Assaults and Attempts (1998 – 2004)

2004

 

A murder attempt in Lahore

Mughalpura, Lahore; July 30, 2004: Mr Shahid Ahmad Dar, an Ahmadi youth was tracked and fired at in the middle of the night while coming back home. Luckily he was not hit.

As per details, Shahid Dar was returning home after some local shopping. While still a street away from home, someone challenged him ‘Stop – O Mirzaia’. He did not, and turned the corner to head for home. He heard a motorcycle stop a few yards behind him and heard the sound of loading a fire arm. While he picked up his pace, he heard shots that missed him. By this time he was at his front door, and he entered the house. His mother was woken up by the sound of gun-shots. She asked him as to what happened. The neighbors also telephoned to inquire of his well-being. The next day, he reported the matter to the police.

Mr Dar has intimated that a week earlier he had received a threatening phone call.

 

Violence in court premises

Abbotabad:     February 21, 2004: Mr Moti-ur-Rehman, his father and his cousin Mr Zahid Aziz are facing prosecution under Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298C since October 2001. Almost every month they have to present themselves at a court in Mansehra, NWFP. Mr Rehman has to come all the way from Azad Kashmir, Mr Aziz from Rawalpindi, while the septuagenarian father from Abbotabad. At these occasions they are exposed to abuse and threats by religious extremists. The defendants have to make deliberate efforts to avoid provocation and an altercation. On the hearing on February 21, their attorney was unable to come, so the miscreants became bold and assaulted physically Mr Rehman and his cousin. They grabbed them by the collar, punched and kicked them. Thereafter, they fled. The two, however, were relieved to see that the gangsters had spared their elderly co-accused who sat at a bench in the corner.

 

2003

Attempt at murder

Chak 82 D, District Sahiwal; August 16, 2003: Two bearded men attempted to murder Mr Munawwar Ahmad Khan, Ahmadi at his home in early hours of morning. They nearly succeeded.

Mr. Munawwar is an ex-chief of the district organization of Ahmadi elders. On August 16, when he got up in early hours of the morning for prayers, the bell rang. He opened the door. He found two men who had arrived on a Honda motorcycle. They asked him about Munawwar Ahmad. Munawwar told him that it was he himself. At this, one of them opened fire at him. The bullet shot through his thigh. Munawwar fell down. Hearing the shots, Munawwar’s children rushed out, only to find their father bleeding. The attackers fired a few more shots but fortunately they missed. In the flurry to escape, the assailants dropped and left behind their bag of ammunition. The victim was subsequently taken to the District Hospital, where the doctors advised his transfer to some major hospital in Lahore. An Ahmadi doctor, however, was of the opinion that shifting the injured that far was not advisable and that he should be treated at Sahiwal. He was therefore not shifted.

Mr. Munawwar subsequently recovered. The police registered the case, however no arrest was made. It is obviously a case of attempted murder based on faith.

 

Ominous visit in D.G. Khan

D.G. Khan: Someone knocked at the door of Mr Suhail Akhtar, an Ahmadi, at about 0430 on August 1. Akhtar took care not to open the door and peeped through a hole in the door. He saw a well-built man of medium height who had masked his face. Suhail asked his identity three times, at which the intruder bolted away. Suhail informed the police of the visit. Suhail is an office-holder of Ahmadiyya Community at district level.

Three weeks later, Suhail had another visit on August 22. This time the caller knocked at 0330 hr. Suhail did not open the door and challenged the unwelcome visitor. At this, the scoundrel departed on his motorcycle. Mr. Suhail Akhtar and his wife are the only residents in the house. The two visits upset them greatly. It is good that he took care not to open the door; otherwise he would have been on the ‘ list of murdered’.

 

2002

Deadly attack on Ahmadi blunted

Chak 475 EB, District Vehari; February 20, 2002: Religious extremists attacked Mr Muhammad Yousuf in the middle of the night on 19/20 February at his home. The murder attempt went abortive – thanks to the bold defense put up by Mr. Yousaf’s son.

