Leader of the Scottish National Party in UK Parliament, Angus Robertson met with the leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the community’s headquarters in London on Wednesday, April 27th.
During a Parliament session on April, 20th the SNP leader questioned the British Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue of rising anti-Ahamdiyya hatred in the UK. He also asked the PM to back the United Against Extremism campaign launched by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The Times Newspaper reported that Ahmadi community leaders present during the meeting called for the tightening of UK’s hate speech laws and insisted that Mosques should be monitored to prevent extremism being imported from countries such as Pakistan.
The Times reported that Farooq Aftab, an Ahmadi youth leader who was present during the meeting told the MP that Politicians needed to intervene to prevent extremist clerics from producing the same hateful atmosphere which lead to Ahmadis leaving Pakistan.
Speaking to Mr Robertson Aftab said:
“The death of Asad Shah was a turning point for us”
“We know f boycotts and assaults of Ahmadi Muslims but nothing like this had happened before”
40-year-old Ahmadi Muslim Asad Shah, was stabbed to death last month by 32-year-old Tanveer Ahmed who later said he killed Mr Shah for “disrespecting Islam”.
Mr Robertson said
“There are reports of Ahmadi Muslims being refused employment, businesses being boycotted, schoolchildren being bullied and shunned, and in Scotland, people like the lawyer Aamer Anwar, who has worked to bring faith leaders together, have faced death threats.”
He called on politicians to condemn the “prejudice faced by Ahmadi Muslim Community”.