USA: State Dept. urged to designate Pakistan “Country of Particular Concern”

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ore attention is on Pakistan as it remains one of the worst countries for religious freedom.

In its 2015 annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the federal government to designate Pakistan as a CPC (Countries of Particular Concern).

“I would say it’s probably one of the worst countries that has not been designated by the State Department,” notes USCIRF Chair Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. “We really feel that Pakistan meets the statutory definition.”She tells OneNewsNow that though Pakistan is a democracy, it faces plenty of challenges.
“Just to give you one example, there are more people on death row or serving life sentences for blasphemy in Pakistan than any other country on earth,” Dr. Lantos Swett reports.
USCIRF believes penalties should be in place for false accusations of blasphemy.
“What we have been told from many different sources is that a lot of these accusations that are brought by citizens, and the way the Pakistani law works is anybody can go file a complaint and make the accusation,” the Commission chair explains. “Many of them are really a means of settling other scores amongst people in a community, and at the moment there’s no specific mechanism in the law for prosecuting people who file false charges.”

According to USCIRF, an independent advisory board to the federal government, promoting respect for freedom of religion or belief must be an integral part of U.S. policy in Pakistan.

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A 30-year old Ahmadi, Nauman Najam, shot dead because of his faith.

Faith based hate crimes against Ahmadis will not deter them from practicing their faith: Saleemuddin

 Nouman Najam

Rabwah (PR) A 30 year old Ahmadi Nauman Najam, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Malir area of Karachi on the evening of 21 March 2015. Unknown gunmen entered the computer hardware store owned by Noman Najam sahib in the evening and opened fire at him. Noman sahib received five guns shots and died on his way to hospital.

He was a decent and law-abiding citizen who was well liked by everyone who knew him. His life stands in stark contrast to the cowardice of sectarian hate. His killers clearly came with one motive and that was to kill him because of his faith as he had no animosity with anyone organization or had any political association.

 

The spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at in Pakistan Saleemuddin said that “this death because of a callous attack on an innocent man is saddening but not surprising as with discriminatory laws present in Pakistan every Ahmdi’s life is in danger. It is highlighted many times that the situation for Ahmadis in Pakistan is worsening with every passing day and during just last year 11 Ahmadis were killed because of their faith. The hate mongering and hate crimes against Ahmadis show no signs of abating. On the other hand government has made tall claims to curb hate speech but on the ground such material is openly published and distributed with impunity.”

 

Mr. saleemuddin also said that “we will not be cowed by extremists and they will only strengthen the resolve of Ahmadis to practice their faith. Unfortunately, the authorities have never taken any measures to prevent the spread of hate. It is important to note that since the promulgation of Ahmadi-specific laws in Pakistan, 250 Ahmadis have been killed for their faith”

 

It’s high time for government to take actions against hate speech and perpetrators of such hate crimes without any discrimination if it is serious to rid this country of this menace, otherwise all words are hollow if not backed up by strong action.

 

 

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Test Petition

Stop persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

TO: Rt Hon David Cameron MP, The Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

On 22 December 2014 a programme was broadcast on GEO television channel that promoted hatred and violence against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and just days later on 27 December an Ahmadi Muslim, Luqman Ahmad, was shot dead in Pakistan simply on grounds of faith (see Reuters news: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/27/us-pakistan-ahmadis-idUSKBN0K50GF20141227).

The programme, ‘Subah Pakistan’ was hosted by Aamir Liaquat Hussain and featured two religious clerics (Maulvi Humza Ali Qadri and Mufti Arif Shah Owaisi) who openly incited hatred and extremism against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The clerics labelled Ahmadi Muslims as“blasphemers, “enemies of Islam”, “enemies of Pakistan” and a “common enemy” for all Pakistanis. They urged Pakistanis unite in opposition against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, accusing them of being involved in various ‘plots’ against Pakistan and for the terrorism prevalent in Pakistan as well as being linked to the Peshawar school attack. These are completely false allegations designed to instigate violence against Ahmadis.

In 2008, a similar programme hosted by Amir Liaquat Hussain was also broadcast by GEO TV and it described Ahmadi Muslims as ‘Wajibul Qatl’ i.e. ‘liable to be killed’. Within two days, two well-known Ahmadi Muslims were brutally killed in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

We urge you to:

· raise this matter with the Government of Pakistan to stop the broadcast of hate material on its media and to arrest and bring to justice the perpetrators of violence and hatred against Ahmadi Muslims.

· prevent such extremism from impacting on Britain by prohibiting any programmes being broadcast in the UK that feature Amir Liaquat Hussain or the extremist clerics Maulvi Humza Ali Qadri and Mufti Arif Shah Owaisi who are clearly preaching hatred and violence.

