Pakistani law fuels hatred of Ahmadis, prompts attacks: UN experts
Official discrimination in Pakistan against the Ahmadi Muslim sect fuels hatred of the community and prompts violent attacks against them, according to three U.N. human rights investigators.
In a statement issued by the United Nations in Geneva following deadly bombings last Friday of two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, the three said the authorities had failed to head off the attacks despite many signs that they were coming.
(Photo: Ahmadis bury attack victims in Chenab Nagar, northwest of Lahore on May 29, 2010/stringer)
“Members of this (Ahmadi) religious community have faced continuous threats, discrimination and violent attacks in Pakistan,” said the experts, who included Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
The fact that Ahmadis were officially declared non-Muslims and had been subjected to restrictions and institutionalised discrimination “emboldens opinion makers who wish to fuel hatred and perpetrators of attacks against religious minorities,” the statement declared.
More than 70 Ahmadi worshippers were killed by suspected Islamic militants in the attacks and around 80 injured, according to official figures.