An innovation in state-persecution of Ahmadis
Mianwali: The police registered a criminal case on October 12, 2005 against Mr Irfan Ahmad, an Ahmadi subscriber to the monthly KHALID, under Section 42/44 Registration of Printing Press and Publications Ordinance 1988, in FIR 376/05 of Police Station Mianwali City, and arrested the gentleman. The accuser in this rare case is the police itself, and they acted in league with the Post Office department.
The FIR mentions that the accused was a subscriber to the monthly which is banned by the government. In fact this Ahmadiyya monthly, meant for the education of Ahmadi youth is being issued every month regularly under normal government permission. It is not banned, except that the authorities have occasionally banned particular issues, although they have never pinpointed the extracts of the writings that they considered objectionable. Obviously they take this precaution to avoid ridicule from the world of press; they undertake the banning action only to occasionally placate the mullah. Even in this particular case they have not pointed out any specific entry that they consider objectionable; there are none.
The fact that the police acted in league with the post office shows that someone at higher level in the capital, perhaps provincial, called the shots. The case is unworthy and unsustainable; it only brings a bad name to the government and its officials who do not tire of verbal support to human rights and freedom of press. Only some mullah would be happy over this.
The accused was put in prison. Later, a judge released him on bail.
Release of a detainee
Kotla Naseer, District Rajanpur; March 23, 2005: Mr Azeem Bakhsh, Ahmadi was arrested by the police at the complaint of a mullah on Ahmadi-specific charge. The police, finding no substance in the complaint, finally released the detainee after 32 days. The incident shows how vulnerable an average Ahmadi is in the present-day religious environment of prejudice and intolerance.
Police supported anti-Ahmadiyya agitation in NWFP
Achini Payan, Peshawar; November 2005: This village experienced tense situation during November and the small local Ahmadiyya community faced great harassment at the hands of the mullah who was supported by the police. At the centre of controversy was an Ahmadi youth, named Khalid Ahmad.
Khalid belongs to an Ahmadi family, but is rather carefree about serious things in life. He has many non-Ahmadi friends who confronted him with some mullahs during Ramadan. In that sitting, they prevailed upon him to recite the Kalima (that he already does), declare himself a Muslim (as an Ahmadi, he does not consider himself a non-Muslim) and undertake some other ceremonies. Later when his parents came to know about it they told him the nature of what he had been made to do. When his friends visited him again, he refused to answer their call. At this, they started an agitation and spread the rumor that Khalid was in chains and had been beaten up by his parents. The agitators went to the police who willingly took up the cause of those religious bullies and raided Khalid’s home. By this time Khalid had left and gone to his uncle’s place at Tajabad. The police compelled his father to lead them to Tajabad. On arrival they found that Khalid had quit from there as well. So the police, most wrongfully detained his two cousins, who divulged the information that Khalid had gone to Hayatabad. The police then raided the indicated location, but did not find him there either. He had departed. Obviously, the police did all this unlawfully, as the law does not allow the police to interfere in anybody’s religious conversion. But, it is the MMA that rules that province.
The mullah of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization turned on the heat on this issue and organized a big rally. He called for social boycott of Ahmadis. Mullahs Hasan Jan, Shahabuddin, Nurul Haq, Imam Shah and Ikram Qasimi etc addressed the rally and indulged in great slander and vulgarity against Ahmadis. (The monthly Jahde Haq; December 2005). The speakers urged Muslims not to participate in any social function of Ahmadis and not to employ them in any business, office or factory. They told their flock to socially boycott those who violate this edict. According to the correspondent of this monthly, the mullahs asserted that as Khalid had become an apostate, after converting to Islam of his own free will, he is now liable to be killed (wajabul qatl), and any Muslim who assassinates him will enter paradise sans accountability. Despite such talk, the MMA government of NWFP has apparently taken no action against these mullahs.
The monthly Herald of Karachi reported this incident in some detail; its copy is placed here.
Ahmadiyya Issue – A tool of convenience with authorities
Syed Walah, District Sheikhupura: Anti-Ahmadiyya unrest in the village of Syed Walah showed how the authorities use the plight of Ahmadis as a tactical weapon to serve their own end and thereby create difficulties for this beleaguered community.
In August 2001, Ahmadi bashers rioted and attacked the Ahmadiyya mosque in Syed Walah. They destroyed it in the presence of the police. The police took no action against the rioters, instead detained the victims. Subsequently, the authorities took no action to have the mosque restored, and although they registered a criminal case against the mullahs and their acolytes, they took no further action against them during the next four years. That is where the case rested till recently when the government for its own reasons decided to move against the militants and politically ambitious priests; they moved on the basis of the FIR registered four years ago.
