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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Reports that do not fall into the category of previous chapters are placed here in the following sections:
- a. Reports from cities; b; Reports from towns and villages; c. Media; d. Kidnapping of Ahmadis; e. Disturbing threats; f. Plight of Rabwah; g. Diverse
Reports from cities
“… If Sharia or Islamic law is operative, then such people (Ahmadis), who renounce Islam or profess their un-Islamic beliefs as Islamic, will be arrested. Thereafter, for three days they will be educated over the (controversial) issue and urged to recant. If they revert to Islam, well and good, otherwise the penalty of apostasy (death) will be imposed upon them, and the earth will be cleansed of their poison.”
Op-ed (Your problems and their solutions by Maulana Saeed Ahmad Jalalpuri, a former advisor on Religious Affairs to the Government of the Punjab), published in the daily Jang, Lahore of September 16, 2005
Reports received from bigger cities (district headquarters etc) are placed in this section. Press statements like the one given below are one of the causes of religious strife and animosity.
A disturbing report from Karachi
Karachi; September 4, 2012: Mr. Abdul Majeed Tauseef and his wife had a disturbing and unusual experience. They went to the local shopping center in Mahmud Abad in the evening. On their way back home two motorcyclists approached them and told his wife to remove her Burqa (Islamic dress for veil). They attempted to remove it forcibly. At this Mr. Tauseef held the goon’s hand, however they overpowered him, beat him up and fled when a few passers-by approached.
Mr. Tauseef and his wife reported the incident to the police who were not able to follow-up worth a mention.
Mischief in Sargodha
Sargodha; February 2012: Mr. Fareed Ahmad and Mr. Naseem Ahmad, Ahmadis initiated a residential project of Bahawal Colony. The attributive names of God and the Holy Prophetsa were put up on electric poles to add to the beauty of the area. Khatme Nabuwwat mullas did not like it. They filed an application in the local police station against it. They threatened the administration with a protest demonstration. At this the non-Ahmadi partners in this project assured the mullas that they had installed the boards and they would remove them when the residential plots were sold out.
A nasty break-in
Sahiwal; December 6, 2012: At about 12:45 noon, an armed youth jumped over the gate into the residence of Mr. Aamir Hafeez the president of the district Ahmadi community of Sahiwal, central Punjab. His two colleagues also came in.
One of them managed to enter Mr. Hafeez’s bed-room. Mr. Hafeez boldly threw his blanket over the intruder and tried to overpower him. At this he took to heels. His two accomplices also ran out, and fled in the vehicle waiting outside.
The police were informed. They are investigating
Hostility in Multan
Hasanabad, district Multan; April 2012: The women’s organization of the local Ahmadiyya community held a sitting to recount the merits of the Holy Prophetsa. They invited some of their non-Ahmadi friends also. Later, a few of those non-Ahmadis accused Ahmadi women of reciting the verses of Holy Quran improperly and translating these incorrectly. Khatme Nabuwwat organization took up the issue and held a provocative conference. They threatened Ahmadis to leave the area within three months, otherwise ‘be ready to face the consequences’.
Ahmadi women have been advised to exercise discretion and be mindful of potential mischief.
Hostility in Sargodha
Chak no. 152 North, Sargodha; April 3, 2012: Mr. Ali Muhammad runs a shop in the main market of the village. His name was written on the sign board of his shop. Some extremist elements gathered outside his shop and demanded from him to erase the name ‘Muhammad’ from his name on the sign board, and threatened him of grave consequences in case of non-compliance. At this he erased his name, “Proprietor: Ali Muhammad” from the sign board of his shop.
Sargodha; April 4, 2012: Khawaja Zeeshan runs a grocery shop in a market in Sargodha. Some mullas gathered outside his shop and raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. Mullas demanded from Mr. Qureshi, the owner of the building to oust Mr. Zeeshan from his building.
