Pew Research: 7% Pakistanis accept Ahmadis as fellow Muslims

In Pakistan, most say Ahmadis are not Muslim
By Neha Sahgal

………… Two-in-three Pakistani Muslims say Ahmadis are not Muslims, according to a Pew Research poll conducted in November 2011. Just 7% accept Ahmadis as fellow Muslims, while 26% do not offer a response or say they don’t know.


The poll also found that a majority of Pakistani Muslims support the country’s blasphemy laws, which predate Pakistan’s independence in 1947 but have since been expanded. The laws, which carry a potential death sentence for insulting Islam, have been frequently invoked against Ahmadis and other religious minorities in Pakistan; although formal criminal prosecutions are rare, social discrimination and harassment of Ahmadis is widespread. Fully 75% of Pakistani Muslims say blasphemy laws are necessary to protect Islam in their country, while 6% say blasphemy laws unfairly target minority communities, and 19% express no opinion on the issue.

2 replies

  1. Since Punjab has been in grip of bigotry Mullahs and epicenter of religious extremism for many decades and also it forms almost 60% of total population, this poll results are not shocking…………but I still see that 26% quite hopeful and interesting.

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