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U.S. Consulate deletes tweet pointing out Pakistan’s religious intolerance

The U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan has removed a tweet which pointed out Pakistan’s religious intolerance against its Ahmadiyya community. The embassy had issued a tweet on Tuesday afternoon urging the public to watch Salam, a documentary film on Abdus Salam, a Nobel prize winning physicist. Salam was shunned by Pakistan due to his Ahmadiyya Muslim faith. “If you want to figure out what’s wrong with Pakistan, watch #SalamOnNetflix” The tweet was quickly deleted soon after, but not before it …

Pakistan blocks bill which would have allowed non-Muslims to become Prime Minister or President

Pakistan’s Parliament on Tuesday blocked the introduction of a bill that would have allowed non-Muslims to become President or Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic. The bill which was presented by a Christian member of Parliament Naveed Aamir Jeeva was blocked by a majority of the Muslim members. MNA Jeeva’s bill proposed the removal of the Muslim requirement for the office of President and PM under article 41 and 91 of the constitution. Article 41 A person shall not be …

14-year-old Christian girl abducted from Pakistan’s Faisalabad region

14-year-old Christian girl Samra Bibi was abducted from her house in Pakistan’s Faisalabad region on September 16th, reports International Christian Concern. According to ICC, Habib was kidnapped while she was alone at home by man named Muhammad Ramiz who was known in the area for sexually harassing Christian girls. The report claims Police registered the abduction case after pressure from human rights organization, however change the girls age to 16. Habib’s father Munir Masih claims the authorities changed Samra’s age …

Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Lord Tariq Ahmad

The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh on Wednesday received the British Prime Minister’s Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, they discussed issues of mutual interest. Minister Al-Sheikh explained that the Kingdom is actively working to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence between people of all faiths. Minister Abdullah said the Kingdom follows Islamic principals of moderation and rejects extremism. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon who is an …

British Police officers to train Punjab Police in latest investigation techniques

Three of Britain’s top cops are to train Pakistan’s Punjab Police in latest investigation methods. The Pakistan-origin officers met Governor Punjab Mohammad Sarwar in August and briefed him about the training program. The group included Senior Chief Inspector Zahid Khan, Superintendent Shabnam Chowdhury and Deputy Chief Naveed Malik. Malik joined the UK police in 1989 and has received nine Chief Constables’ commendations. Speaking on the occasion, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that Pakistanis abroad are our proud and valuable …

Indian Muslim politician tells Pakistanis to save Ahmadis first

Since August 5th, when the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), tensions among Indians and Pakistanis have spilled over to Twitter. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has since accused the Indian government of “ethnic cleansing” of the Muslim-majority region. Khan claimed that revocation of Article 370 was an attempt to “change demography of Kashmir”. However Indian Muslim politicians have been quick to shut down the religious approach being applied to the conflict. Salman Nizami, a …

Facebook removes profile frame targeting Ahmadis

Facebook said on Wednesday that it has removed a profile frame targeting Pakistan’s long-persecuted Ahmadi community as the media giant continues to grapple with the proliferation of hate speech on the social network. Profile frames are filters Facebook users can add to their pictures that often promote a cause, celebrate a holiday, or commemorate an event or tragedy. The frame withdrawn by Facebook called for the death of the Ahmadis in Urdu and was widely shared in Pakistan. “We have …

Pakistan becoming increasingly hostile towards Ahmadis, report says

Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya community has accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of stirring religious hatred against them. In a report issued on Monday, the Ahmadiyya community alleged that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had fanned “the flames of religious hatred against Ahmadis”. Khan, in the lead-up to the July election that brought him to power, backed anti-blasphemy laws that included the death penalty as well as a discriminatory oath which specifically targeted the Ahmadi Muslims. Saleem-ud-Din, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim …

Sri Lanka to remove Pakistani refugees from the country

Sri Lankan President on Tuesday sought international assistance to remove Afghan and Pakistani refugees from the country. Speaking to diplomats in Colombo, the President Sirisena said there are over 1600 refugees in Sri Lanka from other countries and that with the current situation in the country he is unable to ensure their security. “There have been here for several years. The UN has taken care of their security. They have also taken care of their needs and informed us about …

Ahmadi refugees from Pakistan fear backlash in Sri Lanka after Easter attack

After fleeing their homes in Pakistan over militant attacks and government persecution, hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims felt they finally found peace in Sri Lanka as they sought resettlement across the world. Then came the Easter bombings that killed about 250 people, many Christians praying at church, and suddenly they were targeted again. Now Hundreds of Pakistani Ahmadi refugees in western Sri Lanka have taken refuge in mosques and a police station after facing intimidation following the deadly Easter bombings. Tension …

US authorities seek extradition of mother who killed husband and fled to Pakistan

American authorities are trying to have a woman extradited from Pakistan to stand trial in her husband’s 2002 murder. On a May night in 2002, Beverly McCallum loaded her dead husband’s body into her van along with her two young daughters, police said. Caraballo’s badly burned body was found on May 8, 2002 in a metal footlocker. He remained unidentified until 2015, when an anonymous caller provided a tip that cracked the case open again. Eaton County Sheriff’s Department Detective …

EU Ambassador to Pakistan meets with Ahmadi officials

European Union Ambassador to Pakistan on Monday paid a visit to the Ahmadiyya town of Rabwah and met with senior community leaders. Ambassador Jean-François Cautain described his first ever visit to the sleepy town of Rabwah as a learning experience. The EU Ambassador also urged the Government of Pakistan to address the “concerns” of the Ahmadiyya community. In a tweet, Ambassador Jean-François said: First ever visit to Chenab Nagar – Rabwah. Learning how Ahmadi community has contributed to Pakistan with …