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Religious Minorities in ‘Naya Pakistan’

31 dead, 58 injured, and 25 blasphemy cases – that’s the toll taken on Pakistan’s religious minorities since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office.  “I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this […]

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Furore Erupts as Pakistani Minority Community Accuses Muslims of Occupying Place of Worship

New Delhi (Sputnik): The Ahmadiyya Muslim community accounts for 0.22% (457,102) people in Pakistan and 1% in the world. The community was ousted by the Pakistani government in 1974. They were declared non-Muslim under Ordinance XX. The Ahmadis cannot identify themselves as Muslims or worship at mosques used by mainstream Muslims. Amid often-reported incidents of persecution […]

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Incident Report – Pakistan Khrepar Mosque Attack

Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque Attacked in Pakistan Police and civil authorities give in to demands by extremists. A 100 year old Ahmadiyya Place of Worship in Khrepar, District Qasur is unilaterally occupied by the miscreants who are hell bent on destroying the peace of area. At the same time the local administration (police & civil) have […]

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The Adverse Impact of Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan

  Event type: Conference Date: Monday 27 January 2020 Location: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA Time: 18:00 – 21:00 Price: Free Register to attend: Book online Persecution of religious minorities Amnesty International has been working to raise awareness of the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan for the past two […]

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Pakistan and religious freedom

The Foreign Office has rejected the report by US Commission on International Religious Freedom for being biased. It went on to say that Pakistan was a multicultural pluralistic country where people of various faiths lived together in peace and harmony. Frankly I could care less about the USCIRF’s report but I am very disappointed in […]

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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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