Persecution of Muslims in Pakistan

Is Pakistan a free and safe place for Muslims?

  • Absolutely: It's heaven and the new Medina

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • Partially: It's complicated

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Depends on sect or ethnicity of the individual

    Votes: 5 83.3%
  • Only for Privileged

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • Not at all

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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I think this deserves a thread of its own. We often ignore religious persecution of muslims of practicing varied interpretation of Islam. Since some automatically assume that because Pakistan was supposedly created on the name of Muslims/Islam, they can face no religious/communal bias, hate or violence while the truth is muslims (in great numbers) are in most likelihood just as much hateful of other muslims as non muslims, if not more, with a varying idea or interpretation of faith.

Pakistan with its creation had this core and primary duty to safeguard muslim freedom while ensuring non-muslims get their basic human rights at the same time but time and again, they have proved to be opposite. Even muslims need certificate by the sate to call themselves muslims in the very country they voted for.

So I begin this thread which shall keep track of all kinds of atrocities and threats faced by muslims and Islam in their homeland by the superior, pseudo and/or radical muslim forces within Pakistan.
 

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Rise in violence towards Ahmadiyyas

A professor, Dr Naeemuddin Khattak, faculty member at the Government Superior Science College Peshawar, belonging to the Ahmadiya community was shot dead in a targeted attack in Peshawar on Monday, allegedly over his religious beliefs.

Moharrar Ashoor Khan said the professor received five bullets and died on the spot.

According to the FIR, Naeemuddin and his alleged killer (the lecturer) had a heated argument over a religious issue a day earlier.

In a statement, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan spokesperson Saleemuddin said Naeemuddin was targeted due to his Ahmadi faith, adding that the deceased had previously been facing "threats and boycott".

The professor has left behind a widow, two sons and three daughters.

"Over the past few months, there has been an increase in faith-based attacks on Ahmadis," Saleemuddin said. "In Peshawar, an organised hate campaign has been launched against Ahmadis which has resulted in the killing of Ahmadis."


On July 29, an elderly man, who was standing trial on blasphemy charges, was shot dead inside a courtroom in Peshawar. It later turned out that the deceased had reportedly left the Ahmadi community.

On August 12, a member of the Ahmadi community was shot dead in the busy Dabgari Garden area of Peshawar.

On September 9, a charged mob armed with batons and stones surrounded the house of an Ahmadi family on the outskirts of Peshawar over suspicions that members of the family were preaching their faith in the area. The family was later moved to a safe place by police.

 

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Shias of Pakistan face a rising wave of sectarianism


Sunni Muslims gather during an anti-Shia protest in Karachi on Sept. 13. The rallies followed a raft of blasphemy accusations against Shia leaders in Sunni-majority Pakistan after a broadcast of an Ashura procession last month showed clerics and participants allegedly making disparaging remarks about historic Islamic figures.

On Sep 15, despite being the weekend, shops remained closed on major roads of Karachi where thousands rallied against Shia Muslims and demanded the arrest of blasphemers.

Shia kafir [infidels],” chanted protesters demanding a ban on Muharram processions that mark the seventh-century killing of Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

Mainstream religious right-wing parties, allied with banned outfits, held mass rallies on Sept. 11 and 12.
The outcry followed the detention of a Shia cleric in Karachi under blasphemy laws for leading Ziyarat-e-Ashura, a prayer that salutes the martyrs of the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Shias, who make up 15 percent of Pakistan’s 220 million population, commemorate the massacre of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Husayn and his family and friends at the Battle of Karbala in Iraq for refusing to pledge allegiance to then Muslim ruler Yazid ibn Muawiya.

Last year social media users reported apartment buildings displaying signs saying that the sale or rental of any apartment to non-Muslims was prohibited. Some shopkeepers refused to serve Ahmadiyas and Shias.

Pakistan and Iran share a 900-kilometer border that is frequently used for trade and by pilgrims belonging to the Hazara community who travel to Iran for religious pilgrimages, often crossing the border town of Taftan in Balochistan province.

The Hazara ethnic group, which is predominantly Shia Muslim, has been targeted for more than a decade, with many shootings and bomb attacks claimed by armed sectarian groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

More than 500 Hazara Shias have been killed and 627 injured in the last five years in Balochistan, according to official figures.

More than 160 people on Sept. 14 signed a petition calling for the Shia community’s security and right to worship.

The petition warned of “the weaponizing" of blasphemy laws for persecuting religious minorities and minority sects and even individuals to settle personal disagreements.

It further said, “The Anti-Terrorism Act is being misused to curb the fundamental rights of all citizens and minority sects and religions to worship. [There is] an attempt to impose by threat and force a mono-culture on the diverse and multicultural nature of Pakistani society via forced conversions, faith-based laws and majoritarian bullying.

This situation very alarming because it is an early-warning signal of the resurgence of sectarian violence and hatred.

Petition urged the government to immediately withdraw all cases registered against members of the Shia community, take action against clerics engaged in hate speech and ensure neutral law enforcement.

PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party] leadership must probe the matter of grave concern where the leaders of banned militant outfits find the easy way out to rename their parties and organizations and rebrand themselves amongst the general public and restart operating without any legal action and accountability with full freedom [and are] even granted security protocols by the police,” it concluded.

Imtiaz Alam, secretary-general of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), supported the statement.

“SAFMA and myself fully endorse the statement of genuine concern and warn that sectarian warfare will drown every sect of Islam into an internecine conflict.

Taimur Rahman, a professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences, requested the public not to support anti-Shia rallies.

“We are deeply saddened. We have seen in the 80s and 90s that a nation is destroyed whenever sectarianism strengthens. It doesn’t serve Islam, Pakistan or the public,” he said.

“The result of maintaining the dignity of the disciples [of Prophet Muhammad] has always been the opposite, leading to murders becoming a common practice. A kafir is not considered even a minority with associated rights. People demand their expulsion from government and army jobs as well as important positions. Some only demand their assassination. We have seen it all.

"Shias are a powerful minority in Pakistan. They will retaliate in any war against them. The resulting massacre will result in migration of the literate. There is no progress and education in a civil war. The government is not controlling this and the state doesn’t care about it".

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), another signatory of the petition, claims Karachi is the most affected city by sectarianism. Five Shias, including a senior doctor, were gunned down in the seaport city last year, it said in its annual report.

 

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