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Ahmadia community meets US lawmakers on their persecution in Pak

PTI Washington | Updated on February 21, 2013

Members of the Ahmadia Muslim community during their ‘Day on the Hill’ on last Friday have briefed US lawmakers on their alleged persecution in Pakistan, official sources has said.

Community leaders from 30 States visited nearly 400 Congressional offices on the Hill and met law makers and their staff on the issues of their concerns during their third annual event held on February 15, according to a media release issued yesterday.

Delegates to the event briefed a broad array of US lawmakers on the ongoing global persecution of religious minorities, particularly in South and Central Asia and the Middle East, it said.

“Delegates expressed particular concern over the uptick of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan and the need for the country to hold fair and free elections that were inclusive of all citizens regardless of their religious background,” Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Director of Public Affairs for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA and event organiser was quoted as saying in the release.

“As one of America’s oldest Muslim organisations, our Community firmly believes in the value of the democratic process,” Khan said.

“Our annual ‘Day on the Hill’ event reflects our humble effort to raise awareness about protecting international religious freedom: a quintessential value shared by Islam and America,” he added.

Published on February 21, 2013

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