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Ahmadiyya place of worship destroyed in AJK’s Kotli: community

Community claims mob of 50 attacked place of worship
The Ahmadiyya place of worship that was attacked in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via Ahamdi community
The Ahmadiyya place of worship that was attacked in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via Ahamdi community
A picture released by the Ahamdi community shows a bullet in their place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via community
A picture released by the Ahamdi community shows a bullet in their place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via community
A still from a video shows minarets that were allegedly destroyed at the Ahmadiyya place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Screengrab via video released by Ahamdi community
A still from a video shows minarets that were allegedly destroyed at the Ahmadiyya place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Screengrab via video released by Ahamdi community
A still from a video shows minarets that were allegedly destroyed at the Ahmadiyya place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Screengrab via video released by Ahamdi community
A still from a video shows minarets that were allegedly destroyed at the Ahmadiyya place of worship in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Screengrab via video released by Ahamdi community
The Ahmadiyya place of worship that was attacked in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via Ahamdi community
The Ahmadiyya place of worship that was attacked in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on June 17, 2024. Photo via Ahamdi community

The Ahmadiyya place of worship was destroyed by unidentified men in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Kotli district on the first Eidul Azha day, the community said.

According to the minority community, more than 150 people attacked their place of worship in the wee hours of Monday.

They reportedly opened fire and destroyed its minarets and arch, according to the pictures and videos they shared. Several journalists also reported such an incident on social media.

At least three members of the community from Punjab’s Chakwal district were allegedly detained “to avoid any likelihood of breach of peace” earlier this month, according to the community and an administrative order.

In a statement on June 11, the minority community claimed that the three members were detained from Chakwal under section 3 (1) of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance, 1961 and they were being held in the Jhelum jail in the neighbouring district.

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They were the community’s Chakwal district president Malik Naveed Ahmad, Malik Riaz Ahmad and secretary general for affairs Malik Tahir Ahmad, Ahmadiyya community spokesperson Aamir Mahmood said.

The government orders described them as “miscreants” and added that the district police officer was to prevent them from “their unlawful activities and acting in a manner prejudicial to the public safety”.

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