A cruel case amounting to criminal registered – Ahmadis arrested
Kunri, district Mirpur (Sindh): September 23, 2004: A case was registered here by the police under the anti-Ahmadiyya PPC 298C against 13 Ahmadis, including 3 women. The case is greatly touching, even distressing.
Young Aamir Mahmud, Ahmadi, son of Mr. Abdul Haq was to get married. The family had the wedding invitation cards printed. The cards bore the routine blessings and words like Bismillah (In the name of God) Inshallah (God willing) and Assalamu Alaikum. Mullahs managed to get hold of one of these cards and prevailed upon the authorities to register a criminal case against 15 persons including 13 Ahmadis of which three are women. The bridegroom and his father were arrested and put behind bars, although the police were informed that the use of these phrases was neither forbidden by law nor by the courts. The daily Awaz, Lahore of October 9, 2004 reported the event in the following headlines:
Criminal case registered against 15 Qadianis for writing Inshallah, Assalamo Alaikum on wedding invitation cards – 2 arrested
Brothers of SDO Nur Fatima of Mirpur Khas had got these words printed on the wedding invitation cards of their sons and daughters.
The case was registered at the report of Abdul Wahid of the Almi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat – Three brides and three bridegrooms are also named (in the case)
Obscurantist mullah and the state that propagates Enlightened Moderation joined hands to prosecute these Ahmadi families so as to obtain sentences from the court that could be up to three years’ imprisonment.
How many tears one may shed over the plight of the distressed families? Is this the kind of Pakistan that the Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah wanted for the Muslims of the Sub-continent?
It is relevant to mention here the reaction of Maulvi Fazl ur Rehman, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, to the negative mention by the US State Department in its this year’s Annual Report on the state of religious freedom in Pakistan. According to the daily Jang, Lahore of October 7, 2004, the Maulana said, “With reference to Qadianis, (Pakistani) laws are not discriminatory. American criticism is baseless”. No wonder, the Maulana remains a great admirer of the fallen Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The police register a case
Rabwah; August 9, 2004: The police registered a case under 16 MPO against Mr. Muhammad Ehsan, Ahmadi, under FIR 260/04 at Police Station Chenab Nagar. Mr. Ehsan was accused of climbing the roof of a Muslim Colony mosque armed with a knife and some Ahmadiyya literature.
In fact, the accused is mentally unstable; he occasionally indulges in irrational acts. The accusation that he was armed with a knife and Ahmadiyya literature is fabricated. The police were shown his medical history sheet, but they obliged the mullah by pressing charges against the psychotic, arrested him and sent him to jail.
Police partiality at Chak Sikandar
Chak Sikandar, District Gujrat; July 22, 2004: The village of Chak Sikandar has been a hot-bed of anti-Ahmadiyya activities since long, and Ahmadis have suffered there greatly in many ways. On July 22, non-Ahmadis organized a conference in the village, where the speakers made highly provocative speeches. The administration should not have allowed it. After the conference ended, the participants attacked an Ahmadi youth, Ghulam Ahmad Tahir who works in a store close to the opponents’ mosque. He had to flee to save himself. Later the crowd got him arrested by reporting to the police. They accused him of injuring one of them with a stone and firing a pistol shot. When Ahmadis approached the police, they told them to wait till morning when the medical report would be available. However, soon afterwards, the police registered a case against the young man under PPC 324.
The next-day, in another incident, the opposition detained two Ahmadis of Chak Sikandar, Mr Abdul Qayyum and Mr Tariq Mahmud and held them for many hours. They released them after a report was made to the police, who took them away to the police station. The police released them at 9.00 p.m. on condition that representatives of both the communities report to the police station at 10 a.m. The next day 30 Ahmadis reported to the police as arranged, but not even one of the non-Ahmadis arrived. Later on, the police heard both the parties and obtained lists of 20 persons from each community under the warning of PPC 107/105.
The permissive and sympathetic attitude of the police towards Ahmadi-bashers is visibly partial. Ahmadis of Chak Sikandar continue to suffer mainly because the administration treats Ahmadis as less then equal citizens of the state.
Last year the police had charged mullah Allah Yar Arshad and Mr Iftikhar Bajwah, an Ahmadi under MPO 16 for writing objectionable poetry against each other. Now, a year later, the police arrested the Ahmadi, but took no action against the mullah. The discrimination was brazen and disgraceful. When pointed out, they hurriedly prepared the papers and presented their victim in the court. Two days later, the court released him on bail.
