Pakistans menneskerettighetskommisjon (HRCP) har mottatt rapporter om at myndigheter og religiøse ledere nekter å skaffe husvære og nødhjelp til rundt 500 hjemløse familier fra landets ahmadia-minoritet. De husløse familiene kommer fra hhv. Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh og Rajanpur, som er de distriktene som er verst rammet av flommen.

I følge HRCP skyldes den manglende hjelpen til ahmadia-familiene «press» fra religiøse ledere:

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said there were reports of relief goods not being provided to the Ahmedi families and expulsion of displaced members of the sect from a relief camp in a government school in Dera Ghazi Khan and rented lodgings elsewhere in southern Punjab following «pressure» from Muslim clerics.

The clerics issued edicts that flood-affected Ahmedis must not be provided help, the HRCP claimed.

«We demand distribution of relief goods and extension of other support to the affected people without any discrimination on the basis of faith or gender.”

«The fact that Ahmedis are a vulnerable community on account of their religious beliefs must lead to specific assistance and protection measures for them, including protection of lives and property,» the HRCP said.
The rights body said it hoped that all available relief would be distributed «among those in need without discrimination on the basis of religious belief”.

It would be a «greater tragedy than the devastation caused by the floods if people cannot find enough humanity and compassion in their hearts to rise above personal biases to help fellow human beings,» it said.

Over 1,700 people were killed and 20 million affected by the floods.

Ahmadiene, som anser seg selv som muslimer, ble erklært som ikke-muslimer i Pakistan i 1974. I 1984 ble det også juridisk forbudt for ahmadier å identifisere seg som muslimer og å misjonere med deres tro. Det lever omtrent 1.5 millioner ahmadier i Pakistan.

Minorities Rights: Pakistan relief goods not provided to families of minority Ahmedis