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Press Release: USCIRF Condemns Pakistan Sentencing Three Ahmadis to Death for Blasphemy

USCIRF Condemns Pakistan Sentencing Three Ahmadis to Death for Blasphemy USCIRF Chairman Mark calls blasphemy laws “an assault on human rights and dignity" WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to media reports, three members of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in Sheikhupura, a town northwest of [...]

2017-10-18T18:51:42+00:00October 18th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

‘Ahmadi Muslim’: The two words that still can’t be said, written, or broadcast in Pakistan

By Mehr Tarar Ahmadi Muslim. The two words I am not allowed to put together if I write for a publication in Pakistan, or speak on national television. Once, it was simply the details of the punishment meted out to Ahmadis for practising Allah's name that I had listed — an ordinance of the [...]

2017-10-18T09:57:45+00:00October 17th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Pakistan sentences three Ahmadi men to death for blasphemy

Defendants accused of tearing down posters and insulting the prophet Mohammad Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslim minority have reportedly been sentenced to death for blasphemy. The men – named as Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed – were convicted after alllegedly tearing down posters in Boihwal, a village 22km southwest of Lahore. [...]

2017-10-12T23:06:09+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Why is Pakistan against its Ahmadi community?

Former PM Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law has caused uproar among Pakistan's liberal sections by demanding a ban on military jobs for the minority Ahmadi community. DW examines why Pakistan has a problem with Ahmadis. Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar, who is ousted premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law and a member of the ruling Muslim League party, lashed [...]

2017-10-12T13:17:31+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Three Ahmadis sentenced to death for blasphemy

Islamabad, Pakistan - Three members of Pakistan's persecuted Ahmadi sect have been sentenced to death for blasphemy by a court in the central town of Sheikhupura, a community spokesperson said. Mubasher Ahmad, Ghulam Ahmed and Ehsan Ahmed were convicted by the court on Wednesday for insulting Prophet Mohammad under the country's strict blasphemy laws, [...]

2017-10-12T12:39:14+00:00October 12th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Pakistan’s Persecuted Minority in Line of Fire

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN —  The son-in-law of Pakistan's recently ousted prime minister lambasted a minority that human rights groups consider one of the most persecuted in the country. Mohammed Safdar said members of the Ahmadiyya sect are a "danger to this country, this nation, its constitution and its identity." Speaking in the national assembly, of [...]

2017-10-11T17:24:31+00:00October 11th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Asma Jahangir calls on Nawaz to take notice of Safdar’s ‘unacceptable’ attack on Ahmadis

Human rights lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir on Tuesday demanded former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of retired Capt Muhammad Safdar's tirade against the persecuted Ahmadi community. On Tuesday, Safdar, who is the former prime minister's son-in-law and a member of the ruling PML-N, accused the faith group of acting against the [...]

2017-10-11T17:20:59+00:00October 11th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Sharif’s son-in-law spews anti-Ahmedi hatred in the House

Says officials related to Ahmadiyya are ‘threat to Pakistan’s sovereignty, Constitution, ideology’ ‘An oath of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat should be compulsory for those in judiciary’ ISLAMABAD: In an apparent bid to shift the media focus from the recent gaffe through the federal government’s bill to amend the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat from the nomination papers, the son-in-law of former [...]

2017-10-11T17:15:48+00:00October 11th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

Minorities Worship Places Under Constant Attack In Pakistan

Victims urge the state to take effective measures and clear stance to make Pakistan inclusive Kashif Nawab, 40, is a regular church-goer in Yohanabad, a majority Christian neighborhood in Lahore. However, after a terrorist attack on two churches in March 2015, he feels himself insecure while going to Church every Sunday. “Though I live [...]

2017-09-28T06:07:59+00:00September 28th, 2017|News, Pakistan|

HRW Urges Algeria to Stop Persecuting Religious Minorities

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Algerian government to halt its persecution and hate speech against religious minorities in the country after authorities proceeded to a crackdown on the followers of the Ahmadi sect. HRW raised the alarm concerning the discrimination endured by religious minorities in Algeria following the arrest of the President [...]

2017-09-13T18:57:30+00:00September 13th, 2017|Algeria, News|