Terrified Ahmadis are seeking government protection after an extremist group circulated pamphlets branding them “fit to be killed.”
The All Pakistan Students Khatam-e-Nabuwat Federation recently handed the pamphlets out in public areas in Faisalabad in Punjab province,
inciting people to kill members of the minority Muslim sect, who believe Muhammad was not the last prophet.
The pamphlets also included a hit-list containing the names of 32 businessmen, teachers and doctors along with their addresses.
Law enforcement agencies say it’s a joint campaign by different terrorist organizations.
“We need to identify these people among us who are bewitching us; their punishment is death
. Killing them in an open market is jihad and virtuous. So awaken your conscience … and achieve the status of martyrdom,” the pamphlets read.
Concerned Ahmadis have met with police commissioner and other officials to present them with the list and demand protection.
“Fatwas declaring us Wajibulqatal [fit to be killed] have been issued in the past but this is a direct threat. The targeted people are in dire danger,” said Saleem-ud-din, an Ahmadi spokesperson.
He said security forces need to do more to help threatened minorities.
“Our guards captured a suicide attacker in April outside a worship place in Lahore but police later freed him due to political pressure from hardliners,” he said adding that three Ahmadi businessmen were murdered in Faisalabad last year.
The Asian Human Rights Commission also urged the government to prevent more Ahmadi killings in a statement on June 11.
“Once the killings start it will be too late and the government will not be able to use the excuse that they had no time to prepare.
Action must be taken against any person or group openly declaring their nefarious designs of mass killings,” it stated.
According to its 2010 Ahmadi persecution report● 202 Ahmadis were killed for their faith
●234 suffered violent attacks●22 places of worship were destroyed (These exclude 28 sealed, 15 unlawfully seized)
●29 dead bodies were exhumed from common graveyards●51 families were denied burial
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