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Pakistan: Failure Of The Institutions Related To Rule Of Law

The AHRC estimates that on average some 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls are forcibly converted to Islam each year in Pakistan, notably in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun Kha and Sindh provinces.

Posters anouncing hate for Ahmadis in Pakistan

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
Source/Credit: The Asian Human Rights Comission
By AHRC | Statement | December 10, 2012

Excerpt: Religious Discrimination

Despite having accepted several recommendations to guarantee freedom of religion in law and practice, religious discrimination and attacks on minorities continue unabated in Pakistan. The government is bending to sustained pressure from fundamentalist Islamic groups.

Banned religious groups continue to operate freely. Banned religious groups under the supervision of Punjab provincial government launched a public hate campaign calling for citizens to kill members of the Ahmadiyya community and attack their businesses. The authorities took no action against the group. In Balochistan, gunmen belonging to banned religious organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) shot dead 26 Pakistani Shia Muslim pilgrims travelling to Iran. This brings the total number of Shia’s killed to over 800 over the last three years, without credible action being taken by the governments.

It is deplorable that the government failed to place the country’s blasphemy law in line with the ICCPR. This law continues to be abused to persecute religious minorities. In one case, an 11-year-old Christian girl, Ramsha Masih, has been booked on the charges of blasphemy law but the government, instead of mobilizing the society against the misuse of blasphemy laws, preferred to send her out of the country to appease the fundamentalists.

The AHRC estimates that on average some 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls are forcibly converted to Islam each year in Pakistan, notably in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun Kha and Sindh provinces. Typically, girls are abducted, raped, and kept in Madrassas, where they are forced to sign marriage certificates and state that they have converted to Islam. Despite the 2011 Prevention of Anti-women Practices Act, which abolishes the practice of forced marriages and the exchange of girls in settling disputes, as well as the marriage of minor girls, the police refuse to intervene in such cases and courts are even complicit in this, by nullifying women’s previous non-Islamic marriages and recognizing their forced marriages instead.

The Ahmadis are one group denied their right to vote; they cannot register as a voter in Pakistan. It is a most shameful and horrifying fact that all Muslims in Pakistan, in order to get I.D cards essential for registering as a voter, have to make a declaration pronouncing the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Community as an imposter and a liar. Being a minority community, the Ahmadis are denied the basic rights of the vote to elect their representatives and that under the present civil government they have been swiftly and effectively expelled from the whole electoral process or herself an Ahmadi. The Government of Pakistan has not only confiscated their freedom to faith, belief and practice, but is also victimising them socially, economically and educationally.

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