On the night of 20th/21st July 2005, Syed Walah police proceeded to arrest Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmad, Mullah Khadim Hussain and Afzal Haqqani etc, of the Majlis Khatam-e-Nabuwwat. They arrested some Shia leaders as well. They were accused of spreading religious hatred, making anti-government speeches and illegal use of loud speakers. Despite the intervention of the local political leaders the police initially did not release them. The MPA, Agha Ali Haider supported the arrested fanatics, demanded their release, and threatened mob action. Consequently the police registered a case against the MPA, 33 named individuals and approximately 150 other unnamed men, under the anti-terrorism law. Though the police raided at night and arrested 22 of the accused, this led to tension in the area, and the impression was given that the action was underway on behest of Ahmadis; that was, of course, not true. The MPA met the Chief Minister, and through him had a meeting with the Inspector General of Police. As a result, reconciliation got underway between the police and the politico-religious operatives. The police gave the indication to withdraw the anti-terrorism clause in the new FIR, while the MPA insisted that the four-year old FIR registered in the anti-Ahmadiyya riots, be also quashed.
The MPA organized a crowd to assemble on July 23rd. It was told to get together as the police had moved against their religious leaders in support of the Ahmadis. So, a number of rowdies formed a procession and raised slogans against the police and Ahmadis. They shouted profanity against them, and blocked the roads. This went on for some time. Eventually the police and the MPA came to terms and the procession dispersed.
Ahmadis of Syed Walah felt exposed to risk, and were worried. The authorities, the MPA and the religious bigots used them as cards. It was a shameless circus.
Ahmadi recovered from the brink
Mirpur Khas, Sindh: March 1, 2005: Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Bloch, an Ahmadi teacher was traveling on a bus to Mirpur Khas to join in a training course. On the way he and the passenger next to him started talking on the subject of religion-column in machine-readable passports. Bloch did not notice that a mullah Abdul Waheed, an anti-Ahmadi activist was sitting in the rear. The mullah intervened and accused Mr. Bloch of preaching, roughed him up and snatched the few (course) books that Bloch carried. At the next stop, the mullah urged Mr. Bloch to disembark from the bus. At his refusal, the mullah with the help of a few others pulled him out of the bus and handed him over to the police. The police promptly took the Ahmadi to the lock-up at Pathoro and later shifted him to the cell at Shadi Pulli police station. It took Ahmadi seniors hours of tough negotiations with the police to secure the victim’s release on 11th March. The next day, the daily Jur’at, Karachi gave the following headlines to this news item:
Pathoro: Qadianis’ anti-Islam activities soar skyward
They offer pretty girls in marriage and wealth to secure conversions
Higher official have been approached to intervene
Bureaucracy’s working and Enlightened Moderation
Quetta: The following letter was written by Mr K.M. Siddiq Akbar, Secretary Labour to the Deputy Secretary to Chief Secretary Balochistan:
GOVERNMENT OF BALOCHISTAN
LABOUR AND MANPOWER DEPARTMENT
Dated Quetta the 16th May, 2005
Mr. Raheel Zia
Deputy Secretary to Chief Secretary
Subject: TRANSFER OF COMMISSIONER, BESSI LABOUR DEPARTMENT.
Reference my telephonic contact at 11.00 am today and my request to worthy Chief Secretary of yesterday at his residence at 10 am regarding Mr. Aftab Ahmed Jamal’s posting as Commissioner, BESSI, Labour Department, Balochistan.
2. It is pointed out that you have all along been told in very clear cut terms that Mr. Aftab Ahmed Jamal being a practicing QADIANI is most unacceptable and undesirable to Minister for Labour who did not come to his office after Mr. Aftab Jamal’s posting to Labour Department as a mark of protest. You were further informed that Honorable Chief Minister and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister have also directed that his posing as Commissioner BESSI may immediately be cancelled because (Khatme Nabuwwat) is a party issue of MMA on which they can not compromise under any circumstances. You have given us to understand that Aftab Ahmed Jamal’s posting is only to actualize his promotion to Grade-20 and after three days minimum mandatory assumption of charge of the new post, he shall be asked to relinquish on Saturday afternoon. This information was passed on to Principal Secretary as well as Minister Labour who expressed their agreement.
Yesterday on Sunday worthy Chief Secretary at his residence was kind enough to direct you on my request on behalf of Minister for Labour that Mr. Aftab Ahmed Jamal may be transferred from the said post at once. Now it seems that Aftab Ahmed Jamal’s transfer orders are not being issued immediately. It is brought to your notice for kind information of worthy Chief Secretary that if he continues any more the situation shall aggravate and Minister Labour and MMA leadership can resort to any extreme measures which would generate unpleasantness and bad taste between the collation (sic) partners.
4. Worthy Chief Secretary may please be apprised of the situation that immediate transfer order of Mr. Aftab Ahmed Jamal is warranted by circumstances and Minister Labour has given his piece (sic) of mind to protest if Mr. Aftab Ahmed Jamal continues at his present post.
