DESECRATION OF MOSQUES
For 30 years Ahmadis have been denied the right to worship. Pakistan’s anti-Ahmadi laws make it a criminal offence for Ahmadis to call their places of worship a mosque. This law has been used to justify attacks on mosques and has also been used by authorities to close mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. It has also been used to deface mosques and police have removed the Islamic declaration of faith (Kalima) from Ahmadi mosques.
This is a clear a denial of religious freedom and these laws have directly resulted in more than 80 mosques across Pakistan being demolished, sealed and their minarets torn down.
This also impacts on the wider community as mosques serve not only as religious centres but also as social and community centres.