Ahmadi arrested under Ahmadi-specific law, and maliciously subjected to the anti-terrorism law
Nakdar, District Sargodha; June 8, 2007: Mr. Saeed Ahmad, Ahmadi was booked under PPC 298-C at Police Station Nakdar, District Sargodha on June 8, 2007 in FIR No 73/2007. He was arrested subsequently.
The accuser, mulla Mushtaq Ahmad is an Ushar collector. He accused Saeed Ahmad spuriously of preaching. In the written complaint for FIR, he urged the police to register the case against the Ahmadi under the Blasphemy law, PPC 295-C. Knowing that the mulla was not reliable, they down-graded the charge to PPC 298-C. Even then, the victim is exposed to three years in prison.
Later, when a plea for release on bail was moved with the magistrate, it was learnt that they had added the Blasphemy clause PPC 295-C and Clause 9 of the Anti-terrorism Act to the charge sheet. This is tyranny — pure and simple. The accused remained in prison for a while before a higher court accepted his plea for bail.
A compliant police at the service of the mulla
Rabwah: The Junior Section of Jamia Ahmadiyya (the Ahmadiyya college of theology) has been under construction for some time. Classes are being held there for two years now. A suitable hall is being constructed there these days to meet the needs of the students.
Mullas approached the police recently and reported that Ahmadis are constructing a mosque at the site. The police intervened promptly and ordered that the construction be stopped. The law does not permit Ahmadis to build a mosque, so they built a hall. The police were told that the plan of the under-construction hall had been approved by the town council. At this, they permitted the resumption of the construction activity.
It is relevant to mention that it is the same police and the same clerics who have forcibly taken Ahmadiyya land of this college and built a one-room mosque on the usurped land without the permission of the owner . According to the Sharia and the recent edict of the Islamic Ideology Council such a ‘mosque’ is not even a mosque. It is not only illegal, but also un-Islamic, according to the IIC.
The police comes to the help of extremists
Qil’a Kallarwala: The daily Jang of September 5, 2007 published the following story:
The construction of Qadiani Baituz Zikr is interrupted at Qil’a Kallarwala
Pasroor (correspondent). The situation became tense over the alleged construction of Qadiani Baituz-uz-Zikr (mosque). All the Muslim factions started protesting against the construction. The DSP Pasroor ordered a stop to the construction of the Bait-uz-Zikr and held that the construction will not resume till the N.O.C. (no objection certificate).
The case refers to that of an Ahmadiyya mosque in the nearby location of Chowk Data Zaidka. The building was ready up to the ceiling; however, construction has now come to a halt. The police has responded to the call of an extremist mulla, Qari Afzal.
Since the promulgation of the Anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance in 1984, twenty Ahmadiyya mosques have been destroyed by miscreants in Pakistan, 11 set on fire, 25 sealed by authorities, 14 forcibly occupied by opponents, and construction of 36 barred by authorities. These figures convey a very regrettable state of ‘Freedom of Religion and Faith’ for Ahmadis in Pakistan.
Another step backward
The daily Khabrain of February 12, 2007 reported re-introduction of certification concerning an applicant Muslim’s faith in the dogma of ‘End of Prophethood’, when applying abroad for the national identity card. The reporter quoted the Secretary Information of the notorious Majlis Ahrar Islam, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema as the source of his report, who attributed the governmental action to the Ministry of Interior.
According to the report, till recently, the application form for the national identity card did not include the certificate concerning the end of prophethood. However, last year the Khatme Nabuwwat Academy London, Ahrar Khatme Nabuwwat Mission in Glasgow, Khatme Nabuwwat Center Belgium etc protested, and as a result the newly printed form includes the attestation concerning the End of Prophethood. Various mullahs, abroad and in the country, hailed the new arrangement and demanded that “Qadiani hold over key positions in the country and in Pak embassies abroad should be put to an end”, according to the daily. Whatever that means!
Discrimination in usurpation of land to construct mosques etc
Islamabad/Rabwah: It would be recalled that in August/September 2004, the mullah raised a storm over the transfer of a site back to Ahmadis where the police had illegally constructed a small mosque, (Full Report ). The police, as requested, had vacated the plot and shifted. But the mullah made the mosque a bone of contention and demanded that not only the mosque remain in occupation of non-Ahmadis, but also the police post must be brought back to the location to that end. Mr. Pervaiz Elahi, the chief minister ordered accordingly and placated the mullah. The order was illegal and immoral and was even against the spirit of Shariah.
