Islamic clerics in Pakistan have lodged a protest against what they call ‘Fraudulent misrepresentation’ of faith by a student in Gojrah, a city 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Lahore.
Speaking at the local press club the clerics demanded action against the ‘fraudulent misrepresentation’ of faith by Bilal Ahmed, a high school student from Chak-297GB. Clerics, Qari Noor Ahmad, Khalid Rizvi, Rana Tariq and others claimed that the teenager had falsely obtained permission to privately sit in high school level exams by misrepresenting his faith as Islam, even though he was Qadiani (Ahmadi).
The clerics added that they had formally lodged a complaint against the student with DSP & Assistant Commissioner Police Gojrah but they refused to take action and referred them to the anti-corruption department. The clerics requested DPO Police Usman Akram Gondal to take up their request and formally charge the student.
The Ahmadis were declared “non-Muslim” using a constitutional amendment and have since faced severe persecution both at the hands of state and non-state actors. In 2009 a Muslim mob burned down 40-50 Christian houses and killed 6.