A Continuing Tragedy: The Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim in Pakistan

The Ahmadiyya community, alongside Christians, Hindus, and Parsis, played pivotal roles in the inception and progression of Pakistan. However, despite their contributions, the Ahmadiyya community has been marginalized and persecuted since the country’s establishment.

Pakistan’s trajectory of discrimination against the Ahmadiyya community took a significant turn with the passage of the Second Amendment to the Constitution in 1974. This amendment unjustly declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims, stripping them of their religious rights and subjecting them to further discrimination.

Systematic Oppressions

The discrimination against Ahmadis was entrenched further with the introduction of the 1984 Penal Code, which criminalized various aspects of their religious practices and identification. This included severe restrictions on their freedom of expression, such as prohibiting the recitation of the Quran and the use of the term “mosque” for their places of worship.

The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan faces multifaceted discrimination, including legal, social, and violent forms. They are systematically denied official documents, coerced into renouncing their faith to obtain basic rights, and face violent attacks on their properties and places of worship.

International Response to the Persecution

One of the most alarming aspects of the persecution is the lack of legal protection and social acceptance, which has led to the isolation and marginalization of the Ahmadiyya community. This has had a profound impact on their mental health and well-being.

Despite international condemnation and calls for action, the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan has only intensified over the years. The year 2023 witnessed a surge in attacks on Ahmadi places of worship, highlighting the grave dangers faced by the community.

The situation has deteriorated to the extent that Ahmadis are forced to boycott elections due to discrimination in the electoral system and the pervasive threat to their safety and rights. This reflects a broader issue of religious intolerance and systematic persecution in Pakistani society.

International organizations, human rights advocates, and the global community have raised concerns about the escalating persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Urgent action is needed to address this humanitarian crisis, protect the fundamental rights of Ahmadis, and ensure their safety and security in their own country. Failure to do so perpetuates injustice and undermines the principles of human rights and religious freedom.

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