(K.M. SIDDIQ AKBAR)
The letter exposes, at least a section of the present-day bureaucracy’s character and working. One can understand the sectarian bias and intolerance of MMA ministers who are graduates of the same Madrassahs as the Taliban, but such reaction of a senior civil servant of the level of provincial secretary is indeed deplorable and deserves censure. The End of Prophethood may be a party issue of MMA, but that surely does not mean that officials who do not believe in MMA’s version of this dogma cannot hold a routine job in the government. If a practicing Deobandi can be a minister in Balochistan, why cannot a practicing Qadiani be a commissioner there? Under what Rule and constitutional provision, Mr Akbar supported his minister’s unsupportable whim? Why did he not do his duty as a Secretary to advise the Minister of the right way to perform his ministerial functions? It is unprofessional on the part of Mr Akbar to unduly scare the top administration of the province by using exaggerated terms like: ‘most unacceptable’, ‘undesirable’, ‘cannot compromise under any circumstances’, ‘to be transferred at once’, ‘situation shall aggravate’, ‘resort to extreme measures’ etc.
It is amazing that Mr Akbar got so agitated on a petty issue like this one, and forgot all about what the Quaid-i-Azam had expected from Pakistani civil servants; he also forgot about the enlightened moderation of the present President. The Secretary will do well not to get cold feet so quickly, and learn to take a principled stand. Such ministers from the bearded brigade deserve to be left to themselves; they give undue importance to their confessional prejudices, and have tunnel vision trapped in medieval times.
A noteworthy comparison
Somewhat similar incidents of sectarian attack happened at Sangla Hill, Syedwala and Mong, all in the Punjab. The response by the government in these incidents makes an interesting study in statecraft and human rights. At Sangla Hill the affected community was Christian, while at Syedwala and Mong it was the Ahmadi community that was under attack. The post-incident response of authorities was quite commendable at Sangla Hill, while it was not worthy of applause at the other locations. The difference is glaring. Briefly:
According to press reports, a mob comprising members of the majority community attacked church properties at Sangla Hill on November 12, 2005, and destroyed buildings including two churches. Subsequently:
- An FIR was registered against 2000 persons and one hundred and seventy arrests were made.
- The prime minister ordered a probe, and undertook that the federal and provincial governments will compensate the losses to the church.
- The chief minister suspended the District Police Officer of Nankana and the DSP for poor administration and dereliction of duty.
- The chief minister personally visited Sangla Hill and assured the Christian Community of full sympathy and security.
- A judicial enquiry was ordered.
- Bishop of Lahore, Dr Alexander J Malik stated that the chief minister was taking concrete steps to ensure (civic) rights of Christians.
On August 26, 2001, during this very military regime, a mob led by mullahs attacked and destroyed the Ahmadiyya mosque at Syedwala, District Sheikhupura. Subsequently:
- The police detained 28 Ahmadis and led them to the police station.
- The police registered a case against the mullahs, but made no arrests.
- The government has not compensated Ahmadis for the loss of the property.
- The government has not allowed Ahmadis to rebuild their mosque even at their own expense despite repeated requests.
On October 7, 2005 three militants delivered a major attack on Ahmadis in prayer at their mosque in Mong. As a result, they killed eight Ahmadis and injured many others, some of them critically, and fled. Subsequently:
- No minister of the federal government or the provincial government visited the place. None even made a phone call of sympathy.
- No action has been taken by the authorities against the mullahs who openly, on public platform and in print and electronic media, gave the dubious fatwa that Ahmadis must be killed (wajab-ul-qatl) for being apostates etc.
It is obvious from the above that the government’s response in cases of this nature is not based on principle but springs from political considerations. The only way such outrages against Christians (and Ahmadis) can be stopped, is for the government to implement a uniform policy for all, based on principle. It can be opined with certainty, that it is when the government will make no ‘exceptions’ and boldly uphold human rights of all communities, only then there will be no further attacks on Christians (and Ahmadis). The practice of making ‘exceptions’ creates doubts in the minds of law-enforcers, sends a wrong signal and encourages the mullah. A sufficiently high-level judicial probe will surely blame the plenipotentiaries for poor administration and dereliction of duty, before indicting the DPO and the DSP.
PAF undertakes hot chase of its own employee
Karachi: Group Captain Taher Mahmood, the Officer Commanding Engineering Wing at the PAF Base Masroor sent a notice on August 15, 2005 to Corporal Technician Ali Akhtar, an Ahmadi to explain in writing why a case for administrative action should not be taken against him as it was learnt that “you have changed your religion from Islam to Ahmadiyyat and you have become Non-Muslim. In addition you are also doing practice of your new creed”. Copy of the letter is available here.
