Daily Archives: June 25, 2010
COMMENT: What else is persecution? —Salma B Ahmad Courtesy Daily Times
Ahmedis have always been a soft target for persecution. Time and again they have been arrested for greeting someone with an Assalam-o-Alaikum, reciting the kalima or reading the Holy Quran
I took my first breath as an infant in a country whose government and people had already declared me and my community to be heretics. As a child, I did not realise the implications of the draconian laws of 1974 and 1984 that Pakistan, my country, had imposed on us. The state had forbidden us to even profess and defend our beliefs without any reason.
With age as I learned more about our society, I started to observe the injustice done to Ahmedis. I still remember that the subject of Pakistan Studies was a constant obstacle in our path to learn about true history. It was frustrating to read about the efforts of Sir Syed, Allama Iqbal, Liaqat Ali Khan, with no mention of the Ahmediyya Jamaat’s contributions to Pakistan. Continue reading