The reason behind this issue is the expulsion of these mullas for their extremism from the mosque which Mr. Qureshi built in this building. The mullas found nothing else to hold against Mr. Qureshi except Mr. Zeeshan’s faith. Mr. Qureshi had a meeting with the protesting mullas and made them disperse peacefully.
Miscreants remain active against Ahmadi employees in Neelam Jhelum Hydro Project
Muzaffar Abad, AJK; April 2012: Sectarian mullas opposed the presence of the Ahmadis in this project. Mr. Jameel Ahmad, a senior official in the management team was targeted specifically.
A cook, employed by the company, telephoned Mr. Ahmad, accused him wrongfully and threatened him of grave consequences. Another mulla-type member of the labour union sent Ahmad an SMS message and used foul language therein.
Mr. Jamil Ahmad reported the matter to the Project Manager and demanded an inquiry offering that he could not continue to serve unless cleared of false allegations. The Project Manager sent for the mulla, heard him and told him that he was indulging in imagined wrongs, false accusations and indiscipline. He later told his boss to relieve him from service.
The Deputy Manager, a local, was a discreet supporter of the agitators. The cook was their latest front man, and they used him to convey threats to Ahmadis, foment unrest and create problems for them.
Mr. Jamil Ahmad and other Ahmadi employees had to exercise caution and remained on guard against any harm, including physical.
Harassment of Ahmadi woman
Jhang; August 2012: Ms. Rozeena Zafar, Ahmadi, is the widow of Mr. Inamullah Khan (a retired judge). She is currently living with her old mother and young son in Satellite Town, Jhang. A madrassa Jamia Rizvia Madinatul Aloom Sheikhul Islam is located opposite to her house. The madrassa people are hostile to her and her family and speak insultingly against her and the Ahmadiyya community. This is a cause of great harassment to the vulnerable family. They threw dead animals next to her house. They tell her son to ‘convert to Islam’. She started a ‘shop’ at her house to make a living but the madrassa people destroyed its signboard and damaged the floor at the main-gate. They threatened her of grave consequences if the shop was opened there.
Ms. Zafar was greatly disturbed at the hand of these bigots.
Hostility elsewhere in August
District Bahawalpur: Anti-Ahmadiyya activism is on the rise in this area for a long time now. Aalami Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwwat continues to distribute anti-Ahmadiyya literature. It was distributed in schools and colleges in order to agitate the youth against the Ahmadiyya community. The titles of the pamphlets are: “A few questions to Qadianis by Maulvi Muhammad Yusuf Ludhianwi Shaheed”, “The identity of the latter-day Messiah by Maulvi Yusuf Ludhianwi Shaheed” and “Decide Yourself – by Sahibzada Tariq Mahmood”.
Ahmadis feel threatened and informed the authorities of this activity.
District Rahim Yar Khan; August 14, 2012: Mr. Sharif Ahmad Asgar, the local president of the Ahmadiyya community Sadiq Abad, was sitting with some of his non-Ahmadi friends when a man Nusrat Gul came there and started abusing and threatening him. He refrained from replying him in kind.
Orangi Town, Karachi; August 2012: After the target-killing of an Ahmadi, Mr. Naeem Ahmad Gondal, on July 19, 2012 the situation here has turned worse for the Ahmadis. Ahmadis were harassed in several ways. The window glasses of the local president’s car were smashed. Stones were pelted upon a few Ahmadis’ houses. They also harassed Ahmadi women. This intensity became more noticeable after a rally addressed by mulla Allah Wasaya.
Ahmadis have informed the authorities of the situation.
Khanewal, District Multan; August 2012: The situation for Ahmadis is getting tense here for sometimes now. Opponents frequently indulge in provocation, taking out processions and distributing anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets. Also, there were warnings of likely terrorist attacks here.
Kabir Wala, District Multan; August 2012: Pasbane Khatme Nabuwwat organization put up anti-Ahmadiyya banners in roundabouts and markets of Kabir Wala. The aim was to incite the public against Ahmadis.