The encouraged mullah undertook the same act elsewhere at various locations, this time occupying state-owned land in sensitive locations like Islamabad. Using these mosques as bases, he lashes out regularly against the rulers and authorities until it started hurting them. They thus realized the evil inherent in usurpation of land for construction of mosques that are used by the clerics to spread hate and disturb societal peace. At Islamabad, the President took notice, and the following was reported by the daily Jinnah, Lahore of January 12, 2007: Decision to end land-grabbing in the guise of (construction of) mosques and madrassahs. Control the street crime — Musharraf
Loudspeakers may not be used except for Azan and Khutba during Muharram.
Severe action will be taken against publication and distribution of hate-promoting religious literature, and for collection of funds. Decisions in a meeting presided by President Musharraf.
Those involved in sectarian agitation will be dealt with severely. Strictest action will be taken against spoilers of law and order. The state is determined to implement its writ. Address of the President at the meeting.
Lahore/Islamabad (correspondent/Agencies/Monitoring desk)… The meeting was attended by the Secretary Interior, heads of security agencies, I.Gs Police and Chief Secretaries of the four provinces. … The meeting decided that sectarian activities will not be permitted in the garb of mosques built over unauthorized land (tajawazat). Strong action will be taken against those who build mosques illegally. According to a private TV Channel, it was decided to undo occupation of land grabbed for construction of mosques, madrassahs and other religious activities…. Provincial governments were instructed not to permit use of places of worship for spreading hate, extremism and terrorism…. The President conveyed that an end will be put to mosques promoting sectarianism.
One may ask: If the authorities encourage and support the mullah in his violent sectarian drive against Ahmadis, how do they hope to control, discipline and restrict him on other fronts that are equally important to him in his perception?
Discrimination in mulla handling
Jhang/Rabwah: It is well known that mullahs are allowed and even facilitated by authorities to converge on Rabwah in large numbers three or four times a year. They invariably indulge in great mouth-frothing and slander against the Ahmadiyya Community and pose a threat to law and order in this town. Only four months ago when on account of imposition of Section 144 all religious rallies and open-air conferences were forbidden in the entire Punjab, the authorities gave special permission to the Khatme Nabuwwat mullahs to hold their conference at Rabwah in September, 2006. In January on account of the Muharram, the authorities forbade more than a thousand clerics by name to move into various districts of the Punjab (the daily Khabrain, Lahore; January 19, 2007). Even in District Jhang where Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) is located, 50 Ulama (including numerous from the Khatme Nabuwwat organization) were named and forbidden to enter the district, and 16 other resident clerics were forbidden to address public gatherings (the daily Nawa-i-Waqt; January 15, 2007). That shows manifestly that the authorities do not act against the general evil and malaise of the mulla, they only address them selectively. The Nawa-i-Waqt report is translated below in full:
Jhang: 50 Ulama forbidden to enter. Sixteen barred to address gatherings. These Ulama include Maulanas Masud Azhar, Ali Sher Haidri, Zahid ur Rashdi, Muhamamd bin Alam Tariq and Allama Sajid Naqvi.
