Extremists In Karachi Refuse Donations ‘From Ahmadis’, Turn Away Volunteers
Amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, some extremist residents of Karachi’s Delhi colony refused to accept donation from an NGO, on grounds that they don’t accept charity from ‘Ahmadiyya community’. The volunteers distributing food were then forced out of the colony.
Journalist Bilal Farooqi posted the video of the incident on Twitter, saying the NGO that was distributing free food in the colony was driven away by the religious fanatics. He said, “The extremists refuse to accept charity by Ahmadis even though the NGO was not affiliated with Ahmadiyya community.”
An NGO distributing free food in Karachi's Delhi Colony neighbourhood are driven away by extremists who refuse to accept charity by #Ahmadis even though the NGO was not affiliated with #Ahmadiyya community. Mullahs have poisoned minds in our society. Video via Amir Mahmood pic.twitter.com/TnGvcNkmar
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) March 28, 2020
People on Twitter criticised the behaviour of Delhi colony’s residents, saying that the volunteers were harassed and beaten, despite knowing the fact that they were helping the poor people affected by covid-19.
اس قوم کی حالت پر رونا ہی آ سکتا ہے۔سنا ہے کہ کچھ احمدی نوجوان ضرورت مندوں کو کراچی میں راشن تقسیم کر رہے تھے اور علاقے کے لوگوں نے نفرت کی مثال قائم کی اور ان پر تشدد کیا اور پھر پولیس کو آنا پڑا۔ بھائی اب تو اللّٰہ سے ڈرو! #CoronaLockdown #coronavirusinpakistan #Karachi pic.twitter.com/2TbN61vvov
— Raja Ata-Ul Mannan (@Amraja75) March 27, 2020
A Twitter said, “What a shame, charity workers assisting the poor affected by the coronavirus lockdown were harassed, beaten in Karachi by Islamist extremists.”
What a shame, charity workers assisting the poor affected by the #COVID19 lockdown were harassed, beaten up & forced out of the Delhi colony area in #Karachi by Islamist extremists after they were accused of being Ahmadis (a heretical & persecuted sect of Islam). (Cont) https://t.co/33dVWEvMIO
— Salman Khan سلمان خان सलमान खान 🏳️🌈 (@ImGreenGuru) March 28, 2020
It is unfortunate that even in the difficult times when the whole country is fighting against coronavirus, hatred and bigotry against religious minorities continue in Pakistan. This is not the first time that Ahmadiyya community is targeted in the streets or markets of Pakistan. They have been facing hard persecution and religious discrimination since decades just because of their faith. Even their businesses and shops are boycotted here, people don’t engage and deal with them in any possible way.