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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Authorities close Ahmadiyya Ewan-e Tawheed, leaving no place to offer Eid


“The government and local administration has violated the article 20 of constitution of Pakistan after stopping Ahmadis from congregating for Eid prayers. The article 20 ensures every citizen of its right to freely perform its religious duties.”

Ahmadiyya Ewan-e Tawheed has been closed by authorities and vandalized
 by area Islamist extremists mobs. Photo: Al Ufaq.

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int’l Desk
Source/Credit: Jama’at Ahmadiyya | Pakistan
By Imran Jattala | August 22, 2012

Ahmadis in Rawalpindi could not offer their Eid prayers yesterday as the local district administration moved in at the extremists’ demand and kept the community from their place of worship.

Whatever little rights they have been left with under the ‘mutilated’ Pakistani constitution, the community members say, they were deprived from their right to worship at their own place by the district authorities.

According to the community’s spokesperson, Saleem ud Din, there has been false propaganda and baseless accusations about the Ahmadiyya place of worship and its location.

“As a result the Ahmadis were deprived from their fundamental right to worship at the premises,” Sleem ud Din said in a press release issued by Jama’at Ahmadiyya Pakistan. “The sad part of this whole episode is that the local administration seems to be concerned only about the demands of miscreants.”

The authorities always pressurise Ahmadis for compromise, the trend indicates, instead of protecting their right to perform their religious duties that are guaranteed by the constitution and the international convents that Pakistan has agree to.

“The government and local administration has violated the article 20 of constitution of Pakistan after stopping Ahmadis from congregating for Eid prayers,” Salim ud Din said. “The article 20 ensures every citizen of its right to freely perform its religious duties.”

Ewan-e Tawheed has been the central gathering place for Ahmadis for worships on Juma and Eid for last many years but the community members now have been forcibly stopped from use their own facilities for religious purposes.

This year, till the last minute, Ahmadiyya spokesperson said, the local authorities gave false hopes to Ahmadis that they could congregate and gather for Eid prayers which was refused at the “eleventh hour.”

“This left the local Ahmadis with no choice and no hope for a gathering fitting for an Eid and leaving them disheartened and marginalised,” Salim ud Din said.

  — Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Authorities closeed Ahmadiyya Ewan-e Tawheed leaving no place to offer Eid
  — Ahmadiyya Times
  — By Imran Jattala. Follow on Twitter: @IJattala

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