by A. Abdul Aziz.
Pakistan made history in 1974 by becoming the first country in the world to amend its constitution to declare Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslim. Thirty years ago, in 1984, Ordinance XX was enacted making it a criminal offence for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslims, a ‘crime’ punishable by 3 years imprisonment. Under Pakistan’s notorious anti-Ahmadi laws and blasphemy laws extremist violence has flourished with Ahmadi Muslims, Shia Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others massacred on simply grounds of faith.
The laws have resulted in:
Hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims being killed on grounds of faith: In May 2010, a deadly attack on two Ahmadiyya mosques inLahore left 86 people dead.
Mosques destroyed: Ahmadi mosques have been attacked, defaced and closed by the authorities.
Voting rights denied: Laws prevent Ahmadi Muslims from voting unless they declare themselves as non-Muslims.
No dignity after death: Mobs and police have destroyed and defaced Ahmadi graves.
Millions live in fear and tens of thousands have been forced to flee the country to escape persecution.
Hundreds have been murdered in cold blood by extremists. Homes, businesses, mosques and graveyards are routinely attacked and thousands – including children – have been charged under Pakistan’s infamous laws. No one has ever been prosecuted for attacking Ahmadi Muslims.