Association of Humanitarian Lawyers

Ahmadi Muslims

AHLís Parker undertook a mission of inquiry to Pakistan in 1986 to see first hand the situation of Ahmadi Muslims and to investigate other human rights concerns, meeting with Zia-ul-Haq; other high government officials and the recently returned Ms. Benazir Bhutto, subsequently Prime Minister and now again in exile from Pakistan. She also met with ambassadors, the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court Dorab Patel (now deceased); several other retired justices of the Supreme Court and High Courts; political leaders; attorneys; journalists; scholars; Islamic theologians; members of non-Islamic religious groups; the families of jailed Ahmadis; former political prisoners and their families and literally hundreds of Pakistanis from all walks of life. Visiting major cities and numerous small towns and villages, including Rabwah, the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, she was assaulted by an anti-Ahmadi mob at the Lahore Hilton. AHLís Karen Parker has testified in numerous asylum trials on this subject. AHLís Ilyas Khan is planning a briefing session for lawyers and judges in both the UK and US on the continuing persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, the increasing religious violence in Pakistan and elsewhere, and the impact of that persecution on immigration and asylum courts.