Sub-Committee on International Human Rights votes to investigate persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW/ - On June 17, 2008, submissions were made to the
House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights on the
persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan and Indonesia.
    Mr. Mahdi, Missionary Incharge & Vice President of the Ahmadiyya
Community in Canada, provided a comprehensive overview of the history of the
persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan, a worldwide community
dedicated to the principles of peace, interfaith dialogue, service to humanity
and a non-violent interpretation of Jihad (holy struggle). Mr. Mahdi explained
that these principles are deeply offensive to militant extremist mullahs and
the reasons they target the Community for persecution. For example by simply
referring to themselves as Muslims and their religion as Islam, and engaging
in simple acts of worship and devotion, Ahmadis are charged with the offense
of "posing as Muslims", an act which the law considers offensive and insulting
to "real" Muslims but only when committed by Ahmadis.
    Not only do the militant extremists ultimately wish to achieve their goal
of the eradication and genocide of the Ahmadis through their
misinterpretations of Islam, but they are also determined to achieve the
destruction of democratic institutions in Pakistan, Indonesia and other
    In his submissions, Mr. Siddiq, General Counsel of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community Canada, stated that not only successive Pakistani governments
placate and capitulate to the demands of militant extremist mullahs to deny
Ahmadis their rights; the Supreme Court has provided justification for the
imposition of the death penalty for peaceful Ahmadi religious practice.
    Mr. Siddiq also provided a description of the nature of the persecution
taking place in Indonesia describing it as akin to Pakistan in the 1970's when
the Ahmadiyya were first declared as non-Muslim. As both Pakistan and
Indonesia are fragile democracies, Canada has an interest in encouraging these
governments to resist the pressure and influence of militant extremist groups
because these same groups are also bent on establishing their own oppressive
Taliban-style governance.
    After receiving the submissions and receiving responses to their
questions, the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights passed a motion to
further investigate the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan and
Indonesia and to make recommendations to the House of Commons Committee on
Foreign Affairs.
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