Pakistan Religious Persecution Timeline
This timeline does not include details of all incidents.
It merely highlights some key dates and events to illustrate the continued persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan
1974 – Ahmadis declared non-Muslim
In 1974 Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfiqa Bhutto and the Parliament amended the Pakistan Constitution to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslim for the purposes of law. This emboldened extremists (primarily Jamaate Islami and Khatme Nabuwwat) that used this as a pre-text to harass, attack and kill Ahmadis in Pakistan.
Until 1974, Ahmadis were considered to be Muslims. However, through this Constitutional amendment Freedom of Religion guaranteed by the 1973 Pakistan Constitution was rendered entirely impotent for Ahmadis.
1984 – Ordinance XX
“Any person of the group …‘Ahmadis’ … who, directly or indirectly, poses himself as Muslim, or calls, or refers to, his faith as Islam, or preaches or propagates his faith, or invites others to accept his faith, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations, or in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.”
Case registered against whole city
Entire Ahmadi population of Rabwah where the majority is Ahmadi Muslim was cited as accused in an FIR (NR 367) of PS Rabwah, under Pakistan Penal Code 298-C
Lahore Mosque attack
During Friday prayers at 1:30PM on 28th May 2010, two Ahmadiyya Mosques were attacked by armed militants in Lahore (Pakistan).
- 1,000 devotees had gathered for Friday prayers within the compound of Model Town Mosque.
- 2,200 men were at Dar ul Zikar Mosque (Garhi Shahu).
- 86 Ahmadi worshippers were killed
- 116 injured