A group of fundamentalists led by a mullah, Hafiz Talib Hussain had been harassing Mr Yousaf, an ex-president of the local Ahmadiyya Community, for the preceding few weeks. Hafiz Talib Hussain is an activist of the defunct Sipah Sahaba group. During January they had mounted a similar attempt.

This time three of these armed gangsters entered Mr Yousaf’s house by climbing over the outer wall. One of them, the Hafiz stayed out while others entered the sleeping room. One of these challenged Yousaf and shouted an insult. He added that this time he would finish the task. Yousaf, in a reckless manner, caught the attacker’s gun by the barrel, pushed it aside and shouted for help. Mr. Yousaf’s son, Asif, who was not far, rushed to help his father. He snatched the gun from the assailant. The assailant tried to escape but Asif caught him and bolted the door from inside. The others tried to rescue their colleague by trying to break open the door, but by this time other people had woken up, so they fled.

The police were informed on telephone; they arrived at the site. The detained gangster was handed over to the police along with his weapon of attack. The felon told the police that he had been egged on by Hafiz Talib Hussain to undertake the assault. The police went for the other two attackers, but they absconded.

This was a narrow escape for the Ahmadi family.

 

Attack by a proclaimed offender

Chak 55/12-L, District Sahiwal; May 8, 2002: Mr Waseem Ahmad Qamar, an Ahmadi religious teacher of the Chak reported that his quarters were targeted by one Khalil, at about midnight on May 8. Bullet marks could be seen on the outer wall.

Khalil, son of Nawab Din is an ex-Jihadi, turned criminal. He is very hostile to Ahmadis. As he has been declared a Proclaimed Offender, he has absconded and returns to the village only occasionally. He has threatened that he plans to murder an Ahmadi.

Mr Qamar reported the incident to the police, who refused to register the case on the excuse that as no one has been hurt, the police cannot proceed further in the situation.

 

An Ahmadi beaten up

Ahmadpur Sharqia, District Bahawalpur; February 2, 2002: Mr Saeed Ahmad, Ahmadi faced an attack from three gangsters during the month of Ramadan, but he saved himself by running up to a soldier who was passing by. Ahmad reported the incident to the police, who did not follow it up seriously.

Ten weeks later, on February 2, 2002, at about 1930 when he was cycling back home, he was approached and attacked by four unknown religious fanatics. They beat him up and threatened him with a dagger. They told him that they will not kill him but their real target was his elder brother who is president of the local Ahmadiyya community. “Tell him, his days are numbered; we will soon finish him off”, they said. After this, they left.

The incident was conveyed to the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ahmadpur Sharqia, in writing on February 14, 2002.

 

A  close escape

Chak 22, District Sheikhupura, July 2002: Mr Kashif Ahmad Qamar, the resident Ahmadi religious teacher of the village reported that there was a great deal of religious tension in his area. During the first week of July, he was visited by four armed men at night while he was asleep in his quarters. Their intrusion alerted him and woke him up. At this, the intruders retreated and Mr Qamar was luckily spared the intended assault.

Township, Lahore: Four bearded tough-looking gangsters arrived at the Ahmadiyya mosque at 1315 on May 10. Two of them, in uniform, stayed in their car while the other two arrived at the mosque gate and made some unusual rough remarks about Ahmadis. The attendant hurried to shut the door and then talked to them from inside. The uninvited visitors (posing as officials) insisted that they wanted to inspect the mosque. However, in the face of non-cooperating attendant they decided to leave, saying they will come again.

The mosque administration believes that the visitors were terrorists. Authorities were informed of the incident. Security was stepped up, and every Ahmadi in the area became cautious.

 

Provocation in Faisalabad

Faisalabad; January 19, 2002: Faisalabad is one of those towns where religious extremists have been active for months. Last year they murdered Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Ahmadi, on July 28, 2001. Ahmadis keep the Authorities informed, but to little avail. Fundamentalists keep the pot boiling.

