POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON May 28, 2010 AT 21:06 IST ,  Edited At: May 28, 2010 21:06 IST

On Chapati Mystery Manan Ahmed has a short post on the attacks in Lahore today that deserves to be quoted in full:

There is a mosque near my house in Berlin. I bike past it every time. I often stop at the light, and enjoy the minarets against the grey skies.

There is a mosque in Lahore, too.

Every attack, every atrocity, every massacre diminishes us all. This, I choose to lay at the feet of Mawdudi and his ilk, at the feet of Bhutto and his ilk, at the feet of our bearded muftis and their ilk. I blame those who deny citizenship to their brethren. I blame everyone who denies the freedom to practice their faith in peace.

I am afraid I have little else but rage and white hate for the perpetrators of this crime.

I am an Ahmadi.

From the last link:

I am an Ahmadi. There are four million of me in Pakistan. This Islamic Republic is the only state in the world which has officially declared me to to be a non-Muslim. Why? It’s simple. I am an Ahmadi.

Ordinances have been passed against me. Acts and Constitutional Amendments have focused on me. Shortly after the heart and soul of our nation was split into two, a country reeling to define and defend its own identity unleashed itself upon me. In 1974, a parliament I had voted for adopted a law that outlawed me.

The rest of you were given a different story. Unlike you, I was not a “a person who believes in the finality of the Prophet Muhammad”. But nobody really asked me what I  believed in. Why? Because I am different. Because I don’t matter. Because I am an Ahmadi.

A powerful man who killed another powerful man in the name of the law did worse to me. In 1984, the General of an Army I pay for, support and have fought for passed another law:  now I could not call myself a Muslim, or even “pose as Muslim”.

Read on at: I am an Ahmadi.

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON May 28, 2010 AT 21:06 IST ,  Edited At: May 28, 2010 21:06 IST
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May 30, 2010
12:46 AM
I am not an Ahmadi, but I am in full agreement with this article. Not even barbarians attack people when they are praying. To kill people because of their religious beliefs is madness. The laws passed against Ahmadis in Pakistan are a travesty of the legislative process. The treatment of Ahmadis, Shias, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians in Pakistan is a matter of utter shame. Since Deobandis are reputed to have influence in Pakistan, let them issue a fatwa against the killing of minorities in Pakistan rather than issuing dumb fatwas putting restrictions on working women.
Dallas, United States
May 29, 2010
09:56 PM
The PAKI "independent private TV Channels" never ever mention in any of the report that the attack was against an "ISLAMIC SECT" but kept repeating that the attack targeted "minorities". Similar attacks against SHIAS in Pakistan are reported differently. So it is not just the "PAKI parliament that adopted a law that outlawed" Ahamadi but even the supposedly independent Paki private TV channels also have NOT accepted AHAMADIS as Muslims. Kill they must- for without killing Islam will cease to exist.
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