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USCIRF Releases New Report about Pakistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2020 USCIRF Releases New Report about Pakistan Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report: Pakistan Policy Update – In its 2020 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S. government enter into a binding agreement with Pakistan as authorized under the International […]

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What we talk about when we talk about May 28

Nobody told Ahmed. He told himself: survival lies in silence. He was only fifteen years old when he taught himself this lesson but it isn’t necessarily clear how quickly the realisation took to sink in. Perhaps it happened in a moment, or hours, or days after what happened. The exact timing doesn’t matter though—just that […]

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Pakistan’s ‘Islamophobia’ problem

Imran Khan has dedicated much energy to the plight of Muslims around the world. Now, his government has finally decided to pay heed to the suffering of its own religious minorities, by putting together a long-planned commission last month. Days after the commission was formed, it was decided to exclude Ahmadis from it. Since coming to power […]

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Pakistan continues to suppress its minorities with rapes and murders

One can only look back with nostalgia at the promise made by Muhammad Ali Jinnah to the people of Pakistan at the time of partition. “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of […]

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Pakistani Ahmadi Leaders Fear Backlash After New Minority Commission Formation

WASHINGTON – Leaders of Pakistan’s Ahmadi community fear a recent debate surrounding the group’s Muslim status and potential membership in a newly formed minority commission could put the group’s security at risk. Saleem ud Din, the spokesperson for the Ahmadi Jaam’at in Pakistan, alleged that since the founding of the National Commission for Minorities last […]

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Pakistan: Ahmadis Kept Off Minorities Commission

New Rights Body Should be Inclusive, Independent, Empowered Pakistan’s government has excluded the long-persecuted Ahmadiyya community from a new government commission aimed at safeguarding the rights of the country’s minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 5, 2020, Pakistan’s cabinet established the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and adopted the position of the Ministry of Religious Affairs […]

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MRG concerned by anti-Ahmadiyya campaign online and condemns Pakistani State Minister’s participation

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is gravely concerned by a dangerous anti-Ahmadiyya campaign that has been trending on social media in Pakistan. The campaign began two days ago, after unverified reports emerged stating that the Government of Pakistan will include members from the Ahmadiyya community in the Minorities’ Commission it intends to form. Since then, […]

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Surviving as an Ahmadi in Pakistan

After a decade’s worth of service in Pakistan’s Armed Forces, Ali Akhtar Tariq, a 38-year-old aeronautical engineer, says he was demoted, threatened, and eventually dismissed following his conversion from Sunni to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam. He identified Islam as his religion in the annual military paperwork only to be reported by the records office for […]

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Ahmadi Muslim community says its under pressure in Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ahmadi religious minority has said that many of its graves sites are being desecrated by police in the Muslim-majority, a member of a minority community said. According to the source, the incident occurred after Prime Minister Imran Khan warned citizens that any person targeting the country’s minorities would be strictly punished. “This was done […]

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