PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy Dear Prime Minister,

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To: Prime Minister
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Prime Minister,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

2.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Mr. Cameron
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Mr. Cameron,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

3.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Federal Minister for Interior
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Federal Minister for Interior,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

4.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Minister of Law and Human Rights
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Minister of Law and Human Rights,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

5.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Governor of Punjab
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Governor of Punjab,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

6.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Chief Justice of Punjab Province
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Chief Justice of Punjab Province,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

7.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Chief Minister
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Chief Minister,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

8.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Dr. Hussain
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Dr. Hussain,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

9.

From: justicefirst of world
To: Minister of Law
Subject: PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy
Dear Minister of Law,

PAKISTAN: The Prime Minister must intervene for the release of a British/Pakistan national who was arrested on charges of Blasphemy

Name of victim: Dr. Masood Ahmad, (72), resident of Lahore, Punjab province
Names of alleged perpetrators: Khatm-e-Nabowat Conference, Lahore, Punjab province
Date of incident: December 15, 2013
Place of incident: Lahore, Punjab

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest of a 72-year-old medical practitioner on false charges of Blasphemy for reciting the Quran.

I am distressed to learn that the hate campaign under the law enforcement authorities against the religious minority groups is continuing and the fundamentalist religious groups have made their own intelligence agencies to trap the persons who are providing medical services to the people. The irony is that the law enforcement agencies believe in such intelligence reports and arrest any person on that basis.

I am informed that Dr. Masood Ahmad (72), is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who is declared non-Muslim under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse. Dr Ahmad was arrested from Lahore, Punjab province, on 15 December, 2013, after two persons from a Muslim fundamentalist group secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Quran. The accusers posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medication stayed to ask religious questions. They questioned him about his faith and used mobile phones to secretly record him reading a verse from the Quran.

Dr. Ahmad returned to Pakistan in 1982 to open a pharmacy after working in London. His family members fear the country’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to persecute the widower and strip him of his pharmacy. The Muslim fundamentalists are exerting pressure on the provincial government and judges to convict anyone accused of blasphemy. Dr Ahmad was arrested when a mob, including local clerics, gathered outside a police station demanding that the doctor face charges.

The lawyers have filed three different bail applications and it is unacceptable that on the one bail application the fundamentalists occupied the court premises and shouted slogans and threatened the doctor’s lawyers and the judge. On the hearing of two bail applications the lawyers of the victim were absent. Doctor Ahmad is in the prison and there are chances that he would be killed in custody as the religious groups are inciting the prisoners to deal with the Ahmadi to change his religion or kill him. They believe that Ahmadis do not have any place in Islam. Religious hardliners claim there is a place in heaven waiting for anyone who murders a member of the sect.

His clinic has been illegally occupied by a Muslim leader who incited the community to punish an Ahmadi person so as to obtain possession of his property.
I therefore urge you to institute an immediate inquiry into the blatantly illegal arrest of this innocent man for the sole purpose of seizing his property.

The government must take action to release Dr. Ahmad and ensure that his property is returned to him. He should be given protection by the police so that any future harassment is curtailed. Action must be taken against the local police of Lahore who have, once again, not followed the law and taken action at the behest of fundamentalists who have created their own intelligence agencies. It is shocking that the government authorities allow the law enforcement agencies to run their own agencies and accept as truthful their reports without any verification.

I also urge Prime Minister Cameron to contact the government of Pakistan in order to ensure the immediate release of Dr. Masood Ahmad, a British citizen.

Yours sincerely,
justicefirst of world

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