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Report on the Situation of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan



12 APRIL 1989


The Incident

Anti-Ahmadi riots took place in the second week of April 1989 at Nankana Sahib and some adjoining villages. A statement made in this regard by a spokesman of the Ahmadis on April 15 is at Annexure "A".

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan constituted a mission to visit the scene of occurrence and to ascertain facts. The report compiled by the mission was sent on May 29 to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, and his comments requested by June 19 (Annexure "B"). As no comments have been received, the report is being published as compiled originally.

Dr. Mubashar Hassan, a member of the mission that visited Nankana Sahib, gave a statement on June 3 saying that the Punjab Government had totally failed to protect the weaker sections of society, and the anti-Ahmadi riot at Nankana Sahib was a case in point (Annexure "C").

On June 5, a spokesman of the Punjab Government described Dr. Mubashar Hassan's statement as baseless and misleading (Annexure "D").

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan felt obliged to comment on the June 5 statement made by a spokesman of the Government of Punjab. This was done through a Press Release on June 7 (Annexure "E").


A team of the International Commission of Jurists visited Pakistan in April 1987 to assess the state of Human Rights in Pakistan after the lifting of Martial Law. Among other matters, it also studied the situation of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Some of their observations are reproduced below as the appear relevant to the subject of this report.

“The Ahmadis have suffered a relentless decline in their religious freedom.”

“While there are public order concerns arising out of the hostility of some Muslims to Ahmadis, these are not being instigated by Ahmadis. On the contrary they are suffering violence both to their person and places of worship with no serious attempt being made to afford them protection.”

“The Government appears to be either ignoring unprovoked attacks on Ahmadi places of worship or allowing public order to be used as a pretext for stopping acts of worship.”

“A number of Ahmadi mosques have also been sealed up on the instructions of local officials.”

“It is not clear why the state should be justified in backing the refusal of some Muslims to tolerate the religious practices of others anymore than it would be in supporting an assailant against the victim.”

“Ahmadis are now effectively disenfranchised.”

“There are undoubtedly substantial doctrinal differences between the Ahmadiyya and other Muslim sects but the recognition of Islam as the state religion and maintenance of public order do not require the persecution which the Ahmadis are currently enduring. The Government should, therefore, reverse the measures which it has been taking against the Ahmadi community and take steps to ensure that they do not suffer unlawful discrimination or attacks on their person and places of worship.”
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