The grave of an Ahmadi man was reportedly desecrated, dug up and his remains thrown out, in yet another incident of persecution of the community in a village in Peshawar.
Ishfaq Ahmed was a member of the heavily persecuted Ahmadiyya community. Unknown individuals on the night of May 19, desecrated and dug up Ahmed’s grave, and threw out his remains.
According to Saleem ud Din, the spokesperson of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan, Ahmed belonged to the Sangu village in Achini Payan, Peshawar. He was the son of Dr. Sarwar.
He died in Ukraine around 27 years ago, and had been buried in his native village in Peshawar. So far, there is not much information about who carried out the attack on Ahmed’s grave.
Just last week, on May 18, a 36-year-old Ahmadi man was stabbed to death in front of his two children in Okara. The murderer, who is reported to be affiliated with Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), was a student at a local madrassa.
Ahmadi community faces persecution in Pakistan, with frequent hate crimes and incidents of mob violence targeting them. Hate speech by extremist quarters against them leads to further violence, yet the authorities do not seem to have the will to protect the community from this persecution.
Even mainstream political leaders cannot seem to refrain from dragging minorities in their speeches at rally, which ends up being linked to even more cases of hate crimes.
Ahmadis also face mistreatment from the justice system, as many lose their lives while being tried for blasphemy.
Earlier this year, a 70-year-old Ahmadi man who was on trial for blasphemy died in Bahawalpur Jail due to alleged mistreatment despite his ill health. He was awaiting his bail hearing scheduled for later this year.