Dhaka, Sunday, June 6, 2006
Ahmadiyyas condemn Lahore killings
The Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh on Saturday called for drawing up a global charter to curb violence against religious minorities, hate campaigns and religious discrimination to make the world a better place to live in.
The community leaders at a briefing at its headquarters condemned the brutal attack by armed bigots on two Ahmadiyya mosques in the Pakistani city of Lahore on May 28 that left 86 dead and more than 125 injured.
They said the bloodbath of Ahmadis was a natural consequence of pampering of extremists and the enactment of barbaric laws by the Pakistani parliament barring one from practicing his religion.
‘We condemn the premeditated and cold-blooded killing in the strongest possible term and call for an end to the impunity to the bigots… This is high time for the international community to take steps to repeal such inhuman laws and help establish freedom of religion in the civilized world,’ said Meer Mubashsher Ali, naib national amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Bangladesh.
Citing instances of violence and violation of basic and religious rights of the minority people, Mubashsher said, ‘Pakistan is not only the most dangerous place on earth now; it has turned into the breeding ground for terrorism in the garb of religion. Some global charter must be drawn or at least activated to curb such inhuman violence and hate campaign to make the world a better place to live in.’
He said formulation of such a charter would give a strong message to all extremists in and outside Pakistan who were trying to exploit religious sentiments of innocent masses.
Central missionary of Ahmadiyya community Bangladesh, Abdul Awwal Khan Chowdhury, Dhaka University Islamic history professor Parvin Hasan and writer Shahriyar Kabir were also present at the briefing.