On January 19, 2002 when Mr Khalid Mahmud, Ahmadi was walking to his store in Chowk Bolidi, one Imtiaz shouted insults against the holy founder of Ahmadiyya Community and threatened Mahmud that being a Qadiani he was Wajibul Qatl (one who must be killed). Mahmud, in the face of gravity of the situation, retreated and went back home. Members of his family advised him forbearance and non-resistance in the face of provocation.

A few months later, on November 14, this Imtiaz Shah murdered an Ahmadi in broad daylight in the bazaar.

 

2001

An attempt on life

Nia Ben Bajwa, District Sialkot; December 22, 2000: Mr Intizar Ahmad Bajwa, an Ahmadi youth from the village, suffered great opposition from mullas during 1999. He was falsely accused of blasphemy in March 1999 and was put in prison. He was released in December 1999. Mullas kept at his heels and almost got him on December 22, 2000.

Intizar was playing volleyball with his pals by the roadside outside the village in the afternoon. At about 4 p.m. a car arrived, stopped, and a few mullas jumped out of the car. These were the same mullas of Sipah Sahaba group who were his accusers in his blasphemy case the previous year. They were armed and shouted the challenge. Sensing the grave danger, Intizar ran for his life. The mullas gave him a hot chase and fired one or two shots. Intizar managed to enter the outskirts of the village and hid himself in one of the houses. Losing sight of him, the mullas inquired from an old woman if she had seen a run-away youth. She did not disclose Intizar’s location.

Having failed in their attempt, mullas went back and left. It was a close escape for Intizar. According to the witnesses, the gang carried a .444 bore rifle, two .30 pistols and a Mauser. Three of the attackers were identified as Shafiq Dogar, Qayyum Butt and Anwar Sarwana. Another one was a member of Jaish Muhammad jihadi group, who had earlier visited the village the same day to collect donations in support of Kashmiri Mujahideen.

 

Violence at Khoski

Khoski, District Badin; September 23: Anti-Ahmadiyya elements took to violence at Khoski in the last week of September. Pushtun and Afghan-looking miscreants came over to Mr. Daud Ahmad, an Ahmadi’s house, and knocked at his door. When he came out, they beat him up for no reason – or, to be precise, for being an Ahmadi. Then they visited the residence of the president of Ahmadiyya Community. The president’s elder son opened the door; they beat him up also. This raised the alarm, and a number of Ahmadi youth assembled in a hurry to take defensive measures. This prevented spread of further violence. Later, in the evening, the local mulla who is a Pathan, held an open gathering in front of Mr Daud’s house and made a violent and provocative speech. This raised the level of communal tension.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Community thereafter informed the police who sent for the other party also. A number of town’s elite also came along, and they reprimanded the mulla and his colleagues for disturbing the peace of the town. The police promised to follow up the matter.

 

2000

An assault by a mulla

Muhammad Akram, Ahmadi, has suffered at the hands of Deputy Commissioner Mustong who expelled him summarily from the district sometimes ago at the urging of local mullas. On April 3, 2000 when he was about to board a wagon for Quetta, two pillion riders who wore masks, opened fire at him. One of the bullets hit Akram who was injured in the leg. The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital where 13 stitches were applied to his wound. He did not report the matter to the police in view of the deputy commissioner’s hostility and the general atmosphere of anti-Ahmadiyya persecution. Unable to go back, he was staying with a friend at Quetta.

 

An attempt on life

Mr Intizar Ahmad Bajwa, an Ahmadi youth from the village Nia Ben Bajwa, District Sialkot, suffered great opposition from mullas during 1999. He was falsely accused of blasphemy in March 1999 and was put in prison. He was released in December 1999. Mullas kept on his heels and almost got him on December 22, 2000.

Intizar was playing volleyball with his pals outside the village by the roadside in the afternoon. At about 4 p.m. a car arrived, stopped, and a few mullas jumped out of the car. These were the same mullas of Sipah Sahaba group who were his accusers in the blasphemy case the previous year. They were armed and shouted the challenge. Sensing the grave danger, Intizar ran for his life. The mullas gave a hot chase and fire one or two shots. Intizar managed to enter the outskirts of the village and hid himself in one of the houses. Losing sight of him, the mullas inquired from an old woman if she had seen a run-away youth. She did not disclose Intizar’s location.

