Posted by: becketfund | December 26, 2007

Pakistan: Ahmadi Community Risks Charges of “Impersonating Muslims”

RABWAH – Hard-line clerics in Pakistan are using the country’s blasphemy laws to persecute members of the Ahmadiyya community in Rabwah, Pakistan, The Telegraph reported on December 26. The laws, promulgated by General Zia ul-Haq, president of the country from 1977 to 1988, allow Ahmadis to be charged with “impersonating Muslims” if they dare to refer to their places of worship as mosques or read from the Koran. Charges of “impersonating Muslims” are still outstanding for the Ahmadis of Rabwah, where some are serving long prison sentences for “posing as Muslims” and for blasphemy.

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