FOREF is herewith publishing a statement by the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) concerning the murder in Pakistan of Abdus Salam, an Ahmadi Muslim.  The assailant appears to have acted on religious grounds.  FOREF joins the IHRC in demanding justice in this case, and that Pakistani authorities take necessary steps to end impunity for such crimes.  We call upon Pakistan ‘s partners in the international community to condition their relationships with Pakistan on ending discrimination and persecution of the Ahmadis, and other religious minorities in the country.

It is with agonizing, heart-rending, grief that we come to you with the horrible news of the brutal stabbing and merciless killing of an Ahmadi Abdus Salam son of Munawar Ahmed of L Plot District Okara, Pakistan.

17 May 2022, at 17:45 in L Plot District Okara, Abdus Salam left his home to perform some personal activity. It was then that a boy named Ali Raza alias Mulazam Hussain son of Bashir Ahmed attacked him and stabbed him to death in a religiously motivated attack.

IHRC has learned that the assailant Ali Raza alias Mulazam Hussain son of Bashir Ahmed is a student at local madrassa. The assailant fled the scene right after the merciless killing and is still at large.

The deceased was the sole breadwinner of his family, leaving behind a widow, two young boys of age 6 and 4 years, and an infant baby girl aged one and a half year.

Today, the assailant, as a direct result of his opposition to Ahmadiyyat, attacked an Ahmadi due to which a precious life was lost, and a blossoming family was shattered into mayhem. IHRC condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. We urge the government of Pakistan to ensure that the assailant is put behind bars urgently and swift and fair judgement is served in this case.

Abdus Salam, who lost his life, with his children (L Plot District Okara, Pakistan)

There is an increase in faith-based attacks on Ahmadis residing in Pakistan. Despite such incidents the Government and law enforcement agencies have failed to protect members of the Ahmadiyya Community and in curbing the hate speech. This continuous persecution testifies to the utter disregard of the Community’s rights in Pakistan and creates a deep sense of insecurity within the Community.

The fact of the matter is that there is alarming increase in hate campaign activities against the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. The killing and murder of Ahmadis has become the norm in Pakistan of which the government hardly takes any notice. Threats and attempts to kill Ahmadis have increased in virtually in every part of Pakistan.

These murders, attacks and threats have created a sense of deep insecurity amongst members of the community while the Ahmadis everywhere in Pakistan are living in a deep atmosphere of fear.

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We keep the world community informed in the hope that it will take a stern view of these horrific acts of barbarism in Pakistan and assure the safety and security of law-abiding members of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.

On 13 July 2021, UN human rights experts expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadis.

We strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to honour its responsibility, to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis, that perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, and to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.


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