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Ahmadiyya Muslim community members detained in Pakistan for allegedly sacrificing goats
The flag of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Ahmadiyya Muslim community members detained in Pakistan for allegedly sacrificing goats

| @indiablooms | 21 Jun 2024, 06:03 pm

Several Ahmadiyya Muslim community members in Pakistan were detained for allegedly sacrificing animals during  Eid-ul Adha celebration earlier this week.

Under the country's constitution, the community is considered as non-Muslims.

The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan, which represents the minority community in the country, strongly protested against the authorities for allegedly preventing Ahmadis from offering their religious rites within the confinement of their homes during Eid, reported WION news channel's website.

According to Amir Mehmood, a spokesperson for the Jamaat Ahmadiyya in Pakistan, at least nine FIRs were registered across Punjab against members of the community, reported Dawn News.

Data collected by the spokesperson claimed that three FIRs were filed in Sheikhupura, while one each was filed in Gujranwala, Rahim Yar Khan, Toba Tek Singh and Sargodha.

In a conversation with Dawn.com today, CPO Saleem said the detainees were asked to not perform any ritual similar to Muslims, but the special branch and police security teams found some of them violating the law.

He said they had provided security to 16 Ahmadiyya worship places in Gujranwala where they freely observed their religious rituals, adding that the police had detained some to maintain the law and order while no animal was taken into custody by the police.

Saleem said the district administration had issued six-day detention orders for some Ahmadis, however, they had written to the district administration to issue their release orders as Eid had passed peacefully.

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