Statements From Notable Public Officials

Ottawa – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement today on the attack of two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore:

“The Taliban militants who chose Friday prayers to attack these mosques today have proven that the ongoing persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, which began more than thirty years ago, has now reached a new level of cruelty, brutality and extremism."

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The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning the attacks on two Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, that have killed and injured scores of people:

“Canada strongly condemns today’s attacks on the Ahmadiya community in Lahore. On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of these attacks, and wish a swift recovery to the injured....."

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The death toll of Ahmadis killed in a pair of terror attacks in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Friday has risen to almost 100, according to media reports. We at the Muslim Public Affairs Council are shocked and saddened by this heinous crime, which is the just the latest act of violence committed by extremist groups against historically persecuted minorities.  Such a crime is not only against the teachings and against the spirit of Islam and all other religions, but also represents an inhumane dismissal of life.

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WASHINGTON, DC - Today, reports indicate that gunmen attacked two mosques belonging to the Ahmadi community in Lahore, Pakistan, during Friday prayers.  The attackers seized worshipers and battled security forces, with scores killed.

"USCIRF condemns this monstrous act of violence against a peaceful religious community and extends its condolences to the families of the victims," said USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo.  "This is just one more example of the results of ongoing intimidation, thuggish threats and violence against the Ahmadi community in Pakistan.  The Taliban-associated extremists find cover in the anti-Ahmadi laws in the Constitution, Pakistan's egregious blasphemy law, and the government's unwillingness to protect the religious freedoms of this community. The government of Pakistan must take responsibility for changing this situation."

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