In today's issue of 'Indian Express' it is reported on page 12 that a doctor in Sindh province in Pakistan, Dr. Mubashar Ahmad Khosa, who belonged to the Ahmadi community, was gunned down in his clinic by two unidentified armed assailants. Evidently this was done only because he was an Ahmadi. It is almost certain that no action will be taken against the miscreants.
It is alleged that Ahmadis believe in a prophet, Ghulam Ahmad, who lived in the 19th century. Orthodox Muslims believe that there will be no prophet after Prophet Mohammed.
In the modern world everyone should be allowed to believe in whatever they wish to believe. By believing in a prophet after Prophet Mohammed the Ahmadis have not broken any one's head or cut off anyone's limbs.
Ahmadis are by and large a peaceful community who do not harm anyone. Such intolerance and religious bigotry are abhorrent and unacceptable in the modern world.
It is of course open to orthodox Muslims to say that Ahmadis are not Muslims because Ahmadis believe in a prophet after Prophet Mohammed. But they have no right to attack or persecute Ahmadis. This shows what happens when a state is created on a religious basis in our sub continent which has so much diversity. Only secularism and religious tolerance can work in our sub continent.