Pakistani documentary highlights plight of Ahmadiyya Muslim minority in the country

Pakistani documentary highlights plight of Ahmadiyya Muslim minority in the country

A documentary featuring testimonials and stories of minorities was screened at the Jinnah Institute (JI) on Friday.

Titled ‘Strangers in their own land’ and ‘اپنی زمین پر اجنبی’ for English and Urdu segments respectively, the documentary is an initiative of the institute. It was screened at a closed-door event and was attended by its filmmaker Ali Aftab Saeed, human rights activists, and researchers, who opened the floor for discussion and encouraged feedback post-screening.

The documentary is part of a report by the Jinnah Institute (JI) on religious persecution and impact of religious extremism on the status of freedom of religion in the country. The documentary revealed that over 41 Ahmadis were killed over the past few years without any reason. It went on to highlight their struggles and problems in the daily and professional life, and its impact on their peace of mind.

Researcher: Rabia Mehmood

The striking aspect of the documentary was how sensitively it presented the stories. It also features the views of scholars, human rights activists and lawyers on the issue.

Rabia Mehmood, a researcher at the Jinnah Institute (JI) who was involved in the film, said the short documentary was for advocacy and based on ethnographic research carried out by the institute.

“We felt the need to produce this documentary because it was necessary to show an audio and visual representation of the tales of persecution. The plight of religiously persecuted is so haunting that we wanted Pakistanis and the world to hear their voice,” she said.

Saeed said he was contacted to make the documentary, but the initiative and the research was all done by the JI. “I was contacted by JI and since I feel strongly about the issue, I came on board. We travelled to Hazara, interior Sindh, Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad for the shoot,” he said.

Film Maker: Ali Aftab Saeed

The filmmaker further said that he thought he knew the struggles of minorities but he truly realized how grave the situation was while making the documentary.

“Accepting a problem is part of solving it so I really hope this effort plays the role of a catalyst to bring change in the country,” he said.

Speaking about the challenges faced while shooting on such a sensitive issue, Saeed told The Express Tribune that the biggest challenge was that none of the Ahmadis were willing to come on camera. This shows how they are living with fear of death in their own country, he added. “Eventually one person agreed but we had to hide his face for his own security,” he said.

The documentary will be released on the internet in the next few days.

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6 thoughts on “Pakistani documentary highlights plight of Ahmadiyya Muslim minority in the country

  1. The film makers or producers can incorporate the famous song..mai(n) tairay ujnabee shaher mai(n) dhoondtaa phir raha hoon tujhay,mujh ko awwaz day.we are looking for you in your strange land,please respond to me.The Ahmadi would then reply “Aawaze was rahe hay yay phonograph say ,dhoondo Khuda ko dill say na laughogazaff say!!!!!!!!

  2. Who is this Rabwah Times? Why he does not give reference to the original article? He should be charged with plagiarism. With whose permission he put that pic on this page?

  3. The Government of Pakistan has completely failed to provide protection to Ahmadi Muslims, who are being persecuted and martyred. The Police, do not register their cases, the courts do not give justice, they are discriminated in educational institutes, employment, businesses, government jobs and even in military. They are forced to sign on oath declarations against their faith to register birth of a child, apply for ID card, passport, application for Haj Passport, overseas Pakistani ID card, admission to educational institutes and armed forces etc. This is being done with the fear of fanatic terrorists mullas. It is high time that the government rid of the amendments made in the Constitution of Pakistan and provide a peaceful environment for all citizens, otherwise, be ready to face the consequences of curse of Allah Taala, which had already started on the people of Pakistan. You name any evil, which is not in the politicians and Pakistani nation. May Allah protect our Motherland. Amin.

  4. Brave move by the makers, I do hope we get to read and see the documentary.
    No one is to blame on the Ahmadiyya side for not coming forward to put their views across because we are not safe and anonymity is preferable under the current climate of hate and and even murders. Because there is no justice for Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan.

  5. No one was daring to come on the camera?we have doubt?The word catalyst means, Ahmadi Muslims would be used to speed up the change, but no change in the composition of the reaction.?? Anyway a good effort by Jinnah Institute Pakistan.!!!