In this book, the author deals with an issue that has lamentably marked humankind's religious history. Relying on a wide range of interviews he conducted throughtout Pakistan, Antonio R. Gualtieri relates the tragic experience of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Their right to define themselves as Muslims has been denied by the Govt. of Pakistan acting in collusion with orthodox Islamic teachers. Ahmadis have been beaten and murdered. They have been jailed, hounded from jobs and schools, their mosques sealed or vandalized, for professing to be Muslims and following Islamic practices. This book records their testimony of Harassment and persecution resulting from their loyalty to their understanding of God and HIS revelation.
The Mission recommends that:
Removal of Discriminatory Laws and Constitutional Provisions;
Ordinance XX and the blasphemy laws should be amended in order to prevent their misuse and to enable all religious communities, including Ahmadis, to exercise their right to freedom of religion on a footing of equality and without the risk of persecution and prosecution. If that is politically unachievable at this time we recommend that gradual amendments and repeals to the law be achieved over a reasonable time. Incremental changes are to be preferred to no change.
the police, prosecutors and judges receive training in human rights and religious tolerance.
the independence of the prosecution is strengthened and that prosecutors abide by a new Code of Conduct introducing two tests to be passed before a prosecution is supported in court:
Sufficient admissible evidence available to ensure the prospect of a conviction is more than 50%.
A public interest test tailored to the situation prevailing in Pakistan but excluding any consideration of the reactions of religious extremists.
court cases be subject to strict timetables and that there are time limits on those periods of custody a person is denied bail and that there is a presumption in favour of bail.
prosecutions be brought against those who incite violence against persons on account of their different religious faith or sect.
prosecutions be brought against persons who lay false allegations of violations of the blasphemy law.