Masood Ahmad is a member of the Ahmadi sect, subject to widespread intimidation and banned from describing themselves as Muslims
A British doctor is languishing in a Pakistani prison accused of “posing as a Muslim” after being videoed reading aloud from the Quran.
Masood Ahmad, 72, is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who are declared non-Muslims under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse.
They can face up to three years in prison if convicted of posing as a Muslim, a symptom of Pakistan’s intolerance towards religious minorities.
Dr Ahmad was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore last month after two men secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran.
They had posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medications stayed to ask religious questions.