Video of a mob attempting to stop burial of Ahmadi woman goes viral
A video of a mob attempting to stop the burial of an Ahmadi woman at a graveyard in the city of Sheikhupura has gone viral on Pakistan’s social media.
In the video, a violent mob can be seen trying to stop the family from burying the woman while some members of the community dig the grave. There is no confirmation if the woman was eventually buried.
Pakistan’s Punjab province CM Usman Buzdar’s focal person Azhar Mashwani said Monday that police and other officials reached the site as soon as the incident was reported.
A Twitter user by the name of Shaan, who is a healthcare worker according to his bio, shared the video Sunday after which it went viral and has been shared over a thousand times.
“My fellow Pakistanis, you speak for Palestine & you speak for Kashmir but how can you ignore this if you have a heart?” read the tweet.
Several users also criticised the violence in the video with some calling it “ethnic cleansing”.
Ahmadis, who belong to the Ahmadiyya branch of Islam, regularly face religious persecution and discrimination in Pakistan, a mainly Sunni Muslim state. Ahmadis represent about 0.2 per cent of Pakistan’s 208 million population.
Kashif N. Chaudhry, activist and former chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America, also shared the video with the caption: “Imagine the pain. Grief of a loved one passing away. And then having them attacked and disrespect this way?”
He added, “Where is the humanity? At least leave the Ahmadi dead alone.”