Business of Ahmadis disturbed
Mardan; September 21, 2012: The Government of Pakistan declared a day off on September 21, 2012 in protest to a blasphemous film produced in the USA. At this occasion a procession was taken out in Mardan too. They turned to rioting and damaged private business and burnt down the office of OCS, a courier company, and broke into the shop of mobile phone accessories owned by Mian Abdul Basit, an Ahmadi, and looted it. They also broke into a shop of Sheikh Javed Ahmad, Ahmadi.
Ahmadi harassed for his faith
Karachi; June 3, 2012: Mr. Nasir Ahmad Gondal was coming to the Ahmadiyya mosque for the dawn prayers when a boy came from behind and threw a plastic bag containing garbage and pebbles in it. He aimed for his head but fortunately it hit him on his shoulder. The boy shouted, “You are a Mirzai (Ahmadi),” and ran away.
Hostility in Mirpur Khas area, Sindh
Mirpur Khas; October 6, 2012: Mr. Muhammad Siddique Bhatti is a prominent Ahmadi who has been living here for 40 years. He has a good business in Shahi Bazar. He is facing severe hostility for some time for his faith. Last year a group of youth from the bazaar scuffled with his son.
Mr. Bhatti was conveyed intelligence reports that goons of the Sunni Tehrik and Sipah Sahaba were after him. They intended attacking him. Some target-killers arrested in Karachi confessed that they were given the task of killing Mr. Bhatti of Mirpur Khas also. He was advised to take all precautions.
Nagar Parker, Sindh; September 21, 2012: A strike was called in Mirpur Khas for September 21, 2012. Following incidents involving Ahmadis happened that day:
- A procession led by opponents of Ahmadiyyat was organized in Nagar Parker. It passed in front of the Ahmadiyya mission house / computer centre. Processionists raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. One of them repeatedly hit the gate of the computer centre with his rod.
- This procession passed by an Ahmadi youth. The participants in the procession invited him to join the procession. He refused. On being told that he was an Ahmadi, a mulla slapped him on his face.
- This procession also passed by the Ahmadiyya Guest House in Satellite Town. Participants fired shots in the air and raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans.
False allegation against Ahmadis
Toba Tek Singh; April 23, 2012: Someone burnt a few copies of the Holy Quran taken from the mosque situated near the railway station. A crowd gathered at the location, with the mullas in company.
The sons of Mr. Nazir Ahmad, Ahmadi had a car-wash business near the mosque, but sometimes ago, they shifted to a far off location. Some miscreants spread the rumors that Qadianis (Ahmadis) had undertaken the burning of these Qurans.
The police remained active for some days, and eventually arrested a mentally disturbed man who confessed to the act. This put a stop to the blame game against Ahmadis.
As a few similar reports have been received from other locations, it is not far-fetched to deduce that these acts are results of deliberate conspiracy.
Reports from towns and villages
Anti-Ahmadi laws have been in force for almost thirty years. Even the village-folk now know about them, and they invoke their mischief against Ahmadis as and when it suits their personal designs and vendetta.
Pious inscriptions removed from Ahmadiyya business location
Kot Abdul Malik; District Sheikhupura; August 4, 2012: Some Islamic inscriptions were written on the house and shop of Mr. Qamar-uz-Zia since 1980. Some youth came to his shop on August 4, 2012 and took photographs of those inscriptions. They told Mr. Zia to remove those otherwise they would have them removed through the police. Later, on August 14, 2012, the police arrived accompanied by a crowd of approximately 500 men. The police entered the premises, painted black the holy Islamic inscriptions and broke into pieces two tablets. The name of Mr. Zia’s father, Muhammad Ali, was written on the name-plate of his house; the police broke into pieces the word, “Muhammad” from there. Had any non-Muslim done that, the whole country would have been put to torch by frothing mullas.
