Jamat E Ahmadiyya Pakistan has released its annual report for the year of 2015.
According to the spokesman of Jamat E Ahmadiyya Saleem Ul Din has said that the Year 2015 proved to be another harsh year for Pakistanâ€™sÂ Ahmadiyya community.
So far 248 members have been killed because of their faith; 323 have been the victim of attempted murder; 27 worship places have been demolished; 32 have been sealed by the authorities and 16 illegally appropriated; 39 graves have been desecrated and the bodies of 65 have been refused burial in joint cemeteries. As a result, Ahmadis face insecurity in both life and death, the report concluded.
The report, which highlights the persecution of Ahmadis, said there was a noteworthy increase in hate propaganda against the community. â€œThe government agencies responsible for implementing the laws are being manipulated by opponents of the community,â€ spokesperson of Jamat-e-Ahmadia Saleemudin said. â€œInstead of upholding the law, they continue to cave into the demands of extremists.â€
The spokesperson further said â€˜factory belonging to an Ahmadi was set ablaze last year on November 20 in Jehlum after a false accusation of blasphemy. â€œThe homes of factory workers were also burned to the ground with the residents surviving the attack. The day after this incident a nearby place of worship of the community was attacked and desecrated in the presence of law enforcement authorities.â€
â€œOn the recommendation of the Punjab Mutahiddah Ulema Board, the Punjab government has banned various Ahmadi publications for so-called hate speech, without being able to provide evidence of where this inflammatory material appears. There is absolutely no truth to this claim,â€ he said.
â€œThe very motto of our community is love for all, hatred for none,â€ Saleemudin said, claiming as of right now, even Ahmadis are being prevented from accessing their own religious books which go against article 20 of the Constitution.
The communityâ€™s spokesperson further said Ahmadis were discriminated against in local body elections on account of their faith after being included in a separate voters list. â€œThe community made attempts to make clear their stance on the issue but all newspapers refused to publish a statement on their behalf,â€ he upheld.