Anti-Ahmadiyya campaign in the vernacular press – 2018
Rabwah: Pakistan allows fair amount of freedom of press but not for Ahmadis. Ahmadis’ daily and periodicals have been banned by the Punjab government on recommendation of the Mutahidda Ulama Board. However, the vernacular press is at liberty to print plenty of hate material against the marginalized community. Press Section of the Ahmadiyya central office has issued its annual report on the role of vernacular press in anti-Ahmadiyya campaign. The report shows no improvement whatsoever in the policy and conduct of the Urdu press in this regard as compared to previous years.
During 2018 Pakistani Urdu press continued to publish one-sided and hateful anti-Ahmadi stories. As many as 2389 anti-Ahmadi propaganda news-items and 300 articles were published in the papers published in the Punjab. It is the responsibility of the media not to spread hate against any particular group in society, and if there is a negative report or an article published against one party, the viewpoint of the targeted party should also be obtained and published. But, no newspaper spares space for the Ahmadiyya response or viewpoint. The daily Ausaf (editor: Mehtab Khan) as usual stood first by publishing 440 anti-Ahmadiyya news and 71 hateful articles, while the daily Nawa-i-Waqt (editor: Rameeza Majeed Nizami) stood second by publishing 333 news items and 35 articles. The daily Dunya (editor: Mian Amir Mahmood) stood third by printing 201 anti-Ahmadiyya news and 19 articles.
Translation of some sample ‘news’ is produced below:
Qadianis are always ready to harm Pakistan: Abdul Latif Khalid
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, September 18, 2018
Qadianiat is an international conspiracy against Islam … : Pir Ateequr Rahman
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, February 17, 2018
Jewish lobby is using Qadianis for their condemnable objectives: Haji Abdul Ghafoor Rahmani
The daily Pakistan; Lahore, October 15, 2018
Qadianiat is a grave threat to humanity … : Majlis Ahrar Islam
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, July 7, 2018
Blasphemy is the worst type of terrorism, and Qadianis are involved in it: Qari Ayub Chinioti
The daily Express; Faisalabad, August 19, 2018
Qadianis, Israel and India are one against Pakistan; Army Chief should take note.
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, September 8, 2018
Qadianis are traitors to Islam, the government should not employ them: Adnan Farooq
The daily 92 News; Lahore, September 8, 2018
Bhutto is a End of Prophethood martyr. The US and Qadianis got him killed: Mumtaz Awan
The daily din; Lahore, September 10, 2018
Qadiani drink popular with PTI candidates; PTI candidates for NA and PA drink Shezan to quench thirst: Ilyas Chinioti
The daily Islam; Lahore, September 10, 2018