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Attack on E. Lombok Ahmadis seen as political gambit

Devastated: A man walks by one of the houses belonging to an Ahmadi family that were attacked by unknown assailants on May 19 in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Tribunnews.com)Angry mobs attacked a community of Ahmadis in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, last month, destroying eight houses, four motorcycles and forcing out 24 villagers from […]

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Ahmadis’ overly long days at shelters

Children’s voice: Barahim, a 9-year-old boy who lives with his parents at Wisma Transito in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, holds up the letter he has written to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appealing to him to allow displaced Ahmadi families to return to Ketapang village after living in the shelters for 12 years. (JP/Panca Nugraha) Wisma […]

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‘State-sponsored’ bigotry spurs persecution against Ahmadis

Recent attacks against the Ahmadiyah community in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), which forced more than two dozen Ahmadis to flee their homes, have been described by activists as a form of state-sponsored persecution. A team comprising Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) youth wing GP Ansor, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and […]

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British Parliament reproves of Pakistan’s treatment of religious minorities

Pakistan’s treatment of its religious minorities has been sharply criticized by the British parliamentarians. British parliamentarians called on Pakistan to protect the religious minorities while safeguarding their fundamental rights. The UK Parliamentarians while taking part in a debate in the House of Commons; voiced concerns about persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. They also highlighted […]

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A night of trouble in Sialkot

The act of preserving historic buildings owned by Ahmadis was checked by the local clerics of Sialkot, who oddly absolve themselves from the incident by stating, “All is well that ends well” One of the oldest localities of Sialkot, Kashmiri Mohalla, was a sorry sight on the eve of May 24. A mob of about […]

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UK Parliament criticises Pakistan’s minorities record

London: British parliamentarians have called on Pakistan to protect the fundamental rights of the minorities. Taking part in a debate, in the House of Commons, the parliamentarians expressed deep concern about the persecution of the minority Ahmadiya community in Pakistan, Algeria and other countries. The debate also focused on the impact of hate preachers across […]

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PakSoc screening controversy attacked in parliament

he MP for Mitcham and Morden expressed concern at persecution towards Ahmadi Muslims, referencing last weeks film screening controversy. Siobhain McDonagh MP has condemned the Oxford Pakistan Society’s reluctance to co-host a documentary screening, calling their actions a “scourge of extremism” in a parliamentary debate last week. The House of Commons Select Committee was debating […]

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Pakistan’s Ahmadi Inquisition

In the 15th Century, the Catholic Monarch Ferdinand II and Isabella I of the Spanish Empire established a particular panel or tribunal of ‘inquisition’ which worked till the 19th Century. It was a panel that aimed to ‘decontaminate’ Catholic orthodoxy and religious unification among the Christians in the Empire. Steadily, the rulers came under the […]

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OPINION: Pakistani media’s coverage of Ahmadis a litmus test of country’s press freedom

Pakistani media is notorious for its negative coverage of the Ahmadiyya community, a minority Muslim sect, that was declared non-Muslim by the Pakistani Constitution in 1974. According to a report published earlier this year, there were around 4000 news items and over 500 editorial pieces in Pakistan’s Urdu media that contained “hate propaganda” against Ahmadis in the […]

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Social media digs Sialkot mob attack instigator’s links with PTI

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday condemned the recent mob attack on Ahmedi worship place in Sialkot, while the party also claimed that the local leadership was unaware of the instigator, Hamid Raza. On Thursday, an angry group led by alleged PTI member Hamid Raza attacked the worship place and tore it to the ground. Videos […]

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