I condemn this action and call on the Government of Pakistan to investigate the crime and punish the miscreants. Even though they may claim to be Muslims, they cannot be Muslims to desecrate a grave of a fellow Muslim, let alone a human being.
There is shameless cruelty going on by the Majoritarian attitudes – a tiny segment from the majority of people become dogs to chase the minorities and howl at them. The problem is not with those evil men, but the problem is with the majority, in the case of Pakistan, the evilness flourishes by the silence of the majority of Muslims. I urge the Pakistani community to condemn this act and let the bad people know that the good people will not tolerate this.
We will publish this news at www.WorldMuslimCongress.org as our support for the Ahmadi Muslim Community. May God give sense to the majority of Pakistani people to respect every Human being, and become exemplary Muslims for the world.
President, Center for Pluralism
Dear Respected Friend!
A nauseatic act of barbarism took place in village Sangu, near Peshawar, Pakistan on the night of 19th May 2022, when some religious vagabonds dug the grave of Ashfaq Ahmad son of Dr Sarwar, and threw his dead body out. IHRC has been informed that Ashfaq Ahmad while studying medicine in Ukraine, died in a car accident on 29th March 1997 and was buried on 10th April 1997 in his native village. So far there is no information about those behind this attack. In 2008 his father Dr Sarwar was brutally shot dead at the doorsteps of his house.
IHRC reported a few days ago, a young Ahmadi man was murdered in front of his minor children, rendering them forever impacted by this trauma. Most recently, anti-Ahmadi assailants dug up the dead remains of an Ahmadi. Exhuming the dead remains of Ahmadi Muslims is among the most unspeakable cruelties a persecuted community can ever face.
These escalating, horrifying acts bespeak an insidious mindset fomented by state & non-state actors in Pakistan. That these extreme acts were committed with brazen abandon — without any arrests of the perpetrators — is beyond shameful. Such disgraceful, despicable behavior has become the norm of the persecutors of Ahmadis in Pakistan.
IHRC is aware of the trail of this persecution which threatens the very existence of Ahmadis in Pakistan. It is spread along the whole spectrum of their lives, depriving them of every opportunity to live a normal respectable life. Ahmadis are paralysed economically. Their children are robbed of education, and they are hated and discriminated against at all levels of society.
This has been going on ruthlessly since the 1984 Ordinance XX. Hundreds of Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith and belief. Thousands have been prosecuted and jailed, several under the blasphemy law the punishment for which is death. IHRC keeps on raising its voice against such ruthless violations of freedom of religion and fundamental human rights with the hope that the World Community will heed our call and take action as appropriate to stop the killing of the members of the peaceful community in Pakistan.
We keep the world community informed in the hope that it will take a stern view of these horrific acts of barbarism in Pakistan and assure the safety and security of law-abiding members of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan. On 13 July 2021, UN human rights experts expressed their deep concern over the lack of attention to the serious human rights violations perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community around the world and called on the international community to step up efforts in bringing an end to the ongoing persecution of Ahmadis.
We strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Pakistan to honour its responsibility, to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis, that perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, and to bring its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.
With kind regards.
General Sec, IHRC.