Widespread condemnation followed the mob attack against an Ahmadiyya Mosque in the Pakistani city of Sialkot. U.S. joined lawmakers from Canada and UK to condemn the attack which resulted in the destruction of a historic 100-year-old Mosque.
The attack which was led by Hafiz Hamid Raza, a member of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf happened between the night of May 23rd and early morning of the May 24th. During the attack, a mob of around 500 Muslims chanted slogans against the minority Ahmadiyya Muslims as they destroyed the Mosque structure and an adjoining building.
The attack drew worldwide condemnation and shocked the already persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Pakistan.
U.S. Special Advisor for Religious Minorities, Knox Thames condemned the attack saying:
The U.S. strongly condemns the destruction of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque in Sialkot Pakistan. We urge authorities to hold all perpetrators accountable and ensure the mosque is restored.
The U.S. strongly condemns the destruction of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque in #Sialkot #Pakistan. We urge authorities to hold all perpetrators accountable and ensure the mosque is restored. https://t.co/5mzeg4STXJ
— Knox Thames (@KnoxThames) May 25, 2018
U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom also issued a statement saying:
Strongly condemn vandalism & destruction of 19th-century historic site & adjoining mosque of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Sialkot Pakistan. Urge authorities to hold all perpetrators accountable and facilitate restoration.
Strongly condemn vandalism & destruction of 19th-century historic site & adjoining mosque of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in #Sialkot #Pakistan. Urge authorities to hold all perpetrators accountable and facilitate restoration. https://t.co/gU05PdICzR
— US Religious Freedom (@State_IRF) May 25, 2018
President Donald J. Trump appointed USCIRF commissioner, Johnnie Moore described the attack as “More awful bigotry & terrorism in Pakistan.”
Remembering this important meeting I had last fall in light of the terrible destruction y’day of an important Mosque and a historical house in Sialkot, Pakistan by a mob & overlooked – if not, overseen – by local government officials.
More awful bigotry & terrorism in Pakistan. https://t.co/NVWwyC3jG4
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) May 24, 2018
Similarly, UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson also denounced the attack saying:
I condemn this attack and urge Pakistan to protect all its communities, including Ahmadi Muslims.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 25, 2018
UK @foreignoffice @ukinpakistan has repeatedly called for Pakistan @CMShehbaz to protect all communities & faiths -yet last night we again see a frenzied mob destroy a beautiful&historic mosque in #Sialkot -the tragedy of the continued persecution of #Ahmadi #Muslims @alislam pic.twitter.com/IzmzGrNvXH
— Lord AhmadofWimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) May 24, 2018
Terrible to hear reports of the attack on an Ahmadi mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan, last night. Will be addressing the issue when I speak in @HouseofCommons this afternoon on persecution of Ahmadiyya community.
— Mark Field MP (@MarkFieldUK) May 24, 2018
Condemnations also came from Canadian Members of Parliament, including Jagmeet Singh, leader of NDP, Kamal Khera, Judy Srgo, Omar Al-Ghabra, Garnett Genuis, Deb Schulte and Ruby Sahota.
I strongly condemn the violence against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan
The recent destruction of a 100 yr old mosque by a mob is just one example of the continuous persecution faced by Ahmadi Muslims
The Pakistani Govt must seek justice & protect freedom of religion
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) May 24, 2018
Extremely disappointed to hear about the destruction of Ahmadi Mosque in Sailkot, Pakistan, specially during the month of Ramadan. All those responsible should be held accountabe. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right that be respected and afforded to all! https://t.co/0sZayeFtZ5
— Kamal Khera (@KamalKheraLib) May 25, 2018
Shocking! I am very saddened & concerned to learn of the news of the demolished Ahmadiyya mosque in Sialkot city in Pakistan. Especially considering this occurrence has taken place during the holy month of Ramadan. @ahmadiyyacanada @FdAffan @PFA_Ahmadiyya pic.twitter.com/saK9QQVQZ5
— Judy Sgro (@JudySgroMP) May 24, 2018
I’m appalled by the destruction of an historic Ahmadi mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan. Perpetrators should be held accountable. Religious freedom is a fundamental human rights that should be afforded to all
— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) May 25, 2018
Another horrific attack in Pakistan, this time targeting Ahmadiyyas. Last night, personnel from the municipal committee in Sialkot City and an accompanying mob attacked important Ahmadiyya buildings while police looked on. Pakistan must do more to protect minorities. #cdnpoli
— Garnett Genuis (@GarnettGenuis) May 24, 2018
Last night in Pakistan a mob of over 600 destroyed an historical property of significance to the Ahmadiyya community and damaged the adjacent Mosque in Sialkot City. Pakistan must do more to protect minorities and uphold the rule of law. @ahmadiyyacanada
— Deb Schulte MP (@_DebSchulte) May 24, 2018
I’m profoundly disappointed by the destruction of an historic Ahmadi mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan. All those involved should be held accountable. Religious freedom is a fundamental human rights that should be afforded to all.
— Ruby Sahota (@MPRubySahota) May 25, 2018
Pakistani politicians who are normally wary of commenting on the Ahmadiyya persecution also followed suit.
— Rabwah Times (@RabwahTimes) May 24, 2018
Attack on Ahmedi place of worship outrageous & unacceptable. PPP @Anny_Marri raised issue in senate & referred to HR committee. Perpetrators must be brought to justice.If a nations greatness is judged on how it treats its weakest members,continuation of such acts embarrass us all
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 25, 2018
Categorically and unconditionally condemned this atrocity during the #Senate sitting today.Expressed shame at how intolerant a nation we have become, and how we have failed Jinnah, as we rip to shreds his vision of an inclusive #Pakistan. Matter referred to Human Rights Committee https://t.co/q4abjQb4qw
— Anny Marri (@Anny_Marri) May 24, 2018
PTI strongly condemns the targetting of Ahmedis in Sialkot. We demand the Punjab Govt to take severe action against whoever involved in this heinous crime and protect the rights of all religious minorities. #PTI
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 25, 2018
However, at the same time, Irum Azeem Farooque, member of Sindh Provincial Assembly was barred from submitting a resolution condemning the attack. In a tweet Farooque said:
I wasn’t allowed to submit my condemnation Resolution in Sindh Assembly, Even though most of the members agreed with me that every sect has the right to their religious belief but still no one wanted to sign&condemn the attack on the praying site of Ahmedis.
Where are we heading?
I wasn't allowed to submit my condemnation Resolution in SindhAssembly
Even though most of the members agreed wth me tht every sect has the right to their religious belief but still no one wanted to sign&condemn the attack on the praying site of Ahmedis
— Irum Azeem Farooque (@Irumf) May 25, 2018