The Group Captain’s letter deserves a comment. Pakistan Air Force is lobbying for state- of-the-art aircraft; how come, in human resources management it behaves like priests of medieval Europe? It appears that the Gp Capt does not read his daily newspaper, so he is unaware of the President’s policy of ‘enlightened moderation’, as also of the Prime Minister’s assertion that ‘Pakistan has complete interfaith harmony’. Or is it that he is required not to go by what is in the press, but be guided by official directions; and there is no direction yet to change course and take the ‘enlightened moderation’ seriously? The PAF is also apparently not aware of the Quaid-e-Azam’s famous speech of 11 August, 1947 in the Constituent Assembly: “(Y)ou are free, free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the state…” It is odd that the PAF does not remember the Quaid-i-Azam, and it does not understand General Musharraf; but is still committed to the notorious and harmful policies of General Zia. It is about time that the PAF entered the 21st century in the field of human rights of its employees and accepted and implemented the great idea of ‘Freedom of Religion and Faith’ to which Pakistan is committed internationality as a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 20 of Pakistan’s Constitution states, “(e)very citizen shall have the right to profess, practice and propagate his religion. …” If the mullah, the bigot and the fanatic have their own interpretation of these clear provisions, the PAF does not have to be their acolyte. If the PAF intends to enter the modern times in the field of technology and flight operations, it cannot do so by sticking to a ‘personnel policy’ that smells of medieval times.
Sindh High Court allows offloaded family to visit Nepal
The Daily Dawn printed the following story in its Lahore issue of April 14, 2005:
Karachi: April 13: The Sindh High Court allowed a six-member family of Ahmadis to travel to Kathmandu in accordance with the law and rules.
Salahuddin Virk, his wife, two sons and two relatives complained through Advocate Javed Farooqui that they were intercepted and offloaded at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, by the Federal Investigation Agency’s immigration officials. They had valid passports issued by the Pakistan government and valid two month tourist entry visas endorsed by Royal Nepalese Embassy at Islamabad. They purchased return tickets from the PIA and went to board its 11pm (sic) flight to Kathmandu on Dec 6, 2004.
They were given boarding cards at the airport and cleared by the immigration counter. As they proceeded to board the flight, the immigration officials intercepted them, snatched their passports and led the male and female members of the family to separate rooms. The officials told them that since they subscribed to the Ahmadi faith, they could not be allowed to travel abroad. Permission to go abroad could, however, be granted if they paid illegal gratification, the petitioners further alleged.
They said they were maltreated and their passports, which earlier carried the ‘exit’ stamp, were stamped with another endorsement reading ‘off loaded’. The passports were returned to them and they were allowed to leave the airport at 3.30 pm. The petitioners said they could not be deprived of their fundamental right to travel on valid documents and requested the court to direct the officials not to restrain them.
In their reply submitted through Deputy Attorney General Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui, the FIA officials said the petitioners could not give a satisfactory explanation when asked about the purpose of their visit to Kathmandu. They were not ‘tourists’ and were proceeding to seek asylum in Australia, Canada, Germany. Etc. ‘on account of alleged discrimination faced by them in Pakistan as Ahmadis’.
Off-loading, the officials said, was effected ‘as a matter of policy in the light of regular trend and practice of asylum seekers’. There was no maltreatment and no bribe was ever demanded. The FIA, they said, had to guard against illegal migration, human trafficking and asylum seeking for alleged persecution. Their travel could have resulted in deportation and heavy fine on the airline, they added.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Baqar, observed that the FIA officials had acted in disregard of the law. Allowing the petition, the bench directed the agency to let the family proceed to Kathmandu.
This is how the column of Religion in passport becomes a ready tool in the hand of the state to implement its policy of persecution of Ahmadis. The weekly Friday Times of Lahore, of April 15-21 printed a fuller story on the incident and revealed that: “ It is interesting that the case has brought forward a fact that has remained under the surface all this time although sometime back some newspapers did report that an intelligence agency had recommended to the government that members of the Ahmadiyya community not be allowed to leave the country because they brought a bad name to Pakistan by trying to seek asylum in foreign countries on the basis of religious persecution.” The petition of the complainants also stated that: “When the petitioners refused to make the (demanded) payment, they were beaten up, tortured physically as well as mentally and unlawfully detained at the airport for five hours.”
Religious extremism and the police
Dera Ismail Khan: The president of the Ahmadiyya Community of the Dera, Mr Bashir Ahmad Sanori, faced harassment in January this year by local religions fanatics. The police, rather than pressing hard on the crazies, as directed by the President, found it convenient to restrict the religious freedom of Ahmadis.
There was a background to this situation. The local Ahmadiyya mosque was sealed by authorities in 1987. Many years later, rather than returning the mosque to Ahmadis, authorities permitted operatives of the Khatme Nabuwwat organization to occupy the mosque and start using it. A mullah, Khalid Gangohi was now the prayer leader at the mosque. Ahmadis had no choice but to congregate at their president’s residence for prayers.
Then there was an upsurge in anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric in the wake of the ‘Passport issue’. The mullah of the Faisal Mosque, D. I. Khan spoke venomously against Ahmadis at the Friday congregations on 24 December, 31 December and 07 January 2005. This stoked the fire of prejudice and animosity. Someone sent a letter to the police objecting to Ahmadis’ get-together for prayers at Mr Sanori’s house. The police sent for him, and asked him to explain. He told them that it is mostly members of his own family who offer prayers at his house. The police SHO told him, “OK, but do not allow any outsider to pray at your place, even if he is related to you”. The SHO thus clearly overstepped his scope, and took the easy option of not confronting the immoderate vigilantes. It is reasonable to assume that in this he acted as desired by his superiors who otherwise never tire of professing equal rights for all faiths in Pakistan. They should answer as to where Ahmadis can assemble to pray if they allow radicals occupy their places of worship.
