Pak­istan still per­se­cutes Ah­madis

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Hu­man Right’s Day was es­tab­lished by the United Na­tions to com­mem­o­rate the day the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man rights. Sadly, as we all know, hu­man rights are not univer­sal in the world. One place in which they are not rec­og­nized is Pak­istan.

Last week a raid was con­ducted by the spe­cial an­titer­ror­ism po­lice force in Pak­istan on the peace-lov­ing Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity’s head­quar­ters. There, four peo­ple were ar­rested and nine were charged un­der the coun­try’s anti-blas­phemy laws. Th­ese are laws that im­prison any­one the au­thor­i­ties be­lieve to be “pos­ing” as Mus­lims or, by their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion, in­sult­ing the Prophet Muham­mad. Ah­madi Mus­lims are the main vic­tims of th­ese heinous laws; they have been dis­en­fran­chised, im­pris­oned, tor­tured and mur­dered, all sim­ply due to their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lam.

I would urge Pak­istan to treat all of its cit­i­zens equally. In the worlds of the Prophet Muham­mad “like for your brother what you like for your­self.”

NAMEER BHATTI

Mem­ber, Mus­lim Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica Blue Bell, Pa.

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