Pakistani official pledges full protection to minority Ahmadis after attack that killed 93By AP
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Pakistani official promises to protect Ahmadi sect
ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani official has promised “full protection” for the Ahmadi religious sect after Islamist militants killed 93 of the group’s members.
The Ahmadis say the government does not protect them and actively discriminates against them.
Pakistani officials blame the Pakistani Taliban for Friday’s attacks on two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore.
Shahbaz Bhatti, the country’s minister for minorities and himself a Christian, said Tuesday that he would do whatever is possible to protect Ahmadis in the future.
Ahmadis are reviled as heretics by mainstream Muslims because of their belief that their sect’s founder is a savior foretold by the Quran. Pakistani law forbids Ahmadis from calling themselves Muslim or engaging in Islamic rituals.