Pakistani televangelist incites violence against Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Examiner.com: Just five days after a Pakistani televangelist, Aamir Liaquat Hussein hosted his “Subah Pakistan” program on GEO TV, a 27 year old man, Luqman Ahad Shehzad, belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was shot dead in Gujranwala on December 27, Pakistan. On his show, which was broadcast on December 22, 2014, his guest, a supposed religious scholar, boldly asserted that the“Ahmadi Muslims and Jews are the enemies of Pakistan” [and] “the culprits behind the Peshawar Attack.” This demonstrably false language promotes national and international anti-Ahmadi hatred and anti-Semitism. The program additionally alleged that Ahmadi Muslims are the “common enemy of all sects of Islam” and are “enemies of Pakistan responsible for various terrorism plots against Pakistanis.” The cleric went on to accuse the Ahmadi Muslims of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him).

The most recent killing of the young Ahmadi Muslim man is not the first time that a murder took place as a result of incitement of hate publicly endorsed on a television network. In 2008, the same hate preacher, Hussein, allowed a guest (a cleric) on his show, to openly claim that the Ahmadi Muslims are “Wajibul Qatl”, that is, “it is obligatory to kill [Ahmadis]”. Soon after the program was broadcast, extremists in Pakistan confessed to murdering two prominent Ahmadi Muslim leaders in response to the demand made on Hussein’s talk show.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been constitutionally declared non-Muslims in Pakistan in 1974 and in 1984, during the military rule of Zia ul Haq, Ordinance XX was passed which would allow Ahmadi Muslims to be punished for the crime of “posing as Muslims” or “blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad”. As a result of these laws the Ahmadi Muslims are victims of brutal and ongoing persecution. Luqman Ahad Shehzad was the eleventh person to be murdered in 2014. He hailed from the same town which witnessed the burning and killing of three Ahmadi Muslims including an infant.

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