Pakistan's Ahmadi Muslims- Identity, Exclusion & Persecution




Persecution against peace loving Ahmadi Muslims has been a permanent problem in Pakistan. Pakistani Government- who should not have any business with public faith and practices, have passed many infamous laws for political reasons with ulterior motives to extend their cruel regimes and suppressions. On 7 September 1974, Bhutto and the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a resolution which declared that all Ahmadi in that country were to be regarded as a non-Muslim minority. On 26 April 1984 Zia, influenced by those who wanted to destroy the Ahmadi sect, introduced Ordinance XX which added sections 298(b) and 298(c) to the Pakistani Penal Code. The aim of these sections, as the Ordinance states, is to prevent the "anti-Islamic activities of the Qadiani Group, Lahori Group and Ahmadis". Under this legislation it was an offence, punishable by a prison sentence of up to three years, the imposition of a fine, or both, for an Ahmadi who: "directly, or indirectly, poses himself as a Muslim. Muhammed A Chaudhry undertakes a legal analysis of this state sponsoed persecution towards religious minorities in Pakistan, surveying the rise of religious persecution towards the Ahmadiyya Community- including its gradual legalization with three subjects specialists namely, Amjad M. Khan, Qudus Malik and a Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan MR. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.