Ehsan Rehan

Ehsan Rehan

Ehsan is the founder & editor of Rabwah Times. He is currently baesd in Washington D.C. from where he covers Human Rights & Religious Freedom issues. He tweets at @Ehzan

Pakistan dismisses report on Ahmadi persecution as ‘baseless’

Pakistan’s on Wednesday dismissed a report by a British-Parliamentary group that said persecution of Ahmadis and other minorities was on the rise in the country. The report by the 36 members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) said that denial of freedom of religion for Ahmadi Muslims has led to the denial of religious freedom for Shia Muslims, Christians, and Hindus. The APPG said the persecution had created a refugee crisis with 6,000 Ahmadis stranded in camps in Thailand, Malaysia, …

Christian Nurse charged with Blasphemy after mob surrounds Police station

A 30-year-old Christian woman, known for singing Gospel hymns in Urdu, has been charged with blasphemy after a mob surrounded the Police station. On January 28, Tabitha Nazir Gill was beaten up by staff at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital in Karachi where she had been working as a nurse for the past nine years. According to International Christian Concern, the head nurse at Sobhraj Maternity Hospital issued orders that medical staff may not receive tips or deal with money from patients. …

Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s advisor may have secretly visited Israel

An advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Israel in the last week of November, according to reports published by Israel Hayom and several other Israeli media outlets. The source who is close to the Israeli government said that on the morning of November 20 at 8 a.m., British Airways Flight 165 from London landed at Ben Gurion Airport and on the plane was a senior adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who flew in business class …

U.S. President Trump meets freed Pakistani Ahmadi

U.S. President Trump on Wednesday met with a Pakistani Ahmadi man who spent three years in prison for his Ahmadiyya beliefs. Pakistanis Abdul Shukoor and Shaan Taseer were two of the 27 participants in the Oval Office meeting with President Trump. During the brief interaction 83 year old Abdul Shukoor prayed for President Trump and said: “I pray that may Allah reward you, protect you and give you a long life” “I can call myself a Muslim in the United …

Teenagers burn down security cabin of Ahmadi Mosque in Wah Cantt

Pakistan Police on saturday arrested four teenagers and charged them with burning down of a security cabin of an Ahmadi Mosque. According to police, those four arrested teenagers who were returning home after playing in cricket burned down the security cabin outside the Ahmadi Mosque located near sector 14 Wah Cantonment. The teenagers who were later identified as Sabihuddin, Hafiz Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sheharyar and Atta Mohammad fled the scene. The four teenagers who are aged between 14 and 18 …

Pakistani who brought Urdu to the iPhone

The first generation iPhone was released in 2007 and since then Pakistani users have had a hard time reading Urdu on Apple devices. The main reason being the use of the not so popular Naskh style to display Urdu text. However, all this changed in 2017 when Apple integrated the Nastaliq font in all its iPhone devices. The man credited with Apple’s move is 40-year-old user interface designer Mudassir Azeemi. For four years Azeemi ran a campaign for the integration …

Mahershala Ali wins second Oscar

On Sunday night Mahershala Ali scooped up his second Academy Award to become the first Muslim actor to win multiple Oscars. Ali set the record after winning the award for his performance in the movie “Green Book”. During the acceptance speech, Ali dedicated his win to his grandmother and said: “I want to dedicate this to my grandmother, who has been in my ear my entire life,” he shared. “Telling me that if I first I don’t succeed, try, try …

Pakistan interested in advancing relations with Israel, says Foreign Minister

Pakistan Foreign Minister has expressed desire to normalize relations with Israel. He made the remarks while talking to an Israeli reporter on the sidelines of recently concluded Munich Security Conference. According to a report published by Ma’ariv, an Israeli news portal, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmoud Qureshi said: “Pakistan is interested in advancing its relations with Israel, but this is a question of the political situation in the region,” The statement comes at a time when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

T.I. College Rabwah marks Kashmir Day with solidarity walk and speeches

On February 5th staff and and students of Government Taleem-ul-Islam College gathered together to express solidarity and support with people of Kashmir. The day was marked with gather to mark annual Kashmir Day with speeches and call for unity. The day was marked with speeches where speakers called for united Kashmir and expressed concern over human rights violations by Indian forces in the disputed region. Speaking at the event, Principal Syed Zia Hasnain Shah said: “Pressure and torture tactics cannot …

Tributes, condolences pour in for Pakistani-Canadian activist Shahid Rashdi

Pakistani-Canadian leader Shahid Mahmood Rashdi died Wednesday from a post-surgery infection. He had undergone a successful heart surgery just days before. Rashdi, 70 was a former Pakistan Air Force pilot who migrated to Canada in late 90’s where he soon made a name for himself as a community leader and activist. He was much loved by the Pakistani-Canadian community and was held in high regard by political leaders for building community relations without regard for race, religion or political persuasion. …

British-Pakistani lawyer to lead UN investigation against ISIS

On Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General appointed a British-Pakistani barrister to lead an investigation into ISIS crimes in Iraq. Karim Asad Ahmad Khan of Britain will serve as special adviser and head of the investigation team established by the UN Security Council at the request of Iraq last September. Khan who himself belongs to the persecuted Ahmadiyya community is a human rights lawyer with over 25 years experience in International criminal law. He obtained his Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Kings …

Pakistan legislators refuse resolution condemning mob attack on Ahmadi Mosque

On Friday Pakistan’s provincial assembly of Sindh refused submission of a resolution denouncing the mob attack on a historic Ahmadiyya Mosque. The resolution was tabled by Irum Azeem Farooque, an Independent member of the provincial legislature. Farooque claimed that no political party wanted to sign the resolution which called on the House to “Strongly condemn the attack on the Ahmadi prayer place”. In a tweet she said: Where are we heading? I wasn’t allowed to submit my condemnation Resolution in …