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Pakistan slammed for bloodbath of Ahmadis, other minorities

Pakistan slammed for bloodbath of Ahmadis, other minorities

A week after a 31-year-old doctor was shot dead by a teenage boy for being an Ahmadi in Nankana Sahib, some of the world's top human rights organizations have expressed their grave concern over the continuing violence against the members of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.

As IndiaNarrative.com <a href="https://indianarrative.com/world/minorities-under-attack-in-pakistan-another-ahmadi-shot-to-death-in-broad-daylight-27207.html">reported</a> a few days ago, Dr Tahir Mahmood was gunned down — and his father and uncle seriously wounded — while they were offering Friday prayers at home in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The killer confessed of having “religious differences” with the Ahmadi family.

"Pakistani authorities should urgently and impartially investigate a surge in violent attacks on members of the Ahmadiyya religious community. The authorities should take appropriate legal action against those responsible for threats and violence against Ahmadis," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in a joint statement Thursday.

<img class="wp-image-30565 size-large" src="https://indianarrative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/pakistan-minorities-1024×682.jpg" alt="pakistan minorities" width="1024" height="682" /> Samuel Brownback, the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, along with Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Tariq Ahmad, British Minister of State and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion, have time and again criticized the "persecution" of religious minorities in Pakistan by both the government and terrorists (UN/IANS)


IndiaNarrative.com has over the past few months highlighted how radical Islamists have alarmingly increased their attacks on the Pakistani Ahmadis, one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

"Pakistani authorities have long downplayed, and at times even encouraged, violence against Ahmadis, whose rights to freedom of religion and belief are not respected under Pakistani law," acknowledged the three organizations.

A few months ago, Tahir Ahmad Naseem, a US citizen charged with blasphemy under the Pakistan Penal Code, was shot dead in a Peshawar courtroom. Naseem belonged to the Ahmadiyya faith and was arrested two years ago. He was charged with blasphemy under the Pakistan Penal Code. His killer, 24-year-old Khalid, who had openly admitted killing Naseem because he was an "enemy of Islam", was turned into an overnight celebrity in the country. The murderer was projected as a hero on social media, labeled as a 'gazi warrior,' greeted with rose petals by members of the Peshawar Bar Association and mobbed for selfies, including by policemen from the Peshawar Elite force.

This is Imran Khan’s '<a href="https://indianarrative.com/world/tlp-protest-rally-in-islamabad-targets-french-embassy-24310.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong>naya Pakistan</strong></a>' where men who murder members of minorities are hailed as heroes, kissed, hugged and celebrated for unleashing the carnage.
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Persecution?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Persecution</a> of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is from the cradle to grave in Pakistan. Even graves of Ahmadi Muslims are routinely desecrated, often in the presence of law enforcement authorities. There is no peace for Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan. <a href="https://t.co/cBqViKlYOp">pic.twitter.com/cBqViKlYOp</a></p>
— APPG AhmadiyyaMuslim (@APPG_Muslim) <a href="https://twitter.com/APPG_Muslim/status/1330879512343703556?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 23, 2020</a></blockquote>
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"Pakistan was part of the consensus at the UN General Assembly that required that states take active measures to ensure that persons belonging to religious minorities may exercise fully and effectively all their human rights and fundamental freedoms without any discrimination and in full equality before the law. The Pakistani government has completely failed to do so in the case of the Ahmadis," says Ian Seiderman, legal and policy director at the International Commission of Jurists.

Not just a failure, it is a well-planned, systematic oppression and elimination of the minorities in the Pakistani deep state.

While the Hindus, Chrisitans, Sikhs and other minorities have seen their places of worship—and even their burial and cremation grounds—disappear, the Ahmadis of Pakistan are even banned from declaring or propagating their faith publicly, building mosques, or making the Muslim call for prayer.


"Horrifyingly, the vile abuse and persecution suffered by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat is not confined to those who are alive. Some 39 Ahmadi bodies have been disinterred from what should have been their final resting place, and 70 Ahmadi Muslims have been denied burial in communal cemeteries. This year, in July, dozens of Ahmadi graves were desecrated and their gravestones destroyed by Pakistani state law enforcement officials in Gujranwala district. Heartbreakingly, members of the Ahmadiyya community are spared no respite from persecution either in life or death. How is it possible that these atrocities occur in a country whose leaders answer when questioned that their constitution provides its citizens with the right to freedom of religion and belief?" questioned Imran Ahmad Khan, the first Ahmadi Muslim to be elected as a British MP, during a debate in parliament, earlier this week.

“There are few communities in Pakistan who have suffered as much as the Ahmadis,” said Omar Waraich, head of South Asia at Amnesty International. “The recent wave of killings tragically underscores not just the seriousness of the threats they face, but also the callous indifference of the authorities, who have failed to protect the community or punish the perpetrators.”

In August, 61-year-old Meraj Ahmed, another Ahmadi Muslim, was shot dead near his medical store in Dabgari Gardens, Peshawar. He and his brother had repeatedly complained to the local police about an online hate campaign launched against them. Last month, Naeemuddin Khattak, a zoology professor at a government science college in Peshawar, was shot dead on the International Teacher’s Day. Earlier this month, another innocent Ahmadi, 82-year-old Mahboob Ahmad Khan, who was visiting his daughter, was shot dead in Sheikh Mohammadi area of Peshawar because of his faith.
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<p dir="ltr" lang="en">Look at this video, can look that e hatred these extremists have for Ahmadis and their place of worship?
Why can't we peacefully pray in our religious places like the majority does?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProtectMinoritiesReligiousPlaces?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ProtectMinoritiesReligiousPlaces</a> <a href="https://t.co/I1pzsJdYgc">pic.twitter.com/I1pzsJdYgc</a></p>
— Voice of Pakistan Minority (@voice_minority) <a href="https://twitter.com/voice_minority/status/1332262967837159424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2020</a></blockquote>
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"I am saddened to learn of the death of Tahir Ahmad &amp; the injuries of others in Punjab, Pakistan. This is the latest in a series of recent killings targeting the Ahmadiyya community. We call upon authorities to ensure the safety of all Pakistanis," U.S. State Department’s Sam Brownback, ambassador at large for international religious freedom, tweeted Thursday.

Politicians, special rapporteurs, human rights activists repeatedly calling the bluff of Pakistan—a country widely criticized for its abysmal human rights record. Ironically, it got re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council. No effort has so far been made to repeal the controversial blasphemy law; nor does it appear that the 'puppet' Imran Khan government is in any mood to save its minorities. Which unfortunately means more blood and bullets coming the way of Pakistani Ahmadis, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and the Shia Muslims in the coming weeks..