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Accused of blasphemy, man killed in police station
A 15-year-old boy is the murderer. The issue began when the dead man complained against a shopkeeper who had displayed a sign with derogatory remarks about Ahmadis. The latter responded by filing a formal complaint.
Presumed guilty five Ahmadis arrested in Punjab for blasphemy
Asma Jahangir, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, slams the charges, urging the government to prevent abuses in the application of the law. The Ahmadis in question are accused of defacing the walls of a bathroom in a mosque with offensive graffiti. For the Commission an extremist organisation and a relative of a local politician put pressure on police to incriminate the group.
Christians and Ahmadis take a first “positive, enriching and constructive” step
A large number of people attend a joint conference hosted by the Ahmadi community, a Muslim group persecuted as “infidels” by Sunni Muslims. The meeting was important for Christians as well, this according to Fr Francesco Rapacioli (PIME) because encountering “Another religious reality [. . .] enables us to better understand our own faith.”
"I saw my niece burn alive." The dramatic story of an attack on Ahmadis in Punjab
Arslan Shahyar describes the pain of the terrible death of a young, pregnant woman, in the fire that destroyed her home. Extremist madness unleashed by an alleged case of blasphemy. The solidarity of Christians. Ahmadis take to the streets to demand justice. But in Pakistan there are still cases of abuse and violence against minorities.
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Ahmadis increasingly victims of human rights violations in Pakistan
According to the annual report on persecution against the group, 248 Ahmadis were murdered last year, with another 323 victims of attempted murder. Scores of their places of worship have either been seized or illegally disposed. Many of their tombs have been desecrated. Since 1974, Ahmadis have been treated as “non-Muslims” and a government ordinance bans them from using Islamic greetings and prayers, or to refer to their places of worship as mosques.
Two Muslims accused of blasphemy murdered in two days
The first victim is an imam accused of burning some pages of the Qur'an. The other is a man accused of uttering blasphemous words during an altercation with a lorry driver and was murdered near a courthouse.
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