US should pressure nations to rescind anti-Ahmadiyya laws

Source/Credit: The Hill’s Congress Blog

By Katrina Lantos Swett

On June 27, along with members of Congress and other guests, I heard a message of peace and freedom from the Ahmadiyya world leader, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, at a Capitol Hill reception co-sponsored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), of which I am chair, and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Founded in India in 1889, the Ahmadiyya is a peaceful, reformist movement claiming tens of millions of adherents worldwide. While its members oppose violence and support freedom for others, they often face severe violence and other violations of their own freedom.

In Pakistan, the constitution labels them “non-Muslims.”  For more than a quarter century, Pakistan’s government has barred the community from calling its own worship centers “mosques,” publicly uttering the traditional Islamic greeting or quoting from the Qur’an, and displaying Islam’s basic affirmation.

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  1. The US should first apologize for supporting Martial Law OrdXX at the UN when it might have made a difference.

    • Yes, we have not seen that any country, including the USA, has made ‘real and serious’ attempts to assist the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Pakistan (and elsewhere). What we have so far is ‘cosmetic mentioning’, without any real ‘clout’. (And with billions of ‘aid’ they would have ‘clout’, if they wanted to use it).

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