Jhang (correspondent): The Provincial Home Department in view of the law and order problem during Muharram ul Haram, has forbidden 50 ulama of various denominations to enter the revenue territory of District Jhang. Also 16 fiery speakers of different sects have been barred from speaking at public gatherings (Zuban bandi). The respected Ulama and Zakirs who have been forbidden to enter include:
Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Qadri, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar Naqwi, Maulana Manzoor Ahmad Hijazi, Maulana Abdul Majeed Nadeem, Maulana Sultan Mahmood Zia, Maulana Muhammad Rafique Jami, Maulana Tahir-ul-Hasan Qadri, Maulana Ata ur Rahman Shahbaz, Maulana Muhammad Mumtaz Kalyar, Maulana Masood Azhar, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Tonsvi, Maulana Abdul Hameed Wattu, Maulana Zahidur-Rashidi, Maulana Ali Shair Chaudry, Maulana Dr Khadim Hussain Dhaloon, Maulana Abdul Khaliq, Maulana Abdul Ghani, Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhehanvi, Maulana Masood-ur-Rahman Usmani, Maulana Yahya Abbasi, Maulana Khalifa Abdul Qayyum, Maulana Mutee-ur-Rahman, Maulana Ata-ullah Bandyalvi, Maulana Muhammad Akram Tufani, Maulana Aurangzaib Farooqi, Maulana Waaidur Rahman, Maulana Khuda Bakhsh, Maulana Abdul Majeed Hazarvi, Maulana Rehan Farooqi, Maulana Muhammad Bin Aalim Tariq, Maulana Shamshad Salfi, Maulana Abdul Hafeez, Maulana Ghulam Shabbir, Maulana Shair Muhammad Syalvi, Maulana Saeed Asad, Maulana Sultan Haider, Maulana Abdul Waheed Rabbani, Maulana Ghulam Hussain Hashmi, Maulana Tajud Din Haidri, Maulana Iftikhar Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Irshad Hussain Zardari, Maulana Munawwar Hussain Naqwi, Maulana Ghulam Jaafar Raza, Maulana Wajid Naqvi, Allama Sajid Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Sibteen Kazmi, Allama Ghulam Raza Naqvi, Maulana Shakir Hussain Naqvi, and Agha Sayyed Ali Hussain Qummi from Bhakar.
The 16 flame throwing speakers (shola bian) from among the respected Ulama and Zakirs who were barred from addressing the audience in District Jhang include:
Maulana Allah Yar Arshad, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Jhangvi, Maulana Muhamamd Ilyas Chinioti, Maulana Muhammad Hussain Chinioti, Maulana Muhammad Usman Madni, Master Muhammad Yousaf, Maulana Muhammad Aalim Tariq, Maulana Abdul Waris, Maulana Bashir Ahmad Khaki, Maulana Ismail Shah, Qari Muhammad Rafique, Maulana Yasin Muavyah, Abdul Basit, Qanber Zahoor Turabi, Maulana Anwar Ali.
A whiff of fresh air
Islamabad; October 27, 2007: Mr. Abdul Rahman, Section Officer of the Ministry of Interior (Islamabad) wrote a letter to the Home Secretary, Punjab on the issue of holding a conference at Rabwah on 1 and 2 November, 2007 by the Alami Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwwat. The letter was dated 27th October 2007. It requests that the ‘Government of the Punjab may take stock of the situation and initiate appropriate remedial measures as the said conference can create serious law and order situation.’
The Ministry’s letter referred to a written request from the Ahmadiyya headquarters to the Ministry of Interior “to intervene and not allow holding of the above said conference in the city to avert any untoward incident of lawlessness and if it is allowed, Ahmadi community may also be allowed to hold conferences in the city as their right of assembly”. The Ministry underlined the above phrase in quotation as shown. The last para mentions: “This issues under the orders of Secretary Interior.”
Issuance of this letter, that shows concern for justice and peace in society, does credit to the Ministry that was unable to exhibit such attitude towards Ahmadi citizens during the past 33 years. It is a positive change that is bold, refreshing and commendable. One hopes that this change will be upheld, followed up with concrete action and made to bear fruit in the field of human rights and freedom of religion. The past policy of undue tolerance and support to the blood-thirsty mullah has resulted in unbearable consequences for the Pakistani state and society. It is indeed time to take firm steps to forestall tragedies like those of the Red Mosque, Waziristan and Swat.
P. S. The Government of Punjab, permitted the Conference to take place as scheduled by the mulla. Mullas gathered in numbers at the occasion and indulged in profanity and slander against Ahmadis, as usual. They also shouted in full throat against the government, and spoke freely on national and international politics. Among those who attended were big guns of sectarian and Jihadi politics e.g. Maulvis Alam Tariq, Farid Piracha, Shafiqur Rahman, Amir Hussain Gilani, Yaqub Muavia, Akram Toofani, Abdul Karim Nadeem, Ahmad Mian Hamadi, Commando Saifulla Akhtar, Fazalur Rahman etc. It, however, goes to the credit of authorities that they persuaded the mullas to turn their loudspeakers away from the direction of Rabwah. The Ahmadiyya community asked its women to stay at home, and its daughters to miss their schools on the two days to avoid any untoward incident.