Agitation in District Vehari
Vehari: This district in the Punjab became a hot bed of anti-Ahmadi agitation and provocation early this year. The District Police Officer thought that a sympathetic attitude towards agitators was the easiest and most convenient way out of the situation. He proudly announced arrest of three Ahmadis on fabricated charge of preaching. He has failed to take note of the following incidents in his district that depict a glaring violation of the government’s declared policy regarding of sectarian harmony and religious toleration:
Anti-Ahmadi mullahs used highly provocative and slanderous language against the holy founder of Ahmadiyya Community and members of the community on January 16, 2005. A mullah who owns a PCO (public pay-telephone) announced, “If a Qadiani comes to my PCO, he will not return safe”. A self-styled doctor shouted, “If a Qadiani comes to my clinic, I shall administer him an injection of poison.” A Maulvi threatened, “If a Qadiani dares pass through the Mosque Street, he will be himself responsible for his death.” If the DPO was not aware of these statements, he was ignorant of the situation in his city and district. Apart from such sermons from loudspeakers, sectarian extremists undertook door to door campaign to agitate the people against Ahmadis.
At Burewala, the Khatme Nabuwwat organization distributed anti-Ahmadi posters and stickers through the home-delivery system of newspapers. Large-size posters were posted all over. A sectarian procession was taken out against Ahmadis at Vehari on February 3, 2005. The procession shouted anti-Ahmadi slogans, and demanded social boycott of Ahmadis. These elements apparently have a free hand in Vehari, while the Prime Minister was quoted in the press as, “Minorities in Pakistan enjoy equal rights. Shaukat Aziz, the Prime Minister” The daily Awaz, Lahore; January 24, 2005.
In Chak No.23 of the same District Vehari, the mullah spoke venomously in his Friday Sermon of February 18th and threatened, “ If Qadianis do not recant back to Islam, we shall seize their lands and set ablaze their homes.” The Khateeb of the Jame Masjid Ahle Hadith also delivered a fiery sermon and urged the people to implement social boycott of Ahmadis.
Political mullahs also undertook agitation in support of the ‘passport issue’ in general in district Vehari, and in Chaks No. 19, 21, 23, Gaggo Mandi, Burewala and Vehari city in particular. Some of the mullahs who were playing the leading role in the sectarian drive were: Qari Khalid S/o Khadim; Muhammad Sadiq S/o Muhammad Hanif; Nasir Ahmad S/o Muhammad Hussain; Dr Sarfraz; Muhammad Sadiq S/o Muhammad Akbar; Hafeez S/o Muhammad Sadiq; Maulu Hafiz of Chak 23/WB; Noor Muhammad S/o Ghulam Muhammad; Muhammad Sadiq S/o Allah Rakha; Feeroz S/o Pira.
State authorities – tools in the hands of mullas
Mauro, District Naushero Feroz, Sindh: Mr Nazir Ahmad, Ahmadi, purchased a house some years ago for his personal needs. At the time, Kalima (the Islamic creed) was inscribed upon it. Subsequently mullahs demanded that he remove the Kalima. They even applied to the authorities. The DPO sent for the two parties. Ahmadis took the position that they will not remove themselves the Kalima nor allow their opponents to undertake the sacrilege. The opponents took the position that they were interested in the removal of the Kalima, no matter who removes it. At this the DPO ordered police SHO Mauro, La’al Khan to remove the Kalima.
In compliance with this disgraceful order, the SHO accompanied by four sepoys arrived without notice at the site at about 7 pm on April 28, 2005 and removed the Kalima by putting cement plaster over it. Thus the officials of this Islamic Republic found it more convenient to remove the creed ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is His Messenger’, than face up to the petty mullah.
State pokes its nose in matters of faith
Badin: Mr Abdul Razzak, an Ahmadi convert from Goth Moten Chandia faced questions from Army authorities on June 15, 2005. He thought they were from ISI, but they could be from any unit that is concerned with internal security.
This team first went to a nearby village where the anti-Ahmadi faction is quite strong. On return, they met Mr. Razzaq and asked him a number of questions; some of which were:
- Since when are you an Ahmadi?
- Why did you convert?
- Who was instrumental in your conversion?
- Who helped you make the track (in your land)?
- Who paid for the dish antenna?
- Who pays for your food need?
- When the Maulvis approached you, what happened?
Mr. Razzak was then asked to report to the Major the next morning at 8:30.