Having failed in their attempt, mullas went back and left. It was a close escape for Intizar. According to the witnesses, the gang carried a .444 bore rifle, two .30 pistols and a Mauser. Three of the attackers were identified as Shafiq Dogar, Qayyum Butt and Anwar Sarwana. Another one was a member of Jaish Muhammad Jihadi group who had earlier the same day visited the village to collect donations in support of Kashmiri Mujahideen.

 

Another assault

Malik Munawar Hussain, Ahmadi, owns considerable property and an ancestral home at Rangpura, district Sialkot, but resides elsewhere. On June 11, he visited his birthplace with the intention of collecting the rent and to retrieve some personal goods like TV etc from there. When he, accompanied by his son, arrived there, he was received by a hostile crowd who were intent upon violence. They caught hold of him and beat him up. Malik Hussain’s son escaped from the scene to report to the police who came and helped the release of his father from his assailants. Subsequently, Malik Hussain reported to a doctor who produced a medical certificate that mentioned all the injuries that he received. Escorted by a couple of friends, Mr. Malik went to the police station and asked a case to be registered against the miscreants. The police refused to register the complaint and advised the poor fellow to forget it all and go away. The police confided to him that the miscreants had plans to kill him.

 

A murderous assault

Mr Allah Yar, president of local Ahmadiyya Community of Chak 163 W.B; District Vehari was sitting in his farm in the evening, when two strangers arrived on a motor bike on September 29. They asked him if he was Allah Yar, to which he replied in the affirmative. At this, one of them said, “We need some medicine for a patient whom we shall bring shortly”. While saying so, they restarted the motor cycle and opened fire at the Ahmadi. One of the shots hit him in the shoulder and went through. The other bullet hit his stomach and damaged a lung. Having fired, the assailants fled away. The victim lost much blood while on his way to the hospital. He was feeling very weak but later recovered consciousness. The bullets were extracted. His daughters provided the blood as it was of the same category.

Lately, Mr Allah Yar had been receiving threats on telephone. The police were provided phone numbers of the telephones from where the threatening calls originated. Investigation produced little result.

 

1999

Opponents of Ahmadiyyat undertake murder attempts and physical assaults because they feel that much risk is not involved. They are told that authorities will not take a serious view of such violence against Ahmadis. Hardly any murderer of an Ahmadi has ever been punished.

 

Dr. Rashid Ahmad of Golarchi (Sindh) and his son were assaulted by a mob in March 1998 in an anti-Ahmadiyya violent incident. He was injured. Surprisingly it was he who was charged by the police, and since then he is suffering court appearances. In April 1999, he was again made the target of a physical assault. He intended to buy a residential plot close to his residence, but the mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat were opposed to the deal. The doctor went over to the seller to negotiate, where the ferocious mullas attacked him. The doctor received severe injuries in the head and on the face. He was taken to a hospital in a semi-conscious state. Later, he was sent to Badin for X-rays and examination of fractures. For better treatment, he was shifted to the clinic of Dr Siddiqui at Mirpurkhas.

 

1998

Murder attempts

Three Ahmadis were sitting together in the Ahmadiyya mosque Mujahidabad at Dera Ghazi Khan on 13 January after the evening prayers when at about 2030hr a bearded armed intruder entered the mosque and opened fire on the three with his automatic pistol. Two shots hit Mr. Bilal Nasir, the President of the District Ahmadiyya Youth; the third bullet hit the wall. Mr. Nasir was rushed to the hospital where he was given first aid. He suffered compound fracture. As it was not safe to keep him in D.G.Khan he had to be driven to Rabwah hospital where he was operated upon.

 

Two unknown gangsters attacked Mr. Bashir Ahmad, President of the Ahmadiyya Community at Arain in district Lodhran, on the 13/14 night in August. He received head and arm injuries.

 

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