HRCP denounces Pak Govt. for neglecting Ahmediya flood victims

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Lahore, Aug.21 (ANI): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the government over reports of people of the Ahmediya community being denied shelter in flood relief camps set in Punjab.

Shocked over reports of nearly 500 Ahmediya families from Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarg and Rajanpur Districts being denied the necessary facilities, the HRCP, in a statement, said that the incident reflects the government's failure to protect the lives of all its citizens.

It also expressed concern over the murder of two Ahmedis in the last three days in south Punjab.

"The unrelenting target killings of members of the Ahmedi community by extremists is a poor reflection on the state's obligation to protect the lives of all subjects," The Daily Times quoted the statement, as saying.

"This week, the murder of an Ahmedi in Sanghar and another, a doctor, in Karachi only highlights the impunity the perpetrators of such heinous crimes enjoy," it said.

According to reports, nearly 200 Ahmadis have currently taken shelter at the Ahmadi community headquarters in Rabwah, in central Punjab, after authorities asked them to vacate government buildings.

Many Muslims regard the Ahmadis as a heretical Islamic sect. The Pakistan government declared them non-Muslims in 1974. (ANI)

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