|For Immediate Release||Contact:
Safwan Choudhry - Spokesperson
Canadian Muslim Community condemns murderous attacks on Christian churchgoers in Pakistan
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mourns with Pakistan Christians
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at of Canada categorically and unequivocally condemns the weekend attacks on Christian churchgoers in Lahore, Pakistan, where it is reported that as many as 14 people were killed and scores of others injured.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous crimes, with their families and with the Christian Community of Pakistan. We stand in solidarity with them and with other minorities against these attacks on the fundamental values of all religions.
Islam is also a victim of such attacks: The Holy Quran requires Muslims to stand up in defense of synagogues, churches, cloisters and mosques. In other words, Islam requires Muslims to stand up in defense of the freedom of worship and freedom of conscience of Christians, Jews and others!
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community too, continuously faces similar persecution in Pakistan. In 2010, terrorists stormed two Ahmadiyya mosques in the same city, Lahore, during Friday Prayers, and killed 82 worshippers while injuring countless others.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community prays for peace and stability in Pakistan. At the same time, it urges the Pakistan government to address the root cause of the problem; that is, to repeal laws and regulations that discriminate against minority groups in the country, and to treat all citizens uniformly and equitably. The National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Canada, Mr. Lal Khan Malik, has stated, “We are very saddened to hear about the recent attacks on two churches in Pakistan.” He adds, “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families that have suffered from these attacks and pray that the persecution of minorities in Pakistan ends soon.”
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