in heaven if they killed the infidels.

The old lady Bagreeta Almby has lived in Pakistan for almost forty years and manages charity work including an orphanage in Yohana Abad and a literacy centre in Modern Colony in Kot Lakhpat catering to the underprivileged of the country.

The reported damage to the Shri Rama Pir Mandar in Karachi, though denied by the concerned department, has been caused in violation of the stay granted in the matter against any possible demolition activity by any stakeholder. This appears to be part of the efforts to drive the Hindu community against the wall and force them to leave their living quarters for another abode.

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