June 8th, 2024
Incident ReportJune 8th, 2024

Hateful Rhetoric against Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan Results in Targeted Killing Of Ahmadi Muslims

It is with agonizing, heart-rending grief that we come to you with the tragic news that two Ahmadi Muslims have been brutally shot dead in coldblooded murders, as the spate of attacks continue on Ahmadis in Pakistan. According to the IHRC sources, today on June 8th, 2024 two Ahmadis namely Ghulam Sarwar S/O Mr. Bashir Ahmed aged 62 years, and Mr. Rahat Ahmad Bajwah S/O Mushtaq Ahmad Bajwah aged 30 years were killed at Saad Ullah Pur, district Mandi Bahauddin by an opponent of the Ahmadiyya Community.

Mr. Ghulam Sarwar was on his way back to his home after offering the prayers at the Ahmadiyya Mosque and there a person opened fire on him near his home and as a result he died at the spot. After 20 minutes Mr. Rahat, another Ahmadi Muslim was also shot by the same person. Mr Rahat was on his way home from his Restaurant (Pakwan Centre) situated at the Bus Stop and died near a local village mosque.

In the press release of IHRC on 1st June 2024 it was mentioned that TLP clerics have been openly threatening to slaughter the Ahmadis if they will practice and use the Islamic Rituals.

“We want all the authorities to take notice of this matter that if any Qadiani Dog offered any sacrifice of the animal, or if they used any Islamic Ritual. The Sign of Allah that is the animal of the sacrifice if they sacrifice that, then we will slaughter the Qadiani dog instead. First of all we would like to request you about this that the homes of all the Qadianis should be kept in notice. If we receive any such news then the next call would be such in nature that, all the authorities should take action, otherwise we will take action. We will let them know that the progeny of Muhammad-e-Arabi (P B U H) has now arrived in the field.”

The murderer named Syed Ali Raza aged 16-17 years is a student of a Local Ahl e Sunnat Madrassah (religious school). The Chief Organizer of the Madrassah named as Sajid Lateef has always been at the forefront campaign against the Ahmadis.

Ahmadis in Pakistan endure a life of severe oppression, and they struggle to even have the basic right to live and move freely. The discrimination against individuals based on their beliefs is unacceptable. Ahmadis do not even have the assurance of returning home safely to their loved ones.

The fact of the matter is that there is alarming increase in hate campaign activities against the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. The killing of Ahmadis has become the norm in Pakistan of which the government hardly takes any notice. Threats and attempts to kill Ahmadis have increased in virtually in every part of the country.

We request your support, along with your friends and contacts, for strong action to call for Freedom of Religion and safeguard of Fundamental Human Rights from the government of Pakistan. The world should pressure the Government of Pakistan to harness each and every culprit, who has been nurturing hatred and inciting violence resulting in the brutal targeted killings of Ahmadis, in broad daylight even in front of their minor children and to bring swift and fair justice to the family of the murdered. It is of utmost importance to save the image of Islam in Pakistan, who professes to be an Islamic democratic state.

This dire situation requiers urgent international intervention. Political and faith leaders from across the world met in 2023 in London to secure Freedom of Religion and Belief for everyone worldwide. But here in Pakistan these values are not being upheld. For the respect of all that was resolved in the international conference, the world must take immediate and urgent action to ensure that Ahmadis in Pakistan enjoy their full rights to follow their religion and be able to freely practice their faith as required.

We strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to honour its responsibility, to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis, that perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, and to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.