Apparently, the team and their major waste their time in worthless pursuits. If at all, they should keep an eye on the agents of religious extremism; that indeed would be some help to internal security
Equity a’ la police
Hyderabad, District Bhakkar: In a village called Islamabad, about six kilometers away from Hyderabad, District Bhakkar the mullahs started giving call for jihad and murder of Ahmadis in every Friday sermon at the mosque. Ahmadis came to know about it and their president contacted the local police and informed them of the new practice. The police sent for the mullah and his radical colleagues, and also told a group of Ahmadis to appear. They made them all sit at the police station for hours and then made them sign on a blank paper. The police told them verbally not to speak against each other, as otherwise they would face police action.
It would perhaps not be fair to jibe the police for this style of impartiality. Most plenipotentiaries of the state fail to reach even this level of equity when dealing with situations involving Ahmadis.
Ahmadi-owned schools of Faisalabad are again in the news
Faisalabad: The daily Aman of Faisalabad gave the following news in its issue of November 14, 2005:
Qadiani schools have to boldly display the word Qadiani on them – Secretary Education
Faisalabad (PR). In the light of a decision of the Government of Punjab, the Provincial Secretary of Education has ordered in a letter to the Executive District Officer Education Faisalabad, the District Coordination Officer and the District Police Officer that the management of the three Qadiani schools in Faisalabad be directed to boldly write the word Qadiani on the board so as to display their Qadiani identity.
The news is scandalous, as it negates the public assertions of the Chief Minister of the Punjab. However, nothing is impossible from the unscrupulous mullah and careerist bureaucrats. This case was reported in detail in the Annual Report of Year 2003. This press release could be from who else than mullah Faqir Muhammad?
Rabwah; December 2005: Secretary of District Housing Committee Jhang, a government body, recently advertised in the press and in public that empty plots in Rabwah on the riverside would be sold by auction, but only to those who believed in ‘complete and unconditional end of prophethood’ and who was not a follower of anybody who claimed to be a prophet in any sense of the word or was an Ahmadi/ Qadiani/Mirzai/Lahori. This happened in the 5th year of 21st century in this Republic whose President proudly preaches ‘enlightened moderation’ to his people and the rest of the Ummah.
There is a background to this vulgar exercise of auction. Many years ago, the government in league with religious thugs forcibly occupied Ahmadiyya owned residential land on the eastern part of Rabwah, and established a ‘Muslim Colony’ on the usurped land. Ahmadis petitioned the Lahore High Court and the honorable court ordered on 4 March 1976:
Status quo shall be maintained meanwhile, that is to say, the petitioners who claim to be in possession, shall not be dispossessed.
The matter is still pending before the Court and the stay order is still in the field. Therefore any auction of the plots is a sheer violation of the order of the Court and amounts to contempt of the Court. So, the Ahmadiyya Office served a legal notice to the Secretary of the Housing Committee to stop the auction.
It is relevant to mention that despite the Court orders, numerous mullahs and their acolytes are in illegal occupation of Ahmadiyya land for years and have established there a mosque, a seminary, and a so-called Muslim Colony – with government support.
This time, the Secretary notified that “After the final auction of plots in this scheme, no one will be allowed to transfer his plot ever to an Ahmadi/Qadiani/Mirzai/Lahori; violators will lose their plots, the construction material and their deposits to the government.” This unworthy announcement was issued by Deputy Director/Secretary District Housing Committee, Jhang, and he has quoted Order No. 3(1)76-H-M-11 of the Housing Urban Development of the Government of Punjab as authority.
According to the daily Khabrain, Lahore of December 14, 2005 the auction was held and residential plots were allocated. The auction was attended by Mr Muhammad Hanif Assistant Director, Jhang, Mr Saeed Chaudhary of Tehsil Municipal Housing Administration Chiniot and Magistrate Sajjad Zafar. Mullah Allah Yar Arshad was conspicuous by his active participation.
It was interesting to read in the press the following:
We must promote the Islamic values of tolerance and moderation. We need to look within; we need to search our soul.
President’s speech to the OIC Extraordinary Summit at Makka
The daily Dawn, Lahore; December 8, 2005
Police – a tool of the mullah
Rabwah; August 28, 2005: The police raided the neighborhood of Naseerabad and took away Mr. Mubarak Ahmad at 0630 on August 28, 2005. They said that Maulvi Hadi had reported to them that Mubarak has a habit of switching on his audio cassette-player to listen to some poems that hurt his sensibilities. Subsequently, two police officials checked all the cassettes at Mubarak’s shop but found no cassette of the alleged poetry. During the inquiry, other non-Ahmadi shopkeepers testified that Mubarak does not turn on such cassettes. Other non-Ahmadis also supported Mubarak. At this, the police let go Mr. Mubarak Ahmad. It was a close escape for him.
