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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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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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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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New PECA amendment bill: Capital punishment for online blasphemy and false accusations of blasphemy proposed

Islamabad: In the light of orders by Islamabad High Court earlier this year, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, MOITT has proposed the incorporation of six new clauses in the 2016 Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, including those related to pornography and blasphemy through amendment bill. According to the copy of Draft amendment available with Digital Rights […]

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Pakistani scholars’ statement condemns Atif Mian’s removal over ‘private faith’

Pakistani scholars, professionals and citizens wrote an open statement “to register disappointment at the recent forced resignation of Dr Atif Mian from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of Pakistan” and to condemn “a long history of systematic discrimination against Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya community at home and aboard at the hands of the Pakistani state and society”. The […]

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A New Pakistan Government, a New Way to Persecute Ahmadis

The PTI government picked Atif Mian as an economic adviser — then dropped him once his faith became an issue. On Friday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government asked economist Atif R. Mian to step down from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) owing to a backlash over his Ahmadiyya faith. The objection was raised by radical Islamist groupslike the […]

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Angry Pakistani Mob Torches the Mosque of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – A spokesman for Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi sect says a mob of Sunni Muslims have torched the group’s place of worship. Thursday’s assault in a village near the eastern city of Faisalabad in Punjab province is the latest sectarian attack on the Ahmadis in Pakistan. Saleem-ud-Din says six people from the Ahmadi sect were […]

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British MP challenges PM-in-Waiting of Pakistan to end religious persecution

THE Prime Minister-in-Waiting of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has been challenged to end the persecution of religious minorities. The challenge came from a British MP addressing a gathering of 35,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims, in Hampshire, last weekend. The Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Sir Ed Davey, told the Jalsa Salana, a three-day gathering of 35,000 Ahmadiyya […]

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