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Pakistan Government fails to protect
basic human rights of Ahmadis yet again

June 11, 2008

In a shocking decision the administration of Punjab Medical College (Pakistan) expelled all Ahmadi Muslim students from the college. The students were in different levels of completing their education; of these four students were just few months away from graduation.

Allegedly the students have been expelled for distribution of literature and preaching their religious beliefs. Asghar Ali Randhawa, the Principal of the Punjab Medical College issued office Order No. /PMC/08 dated June 2008 confirming All 23 Ahmadiyya students (5 first year, 6 second year, 7 third year, 1 fourth year and 4 final (5th year) had been rusticated from college as well as hostels.

The Punjab Medical College is one of those institutions which is administered by the Provincial Government. A decision of this magnitude could not have been taken without the blessings of the Ministry of Health. This action is a direct result of pressure from members of militant Islami-Jamiat-e-Tulaba, a nationwide student organization in Pakistan.

The justification for the expulsions is without merit and a blatant Human Rights violation. It is yet another example of the cruelty that Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan have to contend with.

The Press Spokesman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said: "Recently the National Assembly of Pakistan made a submission to the UN Human Rights Council in which it stated its commitment to investing and
supporting the education of its citizens, as well as safeguarding the rights of all minority groups. It is thus most unfortunate that less than one month later, this violation of basic human rights has been allowed. It is hoped that this wholly unjust decision is revoked immediately."

The members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, whose motto Love for All, Hatred for None, is beacon of hope for humanity, received the news of expulsion with sadness.

Lal Khan Malik, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada, said, "Ahmadi Muslims in Canada are shocked at the inhuman and draconian treatment of Ahmadi Muslim students. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, that 'Seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim'. In accordance with this saying, Ahmadi Muslims regard gaining knowledge as an act of worship. Stopping any students regardless of age, gender or faith is not Islamic. We pray for a quick resolution of this unfortunate situation".

For more information please visit:
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C06%5C08%5Cstory_8-6-2008_pg7_24
http://pakistaniat.com/2008/06/09/ahmedi-expelled-punjab-medial-college-faisalabad/comment-page-12/

For further information: on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca or www.alislam.org
Media Contact: Farhan Khokhar, Director - Communications,
Tel: (416) 716-2247
fkhokhar [at] Ahmadiyya.ca

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