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UK Broadcaster Takbeer TV fined for abusing minorities

Sunni Muslims always claim that Ahmadis are not persecuted in Pakistan. Here is an example of their bullying and abuse of the Ahmadi Muslims in the UK. On two programmes aired by Takbeer TV our members were subjected to insults and bullying in violation of broadcasting rules as given in this news item. UK broadcaster Takbeer TV has been fined [...]

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The struggle of religious minorities in Indonesia

…But the Ahmadis are not alone in their struggle to practice their faith in Indonesia. Last week, a group of about 300 people from a variety of religious backgrounds staged a rally at Indonesia’s parliament, demanding that their rights as citizens to freely worship, a right enshrined in the constitution, be respected. Muslims complain [...]

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Sunnis free to attack minorities in Pakistan

..police however are refusing to take the victim’s statement, and three weeks on from the incident the criminals still go unpunished. As too often happens in Pakistan, when the victim is a Christian and his executioners belong to the Muslim majority and the violation of laws and rights takes place in complete indifference. The article [...]

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Jinnah’s dream becomes nightmare for minorities

Hopes were high when Jinnah presided over the Constituent Assembly in 1947 and declared without doubt that freedom of religion was to be respected. It was his wish to lift up the economic and politically deprived Muslims from their backwardness that led to the support of many non-Muslim minority activists as well, notably Christians. In a [...]

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Forced conversions hike Pakistan minorities’ fears

It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry a Muslim boy. [...]

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For minorities in Pakistan, persecution never ends

In a gruesome incident late Saturday night, 29 graves in an Ahmadi graveyard were desecrated in Dunyapur, district Lodhran, around 100 kilometres away from Multan. The community’s spokesperson Saleemuddin told The Express Tribune that unidentified people entered the graveyard and broke the plaques (katbe) of a large number of graves, while [...]

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Sunni Extremism against minorities

PRESSURED by opposition from Pakistan’s religious right, the ruling PML-N in Punjab tried to prevent Kamran Michael, a Christian cabinet member from presenting the provincial budget this summer. They were forced to take back their decision. In Faisalabad, the textile capital, members of the Ahmadi community were listed on flyers that said [...]

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Pakistan’s future is tied to rights for minorities

In 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave a speech to the New Delhi Press Club, setting out the basis on which the new State of Pakistan was to be founded. In it, he forcefully defended the right of minorities to be protected and to have their beliefs respected: “Minorities, to whichever community they may belong, will be safeguarded. Their religion, [...]

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Targeting minorities: No friend to Ahmadis in Faisalabad

FAISALABAD: Pamphlets labeling members of the Ahmadiyya community “Wajibul Qatl” (‘liable to be murdered’), and inciting people to publicly attack followers of the faith, are being openly and widely circulated in Punjab’s textile industry hub Faisalabad, The Express Tribune has learnt. Even more startling is the fact that the pamphlet [...]

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