Plight of an Ahmadi headmistress
Badomalhi, Narowal; November 2011: Mullas are very active against Ahmadis in Badomalhi, Narowal. They spare no opportunity to harass Ahmadis. People are instigated against the Ahmadiyya community through Friday sermons and leaflets. Education sector has also been affected by this drive.
Ms. Bushra Latif the headmistress of Government High School is an Ahmadi. She is the only science lady teacher of repute in Badomalhi. She is a noble, sober, intelligent teacher, and a devoted Ahmadi. She was targeted by mullas. Two hoodlums forced entry to her house on November 1, 2011. They harassed her and her two daughters at gunpoint for half an hour and looted some gold jewellery and cash. Previously in 2004 there was a robbery at her house, and in 2008 some unknown persons indulged in firing shots in the air outside her husband’s shop.
Police violate the law
Kot Abdul Malik, District Sheikhupura; December 9, 2012: The police alongwith a group of anti-Ahmadi agitators covered up Quranic verses with black paint at 4:45 p.m. from a shop owned by Mr. Abdul Ghaffar, an Ahmadi.
A procession of approximately 200 vigilantes accompanied by a few policemen proceeded to the shop of Mr. Abdul Ghaffar. There (as per plan) they demanded that Quranic verses written there should be erased. Accordingly the policemen sprayed black paint over the verses (translation): “Allah is the best of providers” and “O, the Living; O, All Sustaining.” The police committed the same sacrilege three months ago at the shop of Mr. Qamar-uz-Zia in this very neighbourhood.
Prima facie, this incident is a clear violation of PPC 295 and 153-A. Had non-Muslims committed an identical outrage, they would have been booked under not only these clauses but also PPC 295-C the blasphemy law, the penalty for whose violation is death.
Harassment faced by Ahmadi in District Gujrat
Gotariala, February 29, 2012: Mr. Muhammad Rashid had to complain to the police about the hate campaign against him in the village. It became overt recently when an extremist painted slanderous phrases on Rashid’s house. Rashid named one Muhammad Ahsan to have undertaken that defiling scrawl that hurt his religious sentiments. As he had freshly painted his house, the graffiti spoiled it and caused him financial loss. “I am a peaceful man, and do not wish a disturbance in the peace of the village”, he wrote to the SHO. He sent a copy of his complaint to the District Police Officer and another to the Vice President of the local Peace Committee.
Matli, District Badin; March 2012: Mr. Shakil Ahmad decided three years ago to join the Ahmadi community. A year later his wife also switched over to Ahmadiyyat. Her brother, who was a local leader of the extremist Sipah Sahaba, did not approve of her sister’s family joining Ahmadiyyat. On March 2, 2012, accompanied by more than 100 men, he went to Mr. Shakil’s residence, called him out and took him away forcibly. They told him to recant. On his refusal, they beat him. However, a few others intervened and stopped them before he could be harmed further.
Later, an Ahmadiyya delegation called on Mr. Shakil Ahmad. Having heard his story, they advised him to shift from Matli. He thanked them and conveyed that he would decide after due consultation.
Desecration of Islamic creed by the police
Chak no. 105, District Faisalabad; June 4, 2012: Kalima (Islamic creed) was written in the house of an Ahmadi living in Chak no. 105 GB, Bangay, district Faisalabad. The mullas objected to it. They put pressure on the police to remove the Kalima from the Ahmadi’s house. The Superintendent of the Police came to Mr. Ahmad’s house and told him to remove the Kalima by the morning. Mr. Ahmad conveyed him his inability to defile the Kalima. The SP called the SHO of the police station, and broke the tiles on which the Kalima was written, with his own hands.
A report from Heelan, Azad Kashmir, where they had blasted an Ahmadiyya mosque
Heelan, District Kotli, AJK; May/June 2012: Heelan is the village that bears the unspeakable discredit that here the authorities destroyed an under-construction Ahmadiyya mosque. This enormity was committed on June 6, 2008. They also booked a few Ahmadis under the anti-Ahmadi laws. The anti-Ahmadi lobby here is active again.
