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Ahmadi refugees from Pakistan and other countries face backlash after last Sunday’s blasts

  Colombo, April 25 (AFP): Hundreds of Muslim refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan living in Negombo in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings, activists said Thursday. At least 359 people died in Sunday’s coordinated suicide blasts, including more than 100 Christians […]

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Ofcom has imposed a £75,000 fine on City News Network (SMC) Pvt Ltd for failing to provide adequate protection for viewers.

The service Channel 44 – an Urdu-language news and current affairs channel – broadcast hate speech and material containing abusive treatment of the Ahmadiyya community. Under the Broadcasting Code, licensees must not broadcast material which contains uncontextualised hate speech and abusive treatment of groups, religions or communities. After an investigation (PDF, 802.4 KB), Ofcom concluded […]

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Dodging Bullets: The life of an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan

 Pictured: Three Ahmadis were killed in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, over allegedly blasphemous Facebook posts in 2014.   There are over four million Ahmadi Muslims across the globe, with communities in over two hundred countries. Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the religious sect in Punjab in 1889, during British colonial rule of India.  Ahmadis believe that their founder […]

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US criticises Pak for discriminatory policies against minorities

The United States on Sunday criticised Pakistan for using discriminatory policies against Ahmadiyya community and other religious minorities including Sikhs, Christians, and Shias. A country report on human rights practices for 2018, released by the US Department of State, last week, says: “Courts routinely failed to protect the rights of religious minorities. Courts discriminatorily used laws prohibiting blasphemy against Shia, Christians, […]

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Ofcom fines Derby radio station for ‘abusive’ statements

A community radio station which broadcast “abusive and derogatory” statements has been fined. A presenter on Radio Ikhlas, which is based in Derby, seriously breached the Broadcasting Code during a programme in September 2017, Ofcom said. The media regulator said it imposed a £10,000 fine on the radio station for failing to provide adequate protection […]

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Ofcom has imposed a £10,000 fine on Radio Ikhlas

Ofcom has imposed a £10,000 fine on Radio Ikhlas Limited for failing to provide adequate protection for listeners. The service – a community radio station which is targeted towards the Asian (primarily Pakistani) community and other smaller ethnic communities in the Normanton area of Derby – broadcast hate speech and material containing abusive treatment of […]

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Blasphemy, Assassination, and the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK – The Pale Red Line

European Eye on Radicalization Drawing Lines The United Kingdom has frank official words for foreign hate preachers. They are not welcome and the government will exclude the worst from its shores. Prime Minister David Cameron made this very clear in his landmark speech on extremism at a security conference in Munich in 2011: Whether they […]

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We Are Still Ignoring Victims Of Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Muslim women overwhelmingly bear the brunt of anti-Muslim attacks, but too often, they are also the target of hatred from other Muslims Last week a group of MPs proposed a definition of Islamophobia. The reaction has been mixed, contested and widely debated. They’ve described it as “rooted in racism and a type of racism that […]

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Rise of the TLP

Khadim Hussain Rizvi addressing a rally in Lahore. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) won a total of 2.2 million votes in the July 25 polls. This was nearly half of the Islamist vote bank – having doubled the since the 2013 elections. The TLP is, in other words, the fifth-most popular party in the country. It […]

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One Year On Innocent Ahmadi Muslims Remain on Death Row under false blasphemy charges.

One year ago Captain Muhammad Safdar (son-in-law of former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif) delivered a speech at the Pakistan National Assembly on 10 October 2017 which encouraged public services to ‘get rid’ of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in every aspect of life.  Capt. Safdar instructed the Judiciary, Armed Forces, the Government and other institutions not […]

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