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VIOLENT INCIDENTS - FOREWORD TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN REPORT ON THE INCIDENT AT NANKANA SAHIB
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN
RIOT AND ARSON
Anti-Ahmadi riots took place in the second week of April 1989 at Nankana Sahib and some adjoining villages. A statement made in this regard by a spokesman of the Ahmadis on April 15 is at Annexure "A".
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan constituted a mission to visit the scene of occurrence and to ascertain facts. The report compiled by the mission was sent on May 29 to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, and his comments requested by June 19 (Annexure "B"). As no comments have been received, the report is being published as compiled originally.
Dr. Mubashar Hassan, a member of the mission that visited Nankana Sahib, gave a statement on June 3 saying that the Punjab Government had totally failed to protect the weaker sections of society, and the anti-Ahmadi riot at Nankana Sahib was a case in point (Annexure "C").
On June 5, a spokesman of the Punjab Government described Dr. Mubashar Hassan's statement as baseless and misleading (Annexure "D").
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan felt obliged to comment on the June 5 statement made by a spokesman of the Government of Punjab. This was done through a Press Release on June 7 (Annexure "E").
A team of the International Commission of Jurists visited Pakistan in April 1987 to assess the state of Human Rights in Pakistan after the lifting of Martial Law. Among other matters, it also studied the situation of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Some of their observations are reproduced below as the appear relevant to the subject of this report.