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Ahmadi man, sons booked over Eid sacrifice in Pakistan city

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In yet another case of Pakistan’s persecution of its minorities, the Pir mahal city police registered a case against three men belonging to the Ahmadi community on the complaint of a religious seminary official over violation of a supposed ban on them following Islamic practices.
In his first information report, Mufti Abid Fareed, the administrator of the Jamia Umer Farooq seminary, stated that on Eidul Azha, a local jeweller and his two sons had sacrificed a cow and distributed its meat among Sunnis. They had also donated its hide to a religious seminary, Madressah Arabia Islamia Tajweedul Quran.
Fareed added that by doing so the suspects had hurt the beliefs of the Muslims. No arrests were made so far and police said an investigation was underway.
In another case, police claim to have arrested a man on the allegation of desecrating Islam at Pasrur’s Main Bazaar Chawinda.
The Phalora police have registered a case under sections 295-A and 298-C and arrested the suspect on the report of a local trader. According to the FIR, the man went to and demeaned religion in front of the traders. The traders, it said, beat the suspect after overpowering him and handed him over to police.
In Pakistan, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been denied their fundamental right to vote, they cannot possess their religious texts, and even after death their graves are targeted and bodies exhumed.
According to a report published by Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, school textbooks in Pakistan incite hatred against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community by labeling Ahmadis as “Kafir” (disbelievers) and apostates, for which they prescribe the death penalty.
Ahmadi Muslims, the report further said, face a constant risk of being denied access to education and those who secure a place are routinely targeted and stigmatized through physical and emotional abuse.

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