Qasur: Mr Ghulam Muhammad Kalyar, District Police Officer Qasur instructed all his departmental subordinates vide his Circular No: 13519-70 dated May 22, 2004 as follows:
Subject: Press Clippings
With reference to letter in English Nr: 102-123/DPR dated 8 May 2004 issued by the Office of the Inspector General Police Punjab, Lahore, and Endorsement Nr: 7825-27-CC dated May 14, 2004 issued by the Office of DIG Police Sheikhupura Range, Lahore, along with press clipping of the Daily Nawa-i-Waqt of 20 February 2004 appended to the Letter issued by the Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan Islamabad dated March 10, 2004, following observations are forwarded for guidance, information, compliance and issue of instructions; you are to strictly carry out these orders and instructions:
To: The Secretary Interior, Islamabad
Assalamo Alaikum: The decision to confiscate literature that promotes sectarianism is welcomed. It should be effectively enforced. The literature issued/under issue by Qadianis, Mirzais and non-believers of the Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) in rebuttal of the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat, should also be confiscated. While it is a criminal offense to present Qadiani faith as Islam, the same is not being implemented. In this context all Qadiani printing presses in Chenab Nagar (Rabwah) should be sealed and all anti-Islam Qadiani activities be put to stop.
25 April 2004
Ghulam Muhammad Kalyar
District Police Officer Qasur
Copy for information with above references:
1. Inspector General of Police Punjab, Lahore
for attention of Director Public Relations
2. The DIG Police, Sheikhupura Range, Lahore
It is amazing that some odd Secretary recommends to the Federal Secretary that all Qadiani printing presses of Chenab Nagar be sealed for printing literature that disputes the dogma of the End of Prophethood, while in his province the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat is free to print anti-Ahmadiyya literature that is so abusive and provocative that decency does not permit a reprint in this report. Is the province not aware of the President’s policy of Enlightened Moderation and Quad-i-Azam’s assurance of equal status to all citizens of Pakistan regardless of their faith and creed? The DPO’s circular, its contents, its references are all obviously at variance with the President’s policy. It is painful to see that none in the line of bureaucratic hierarchy is sensitive and sensible enough to point out the serious incongruity between the higher policy and the ground implementation suggested in the above Circular.
A letter from the Government of Pakistan
Islamabad, April 7, 2004: The government, rather than attending to the problems faced by the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan due to the draconian laws that make its life unbearable, spends its energies in vigilance against Ahmadis who seek relief from the prevailing tyranny and persecution. The ministry of interior issued an Immediate letter this month to the provinces, titled: QADIANIS SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM FOR OTHER COUNTRIES IN UNHCR OFFICE BEIJING. The letter requires the Home Secretaries to see the flight of Ahmadis in the light of “false plea of so-called human rights violations” and “some criminal and anti-social elements (taking) chance for their escape from punishment by courts of laws”. According to the letter, the flight “is comfortable for Qadianis going to China to develop them economically and remain in close contact with their families in Pakistan”. The Ministry seems unaware that the flight time between Karachi and Beijing is approximately six hours. The letter directs the provincial governments to “keep a vigilant eye with regard to the activities of Qadianis, monitor their activities as false propaganda of violation of human rights/deprivation of minorities from their basic rights damages our prestige abroad.”
Would it not be more sensible and fruitful for the government to do away with ludicrous applications of the Hudood Ordinance and the like (as reported this report) and the notorious discriminatory laws like the Anti-Ahmadiyya PPC 298B and 298C, than activate home secretaries of provinces to indulge in wasteful witch-hunts, that will again ‘damage our prestige abroad’?
The letter of Ministry of Interior is No. 4/25/2004-Poll. I (2). It is dated 7th April 2004, and is given the high priority ranking of ‘Immediate’.
Ahmadis – step children of the state
Adrahma, District Sargodha; October 30, 2004: Adrahma has a sizeable Ahmadi population; however non-Ahmadis receive active support from mullahs like Toofani (cyclone) of Sargodha and maintain a state of uneasy peace in the village. Recently they put up an anti-Ahmadiyya poster on a hut. It was very abusive and provocative.
Mr. Inamur Rehman, an Ahmadi teacher noticed the poster, took it off and handed it over to the boy that accompanied him. The next day, one Muhammad Bux, an anti-Ahmadi activist reported to the police that by removal of the poster, two Ahmadis, Inam ur Rehman and Ghulam Rasul had injured his feelings. He demanded police action.
The police always welcome such a problem, and try to make money from the parties involved. They sent for the two parties and demanded a written guarantee of Rs. 200,000 each (a large sum in Pakistan) to ensure communal peace. In case of breach of peace, the parties will have to pay this amount in cash. On return, and further consideration, both the parties refused to provide the monetary guarantee. It is interesting to note that the police did not accuse the non-Ahmadis of taking the initiative of putting up the objectionable poster.
Subsequently, the police sent for the Ahmadi elders and asked for a warrantee of Rs. 1,00,000 to file the case, however they did not agree. Instead they contacted the councilor and requested his intervention. The police also contacted him and told him that they were under pressure from mullahs like Toofani of Sargodha and Athar Shah (of Takht Hazara notoriety). The next day, Ahmadis accompanied by the councilor went to the police station to meet the SHO. He was not there.
The next evening, the councilor sent for the two parties and held discussions. He persuaded the two parties to make peace; Muhammad Bux gave in writing that he desired no further action on his complaint.
Thus concluded the confrontation that was indeed a non-issue in the first instance.