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Shunned by Pakistan’s Muslims, Ahmadis Find Refuge in a City of Their Own

RABWAH, Pakistan — The guard inched open the metal gate of the giant mosque compound, cast a wary glance at the empty street and with a cagey wave of his hand said, “Come in.” It was a Tuesday afternoon in Rabwah, the time for the midday prayer performed daily by Muslims, but the sprawling halls […]

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The persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

By Peter Murray, Pakistan Coordinator AIUK For the five million Ahmadis in the world, religious persecution has been particularly severe and systematic in Pakistan, which is the only state to have officially declared that Ahmadis are non-Muslims.  Persecution and hate-related incidents are regularly reported from different parts of the country. Ahmadis have been the target of many violent […]

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Teacher allegedly terminated for being Ahmadi approaches high court

The Lahore High Court issued on Monday a notice to the Punjab secretary of the school education department on a petition by a teacher allegedly terminated for being an Ahmadi. Shaukat Rauf contended that he had been terminated without being given an opportunity of defence merely on a complaint lodged by a fellow teacher. The […]

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Victory of radical political group in Pakistani elections dashes hope for blasphemy law reform

The chances of reforming Pakistan’s blasphemy laws were reduced after a newly launched politico-religious group secured a significant amount of votes in a recent by-election. According to UCA News, the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), known for its hardline stance in support of Pakistan’s laws against blasphemy, gained more than 10 percent of votes in the recent by-election. […]

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Bleak Outlook for Indonesia’s Long-Persecuted Ahmadiyya

Muslims from the Tzotzil Maya ethnic group take part in Friday (Jummah) prayers, while wearing hijabs made from traditional Maya shawls, inside Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas state, Mexico, Aug. 11, 2017. JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Many of Indonesia’s religious minorities celebrated last week when the government allowed citizens to […]

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Original Khatam-e-Nabuwwat declaration restored as Elections (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed in NA

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The National Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved revival of the 7-B and 7-C clauses of the amended election bill, relating to Khatam-e-Nabuwwat in their original forms. The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2017 was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid and restored status of Ahmadiyya and Lahori groups as in the Constitution of Pakistan. Hamid […]

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NA passes Elections (Amendment) Bill 2017 to ‘strengthen’ Khatm-i-Nabuwwat clauses

The National Assembly on Thursday evening passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2017 to restore Khatm-i-Nabuwwat laws to their original form and make sections relating to it “more effective.” The bill was tabled by Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who assured the house that he and his family “were Muslims and believed in the finality of prophethood”. […]

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan

As delivered by Jesse Bernstein Delegation of the United States of America 28th Session, Geneva, November 13, 2017 Thank you Mr. President. The United States welcomes the Pakistani delegation to the UPR Working Group and recommends that Pakistan: Repeal blasphemy laws and restrictions and end their use against Ahmadi Muslims and others and grant the visit […]

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Universal Periodic Review 28: Pakistan

This UK statement was delivered during the 28th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Pakistan’s Human Rights Record on 13 November 2017. The UK recognises positive steps by Pakistan, including a National Commission for Human Rights, a National Action Plan, and laws on the rights of women and minorities. We remain deeply […]

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