Persecution of Muslims in Pakistan

Is Pakistan a free and safe place for Muslims?

  • Absolutely: It's heaven and the new Medina

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • Partially: It's complicated

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • Depends on sect or ethnicity of the individual

    Votes: 9 64.3%
  • Only for Privileged

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • Not at all

    Votes: 2 14.3%

  • Total voters
    14

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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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Pakistan threatens Ahmadi website for propagating their interpretation of Islam with Blashphemy charges and $3 miliion fine


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s headquarters in Islamabad.

Pakistan has blocked a US-based website propagating the faith of the minority Ahmadi community because of allegedly blasphemous content.

In a press release issued on Jan. 22, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced the blocking of trueislam.com for viewing in the Islamic republic.

“In accordance with the provisions of Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguard) Rules, 2020, the administrator of the website was directed to remove the unlawful content,” it stated.

“The platform was also given an opportunity of a hearing (virtual/physical) to explain its position before the authority, which it did not avail. Given the sensitivity of the matter, PTA, in exercise of powers conferred under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and the Rules, blocked the website.”

The site's managers say they were also threatened with a US$3.1 million fine and warned of charges under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which can carry the death penalty for insulting Islam.

An Ahmadi official who works in the community’s press office declined to comment.

Last month PTA issued notices to Google and Wikipedia to remove “caricatures of Holy Prophet (PBUH) and dissemination of misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information through articles published on Wikipedia portraying Mirza Masroor Ahmad as a Muslim.”

Last week police in Sharaqpur Sharif in Punjab province registered a case against 11 Ahmadis and organizers of the community under Section 298-C of the blasphemy laws for inscribing Islamic phrases on gravestones.

In 2018, the federal government put further bans on “Qadianis’ social activities” and blocked Ahmadiyya publications, website and their use of social media. These included periodicals meant for Ahmadi children and women. Muttahida Ulema Board, a body of Islamic clerics, had already banned the Quran published with translation by Ahmadis.


Pakistan’s four million Ahmadis have faced many challenges including murder, persecution, intimidation and a sustained hate campaign for decades at the hands of majority Sunni Muslims and a legal system that protects Sunni interests, they claim.

Activists say they are punished for their belief system, which posits sect founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as a prophet and Masih Maud as the promised messiah, or a metaphorical second coming of Jesus. This is considered heresy in mainstream Sunni society.

Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis non-Muslims via a constitutional amendment in 1974. Military ruler Zia-ul-Haq followed up by promulgating an ordinance that made it a punishable offense for Ahmadis to practice Islam.

 

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Four TikTokers shot dead in Karachi


Four TikTokers, including one female, were shot dead near Anklesaria Hospital in Karachi's Garden area early on Tuesday morning, officials said.

City Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh said all four deceased were active on social media, particularly Tik Tok. He said two of those who died, identified as Muskan and Amir, were friends.

"All four of them roamed the city and [Amir and Muskan] also made TikTok videos [during that time]," the police officer said.

The official said the four were attacked near Anklesaria Hospital, Garden, at 4:48am by unknown assailants. "The woman was killed inside the car while all three men were shot outside the car. They were taken to the hospital but succumbed to their wounds," the official said.

Shaikh said Rehan and Sajjad had previously made a TikTok video in which they were seen doing aerial firing in the city's Ittihad Town area. Police had taken notice of the video after it went viral on social media, registering an FIR against the two men.

He further said the murders "appeared to be the outcome of some personal issues". However, the exact motive and identity of the killers were being investigated, he added.

The SSP said there were no witnesses to the incident.

 

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Mob attacks Pakistani Christian in hospital over blasphemy claim
Christians begging to stop misuse of controversial laws as victim goes into hiding


Tabitha Nazir Gill with one of her burqa-clad attackers at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital in Karachi. (Photo supplied)

Tabitha Nazir Gill was slapped and stripped for alleged blasphemy at the Pakistani hospital where she had worked for nine years.


Videos showing the assault on the 30-year-old Christian nurse at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital in Karachi spread on social media on Jan. 28, moments after she was accused of insulting all prophets including Prophet Muhammad, Prophet Abraham and Prophet Adam.


“She urged others to say ‘Jesus’ to solve their problems. Don’t speak the name. She commits blasphemy. We shall bury her. We will sacrifice our generations for the dignity of the prophets,” shouted Muslim nurse Nasreen while beating Gill.