Fourteen Ahmadis were booked in Heelan at that occasion to face charges under PPC 298-B and C. These Ahmadis were appearing regularly in the courts since then. In February this year the opponents had fresh warrants of arrest issued against the president of the local Ahmadi community, Mr. Muhammad Farooq who then moved fast to arrange a bail before arrest. He is confronted with a worsening sectarian situation.
Mr. Farooq is running a private school in the village, named Nasir Public School. The mullas threatened openly to have it shut down. He received phone calls that if the school was not closed, he would be kidnapped. Mr. Farooq informed the police about the phone calls and the source of the calls. The police did not take any visible action against the miscreants. Mr. Farooq is under great stress.
Tension in Phalia continues
Phalia, district Mandi Bahauddin; April 14, 2012: The situation for Ahmadis deteriorated in Phalia. A huge anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held on April 14, 2012. It was widely publicized through banners and ads. Mullas used filthy language against the Ahmadiyya community and provoked the audience against Ahmadis.
Three baseless police cases were registered here against an Ahmadi, Mr. Muhammad Inayat Sabiri. He is receiving threats from the opponents. He became the target of mullas during the conference.
Mullas also announced another conference on April 17, 2012 in a nearby village, Seera. There is only one newly-converted Ahmadi family in this village whose breadwinner Mr. Jhara was murdered by extremist elements. His murderer is in prison now facing punishment. Apparently this conference was scheduled to harass the surviving members of Mr. Jhara’s family.
An incident in District Vehari
Chak no. 491-EB, district Vehari; May 14, 2012: A non-Ahmadi man, Abdul Latif burnt a copy of the Holy Quran and threw it away. At this a whispering campaign started that Ahmadis had done the defiling. It was baseless and vicious. Ahmadis felt disturbed over this. Fortunately, the culprit was later found effacing his foot prints from the location of the incident. He was caught, beaten up by the crowd and handed over to the police where he confessed the wrongdoing. On medical examination the police declared him ‘retarded’. Thus Ahmadis remained safe from a malign conspiracy.
Ahmadi woman harassed for faith
Tando Allahyar, District Hyderabad; October 2012: Ms. Sadeeqa Zafar is facing hostility from religious bigots. Some anti-Ahmadi mullas have conveyed her life-threats. They also pelted stones on her house. She earns her family’s livelihood by doing a job. She has to remain very cautious while outside. Opponents have tracked her and harassed her. She is greatly upset because of all this. High police officials were informed of all this.
Livelihood of an Ahmadi family destroyed for its faith
Jaranwala, District Faisalabad; September 17, 2012: Here, Khawaja Qaiser Rasheed, an Ahmadi is facing life-threats to him and to his children. Some unknown persons came to his house and threatened him of murder on August 26, 2012. They again visited his house on August 30, 2012 and told his wife to convert to Islam or face harm to her children. On being informed of this, Mr. Rasheed felt greatly upset and hurried to bring his children back from school. He decided to shift his family elsewhere in the face of the threat. He informed the community officials of the situation. Later he reckoned that he had been followed by unknown men.
Mr. Rasheed is an old resident of this town, people are well aware of his religious denomination. He runs a shop here. The landlord of his shop came to him on September 17, 2012, took him to the shop and told him to open it. Then the landlord told his companions to move out all the stock from his shop. Thus Mr. Rasheed lost his business and the means of livelihood. He considered leaving his town – a tough and problematic undertaking.
Rancour in District Narowal
Malhokay, District Narowal; May 2012: The communal situation got worse for Ahmadis in Malhokay, district Narowal. Opponents filed an application in the local police station against five Ahmadis including one woman, alleging that Qadianis preached them. A non-Ahmadi Qari Afzal Bajwa is behind all this activity. He insisted that an FIR be registered based on their application.
The police had to intervene. The local MNA Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and the DPO were contacted by Ahmadis to secure the peace. They told the DSP to look into the matter. The DSP called both parties. He was harsh with those who favoured discord, and referred the matter to the Aman (peace) Committee.
