Pakistan

CHAKWAL – Two Ahmadis and eight others were arrested on Thursday on the charges of murder after an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal came under attack, Jamat-e-Ahmadiyya Spokesperson Saleemuddin told media.

On December 12, a mob of 1,000 people attacked an Ahmadi place of worship. Although the police had reportedly dispersed the crowd, one person died of a cardiac arrest, while six others were injured.

Eight others, accused of the attack, have also reportedly been arrested, but the police had not put this on record and denied their detentions till the filing of this report, Express Tribune reported.

According to one of the alleged attackers, Syed Sibtul Hasan, the police have arrested some of his fellows, but are not putting the arrest on record. He said if the Ahmadis came back to their homes, his group will get them arrested for opening fire on them.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan stated grave concern over the deteriorating treatment of Ahmadis. It also demanded a thorough investigation into a raid in Rabwah and attack on the Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal.

Saleemuddin said that the cattle and agricultural land of Ahmadis in Dulmial were left at the mercy of others after they fled. He said efforts were under way to bring these community members back to the area.

The Rabwah raid was conducted by Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD). It raided the offices of a publication of the Ahmadi community in the area of Chiniot on December 5.

On the other hand, Ahmadi residents of Dulmial village, where the attack took place, have still not returned to their area, fearing they might also be killed in the wake of the December 12 incident.