International Human Rights Committee (27.10.2019) – On Friday 25 October 2019 at around 3:30 pm in the afternoon, an Ahmadi mosque was partially destroyed in the presence of police and officials. The mosque, called Baitul Zikr, was located at Chak 161 Murad in the Bahawalpur district.
According to reports received from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan, the Assistant Commissioner was accompanied by policemen and workers of Hasilpur city administration on the 25 October 2019. They had taken the keys of the mosque from a local Ahmadi earlier and brought heavy machinery with them. Upon entering the mosque, they disconnected the electricity and took the recording system of the CCTV. Then they destroyed the niche of the mosque using the machinery they had brought. These actions were carried out without any official Warrant or Order of the Court permitting them.
The incident was captured by an innocent bystander, Mr Vishal Ahmad (an Ahmadi), on his mobile phone. The police arrested Mr Vishal and took his mobile phone away. Another Ahmadi, Mr Muhammad Mustafa, who is a local official of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the area, was also arrested. The two individuals have been charged under Section 186/506. On Saturday 26 October 2019, they were both released on bail.
Additionally, a ramp that had been built outside the homes of local Ahmadi families was also damaged.
This mosque was built after the creation of Pakistan. Around 17 Ahmadi families, in total approximately 150 people, live in the vicinity of the mosque.