Category: Asia

Pakistani-Americans concerned over disappearances of Pakistani activists

Pakistani-Americans have expressed their concern over the recent disappearance of activists and bloggers in Pakistan. Prominent Activist and bloggers known for their controversial political and religious views have gone missing in the past week. Salman Haider, a prominent activist went…
U.S. issues travel warning for Lahore over anti-Ahmadiyya protests

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for the Pakistani city of Lahore, warning Americans of “religious protests”. The warning comes as religious groups gather for citywide protests against the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The advisory issued by…
Muslim mob attacks Mosque in Pakistan

Police and Army personnel were called in on Monday as a Muslim mob armed with guns and rocks attacked a Mosque in central Pakistan. The mob which numbered over 1,000 was part of a procession celebrating the birthday of the…
US ‘very concerned’ over Pakistan’s crackdown on Ahmadis

The U.S. Government criticized Pakistan on Friday for raiding the International Headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim minority in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah). Speaking at a press briefing, U.S. State Department’s Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner commented: “We are obviously very concerned about…
Pakistan arrests 4 Ahmadis during Rabwah Raid

Four Ahmadis were arrested Monday afternoon in Pakistan, during a raid on the offices of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The arrests were carried out in the Ahmadiyya majority town of Rabwah by the CTD (Counter-Terrorism Department) of Punjab Police. CTD is…
Pakistan to ban teachers from teaching Islamic studies

Pakistan’s Christian Secretary of School Education has assured Ministers that no Ahmadi teacher would be allowed to teach Islamic Studies or Arabic Language in schools. Secretary Joyce Rufin Julius made the comments on Wednesday while discussing Educational matters in Pakistani…
ISIS claims responsibility for Sectarian murders in Karachi

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the murder of a senior Pakistani police officer and a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Both men were killed in a near-identical drive-by shooting on Sunday night in the port city of Karachi.…
Pakistan bans Christian TV channels

Pakistan has ordered a shutdown of all Christian channels airing in the country and has arrested at least six cable operators for defying the order. Local priests have called the ban a blow to religious freedom in the country. The…
Pakistan to deport Turkish teachers ahead of Erdogan visit

Pakistan will deport dozens of Turkish teachers employed at 23 schools linked to the controversial Gülen movement. The order by the Pakistani Interior Ministry came as Turkish President Recep Teyyep Erdogan arrives on a two-day visit to Pakistan. According to reports,…
Pakistan’s Shia Council threatens Ahmadis with mutilation

A leader of Pakistan’s Shia Ulema Council (SUC or Shia Council of Clerics) has threatened the country’s persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslims with mutilation. He made the statement while speaking to a reporter from Pakistan’s most widely circulated paper, the Jang. On…
Illegal settlers clash with Police in Rabwah

On Wednesday a Police operation against illegal encroachments in the Ahmadiyya town of Rabwah turned violent as protestors clashed with Police. On 9th November, Police along with officials from the local Municipal authority launched a demolition drive against illegal encroachments.…
Pakistan’s top cleric calls for execution of Ahmadis

Chairman of Pakistan’s “Ruet-e-Hilal Committee” Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman has called on the Government to execute Ahmadis as they do not believe in the finality of Prophet Muhammad. He made the comments on Saturday, while speaking at a KhatmeNabuwat rally in the…
Ahmadis fearful of celebrating Eid in Rabwah

“The right to celebrate Eid and other Islamic traditions has been snatched away from us because they are associated to Islam and since we have been declared non-Muslim we can not celebrate” In 1974 Pakistan declared the Ahmadis a non-Muslim…
Extremist group Khatm-e-Nabuwat hosts conference against Ahmadis in Rabwah

On September 7th, Extremist organization Khatm-e-Nabuwat held an anti-Ahmadiyya conference in Pakistan’s only majority Ahmadiyya town of Rabwah. The conference was organized to mark the 42nd anniversary of Pakistan declaring minority Ahmadiyya as non-Muslims. Conference speakers included Ministers and Islamic…
Pakistani Ministers target Ahmadis in Punjab Assembly

Decades of persecution and a full ban on the Ahmadiyya faith has not changed the Government’s attitudes toward Pakistan’s most persecuted faith group. Ministers in Pakistan’s Provincial Assembly of Punjab continue to make sure the Ahmadis are not given any…
Suicide bombers target Christian Colony in Pakistan

Four suicide bombers with arms and ammunition attacked a Christian Colony in Pakistan’s Northwestern city of Peshawar. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway Taliban faction, claimed responsibility for the attack. The colony which houses around 30 Christian families was attacked early Friday morning.…
Pakistani textbooks filled with hate: Study

Earlier this year a study of Pakistani public school textbooks revealed that Pakistani textbooks negatively portray religious minorities and suggest that these minorities are untrustworthy and inferior The study which was sponsored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom…
U.S. Embassy denies visa-free entry for Pakistanis as a hoax

On Monday the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad denied reports that claimed Pakistan had been added to the “U.S. Visa Waiver program”. Thew news story which was first posted on various social media sites was picked up and printed by Pakistan’s…
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau sends Independence Day greetings to Pakistanis

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of Pakistan’s Independence Day: “Today, we join the Pakistani community – here in Canada, in Pakistan, and around the world – in celebrating Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day. “I…
Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community pays tribute to Abdul Sattar Edhi

Worldwide Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad has offered his condolences over the sad demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi. Edhi, who was a prominent Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist passed away on Friday. In a statement released…
Ahmadi man shot dead in Karachi

A Man from the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been shot dead in Pakistan’s seaport city of Karachi. 49-year-old Chaudhry Khaliq Ahmad was a doctor of Homeopathy and was was tending to his patients at his clinic in Gulzar Hijri area…
Ahmadis have it the worst: Asma Jahangir

Pakistan’s leading Human Rights activist Asma Jahangir has said that Ahmadiyya Muslims are the most persecuted religious minority in Pakistan. Jahangir made the remarks while speaking at the Hudson Institute on May 18th, in Washington D.C. The event was moderated by Pakistan’s former ambassador…
Sherry Rehman accused of bias due to Jang gaffe

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Vice President and former federal minister Senator Sherry Rehman has been accused of inciting religious hatred against the persecuted Ahmadiyya sect after a hateful article appeared in an Urdu daily under her name. The article which was…
Pakistani clerics fight over status of Ahmadiyya sect

Two Pakistani clerics have come to blows at a meeting of the religious establishment over the fraught issue of the status of Ahmadis, a Muslim sect that hardliners want declared apostates. A scuffle broke out on Tuesday between the two…
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns Pakistan university attack

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada condemned the terrorist attack at a university in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. According to reports, four gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked Bacha Khan University in Charsadda today killing at least 19 people…
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif praises Dr Abdus Salam on his visit to CERN

On Saturday Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. PM Sharif was received by Director General CERN Fabiola Gianotti. Uoin meeting PM Sharif Ms.Gianotti said that the Pakistani scientist Dr Abdus Salam…
Ghanaian Vice President calls on National President of Ahmadiyya Ghana

The Vice President, Mr K. B. Amissah‐Arthur, yesterday met with the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana at its headquarters in Accra. They discussed a range of issues including the protection of minority rights, religious tolerance and how to…