Ahmadiyya Community Centre, Satellite Town Rawalpindi under attack.

Press Release: NizaratUmoor E Aama

SadarAnjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)

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Rabwah (P.R) Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is facinga systematic genocide from last many decades. The community has lost hundreds of community members, 86 members in a single day on 28 May 2010. The community is left in hot waters by the state and its masses alike. After 28 May the community decided to take up security measures upon the advice of law enforcement agencies, which is becoming an issue now. The community’s right of prayers and congregation is in grave danger today.

In Satellite Town Rawalpindi “Ewan e Tawheed” is in place from last 17 years. It is the property of Jama’at Ahmadiyya and is used as a place for prayers ever since. Some adventurists have decided to make it an issue and have started a false, baseless campaign of hatred to create problems. There are no concrete issues as such as the miscreants keep coming with new allegations one after another. The bottom line is thatmiscreantswant to deprive Ahmadis of their right to pray and congregate. The miscreants gave an open warning to demolish the “Ewan e Tawheed” on 29 January 2012, also they will not allow this Friday prayers at “Ewan e Tawheed”. The community is under attack and there are known security threats to community members from these miscreants. Yet innocent and peaceful Ahmadis are not even allowed to defend or protect themselves.

The spokesperson of Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, Saleemud Din said in a statement“this open campaign against the community centre is a plan to deprive the community’s peaceful members of their right to pray and gather. Mr. Saleemud Din further said, “We can compromise on the right of self-defence but never compromise on the right of prayer in front of Allah”. He said “the founder of Pakistan Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave this right to all Pakistani citizens on 11 August 1947.  “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

The rally on 29 January 2012 had majority of attendees from various seminaries. What irks or worries the community is that the rally had support from mainstream political parties. The banners with their supporters are visible across the city, instigating hatred. We believe that political parties should rise above these prejudices and try to look into this matter beyond few political gains. The right of Ahmadis to pray and congregate should be protected at any cost.

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