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Excerpt from The targeting of Minority 'Others' in Pakistan
The widespread teaching of religious intolerance; and the requirement on Muslim students that they declare in writing their belief that Mohammad is the final prophet, thus segregating Ahmadis. Ahmadis are also frequent targets of religious violence, including anti-Ahmadi attacks on their homes and businesses, as well as killings on account of their faith”.clxxxv
Attempts have also been made to restrict Ahmadis accessing key websites: “In July 2012, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked access to the official website of the Ahmadiyya community, Alislam.org, operated from outside the country. A PTA official explained that the website was blocked ‘because Ahmadis ... [a]re not allowed to propagate their religious views under the constitution of Pakistan’. The move came after the Muttahida Ulema Board (United Board of Islamic Clerics) accused the website of containing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad. Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, commented that the move ‘reflects religious intolerance and violates the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom’”.
A fatwa is currently in place which calls for non-Ahmadi Muslim converts to Ahmadiyya to be killed within three days of their conversion. One Ahmadi convert was killed by a retired police officer in March 2007, who justified the killing on the grounds of Islamic law.
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