British doctor in Pakistan arrested for reading from a Koran

Masood Ahmad is a member of the Ahmadi sect, subject to widespread intimidation and banned from describing themselves as Muslims

 

A British doctor is languishing in a Pakistani prison accused of “posing as a Muslim” after being videoed reading aloud from the Koran.

Masood Ahmad, 72, is a member of the minority Ahmadi sect, who are declared non-Muslims under the terms of the country’s constitution and subject to widespread discrimination, violence and abuse.

They can face up to three years in prison if convicted of posing as a Muslim, a symptom of Pakistan’s intolerance towards religious minorities.

Dr Ahmad was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore last month after two men secretly filmed him reading a translation of a verse from the Koran.

They had posed as patients at a clinic run by Dr Ahmad and after receiving medications stayed to ask religious questions.

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