Violent threats by Tehreek-e-Labbaik clerics against Ahmadi Muslims

With the imminent approach of the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha, it brings a surge in intimidation tactics by the far-right religious extremist organisation, Tehreek-e-Labbaik against Ahmadi Muslims, including explicit death threats. 

At the beginning of this month, Asim Ishfaq Rizwi, a Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader in Jhelum, and another cleric, threatened to kill any “Qadiani” (derogatory term used to refer to Ahmadi Muslims) performing animal sacrifices for Eid, while brandishing a sword. This threat was recorded and spread widely on social media. A video of this can be seen here

Furthermore, a pro-Palestine procession in Jhelum diverted its focus to the Ahmadi Muslim Mosque, where participants delivered threatening speeches, further agitating the crowd. These threats were also circulated on social media. In another video, a TLP cleric threatened to slit the throats of Ahmadis who carried out the Eid sacrifice. This video can be seen here. 

TLP cleric inciting violent hate speech against Ahmadi Muslims ahead of Eid.

The international community must exert pressure on the Pakistani government to uphold its responsibility to protect all citizens, ensure the religious freedom of Ahmadi Muslims, and prosecute those who issue violent threats. The Government of Pakistan must bring its laws and practices in line with international standards as outlined by Articles 2 and 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Articles 25 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 

Source: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.

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