An entry in the Daily Jang
Lahore; September 16, 2005: The daily Jang claims, rightly, to have the largest circulation among the daily newspapers in Pakistan. It is published from Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Rawalpindi and Multan. Every Friday, it carries a feature page ‘Iqraa’ that is devoted to religion as promoted by the Jang. It is reasonable to assume that its contents play an important role in religious education and training of its readers. The Jang has hired a mullah, Maulana Saeed Ahmad Jalalpuri, who is allowed plenty of space in Iqraa, wherein he provides answers to questions raised by readers. His column is titled, “Aap ke masail aur unka hal” i.e. “Your problems and their solutions”. Hereunder we produce just one question and its answer given by the Maulana, and published by the Jang that does not tire of sermonizing from a high pedestal:
Marriage with an apostate and heretic
Salma Nasim, Rawalpindi
Question: Can a Muslim marry an Ahmadi or Qadiani? Does Islam permit such marriage, or not? Apparently, they have the same creed, and they recite the Quran and offer the Islamic daily prayers. Also is it permissible to marry the People of the Book?
Answer: Marriage of a Muslim with a Qadiani is not allowed (najaiz) and is strictly forbidden (haraam). As Qadianis are apostates and heretics, it is strictly forbidden to make matrimonial arrangements with them. Qadianis themselves believe so. According to Sharia, if Islamic law prevailed in the land, such apostates or those who claim their un-Islamic beliefs to be Islamic, would be arrested and given three days, in which effort would be made to make them understand and clear their doubts and offered to recant, so if they again became Muslims, so much the better, otherwise the penalty of apostasy (death) would be imposed upon them and the earth would be cleansed of their poisonous effects. So, would intermarriage with such people, whose very life is not tolerated by Islam, be permitted? As for Qadianis having the same creed, the Quran and the Prayers – it is merely their show, otherwise they deny the person of the Holy Prophet, the Quran and the Sharia, and to them is sufficient the Tazkara, the compendium of home-made revelations of their false prophet, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani. And their audacity, they present their un-Islamic beliefs as the true Islam. Anyone who calls his un-Islamic beliefs as Islam, is a heretic (zindiq). According to the Ulema, even the apology of a zindiq is not acceptable.
It is permissible to marry a woman of the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians; however a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a Jew or a Christian. The Ulema have laid down a number of conditionalities to allow marriage with a Christian or Jewish girl, for example, she must be a genuine Ahle Kitab and not an atheist; there should be no risk for the Muslim husband to lose his faith or change his beliefs; there should be no risk of the children turning Christians or Jews; only then marriage with such a woman is permitted. However, the Quran has preferred marrying a Muslim woman over such a marriage. (emphasis provided)
Well, how is this from the most widely circulated newspaper in this country of Enlightened Moderation? It is noteworthy that only two months ago the President ‘warned that stringent action would be taken against elements involved in printing, publication and distribution of hate material, including newspapers, magazines, handbills and pamphlets, and audio and video material” (The daily Dawn of July 22, 2005). Well said, but where is the action?
Some people wonder why the mullah still cries hoarse to have the Sharia implemented, while a large number of Islamic laws are already in the statute book. It is the above type of laws that the mullah misses badly. He would not be satisfied until hundreds of thousand of Ahmadis are arrested by the state and having been given three days to recant, are then all put to death as apostates.
It must be clearly stated that the opinion given above by the mullah and published by the Jang is only that of the mullah and his gang, otherwise the Quran makes no mention whatsoever of most what the mullah would like to pass as Sharia. In fact the Holy Quran prescribes no penalty for apostasy – La ikraha fid din (There is no compulsion in religion), 2: 257/258.
As this report is mainly about human rights, the reader is reminded that it was the Ahmadiyya press that suffered police raids in August, and 11 members of their press corps, editors, publishers, printers and managers were exposed to criminal charges under Ahmadi-specific laws. However, no action was taken against the Jang or the mullah. Whither the much trumpeted enlightened moderation!
The Daily Dawn reported from Islamabad on August 23 the following (extracts):
“Islamabad, Aug 22, 2005: The Muttahidda Majlis i Amal (MMA) has proposed a debate on response to criticism leveled by the US State Department against the educational syllabus in Pakistan.
The motion – signed by Liaquat Baloch, Fareed Paracha, Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, Advocate Usman, Samia Raheel Qazi and Shahida Akhtar – said “the remarks of the US State Department spokesman” were “flagrant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs” and were thus unbearable.
In Islam, no lesson of hatred is taught through any syllabus book which is also proved by the fact that all the minorities are living peacefully and enjoying full rights as citizens. …”
The last para above concerning ‘full rights’ deserves a big exclamation mark. The mullah has become a past master in disinformation, propaganda and fiction, although his religion demands from him plain truth (Quale sadeed).
The activist mullah
The biggest challenge to effective implementation of the policy of ‘enlightened moderation’ is from the mullah who still enjoys a long leash; it is so long, as if there is none. The mullah openly stated that the Islamic state is duty bound to kill Ahmadis. He keeps himself in the news, also on day-to-day issues. We produce below some news from the press of only the month of November to show that the mullah is at complete liberty to act and agitate against any attempt to present a soft image of Pakistan:
- The penalty of life imprisonment for defiling the Quran should be enhanced to death.