Thereafter, Qari Afzal gathered a crowd of 150 and went to call on the District Police Officer, Narowal to push him to register a case against Ahmadis and reprimand the SHO Badomalhi for not taking action against Ahmadis.
There are seven Ahmadi households in Malhokay comprising 63 persons in all. Most of the men work on land or in construction. Till last year, all was peaceful in the village. Then on the last Friday of the Ramadan, Qari Mudassar decided to deliver a rabid sermon against Ahmadis. He used foul language against the founder of the Ahmadi community.
For the last one year, this Qari has been agitating people against Ahmadis whom he calls Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). He accuses them of Blasphemy. He distributes anti-Ahmadi literature, undertakes wall-chalking, organizes and addresses sectarian meetings and keeps on applying to the police to register criminal cases against Ahmadis under Ahmadi- specific laws.
Pir Ashraf, a follower of Qari Ashraf, visited the local president of Ahmadi women and suggested that they dig up a pit, burn 4 maunds (160 kilos) of dry wood therein, and the two parties should jump into it; those who are on the right path will remain safe. The lady gave him a befitting reply.
False propaganda in Golarchi
Golarchi, District Badin; May 4, 2012: A group of mullas gathered in a Deobandi mosque to celebrate the ‘conversion’ to Islam of an Ahmadi. They had invited Maulvi Allah Wasaya for the occasion. Wasaya, as always, spoke abuse and slander against the Ahmadiyya community and its elders. He told the audience that he had visited Mansehra on April 4, where all the 785 Qadianis, men, women and children switched over to Islam.
Anti-Ahmadiyya activities in Khanewal & Sahiwal
Following incidents were reported from District Khanewal.
Chopar Hatta; June 30, 2012: Four suspects on two motor-cycles came to Mr. Muhammad Kaleem, a worker of the local Ahmadiyya community, on June 30, 2012. Their faces were covered and their motorcycles were without registration numbers. They inquired from Mr. Kaleem about the homes of Ahmadis in the area. Mr. Kaleem asked them the purpose of their inquiry; they ignored that and insisted on getting some information about Ahmadis. They also inquired about the poultry farm owned by an Ahmadi; it was shown to them, however, at the site they did not show much interest in the farm and remained busy in phoning someone on their mobile phones. They stayed there for an hour and kept on talking to someone on phone. Their activities were suspicious, and they seemed to be doing a recce of Ahmadiyya locations.
Siraey Sidhu; July 2012: Someone allegedly burnt a copy of the Holy Quran, and the mullas accused Ahmadis of doing that. They took out processions and held press conference to provoke the public against Ahmadis. These activities were given press coverage locally.
Khanewal; July 2012: Opponents of Ahmadiyyat published an anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlet and distributed it among school children and others.
Liaqat Road, District Sahiwal; August 2012: Mr. Majeed Ahmad Khan is facing religion-based hostility from his neighbour. Last year he beat up Mr. Khan and used foul language. Now again he came over, was harsh with him and read out to him from a booklet on Khatme Nabuwwat. He tried his best to provoke Mr. Khan who kept his calm to avoid any escalation.
A disturbing incident in District Sheikhupura
Kot Abdul Malik, Sheikhupura; November 6, 2012: Dr. Ishtiaq (a member of the banned Lashkar Taiba) came to the Ahmadiyya mosque on November 6, 2012 at about 10 p.m. He asked for Mr. Zahid Mahmood, an Ahmadi. The youth on duty told him that he had gone home. Thereafter Dr. Ishtiaq went to the Ahmadi missionary’s house and asked the whereabouts of Mr. Nasir, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community. The missionary said that he did not know about him. Then he asked about the people present in the mosque at that time.
