Rabwah Times

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 The frame withdrawn by Facebook called for the death of the Ahmadis in Urdu and was widely shared in Pakistan.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 …

T.I. College concludes three day sports gala

Government Post Graduate Taleem-Ul-Islam college on Friday concluded its three day sports Gala. This was the 75th anniversary of the annual sports event which has been held by the college since 1944. Over the course of three days the college hosted 25 sports competitions. College Principal, Professor Zia-Ul-Husnain Shah start off the games with a players march. The event featured Professor Roshan Zameer, Assistant Director Sports BISE Faisalabad as its guest of honor. The event highlights 100 meter race between …

Zulfi Bukhari denies making anti-Ahmadi statements

Pakistan’s Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan has denied that he made anti-Ahmadi statements at an Islamic conference. Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari who currently serves as PM’s special envoy for overseas Pakistanis has denied claims that he made anti-Ahmadi remarks at a ‘Khatm e Nabuwat‘ conference held on January 6th in Golra Sharif. An article published by Pakistan Christian Post on March 20th had claimed that Bukhari while speaking at the conference said: “There is no place for the Qadianis …

Special Olympics athletes return to Rabwah

Pakistan’s Special Olympians returned home from Abu Dhabi on Friday with an impressive count of 18 gold, 27 silver and 17 bronze medals. The athletes and coaches received a heroes welcome at Lahore Airport. Pakistan’s team also included athletes from Rabwah, Wahaj Ahmad and Adeel Ahmad Tabish were selected from Rabwah’s Special School and were accompanied by their coach Waheed Ahmad. The star performer was Wahaj Mirza who won silver for Pakistan in the 3000 meter run. The athletes were …

Hindu sisters abducted on Holi eve in Pakistan

On Wednesday two teenage Hindu sisters were abducted by unknown men as the local Hindu community celebrated the festival of Holi. 14 year old Reena Kumari & 16 year old Raveena Kumari were abducted from the town of Daharki in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. Daherki Distt. The local Hindu population of the district took to the streets and blocked the local highway protesting the abduction. The girls family claimed that the that sisters had been abducted by people from …

Ahmadis to build a community Museum in Haifa

A proposal to build an Ahmadi community museum in Haifa has been welcomed by city officials. Leader of Holy Land’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Muhammad Sharif Odeh, put forward the idea during a meeting with Haifa’s Deputy Mayor. He said the community wants to establish a museum that will showcase it’s history, values and activities. The planned location for the museum is an empty lot opposite to the Mosque, which is owned by the Haifa municipality. Due to the unique nature …