Pakistan’s Laws Enable Islamist Extremism

Dec 21, 2021

The continued systematic enforcement of blasphemy and anti-Ahmadiyya laws have resulted in the discrimination and persecution of religious minority communities. In 2021 alone, there have been several examples of mob violence, targeted killings, and the desecration of graves and houses of worship. These laws have enabled and encouraged Islamist extremists to operate with impunity, easily targeting religious minorities or those with differing beliefs.

USCIRF Senior Policy Analyst and South Asia specialist Niala Mohammad joins us to elaborate upon the most pressing concerns impacting religious freedom conditions in Pakistan.

Read USCIRF’s Factsheet on Ahmadiyya Persecution

Read USCIRF’s Factsheet on the Destruction of Cemeteries

Listen to USCIRF's Podcast on Ahmadiyya Muslims

Listen to USCIRF's Podcast on Vulnerable Religious Communities in Pakistan