May

Anti-Ahmadi laws: police act as place of worship ‘looks like a mosque’

Pakistani police have scratched out Qur’anic verses written on the walls of an Ahmadi place of worship and ordered them to cover up short minarets at the entrance, as they made the place look like a mosque.

After receiving a complaint about the place of worship in Sultanpura, Kachhupura (Lahore), a large contingent of Misri Shah police visited it on May 2 and told the Ahmadis they had a day to make the place look less like a mosque, failing which a case would be registered against them under the ‘Anti-lslamic Activities of the Qadiani Group, the Lahori Group and the Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance’ of 1984.

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Lal Masjid: keeping the hornets inside the nest

The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan says he is losing patience with the Capital Development Authority (CDA). In a court-initiated (suo motu) action, he wants a quick rebuilding of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, flattened by bulldozers in 2007, after it became the centre of an insurgency. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice, is now dragging procrastinators over the coals by issuing notices to the CDA chairman, Islamabad’s chief commissioner and the interior secretary. The Court has also expressed its ‘displeasure’ over the status of police cases against the Lal Masjid clerics and ordered the deputy attorney general to appear before it next week.

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