Thereafter Ishtiaq phoned Mr. Zahid to come over. He came and saw Dr. Ishtiaq with another man. The doctor told his name as Sajaad Shah and told Shah to ask himself about Mr. Zahid’s schedule. The doctor told Shah about Mr. Nasir also and about his place of residence. The doctor said to Shah, “Nasir lives in Javed Nagar, I’ll take you there if you so desire, then you could kill him if you want to.” On hearing this Shah fled. The doctor suggested to Mr. Zahid to follow Shah on a motorbike. Mr. Zahid found all this suspicious, and excused himself.
The doctor told Mr. Zahid that Shah had come to him and told him that he would get a police case registered against Ahmadis by providing an Ahmadiyya pamphlet and a ring to the police that they preached him. The doctor added, “Shah wants to kill me and blame you for that, or kill you and accuse me.”
Dr. Ishtiaq called Mr. Zahid to the police station on November 7, 2012. He urged Mr. Zahid to give a statement that Sajaad Shah had come to kill them.
Actually Dr. Ishtiaq is anti-Ahmadi; it appears that he wanted that statement to be made by Mr. Zahid to show that he and the Ahmadis are a common target. If any harm is done to any Ahmadi then he could use this statement in his own defense.
It was some sort of ploy and trick by Dr. Ishtiaq. Ahmadis were advised caution.
Mirpur Khas, Sindh: Mr. Shabbir A. Baloch and Mr. Naseer A. Baloch, Ahmadis are residents at Nafees Nagar Farm and are agriculturists. They rent their agricultural land to others. One, Jamaat Ali, in their neighbourhood, is a sectarian bigot and remains busy in fomenting mischief against Ahmadis. Some months ago he had a case registered with the police against Mr. Tanveer Ahmad, the president of the local community. It was later thrown out as fabrication.
A few months ago, Ali demanded that Shabbir Ahmad hand over his land to him for farming. On refusal, he applied to the local revenue official for obtaining this land on contract. His plea was rejected. Ali then applied to human rights NGO who wrote to the Sessions Judge recommending his application. The Judge found it baseless and rejected Ali’s request. Thereafter he approached the police and put in a fabricated complaint of violence against the Ahmadis. The FIR was also declared null and void.
Mr. Baloch has been advised caution.
Another Ahmadi under hostile reconnaissance
Bair Abad, District Hyderabad; October 2012: Mr. Zafarullah Siddiqui Akhwand is a prominent Ahmadi in the area. He runs a cloth shop in the market. The hostile propaganda is on the rise against him. Some suspects visited his shop and house. Two men on a motorcycle took several rounds of his shop. They were holding weapons and wearing Palestinian flags around their heads. A fellow-shopkeeper hinted that those miscreants were after him.
Mr. Akhwand felt threatened.
A surge of persecution in District Hafizabad, Punjab
District Hafizabad is located only 50 miles NW of Lahore, the provincial capital. It has been in the grip of anti-Ahmadi extremist elements in the recent past. The police found it convenient to yield to the aggressive bigots and removed religious inscriptions from Ahmadis’ graves in Mangat Uncha in August this year. This led to encouragement of the mullas who indulged in greater efforts to violate Ahmadis’ human right. These incidents are reported below.
Chak Chatha: Following incidents of religious hatred happened in the local schools.
- A mulla visited the school and scolded an Ahmadi child Ayaz Ahmad son of Mian Muhammad Ishaque and told him that ‘Mirzais are apostates’ implying that they should be killed. Some other boys were happy to get this lead from the mulla. This terrorized the boy.
However a few others who were present at the spot defended him by saying that his Mirzaiat was not his fault; he inherited this belief. “He would understand when he grows up,” they pleaded.
- An Ahmadi school boy Sabih Ahmad son of Shafiq Ahmad was beaten up by other boys. They tore up his clothes, and put a paper on which foul words were written about his family, in his pocket.
- Another Ahmadi student Asad Ali son of Arshad Bhatti was also beaten up by his class-fellows who are encouraged in this by their teacher Mulla Asmatullah. Ali is facing a lot of hostility from other boys and is exposed to violence at the hand of students and teachers.
