The world sympathizes with Pakistan for the series of terrorist attacks it has suffered in the recent past. The worst were the attacks on two mosques in Lahore on Friday in which over 70 people were killed and several more injured.
That the mosques belonged to the Ahmadi sect whose motto is ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ makes the senseless killing all the more poignant. The attacks are believed to be the handiwork of Sunni fundamentalists for whom the Ahmadis are a proscribed group which deserves no mercy.
There are many inbuilt provisions in the constitution and the laws of Pakistan which are discriminatory in nature to this sect, which originated at Qadian in India’s Punjab. It is the conditions created by the state that had emboldened the Islamists to mount Friday’s attack.