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Ahmadi man barred from burying wife in Pakistan graveyard

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A man from the minority Ahmadi community has been barred from burying his wife in a graveyard in Pakistan's Punjab province by a group of Muslims.

The wife of Iqbal Ranhja, a resident of Faisalabad district, died yesterday.

When Ranhja and members of the Ahmadi community took the body for burial at the graveyard in Kathowali, a group of Muslims led by a local cleric intercepted them and asked them to bury the dead at some other place.

Before the two groups entered into a brawl, police reached there and persuaded the Ahmadis to bury their dead at some other place.

Finally, the Ahmadis agreed to bury the dead several kilometres away from the town.

Earlier, a group of extremists had stopped an Ahmadi family from buring its two-year-old child in a local Muslim graveyard in Toba Tek Singh district near Faisalabad.

The Ahmadis had buried the child in a piece of land located some distance away from the graveyard.

Pakistan's Ahmadis consider themselves Muslim but were declared non-Muslims through a constitutional amendment in 1974.

A decade later, they were barred from proselytising or identifying themselves as Muslims.

Some 1.5 million Ahmadis live across the country.

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First Published: Sun, December 29 2013. 19:55 IST