Just as I’d stand with any persecuted group or a section of society facing injustice, I also stand with Ahmadis unconditionally and vow to do everything I can to highlight their struggle — in hopes of a more inclusive Pakistan.
An online campaign has recently been launched to show solidarity and stand with the persecuted minority group Ahmadiyya Jamaat. The campaign #IStandWithAhmadis aggregates people photographed while carrying solidarity posters and posts them online on www.istandwithahmadis.com website.
One can participate simply by printing solidarity messages, taking a photograph and posting using #IStandWithAhmadis hashtag on social media pages.
The Ahmadis is one of the most marginalized and persecuted groups in Pakistan. They are often boycotted, demonized, harassed, terrorized and persecuted not just at the hands of ignorant majority groups but also at the hands of the police and state institutions.
Only last month, an Ahmadi mosque in Jhelum was torched by a mob who then offered prayers after burning the whole place down claiming it was now a “Sunni mosque”.
The minority Ahmadiyya followers profess they are Muslims but are termed “non-Muslims” by the constitution since 1974, and considered apostates by a vast majority.