Pakistanis rally in support of Ahmadi man’s killer

Thousands of Pakistanis rallied Friday in Peshawar to show their support for the killer who gunned down an Ahmadi man on trial for blasphemy. The American, Tahir Naseem, died of his wounds before he could be taken to hospital while the gunman, Faisal Khan, was taken into custody. When Khan was arrested he told Police that he had been told in his dream to kill the Ahmadi man. Khan said: “He had claimed to be a Prophet, I swear to …

US ‘outraged’ over the killing of an American citizen in Pakistan

The United States on Thursday called for the immediate reformation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws after an American citizen was killed over alleged blasphemy. “We are shocked, saddened, and outraged that American citizen Tahir Naseem was killed yesterday inside a Pakistani courtroom. Mr. Naseem had been lured to Pakistan from his home in Illinois by individuals who then used Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to entrap him,” a U.S. State Department spokesman said. “We grieve with the family of Mr. Naseem. We urge …

Ahmadi man accused of blasphemy shot dead in Pakistan courtroom

A young Pakistani Muslim walked into a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday and shot and killed an Ahmadi man who was on trial for blasphemy. Tahir Ahmed Naseem, an American citizen had been in prison since his arrest in 2018, allegedly after claiming he was a prophet. He was a follower of the Ahmadiyya sect, which is persecuted in Pakistan where they have officially been declared non-Muslims. According to a lawyer, who was present in the …

Pakistani authorities desecrate Ahmadi graves

Dozens of Ahmadi graves were destroyed by Pakistani authorities in Gujranwala district on Monday & Tuesday. The incident happened on 13th and 14th July in Tigri, a village located 100km north of Lahore. According to the Ahmadi spokesperson the desecration of graves was carried out by local Police and council authorities. Pictures and videos of the incident posted to Twitted by different users show Police officers, a Muslim cleric and several council officials supervising the destruction of Ahmadi gravestones. This …

Ahmadi graves desecrated in Pakistan

Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi Muslims say scores of headstones have been destroyed by Pakistani authorities at a cemetery in Sheikhupura. Amir Mahmood, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Community said the incident took place in Chak 79, a village in the Nawankot area of ​​Sheikhupura district. Mahmood said locals, backed by Pakistani authorities desecrated 35 – 40 Ahmadi graves. He added that the issue arose after locals opposed a plan by Ahmadis to build a funeral home. BBC Urdu reported that village …

US ‘deeply disturbed’ by anti-Ahmadi campaign in Pakistan

The United States has said it is “deeply disturbed” by the ongoing campaign against the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. The remark was made by Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on May 12 on Twitter. In his tweet Ambassador Brownback said: “Deeply disturbed by the rhetoric against the Ahmadi Muslim Community in Pakistan in discussions about the National Commission for Minorities. We urge government officials to promote inclusion and respect for all.” Ambassador Brownback’s message comes just days …

Pakistani writer calls Ahmadis ‘worthy of death’

Pakistan’s writer and director Khalil-Ur-Rehman Qamar on Wednesday labeled the country’s minority Ahmadis ‘worthy of death’ during an interview with Parvez Jamil Mir. Qamar made the remarks while answering a question on the inclusion of Ahmadis in Pakistan’s National Commission for Minorities. He said: “They should accept that they are Infidels, then we will include them as a Minority, I have no objection to that. But if you challenge the concept of Khatm e Nabuwat while posing as a Muslim, …

Ahmadis excluded from Pakistan’s Minorities’ Commission

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday backtracked on his decision to include Ahmadis in the National Commission for Minorities. During a cabinet meeting with his top minister PM Khan approved a memo submitted by Ministry of Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony urging the cabinet to exclude Ahmadis due to the “religious and historical sensetivity of the issue.” The same cabinet on April 29th had ordered the Ministry of Religious Affairs to include the Ahmadis, saying that: “The Ahmadi community, …

Indian families stranded in Pakistan appeal for help

Two families from India who were visiting Pakistan are now stranded in Pakistan due to the closure of the Attari-Wagah border amid coronavirus fears. Mohammad Anwar, a resident of Qadian came to visit Pakistan along with his wife and daughter but got stranded in Chenab Nagar. Speaking to Punjab Gazette, he said: “I traveled to Pakistan via Wagah border on March 12 with my wife and daughter to meet my in-laws, But we got stuck here due to the border …

Hamza Abbasi says he was wrong to call Ahmadis ‘non-Muslim’

Former Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi said on Saturday that he was wrong in labeling Ahmadis as non-Muslims. He was backtracking from comments he made in 2016 declaring the minority Ahmadis a religion separate from Islam. Abbasi said on Twitter: “I was wrong in calling them non-Muslim. I can only say that they are wrong in their belief.” The actor was responding to a barrage of abusive tweets that were part of a Pakistan wide Twitter trend against Ahmadis. ” …

Pakistan to include Ahmadis in National Commission for Minorities

Pakistan on Wednesday announced the inclusion of minority Ahmadis in the National Commission for Minorities. According to 92 News, the federal cabinet on April 20 had approved plans by the Ministry of Religious Affairs to reorganize the commission. However, the proposal did not include a representative from the Ahmadi community. Subsequently, several Ministers raised the issue with PM Khan and suggested that Ahmadis be included in the commission. Accepting the suggestion by the Ministers PM Imran Khan on Wednesday directed …

Former ‘Harf e Raaz’ co-host lashes out at Orya Maqbool Jan

In a leaked call, former co-host of ‘Harf e Raaz’ lashed out against Orya Maqbool Jan for being a “hypocrite” and having an “illicit relationship” with the show’s producer. The damning claims were made by Jameel Farooqui in a phone call with Canada’s Rawal TV. Farooqui lamented that due to the nature of his job he was forced to share the screen with someone who had “extremist views”. He claimed: “When you are on screen, it’s not just one person …