Strangers in their own country

Jhelum survivors recount their stories. It was just another day for Arsalan, who worked as a Sales Manager at Pakistan Chipboard Factory when he was informed about police arresting the Security In-charge of the factory over allegations of desecrating the Quran.

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Siobhain McDonagh MP speaks about Ahmadi rights on Int. Human Rights Day

Today on International Human Rights Day, I want to focus my attention on two communities that are at the heart of my constituency: the Ahmadiyya and Tamil communities. The borough of Merton is the UK, and worldwide, headquarters for the Ahmadi Muslim Community, which makes an incredible contribution to the richness and diversity of our community. This includes the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, which is the largest Mosque in Western Europe. [...]

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Publisher of Ahmediyya daily denied bail

Lahore: A Supreme Court of Pakistan bench on Tuesday denied bail to the publisher of Al-Fazl, a 102-year-old Ahmadiyya publication, who is behind bars for three years on blasphemy and terrorism charges. The bench headed by Justice Sardar Asif Saeed Khosa directed the prosecution to submit a challan in the matter in the trial court without further delay. [...]

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USCIRF Condemns Attack on Ahmadis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemns in the strongest possible terms the heinous attack on an Ahmadi Muslim factory and mosque on November 21 and 22 in the Jehlum district located in the Punjab province. [...]

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I am ashamed by this Ahmadi clause at a university in Lahore

A month ago, I got a very disturbing call at 8pm. One of the best engineering professors at a leading American university told me, in a flabbergasted tone, that something is troubling him and is related to Pakistan. [...]

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Ahmadis attacked in Pakistan

On 20th November, an Ahmadi Muslim owned factory was torched in Jehlum, Pakistan. The day after, a nearby Ahmadi mosque was also attacked and occupied. Police have confirmed that the mob responsible reacted in response to an unconfirmed blasphemy accusation. In response, Intergroup co-Chair Dennis de Jong stated: [...]

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A guide to growing up Ahmadi in Pakistan

Welcome, to the beautiful land of the pure. Here, we are blessed with four wondrous seasons and the geographical features are aplenty. This is a land hard won through the sacrifices of many and now, you too, are a part of this nation of the free. There is only one small hitch. You are Ahmadi, and life will be slightly more difficult for you than it is for the rest of the citizens of this country. [...]

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Mob attacks Ahmadi Muslims in Jhelum, Pakistan

An extremist mob numbering thousands attempted to murder Ahmadi Muslims at a chip-board factory in Jhelum, Pakistan, on Friday. The violence then spread to the nearby town of Kala Gojran, where a second set of rioters ransacked the Ahmadiyya mosque Bait ul Zikr on Saturday. [...]

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Ahmadis disenfranchised again

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has once again been deprived of their fundamental religious freedoms and universal civic rights. For the ongoing local body elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made an addition to their guidelines, instructing registration officers and other staff to enter Ahmadi votes separately in the Initial Electoral List. Through instruction number 12, the ECP has mandated that Ahmadi votes will be entered separately in the register under the notation ‘FOR AHMADIS’. [...]

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Rigging against minorities

PTI might have stretched the electoral rigging accusations to the realm of paranoia – as manifested by Chaudhary Sarwar’s claims during the weekend’s polling – but the party deserves credit for perpetuating the idea of holding the powers-that-be accountable for the most crucial part of a democratic process. This is especially true for a fledgling democracy, in a country where both the civilian and military leaders have historically manifested dictatorial and autocratic tendencies, and never paid heed to electoral equality. [...]

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