Ahmadiyya community meets US lawmakers on prosecution in Pakistan

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community during their `Day on the Hill` briefed US lawmakers on their alleged persecution in Pakistan, official sources said.

Updated: Feb 21, 2013, 08:27 AM IST

Washington: Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community during their `Day on the Hill` on last Friday briefed US lawmakers on their alleged persecution in Pakistan, official sources have said.

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

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, the 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.

PTI