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Ahmadiyah cancels planned congress in Bali
Denpasar (ANTARA News) - Hundreds of members of the Jemaah Ahmadiyah sect here on Saturday canceled their plan to hold a two-day national congress on Bali Island.
“The congress which was initially scheduled to last two days was shortened to two hours,” Syamsir Ali, a spokesman of Ahmadiyah Indonesia said here on Saturday.
Ahmadiyah members from all over Indonesia came to Bali for the congress. However, the Bali Police had told them to cancel the congress.
“Because of the (police`s) call, we have cut short the congress` duration from two days to two hours ,” he said.
The two-hour meeting was held behind closed doors, he said.
Bali Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Purwoko earlier said the provincial police had never issued a permit to Ahmadiyah to organize a congress on the island.
The police have put Ahmadiyah as a sect which is under police`s supervision.
Meanwhile, the National Police Headquarters recently ordered the force`s rank and file to protect the activities and houses of worship of the Jamaah Ahmadiyah sect from acts of violence by any other group in society.
“The protection is meant to prevent violent and anarchic acts from being committed against Ahmadiyah followers,” National Police spokesman Insp Gen Abubakar Nataprawira said in Jakarta on Friday.
He said police chiefs across the country had been instructed to ensure the safety of followers of Ahmadiyah and their places of worship.
Abubakar added the protection of followers of the Islamic sect was part of the National Police`s responsibility to protect every Indonesian citizen regardless of his or her religious beliefs.
Muslims in Indonesia consider Ahmadiyah a deviant sect because it doesn`t recognize Muhammad as the last prophet while paying homage to Mirza Gulam Ahmad of Pakistan as its prophet. (*)