Pakistani government has again failed to protect the peaceful and law abiding Ahmadiyya Muslim Community even when formally warned about the incident a week before.
On Monday 12 December, police and army personnel failed to stop nearly 1,000 mobs armed with guns, rocks and batons attacking Chakwal Ahmadiyya Mosque in central Pakistan in an attempt to seize the Mosque.
The mob was part of a procession celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) when it attacked the Mosque in Dulmial village, Chakwal. Around 40 worshippers who were present in the Mosque locked themselves in as the mob opened fire and hurled rocks.
After gaining control of the Mosque, the attackers burnt section of property inside the building. A 65 year old Ahmadi inside Mosque died during this attack due to heart failure. Nationwide rallies are taking place by clerics to further ignite public and spread hate against Ahmadiyya Muslim Community throughout Pakistan.
A week before the incident, on 5th December, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wrote letter to District Coordination Officer requesting for security at the Mosque.
The letter stated that the life and property of Ahmadis might be endangered and the procession planned for that day might "try to forcibly occupy Ahmadi's worship place".
In the letter, it was also warned that similar reports have been received from the villages of Bohn and Puchnand.
"You are kindly requested to take adequate security measures to protect the life and properties and worship places of the Ahmadia community," added the letter.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the most persecuted minority in Pakistan. In 2010, 94 Ahmadis were killed in a twin attack on Ahmadiyya Mosques in Lahore.
Pakistani Government deems Ahmadi Muslims as the least deserving minority in terms of equal opportunity and civil rights. They are constantly subject to religious persecution and discrimination by extremists in Pakistan. There are many incidents where Ahmadi Muslims have been martyred by the extremists or falsely imprisoned; often sentenced. In several instances, police have been complicit in harassment and in framing false charges against Ahmadis, or have stood by in the face of anti-Ahmadi violence. Thus Government of Pakistan pays no attention to this brutal behaviour but rather plays an active role in supporting the perpetrators.
About Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a very peaceful, law abiding, nonviolent and loving community Founded in 1889, the Community spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. (For official website of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia, please visit: www.alislam.org.au)