Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) strongly condemned the burning to death of two Ahmadiyya Muslim children, a seven year-old girl and her baby sister, along with their grandmother on Sunday night in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
The girls and their grandmother died when a rioting mob burned down several Ahmadiyya homes in the city, after an Ahmadiyya man was accused of allegedly posting a blasphemous picture of the Kaaba (cube-shaped structure at the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that Muslims consider sacred) on Facebook.
“It is abhorrent and entirely unacceptable that the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is being repeatedly subjected to such barbaric acts and systematic persecution in Pakistan,” said Samir Kalra, Esq., HAF’s Director and Senior Human Rights Fellow. “In what should be a joyous time to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Ahmadiyya community is being forced to deal with yet another tragedy. Our deepest condolences and sympathy go out to the victims and their families.”
The violence also left at least nine other people severely burned and caused a pregnant woman to miscarry her baby, while the police reportedly stood by idly and watched. Ahmadiyyas, along with other religious minorities, are routinely discriminated against in Pakistan and prohibited from openly practicing their faith, as documented in HAF’s latest human rights report.