· call upon the Government of Pakistan to repeal its Blasphemy laws and anti-Ahmadiyya laws that are used by extremists as a pre-text for brutal violence against Ahmadi Muslims and other religious communities in Pakistan, denying them their human rights.

In the past thirty years hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims have been murdered and tens of thousands have been forced to flee, simply on grounds of faith. It is time to stop the persecution.

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Humanitarian worker target killed in Pakistan

American Ahmadi Muslim Doctor murdered in front of wife and two-year-old son.

Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar shaheed, martyred on Monday, 26 May 2014 for his Ahmadiyya faith
Militant extremists murdered an Ahmadi Muslim charity worker in a faith-based attack in Rabwah, Pakistan, on Monday.

Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar, a US citizen, had taken his wife and two-year-old son to visit the graves of loved ones at a local cemetery when he was brutally gunned down by two men on motorbikes in a targeted killing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 51-year-old doctor was on a three-week medical mission to Pakistan, volunteering at Rabwah’s Tahir Heart Institute. He had arrived in Pakistan just 2 days earlier from the United States.

The cardiac surgeon is survived by his wife and three children.

An innocent man was killed having travelled thousands of miles in an effort to volunteer his medical services to those in need.

Ahmadi Muslims are murdered all too frequently in Pakistan, where the State has legislated to outlaw the basic religious practices of Ahmadi Muslims.

Earlier this month, another Ahmadi Muslim was taken into police custody on baseless blasphemy charges, before being shot and killed in his cell by a teenage assassin.

The Spokesman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Abid Khan said: “The killing of Dr Mehdi Ali Qamar earlier today was yet another senseless, tragic and barbaric attack on an innocent Ahmadi Muslim. All Ahmadi Muslims are grieved by this tragic loss. An innocent man was killed having travelled thousands of miles in an effort to volunteer his medical services to those in need in front of his wife and young child. What happened was inhumane and brutal beyond all comprehension. We hope and pray that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice in accordance with the law.” @AhmadiyyatIslam

Justice for Ahmadi Muslims

Join our petition to the Prime minister of Pakistan to give Ahmadi muslims the rights they are denied.

Under new ordinances and laws Ahmadis can not: 
1. Preach their belief. 
2. Call themselves a Muslim. 
3. Recite Holy Quran. 
4. Say Muslim salutation “Aasalam-o-Alaikum”. 
5. Recite “Kalima Tayyeba” i.e. There is no one worthy of worship except Allah, Muhammad is His Prophet. 
6. Call for Prayers (Adhan). 
7. Call their places of worship as “Masjid”. 
8. Cannot posses anything (badge/book etc.) on which Quranic Verses or Ahadith (sayings of Prophet Mohammad [peace be upon him]) are printed. 
9. Act or pose like a Muslim 
10. Do any such act which hurts the feelings of another Muslim. 

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We are Muslims who serve their country with distinction

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Dr. Abdus Salam (1926-1996)

1979 Nobel Prize in Physics

The first Muslim and only Pakistani to win the Nobel Prize in a science.

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Sir Muhammad ZafrullaKhan

(1893-1985) 

The first Foreign Minister, the only person ever to serve as President of the International Court of Justice, the President of the UN General Assembly, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Ahmadi plight: Dead but not resting in peace

Pakistan is the bastion of Islam, and Muslims in Pakistan the vanguards of the Islamic movement. They will shortly take over the world and govern it with Shariah laws.

The only problem is for us to draw a consensus as to who really is a Muslim; the Sunnis or the Shias, sub categorised further into Barelvis, Ithna Asharis, Deobandis, Wahabis, the Ismailis or any other less popular sects?

We’re at least a step closer to achieving that end. Ahmadis are non-Muslims, and our constitution corroborates that stand; if people from that sect still decide to be tactless enough, so as to defy us on it, well we have article 298B and 298C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) to ensure they fall in line.

So, my contention is not if Ahmadis are Muslims or not, nor is it on if they have a right upon the Islamic terminologies and symbolism. No folks, I’m a man of democracy and of rule of law, therefore, if my parliament decides upon a law ordering something to be the case, I won’t speak otherwise. However, where a law exists and is not being implemented, I think of it as my moral duty to point it out and to request the authorities concerned to adhere to it.

When a noble woman, named Fatima, committed a theft and Usama ibn Zayd was made to intercede on her behalf by the Arabs, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) asseverated that all are equal before law, and that not even Fatima (RA), Prophet (pbuh’s) own daughter, would have been spared the punishment had she committed the crime.

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