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