Six Ahmadis killed in 2016, says report

Published: March 30, 2017
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LAHORE: At least six Ahmadis were killed in Pakistan in 2016 because of their religious beliefs, claims a recent report issued by the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya.

Saleemudin, the spokesperson for the group, cited Ordinance XX which later came to be known as the Blasphemy Law as the main reason behind targeted killings of Ahmadis. “Since its [Ordinance XX] imposition in 1984, so far 250 Ahmadis have been killed,” he complained.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya said the promulgation of the ordinance endorsed political, social and legal discrimination against Ahmadis. While news reports of the Ahmadi community being targeted appear regularly, the group accused the local media of holding its own biases against Ahmadis. It also accused state institutions of not properly investigating their killings.

Why are we as Pakistanis okay with Ahmadis getting killed?

Punjab Police DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said the force always tries to protect religious minorities. He admitted that incidents of violence motivated by religious hatred occur with some regularity, but added that the police responded quickly.

Former HRCP secretary-general IA Rehman said the report highlights the different kinds of discrimination Ahmadis face. He called on state institutions to resolve these issues.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Sohail
    Mar 30, 2017 - 9:09AM

    And Hundreds of Sunnis, shiaas, Christians, Hindus also killed. Do not make propaganda using Ahamdis playcardRecommend

  • Abrar
    Mar 30, 2017 - 10:15AM

    And, how many Muslims got killed in 2016 because of their religious beliefs.. shame on your reportingRecommend

  • Umar
    Mar 30, 2017 - 11:00AM

    Pakistan needs to change the policy against Ahmadis, otherwise the people think its legitimate to discriminate against them and that even leads to violence in some cases.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 30, 2017 - 12:43PM

    The media playing its tricks. Nice….

    Next time make it a headline!!Recommend

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