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Annual Report on Persecution 2010

Annual Report on Persecution 2010

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Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan during the year 2010 - A Summary
Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan during the year 2010 - A Summary

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Published by: ThePersecution on Jan 21, 2011
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Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistanduring the Year 2010
A Summary
Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistanduring the Year 2010
A Summary
Page no.
Foreword 32.
Three special reports: 6a.
Massacre in Lahore mosques 6b.
Provocative conference in Rabwah 16c.
Suppression of Ahmadis in Azad Kashmir 193.
Religiously motivated murders, assaults and attempts 254.
Prisoners of conscience 395.
Tyranny and prosecution go on 436.
The duet of the state and the mulla 477.
Mosques under attack, and worship denied 558.
Problems in education 599.
Burial problems, graveyards 6310.
Plight of Rabwah 6511.
Anti-Ahmadiyya open-air conferences 7112.
Miscellaneous, and reports from all over 76i.
Reports from cities 76ii.
Reports from towns and villages 81iii.
Media 87iv.
Diverse 91v.
NGOs 10713.
The anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign in Pakistan 11214.
From the press 11615.
Executive summary 131
Particulars of police cases registered in 2010 134II.
Updated statistics of police cases and other outrages since 1984 135III.
Laws specific to Ahmadis, and the so-called blasphemy laws 137IV.
List of Ahmadis murdered for their faith in 2010 138V.
Incitement to murder through a hand bill 141VI.
An appeal to the authorities in Azad Kashmir 142VII.
Auction of plots in state-owned housing scheme 143VIII.
Op-ed: An intolerant nation 146IX.
Op-ed: The Second Amendment 147X.
Hate material in circulation 148XI.
Some statistics and information for the year 2010 149
1. Foreword
This year we provide a brief note on the background of persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan andmake a few observations on its overall impact on the community.
 The Ahmadiyya … Jama‘at is a religious community and organization, international in character,with established branches in 198 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Australia. It hastens of millions of members worldwide and is growing. The Ahmadiyya community was founded in1889 by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, which he saw as an embodiment of the benevolentmessage of Islam: peace, universal brotherhood and submission to the will of God. He opposed violenceas a means of advancing religion, rejecting terrorism in any form or for any reason.
Anti-Ahmadiyya riots in 1953 and 1974
 The Pakistani religious establishment brands the Ahmadiyya community heretical in nature anddoes not approve of its reformatory nature. Politicians have also found it expedient to support thereligious establishment in their anti-Ahmadiyya stance. The first countrywide wave of violence againstthe community erupted in 1953. Following the riots, an in-depth judicial inquiry by the chief justice anda judge of Lahore High Court found politics to be the main cause of disturbances.Many a year later, in 1974, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, then the Prime Minister of Pakistan, found itadvantageous to have Ahmadis declared a non-Muslim minority, which in Pakistan is a form of secondrate citizenship. In his personal life Bhutto was nominally religious and his party had a progressiveagenda, but his political rapacity moved him to interfere in the forbidden territory of religion. Heorchestrated violent and countrywide riots in partnership with the religious leadership, culminating in aconstitutional amendment declaring Ahmadi Muslims as ‘Not-Muslims’. It was a unique innovation;while other Non-Muslim religious groups, like Christians and Hindus, were Non-Muslim minority bytheir own profession, Ahmadis were forcibly declared a Non-Muslim minority through legislation.
General Zia’s Ordinance XX
Following Bhutto’s lead, General Ziaul Haq, the military dictator of Pakistan from 1977 to 1988,went many steps further when to gain the support of extremists he promulgated the notorious anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX in 1984 which added Sections 298-B and 298-C to the Pakistan Penal Code.(The text of these laws is available at Annex III.) Through this ordinance, the religious rights of Ahmadiswere directly violated. Under its provisions, Ahmadis could be imprisoned for three years and fined anarbitrary amount for ordinary expression of their faith. In addition to prohibiting them from proselytizing,it expressly forbade them certain religious practices and usage of Islamic terminology. This ordinanceeffectively makes a criminal out of every Ahmadi by including the broad provision of “posing as a

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