abc.net.au: The global head of the Ahmaddiya Islamic community is hoping his visit to Australia will help highlight the persecution his followers face in his home country Pakistan.
Mirza Masroor Ahmad who lives in exile in London is visiting Australia and will then head to New Zealand and Japan.
Pakistan’s Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslim, but the nation doesn’t legally recognise this.
Mr Ahmad, known by his followers as the Caliph of the Ahmaddiya, has told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific the suffering of Ahmadis in Pakistan must stop.
“In 2010, two of our mosques, almost 90 of our people were killed, and hundreds were injured…every one or two weeks, I receive news of one or two Ahmadis being murdered or martyred,” he said.
The Ahmaddiya movement only has around 5000 followers in Australia, but claims tens of millions of members around the world.
The Ahmaddiyas reject extremism and say true Islam promotes peace.
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