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RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN PAKISTAN
Nor is this the
first Ahmadiya mosque to be destroyed in Pakistan since the Ahmadiyas were declared
illegal by the Pakistani government of General Zia in 1984. The destructions have
generally been carried out by the Pakistani police, incited by orthodox mullahs. In
addition, Ahmadiya leaders have fled the country, as under current Pakistani law they can
be imprisoned for three years, merely for performing Islamic practices or claiming to be
Muslims. Some Ahmadiya leaders who have stayed in Pakistan have stayed in Pakistan have
been murdered for their beliefs.
The Ahmadiya sect dates back to the nineteenth century and numbers four million in
Pakistan and up to ten million through out the world.