Pakistan’s failure to protect Ahmadiyya citizens

Glasgow, Scotland: Global Minorities Alliance has called on Pakistan government to ensure the protection of Ahmadiyya Muslims who are routinely targeted because of their religious beliefs. Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims in 1974 after the then government caved in to religious pressure by mainstream Muslims who consider Ahmadis as heretic.

Global Minorities Alliance has called on numerous levels for the protection of the most persecuted minority in Pakistan.

Attacks on the Ahmadis are sadly routine in Pakistan who are chased only because of their religious beliefs said GMA’s Cheif Executive, Mr Manassi Bernard. ‘The government of Pakistan has failed implement National Action Plan (NAP) to curb hate crimes when it comes to Ahmmidyya community who are subject to targeted killing’.

In the most recent killing of Dr Hameed Ahmad, a 63-year old homeopathic practitioner who was killed outside his home in Darul Salam Colony, Attock, by unknown assailants. According to reports, the deceased was returning home from his clinic after the midday prayer. When he arrived at the gate of his house unknown assailants approached him on a motorcycle and opened fire. One of the shots struck him in the head causing him to die on the spot. After the assault the attackers managed to make a swift getaway.

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Dr Hameed Ahmad

Dr Hameed Ahmad had been facing threats and intimidation for some time now on account of being an Ahmadi. Almost a year and half ago his clinic survived an attempted arson attack. Despite all this he remained committed to his work until the very end and was recognized by all who knew him as a decent and upright man. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Expressing his grief at this tragic murder, the spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, Salim ud Din said:

“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Dr Hameed Ahmad’s murder. This is a pain that Jama’at Ahmadiyya has long had to get used to. Only recently on May 25, another Ahmadi, Mr Daud Ahmad, was killed in a similar targeted attack in Karachi. It is a cause of great concern to us that in the space of ten days, two innocent Ahmadis have been gunned down outside their homes. It seems that members of the community are again in the crosshairs of extremist groups. On the one hand the authorities speak of good governance, and on the other nothing is done to safeguard the rights of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Hate-speech against Ahmadis has become a matter of routine in the country and enables tragic events like this to take place. The National Action Plan (NAP) was meant to crackdown on hate-crimes but it seems that this isn’t the case when it comes to Ahmadis. I call on the authorities to apprehend Dr Hamid Ahmad’s killers  as quickly as possible and send out a clear message that attacks such as this will not be tolerated and dealt with in the harshest terms.

Source: Nazarat Umur Aama, Pakistan 

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Pakistan fails to protect Ahmadiyya Muslim Community over alleged blasphemy

Press Release for Immediate Use: 

A mosque belonging to Ahmadis was attacked and torched by angry protestors in Jhelum, hours after a Ahmadiyya owned factory was torched over alleged blasphemy.

  Global Minorities Alliance urges Pakistan government to ‘step up’ its effort to protect lives and properties of Ahmadiyya Muslim community who are often subject to persecution, harassment and victims of violence because of their faith.

The call was made after the reports made available to GMA that a chip board factory, owned by an Ahmadi, was set on fire in Jhelum. Chip board was being manufactured in the factory when some miscreant reportedly informed the local cleric that copies of Holy Quran had been delivered to the furnace. Thereafter, without any further enquiry, announcements were made on loudspeakers in mosques that Holy Quran had been desecrated in Ahmadis’ chip board factory.

A violent mob was formed through these provocative announcements, which surrounded the factory, pelted stones, caused damage and then set the factory on fire by the use of inflammable material. Law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene and rescued the people trapped in the factory. The fire has destroyed 70% of the factory while 8 vehicles parked inside were also severely damaged.

The spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya community expressed great anguish over this incident and said that a deliberate attempt had been made to burn Ahmadis alive by torching the factory under a plan. Someone pushed the vicious allegation of blasphemy for personal vendetta and animosity.

Last year on July 27, 2014 during Ramzan in Gujranwala three Ahmadi females were burnt alive by an enraged mob over baseless allegation of blasphemy of the Holy Ka‘ba. Subsequent investigations proved the allegation entirely false and a result of personal animosity. He said, “Every Ahmadi is mindful of the Sha‘air of Allah more than his life as they are part of his faith. We have been taught that, ‘those who honour the Quran are honoured in the heavens’.

According to the National Action Plan a ban on hateful speeches is little more than paperwork, as extremist elements are free to implement their hateful anti-Ahmadiyya agenda, he said. He demanded transparent investigation of the incident and swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Global Minorities Alliance Director for Interfaith and Harmony, Mr Shahzad Khan said: ‘Pakistan government must take strict measures to stop hate speech propaganda by clerics who whip up hatred against members of other faiths, instead they must act to promote peace and understanding’.

Global Minorities Alliance in its recent meeting with All Party Parliamentary Group UK on International religious freedom and belief in London, described persecutory events as a ‘state failure’ which is unable to stop on-going violence against all minorities in Pakistan.

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Correction: The mosque was attacked in Jhelum not in Lahore as previously stated. We apologise for the mistake.

Global Minorities Alliance condemns twin attacks on Pakistan Churches

Global Minorities Alliance  vehemently condemns the utter negligence of Government and its on-going blatant disregard of the protection of religious minorities in Pakistan, which is a cause of grave concern for people everywhere.

On Sunday March 15 2015, the peaceful worship of the largest Christian community in Punjab was disrupted by atrocious terrorist attacks. The Christian community of Youhanabad, Lahore​ had been the target of two suicide bombings in two churches which killed 15 people and left more than 70 injured.

GMA’s Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard commented: “Pakistan Government has failed on number of occassions to protect religious places inspite of consistent requests from local churches which, has contributed to these fresh violence and the irreplaceable loss of innocent lives.”

Mr Bernard further maintained that: “We can not imagine the trauma of families who lost their loved ones during the recent attack and we extend our condolence to the bereaved families.”
He further said: “It is the fundamental right of every citizen to protest when rights are suppressed but he further urged Christian community in Pakistan to protest without taking law in its own hand.”