Qadianis and Christians deliberately commit the outrage (against the holy book)
Entire Pakistan is grief stricken at the Sangla Hill incident where a Christian defiled the Holy Quran. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad*
The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; November 18, 2005
- Qadianis are enemies of both Islam and Pakistan. The mischief of Pervaiziyyat is also Kufr (Infidelity, Non Islam).
The Agha Khan Board is a conspiracy of Kufr.
We shall spare no sacrifice to put an end to forces of Kufr.
Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki
The daily Pakistan, Lahore; November 28, 2005
- In order to secure the country against further natural calamities, a movement to stamp out Ahmadiyyat should now be initiated. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad*
The Daily Jang, Lahore; November 01, 2005
- The lawlessness of Qadianis at Chenab Nagar is intolerable. They are bent upon destroying
the peace of the society on outsiders’ instructions, and they tyrannize Muslims every day. Press Conference by Maulana Allah Yar Arshad, a leader of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat.
The daily Aman Faisalabad November 24, 2005
- The Mandi Bahauddin incident (bloodshed of Ahmadis at Mong) was the result of internal feud between two Qadiani groups. Maulana Allah Wasaya
The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; November 26, 2005
- Qadianis should be disallowed to set up a petrol pump at Chiniot. Mullah Ilyas Chinioti
- The Mirzai (Ahmadi) Deputy Superintendent of the Borstal Jail, Faisalabad should be transferred. Demand by Maulvi Faqir Muhammad*, the information Secretary of Almi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat.
The daily Aman, Faisalabad; November 22, 2005
*Note: This Maulvi Faqir Muhammad enjoys considerable undeserved influence at the Home Department of the Government of the Punjab. He was instrumental in getting the notorious government letter issued No. SO(A-II)1-27/01 dated June 27, 2003, titled: Letter received from Maulvi Faqir Mohammad. (It was reproduced in full in our annual report for 2003).The following story is also relevant to him.
Mullah Faqir Muhammad earns his living
Faisalabad: Maulvi Faqir Muhammad claims to be the Information Secretary of the Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat (Worldwide Association for safeguarding the End of Prophethood). For his dubious services he gets his wages that are not mean. He keeps in touch with local and some ultra-right newspapers and gets his statements published on payment. These are often self-promoting, but rarely bring credit to his Majlis. For example, he persuaded the daily Nawa-i-Waqt to give the following headlines to his statement: Implement the Sharia law (of death) to uproot the Qadiani mischief. They (Qadianis) bring the country to disrepute by dissemination of imaginary tales of tyranny on internet. Maulvi Faqir Muhammad. (Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; March 15, 2005)
The dull-witted mullah does not see the obvious contradiction in his statement. During May this year he distributed a hate-promoting sectarian pamphlet in Faisalabad, urging the Muslims not to send their children to the three ‘Qadiani, Non-Muslim Schools.’ The mullah does not want to know that public schools are not Non-Muslims and Qadianis; it is only people who profess a faith or religion.
Markaz Khatme Nabuwwat, an auxiliary or perhaps the same activity with another name, published an 8-page highly provocative pamphlet and distributed it free in Faisalabad: Its title is Chehra Qadianiat (The Face of Qadianiat). It reproduced alleged ‘quotations’ out of context, and raised the question on the front page: ‘Can the people who remain inactive after listening to such soul-destroying beliefs, call themselves Muslim?’
If the government is serious about the internal sectarian situation, it should effectively restrict the activists and leaders of such trouble spots.
A fabrication exposed
Chak 30/11L, District Sahiwal: A police ASI, accompanied by two constables from Police Station Ghazi Abad made a surprise visit to the Ahmadiyya mosque in the village, that was open. Having inspected it carefully, he proceeded to meet the president of the local Ahmadi community. The ASI told him that his superiors were told that Ahmadis had burnt the Quran in their mosque and had desecrated the Holy Book. “I have found nothing of the kind; but be careful,” advised the good ASI – a rare specimen.
Chochak, District Okara; July 21st, 2005: Mr. Muhammad Abbas, a recent convert to Ahmadiyyat fled from his village Chochak to the Ahmadiyya mosque at Okara City and reported that he had been threatened of harm by his relatives, and the mullahs of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat had organized a conference and procession in the village. Feeling very unsafe he quit the village and came out to the town. “I am not going back to the village and will stay here as long as you permit me”, he told the mosque attendant. The president of the community was informed of this. He received another report from a different source that an anti-Ahmadi conference was shaping up at Chochak, and people from other villages were assembling there. The president therefore contacted the District Police Officer and reminded him of General Musharraf’s drive against communal agitation. The DPO reacted promptly and ordered the SHO to disperse the assembly of religious zealots. The SHO proceeded to Chochak with a contingent of police and firmly told the mullahs to go home. Five of these firebrands were on the scene, and they had brought a hundred activists with them from other villages in two coaches. Peace was thus maintained.
This shows that if the authorities are allowed to act firmly to maintain law and order, they can do so without much ado.