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Anti-Ahmadiyya poster: Mob protest against the arrest of shop owner in Lahore

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LAHORE: A mob came out in the surrounding of Lahore’s Hafeez Center on Monday to protest against the detention of police’s arrest of a shopkeeper for pasting a hatful poster against Ahmadi communities.

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Consisted mainly of shopkeepers from Hafeez Center, Lahore’s largest electronic marketplace, they gathered on Main Boulevard opposite the centre to stage their protest. They were holding placards and were chanting slogans against the arrest of shopkeeper Abid Hashmi and the lodging of case against him.

Earlier, Gulberg police arrested Hashmi for putting up a notice declaring Ahmadis ‘infidels’ and banning their stepping inside his shop.

As stated in a news release, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dr Haider Ashraf took notice of the placing of notice by the shopkeeper and ordered the Model Town Division Superintendent of Police (SP) Mustansar Feroze to detain the suspect.

Hashmi was then detained on Sunday and a case was filed against him under section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code and 16 of the MPO.

The DIG declared afterwards that the National Action Plan (NAP) would surely be implemented and stern actions will be taken against those who breach it. He said that no one will be allowed to post any such thing containing hateful material against any community.

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