U.S. agency calls for Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling for repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in the wake of militant … Continued

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is calling for repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in the wake of militant attacks against the Ahmadi mosques in the country.

“USCIRF condemns this monstrous act of violence against a peaceful religious community and extends its condolences to the families of the victims,” said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “This is just one more example of the results of ongoing intimidation, thuggish threats and violence against the Ahmadi community in Pakistan. The Taliban-associated extremists find cover in the anti-Ahmadi laws in the Constitution, Pakistan’s egregious blasphemy law, and the government’s unwillingness to protect the religious freedoms of this community. The government of Pakistan must take responsibility for changing this situation.” .

USIRF’s statement said the agency has “documented systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion in Pakistan for several years,’ . Sectarian and religiously-motivated violence is chronic, and the government has failed to protect members of religious minorities from such violence and to bring perpetrators to justice. Religiously discriminatory legislation, such as anti-Ahmadi laws and the blasphemy law, foster an atmosphere of intolerance in the country and embolden extremists.”

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  • kanishka1

    Here is a quote from Pastor Martin Niemolloer in 1945. “In Germany they (Nazis) came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.” Why haven’t any of the religious/conservative or even mainstream central parties of Pakistan demonstrated against such inhuman act where around a 100 innocent Ahmadias were butchered while praying? I fail to understand why such hideous acts of terror in Pakistan fail to evoke any reaction on the part of the masses. Pakistani establishment has created a Radical Islamic state, where Sunni Muslims clerics freely promote violence against minorities by calling them “wajib-ul-qatl” (being non-Muslin allowed to be killed?) on loudspeakers, banners and sign-boards in many cities including Lahore especially after the Facebook fiasco. In Pakistan, people though condemn attacks on minorities yet unwilling to support the repeal of blasphemy laws that leave minorities vulnerable to constant persecution and ostracism. The situation in Pakistan will not turn around until the people of Pakistan do not realize that a 1400 year old holy book can be the basis of an individual’s faith, but not the solution to the serious social, economic, political, administrative and judicial problems Pakistan has been facing today in 21st century. What is needed most in Pakistan today is a secular constitution as was stipulated by its founder Jinnah on August 11, 1947.

  • kanishka1

    Here is a quote from Pastor Martin Niemolloer in 1945. “In Germany they (Nazis) came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.” Why haven’t any of the religious/conservative or even mainstream central parties of Pakistan demonstrated against such inhuman act where around a 100 innocent Ahmadias were butchered while praying? I fail to understand why such hideous acts of terror in Pakistan fail to evoke any reaction on the part of the masses. Pakistani establishment has created a Radical Islamic state, where Sunni Muslims clerics freely promote violence against minorities by calling them “wajib-ul-qatl” (being non-Muslin allowed to be killed?) on loudspeakers, banners and sign-boards in many cities including Lahore especially after the Facebook fiasco. In Pakistan, people though condemn attacks on minorities yet unwilling to support the repeal of blasphemy laws that leave minorities vulnerable to constant persecution and ostracism. The situation in Pakistan will not turn around until the people of Pakistan do not realize that a 1400 year old holy book can be the basis of an individual’s faith, but not the solution to the serious social, economic, political, administrative and judicial problems Pakistan has been facing today in 21st century. What is needed most in Pakistan today is a secular constitution as was stipulated by its founder Jinnah on August 11, 1947.

  • ajbutt82

    Thanks for speaking up!

  • wb_usahmadimuslim

    Great comment. Thanks a lot!

  • padfoot_nyl

    People who are biased toward Ahmadis are telling lies about this community on media. It is absolutely unjust to target a community when there is no representative of Ahmadis there to give a clear picture to the public.

  • szahmad2001

    It is heartening to note that there are still some people and organisations that do have the courage to call a spade a spade. The members of the Ahmadiyya Community has been systematically persecuted over the last four decades. The problem has become all the more acute of late. The world community need to take note of this, and pressurise the Government to allow the Ahmadee Muslims to have freedom of religion.