Persecution

Press Release

47 PRESS RELEASE AHMADI DOCTORS AND VOLUNTEERS ARRESTED (N RAHIM YAR KHAN, PAKISTAN. According to reports reaching London, a seven member team of Ahmadi doctors and volunteers, which was running a Medical Relief Camp at Chak No. 6, Abbasia, District Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, was arrested by police last week. The camp was organised by the Pakistani Ahmadiyya Muslim Community under the Help the Poor Scheme under which free medical advice and treatment was given to the poor and the needy. According to the details received, a police party from Liaqat Pur police station raided the camp and arrested all members of the team. A case has been registered against them under the Anti-Ahmadiyya laws, section 298-c and 16 MPO. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Great Britain strongly condemns the high handedness of the police and demands the immediate release of their members. AN AHMADI SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS FOR SAYING PEACE BE UPON YOU. A Pakistani court sentenced an Ahmadi Karamatullah of Mansehra, Pakistan, to six months imprisonment and a fine of 500 Rupees, for saying Assalamo Alaikum, an Islamic form of greeting, meaning peace be upon you to a person in the street. Under Anti—Ahmadiyya Laws of the country, no Ahmadi can call himself a Muslim or use any Islamic term. In another case an Ahmadi Zafrullah Khan of Model Town, Lahore, was sentenced in absentia to imprisonment and a fine, for saying Azan the call to Prayer. The Magistrate has also ordered that all his movable and immovable property be confiscated. A spokesman .of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Great Britain, has regarded these sentences as blatant violations of Human Rights and has demanded that the Anti-Ahmadiyya Laws be repealed immediately. (For further information please contact Rashid Ahmad Chaudhry, 16-18, Gressenhall Road, London, S.W.I 8 SQL)