PAKISTAN: A Call to protect the life of a converted Ahmadi and his family under constant threat from religious extremists in Pakistan
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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued a statement today revealing that it has received information about a former Shia Muslim who has by his own choice, converted to Ahmadi Muslim sect is now facing threats to his life. According to the information received by the AHRC, Mr. Sharafat Din, 35 years of age, the son of Ahmed Mir and a resident of Gilgit-Baltistan province Pakistan, who hails from the Shia Sect of Islam, on his own choice joined the Ahmadi faith in June of 2013.The Shia Sect is the second largest sect of Islam.Further according to the information, Din's family members have kidnapped his wife and his child as punishment for joining Ahmadiyya Islam.
The community where he resides has declared him an infidel and has deemed that he is to be killed by the community due to his religious beliefs.Din's nephew has filed a First Information Report (FIR) with the Police, accusing him of spreading hate against Muslims and for 'preaching Ahmedi ideology' in the community. According to reports the police have, in turn filed a criminal case against Din for instigating a sectarian violence.Din is hiding in different cities as his name and photos have been distributed to different religious groups advertising that he is an infidel.The AHRC noted with concern, the persecution of Ahmadi's by religious fundamentalists in Pakistan, which has to date continued unabated and they have viewed conversions into the Ahmadi sect as one of the biggest crimes against Islamic principles.Pakistan has officially declared the Ahmadis to be non-Muslims and in their freedom of religion has been curtailed by a series of ordinances, acts and constitutional amendments. The Ahmadi sect was declared un-Islamic by a constitutional amendment in 1974 and all other Islamic sects continue to discriminate against the Ahmadiyya community so much so that they are not even allowed to perform any Islamic rituals.Ahmadis are barred by law from worshiping in public places, or in structures identified as mosques, performing the Muslim call to prayer, using the traditional Islamic greeting in public and or publicly quoting from the Quran. Any Ahmadi found engaged in any Islamic activity is meted with the ultimate punishment of death by Pakistani courts or by public killings by Islamist mobs.
No sooner, Mr Sharafat Din adopted the Ahmadiyya faith he had started receiving threats from his family members, including his in-laws, his employer, Muslim militant groups, from even the law enforcement agencies such as the police and security guards posted in Gilgit-Baltistan province bordering China. The AHRC also learnt that Mr. Din, his wife and son had all been kidnapped while he was travelling from Islamabad to Chanab Nagar, the former Rabwa province which was the heart of the Ahmadiyya community, after attending an Ahamdiya religious sermon. Mr. Din was later detained for 15 days, together with his family at a house owned by his in laws in Gilgit province. During this time of detention, it is learnt that Mr. Din was severely beaten and tortured forcing him to convert back to Islam. According to information received by the AHRC, Mr. Din had been in a severely critical state, when his wife had helped him escape the captors. Following this incident and for orchestrating her husband's escape, Mr. Din's wife and young child have been forcibly taken away to an unknown location and Mr. Din claims that to-date he has not seen his wife and does not know the whereabouts of his family. Mr. Din, worked was an employee of a commercial bank, Karakuram Cooperative Bank in Danyour Gilgit, before his conversion and as a result was forced to resign from his employment. Mr Din informed the AHRC that he was continuously being victimized by both the bank staff as well as the Manager following his conversion and according to him staff at the Bank have threatened him with inflicting physical punishment in public if he does not resign.