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State Sponsored Persecution

In Pakistan, Ahmadi Muslims are subjected to state-sponsored persecution. For nearly 50 years, the Government of Pakistan, at the behest of extremist clerics, has fostered a climate of anti-Ahmadi hatred by denying Ahmadi Muslims freedom of religion and treating them as second class citizens.

In all walks of life and in every aspect of their faith, Ahmadi Muslims have been systematically targeted and hundreds have been killed on grounds of faith. The laws and the persecution continues in full force to this day.

Photo: A Police Officer erasing the Shahadah (declaration of Islamic faith) from an Ahmadi Muslim Mosque

Target killings

Target killings

Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims have been murdered in Pakistan since 1984, on grounds of alleged blasphemy.

Publications banned

Publications banned

All the books of the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have been banned and Ahmadi Muslims have even been arrested for possessing the Holy Quran.

Denied voting rights

Denied voting rights

Laws prevent Ahmadi Muslims from voting unless they declare themselves as non-Muslims.   

Graves desecrated

Graves desecrated

Mobs and police have destroyed and defaced graves bearing Qur’anic inscriptions. Even the grave of Pakistan’s only Nobel Laureate Prof Abdus Salam has been desecrated to remove the word ‘Muslim’.

Mosques demolished

Mosques demolished

Ahmadi Muslim mosques across the country have been set alight, sealed, forcibly taken and demolished by the police and extremist mobs.

Ahmadi Muslims on death row

Ahmadi Muslims on death row

Ahmadi Muslims remain on death row charged under blasphemy laws.

"General Zia (former President of Pakistan) singled out Ahmadis in an open and vicious hate campaign of persecution. He and members of his administration made numerous public speeches urging Pakistanis to seek out, expose and even to kill Ahmadis … one of Zia’s Ministers urged Pakistanis that it was their sacred duty to eliminate Ahmadis"

Founder of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, Karen Parker

Ahmadi Muslims are targeted by federal laws

THEY FACE THREE YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR:

SELF-IDENTIFYING AS MUSLIM

Ahmadi Muslims are prohibited by law from calling themselves Muslims or their referring
their faith as Islam. The law even states that Ahmadis cannot ‘pose as Muslims’

CALLING THEIR PLACE OF WORSHIP A ‘MOSQUE’

Ahmadi Muslims are prohibited by law from calling their place of worship ‘mosque’. Mosques have even been attacked for looking like mosques.

MAKING THE CALL TO PRAYER (AZAN)

Ahmadi Muslims are prohibited by law from referring to the call to prayer as the Azan (the Muslim call to prayer), or from making, or even reciting, the call to prayer

PREACHING OR PROPAGATING THEIR FAITH

Through publications, broadcast, the media or even in person Ahmadi Muslims are prohibited by law from talking about their faith in any way. They also face imprisonment if an Ahmadi ‘in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims’.

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