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Rabwah Raid Appeal Letter

Dear Prime Minister of Pakistan

I am writing to express my deep concern at the unjust armed raid conducted by Pakistani police on the administrative offices at the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan.

On 5 December, 28 masked and armed members of the Punjab Province police abused their powers and a Lahore High Court stay order by conducting a warrantless raid of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Rabwah, Pakistan where they unlawfully wounded an Ahmadi and arrested four others without cause.  

This brazen assault by state security forces on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s headquarters is beyond the pale.  Ahmadi Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding citizens of Pakistan who have been sorely persecuted and marginalized for decades.  Sectarian violence has led to the deaths of over 300 Ahmadi Muslims, and the Government has facilitated enforcement of repressive anti-Ahmadi and anti-blasphemy laws. We believe that the raid was ordered by the highest officials in the Punjab provincial government.

The baseless raid on Ahmadi headquarters is only the latest in a series of official acts by Pakistani authorities against Ahmadi Muslims under counter-terrorism legislation, even though Ahmadis strongly oppose terrorism in all forms and have been extensively victimised by sectarian militants. 

I urge you to immediately release all Ahmadis arrested under the anti-terror laws and the anti-Ahmadi laws. Furthermore, the authorities should investigate the 5 December incident in Rabwah and take all measures to ensure the safety and well-being of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan.  Moreover, please urge the Chief Minister of Punjab to investigate the legality of the Punjab provincial ban on Ahmadi publications, which has emboldened state security forces to act with impunity.  

Yours sincerely,

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The incident

On 05 December 2016, 16 fully armed policemen and 12 plain clothed officers in three police vehicles forcefully entered the Tahrik Jadid (an administrative body of the Ahmadiyya community overseeing overseas missions, building mosques, and publishing literature and the Holy Quran in various languages) compound in Rabwah. 

Cases have been filed against the 4 Ahmadis arrested and 5 other members of the community under anti-Ahmadi laws and anti-terrorism laws.

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