Akber Choudhry

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Akber Choudhry is a political analyst based in London, UK, and the former spokesperson for the KNA. In the wake of the May 2010 attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore and the conviction of the Christian Aasia Bibi under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, his views on the Ahmadiyya in the United Kingdom and the blasphemy laws in Pakistan are contributing to these current debates [1]

Activism[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

His position on the Pakistan blasphemy and Pakistani "Anti-Ahmadiyya" laws is that their scope falls well within Article 9(2) of The European Convention on Human Rights, but that the problem lies in the prosecutorial threshold and process of these deterrent laws.[2] He is a founding member of Muslim Identity group.[3]

Debates and Interviews[edit | hide | edit source]

Public debates between Muslims and the Ahmadiyya are very rare in the West, and Choudhry has been involved in both of such live televised debates to date. In addition, he has been the only British Muslim to face the media on the Ahmadiyya issue.

  1. On 27 July 2011, Al Jazeera decided to host this controversial debate on their social media programme The Stream.[4]
  2. On 27 Octpber 2009, an hour-long live TV debate was conducted between Choudhry and an Anwar Mirza on Iqra TV in London (UK)

Criticism and Controversy[edit | hide | edit source]

Criticism by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community[edit | hide | edit source]

A debate on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the British Parliament occurred on 20 October 2010 [5] that covered serious community and media concerns[6] over the Lahore attack on Ahmadi Muslim mosques. The application of Blasphemy Law in Pakistan was also aired in this debate, together with the role of the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat Academy. The Wandsworth Guardian[7]

The CPS decided that no crime had been committed and no charges were brought,[8] something that he had insisted on throughout the controversy.

As an ex-member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the former spokesperson for the Khatm-e-Nubuwwat Academy, he is sometimes portrayed as a radical by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.[9][10][10]

The smaller Lahori Ahmadiyya group have taken very strong exception to his views on Pakistan's blasphemy laws,[11] which has been under serious debate for most of 2010.

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