Close the gate. Don’t let her escape. Beat her. Why did you speak of our religion? Rub your nose on the ground. Repent from Allah,” shouted others.

Gill was dragged from the third to the first floor of the hospital where visiting burqa-clad women also attacked her, some with brooms.

“I didn’t do anything like this. I am a Christian. We don’t swear but still I swear by Jesus and the Bible. This is their plan. Let me call my husband,” pleaded Gill amid the mob. She was tied up with ropes, forced to submit an apology and locked in a room before the police were called.

The investigating officer initially cleared Gill of blasphemy charges citing a “misunderstanding between colleagues” and allowed her to leave the police station. However, the same afternoon, police registered a blasphemy case against the gospel singer under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code that mandates the death penalty for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.

In the first information report, midwifery student Saba accused Gill of stating that Prophet Ishmael was born of adultery.

“She stated that Ishmael stomped the Zamzam holy water we drink. Adam committed adultery with Eve. She twisted the name of Muhammad, adding that Muhammad is nothing. Nobody came after Jesus,” stated Saba.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive issue in deeply conservative Pakistan where mere allegations have led to extrajudicial killings and mob violence.

Catholic groups and human rights campaigners have long sought the repeal of draconian blasphemy laws, arguing they are used to victimize religious minorities or settle personal scores

According to the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) UK, a Christian charity dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan, nearly 60 people including nine Christians and 47 Muslims (40 from the Shia community) were charged with blasphemy last year.

At least three innocent people were killed — one Christian, one Ahmadi and one Muslim.

Church reaction

Father Abid Habib, former president of the Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan, described the attackers at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital as ignorant.

“They are jealous of this person and are now using the umbrella of the blasphemy law. I dare say that she has neither blasphemed the Prophet nor the Holy Quran,” he said.

“I have said this a thousand times. If Allah Almighty has said that blasphemers must be killed, then I can say that Almighty Allah is not Rahman-e-Rahim [benevolent and merciful]. If his Prophet has commanded to kill blasphemers, then he can never be called Rahmat-e-Alamin [mercy to the world].

“There is no use in pleading to the Sindh government, politicians and all the VIPs. They never did anything before and they will do nothing even now. They are afraid of these ignorant people and might face the same death as [slain Punjab governor] Salman Taseer. They don't have any guts.”

Taseer was assassinated in 2011 for supporting Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy in 2018 after spending eight years on death row, and demanding reforms to the controversial blasphemy laws.

Lahore-based Pastor Irfan James also called for action against the mob who attacked Gill.

“Many people are asking to remove the videos, but is there any action against jihadi women who accused her of a serious allegation and tortured her? How long will we tolerate this? Where is the law? RIP interfaith harmony in Pakistan,” he said.

Nasir Saeed, director of CLAAS-UK, said the Christian nurse has gone into hiding.

“Police have a basic and important role to determine whether blasphemy has been committed or if the accusations are fabricated just to settle personal scores,” he said.

“It is the need of the times to look into this matter and stop the growing misuse of the blasphemy law against innocent people. The wording of the blasphemy law is so broad and vague that it has allowed a wide range of acts and its continuous misuse.

 

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"She commits blasphemy. We shall bury her. We will sacrifice our generations for the dignity of the prophets,” shouted Muslim nurse Nasreen while beating Gill.
They can only fight for Islam where Islam is the only danger and no danger to Islam who disrepute their own religion but then most of these converts are not convert by choice so they wouldn't know to actually fight for Islam and teach a lesson to the Uighur oppressors. Allah happily su**s chinkies d**ks. No Christians gives a F**k about Mohammad and tons of Christian writers, Robert Spencer etc, have best seller books that calls Mohammad a pedo, a violent narcissist etc, go ahead, launch an invasion and kill those Christians if you are daring enough to sacrifice your generation for Prophet or Islam. These people are so much insecure of their existence (Arabs laugh at them, Chinks rape their religion and pride, Yankees do the same, the land and culture they actually belong to, they can't own or they risk becoming Hindus) that they can't do shit to anyone shitting on them that the only way they have to make them feel worthy is by abusing hapless souls who don't and can't threaten anyone. Pigs.
 

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