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Pak’s descent into violence rooted in its intolerance to religious diversity: US Congressmen

Pakistan has failed to arrest the country’s descent into violence mainly due to its intolerance to religious diversity, two top US lawmakers have said, expressing concern over the continued disenfranchisement of the Ahmadi Muslims. In the face of the apartheid-like regime, it is hardly surprising that the rhetoric of extremist madrassahs resonates with millions of Pakistanis, […]

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The venomous ideology of religious intolerance

Secular liberals need to denounce the persecution of the religious by the religious, says Farhad Ahmad, a British Imam I came to Britain as a child when my Ahmadi Muslim parents fled persecution in Pakistan. The hatred of Ahmadis is so ingrained in Pakistani society that I recall once seeing a sign, proudly planted into […]

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Pakistan must repeal discriminatory measures leading to persecution of Ahmadis, say UN experts

GENEVA (25 July 2018) – The Government of Pakistan must repeal discriminatory provisions in its electoral law which is leading to members of the Ahmadiyya minority being persecuted and targeted in violent attacks, say two UN human rights experts*. “With national elections today, 25 July 2018, the current legal requirement for a separate electoral list […]

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The town that doesn’t vote: Pakistan’s Ahmadis say forced to abstain

RABWAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll. The people of Rabwah, in Punjab province, […]

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Separate voter list for Ahmadis, community to boycott Pakistan General elections

Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is all set to boycott the Pakistan General elections. The boycott is mainly being done to protest the separate voter list for the community. Lahore: Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan will boycott the July 25 general elections in the country to protest the separate voter list for the community. “In the case […]

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Pakistan: Ahmadi Muslims won’t vote on 25th – spokesperson

LAHORE: Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan Saleem-ud-Din has dissociated the community from the upcoming general elections. He said though the elections are ostensibly being held under a joint electoral system, there is, however, a separate voter list for Ahmadi Muslims. The process for the registration of votes and the preparation of the […]

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We have turned a blind eye to extremism against the British Ahmadi Muslim community

A web of extremism percolates outwards from Pakistan into communities in the UK. Last month I presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ahmadiyya Muslim communities, and the discrimination that many Ahmadis experience in terms of both anti-Muslim prejudice and intra-Muslim bigotry. Regarded as “heretics” by both Sunni and Shia Muslims, the Ahmadis have had an uphill struggle […]

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Ahmadi Muslims effectively barred from voting in Pakistan

Pakistan: Ahmaddiya Community announces disassociation from the General Elections 2018.  A separate voter list prepared for the Ahmadi Muslims based on religious differences is the worst example of biased discrimination. Our press release  

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