Police arrest Ahmadi lawyer for using ‘Syed’ prefix in name

    Police have arrested an Ahmadi lawyer in Karachi for using ‘Syed’ as a prefix in his name, after registering a second First Information Report (FIR) against him over the same charges.

    The case against Supreme Court Advocate Syed Ali Ahmad Tariq over the same charges was also registered at Karachi’s City Court Police Station last year. The FIR had stated that the Ahmadi lawyer had used ‘Syed’ in his name, therefore action should be taken against him. The case was registered under Sections 298-B and C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

    The second FIR was also registered at Karachi’s City Court Police Station. The police have arrested the lawyer.

    According to a representative from the Ahmadi community, two FIRs have been registered against the lawyer in the same police station for the same reason.

    Earlier, an Ahmadi lawyer who defends members of the community accused of blasphemy, was attacked with a cleaver by a man associated with Madrasa Khatam-e-Nabuwat, in his chamber in Chiniot district.

    The attacker had previously attacked another Ahmadi man and is known to be violent towards the minority community.

    According to a FIR, the attacker identified as Zubair Anwar attacked lawyer Amir Munir in his chamber with a cleaver. Before attacking, Zubair had referred to the cases filed against the Ahmadi community members the lawyer was defending.

    Ahmadis number about 4 million in Pakistan, but the community has been forbidden to call itself Muslim since 1974 by the Pakistani Constitution which considers them “infidels”.

    Resultantly, Ahmadis are not even allowed to call their houses of prayer “mosques,” while basic religious practices associated with Islam are forbidden for them.

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