Several first information reports (FIRs) have been filed in Punjab against the Ahmadi community for sacrificing animals on Eidul Azha. These FIRs have been registered under Section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which deals with penalties for Ahmadi individuals who call themselves Muslims or propagate their faith. The FIRs were registered at various police stations in Toba Tek Singh, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, and Lahore. These actions go against a 2022 Supreme Court ruling that obstructing non-Muslims from practising their religion within their places of worship is unconstitutional. The FIRs allege that the Ahmadi community members were sacrificing animals, causing offense to Muslims. The complainants called for strict action to be taken and for the recovery of the sacrificed animals and related tools. One FIR was filed by a Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan worker who claimed to have witnessed an Ahmadi community member sacrificing an animal and called the police. Despite the Supreme Court’s judgment emphasizing equality and tolerance, discrimination against religious minorities is seen as detrimental to the country’s image and values. The judgment was issued in connection with a case involving an Ahmadi individual who was accused of using their place of worship as a mosque and displaying Islamic symbols.
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