Pakistan intensifies digital crackdown on minorities like Ahmadiyyas

Amid the already deteriorating condition of the minority communities in Pakistan, the country’s telecommunication regulator has begun an intuitional crackdown on minorities like Ahmadiyyas.

Pakistan  | minorities

ANI Last Updated at December 11, 2021

Pakistan flagPhoto: ANI

Amid the already deteriorating condition of the minority communities in Pakistan, the country’s telecommunication regulator has begun an intuitional crackdown on minorities like Ahmadiyyas.

Using the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Imran Khan government is curbing information sharing by and among the Ahmadiyyas.

The telecom regulator recently asked tech giants like Google and Apple to take down mobile applications in the country, created by developers based in other countries, according to The Singapore Post.

As many as seven religious apps, published under the name “Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,” have been targeted. Besides, some of these apps have been taken down by Google in Pakistan despite being available on app stores in other countries.

The order provides a unique instance of a government using anti-blasphemy rules to force international tech companies to censor content.

This development comes as Pakistan’s government maintains silence in the face of hate speech and the flow of anti-Ahmadi toxic information among Pakistani social media users. According to the Post, social media platforms in Pakistan are flooded with anti-Ahmadiyya content including hate videos targeting the community.

The report further said that mobile applications are not the only avenues being used for crushing the voice of Ahmediyya Muslims. The telecom regulator is also targeting other groups within the community who exchange views online and are frequently getting blocked or disrupted.

Earlier this year, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had expressed alarm at the continual persecution of the Ahmadiyya community.

In the current composition, the number of serving bureaucrats and representatives of the majority community undermine minority representation. “Besides, to deny the Ahmadiyya community even the option of being represented is to wilfully ignore a long and sorry history of faith-based persecution,” HRCP said in its annual report.

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1 reply

  1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
    Seemingly consensus view against #Sialkot_lynching, I think, Pakistan has still not learnt any lesson from it, which was the root cause. The State is adding more fuel in it by the Present Regime of PM Imran Khan. The State would not be able to Stop further Lynching event in future by just issuing hypocritical Statements on the matter. If the State of Pakistan wanted to stop happening further lynching event like Sialkot lynching, it must be serios in stopping intervention in religious matters forthwith and must undo all of the Laws made against #Ahmadi_Muslims in the #Constitution of #Islamic_Republic_of_Pakistan.
    Quid e Aazam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never wanted Pakistan a theocratical State, rather he wanted The State and the Religion as separate entity, but Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and subsequently all Politician used Religious Card and ختم نبوت ﷺ کارڈ and ریاست مدینہ کارڈ just for their own ax to grind, resultantly a detrimental blow to the progress of Pakistan. Besic Human rights are denied to Ahmadi Muslims, they are debarred using Islamic terminology to them, their Places of worship Masajid and graveyards were vandalized by Police itself, instead of giving protection. The result is the promotion of religious extremism in the country and hence foreign investment stopped as they don’t feel safe and secure in Pakistan.
    If the State of Pakistan wanted to progress and respectable Status in the Nations of the World, it must adopt the roadmap given to it by Qaid e Aazam Muhammad Ali Jinnah stating all citizens of Pakistan as equal citizens of Pakistan and must get rid off all discriminately laws against Ahmadi Muslims are any other Citizen and must snatch the street power from the hands of Mullahs the Religious Clarcks.
    Zarif Ahmad

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