Chatthadar: Mr. Asmatulla, Ahmadi was on his way to his shop at about 7 p.m. on September 7, 2012 when a few anti-Ahmadi goons held him up and beat him. Mr. Asmatullah reported this to Rana Zubair a non-Ahmadi notable, at a nearby farm (Dera). Rana Zubair, accompanied by a few of his party, proceeded to the site of the incident where the miscreants were still present. Rana Zubair reprimanded them for their violence and told them to desist from a repeat performance and offer an apology, which they did.
The local Deobandi mulla harangued the audience in his sermon with reference to the state action against Ahmadis on 7 September 1974. He agitated them on the anti-Ahmadi theme. The two incidents greatly spoiled the peace in the village. The communal tension continues.
Chak Chatha: There is a sizeable Ahmadi community in this village. This has attracted the attention of sectarian elements around and the support of Khatme Nabuwwat mullas at the district level. One of their targets now is the Ahmadiyya graveyard, which they ardently desire to be desecrated. These elements succeeded earlier in one such effort at Mangat Uncha in the same district, with the help of authorities.
Encouraged, they approached the Sessions Judge who conveniently sent the case to the police for follow-up. The police sent it to their law branch. The official there did not find much substance in the complainant’s case. He told the aggressive party that the case will be sent to the local “Peace Committee”. The Peace Committees mostly comprise 95% non-Ahmadi Muslims. Their decisions are often a foregone conclusion.
In Sargodha – a fabricated dispute
Thatha Joya, District Sargodha; December, 2012: This village has three graveyards that were established at different times in the past. One is for Ahmadis, another jointly for Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis, and a third one only for non-Ahmadis. There is a road leading to the joint graveyard. There is a dispute among two non-Ahmadi groups about this road. One of these two groups invited a TV channel crew, and posing this to be a dispute with Ahmadis, raised loud slogans against Ahmadis. This incident drew the attention of the police and security agencies who held an investigation.
The Ahmadi president told the investigators that Ahmadis have no dispute with any of the two parties who are disputants in the issue. The village prayer-leader and a few other non-Ahmadi elders also stated that there is no religious dispute; it is all about a road. “Ahmadis are our brothers”, they said.
Billowing application of the notorious laws
Bad laws are found all over the world, but sensible nations, if unable to remove them from the statute books, make it a policy not to invoke them and leave them alone to fade away. Not in Pakistan. Here some elements in the officialdom and the society exert themselves to keep these alive, kicking and even active to do their harm to individuals and to the whole society. The blasphemy laws are well known to all in this category. Anti-Ahmadi laws are also there, although many human rights activists decide spinelessly to ignore them when preparing a list of bad laws.
Many people are not aware of the quantum of evil the anti-Ahmadi laws have delivered. Since the promulgation of Ordinance XX in 1984 by General Zia, thousands of Ahmadis had to face criminal charges based on religion. The entire population of Rabwah was once booked under PPC 298-C some years ago; the case has not been formally closed since. Two hundred and ninety-nine Ahmadis had to face fabricated accusations of blasphemy. An Ahmadiyya brief in September 2011 claimed that since 1984 not a single day had passed that an Ahmadi was not in prison on faith-based charges.
Recently, the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan compiled a compendium of police FIRs against Ahmadis. An FIR is a ‘first information report’ registered in a police station, which triggers police action and investigation. This compendium covered 911 pages till 2002 and the compilers had to stop so as to keep the tome manageable. A volume II will have to be compiled to include the FIRs of the past 10 years to bring it up-to-date.
The state now assigns Ahmadis a religion of its own choosing
One absurdity often leads to another. In 1974, ‘Not-Muslim’ status was imposed upon Pakistani Ahmadis through a constitutional amendment. This led to a series of irrational, uncivilized, unethical and unsupportable official and societal actions against Ahmadis in the following years. This continues to-date. The latest is assignment of a pseudo religion to Ahmadis.
We have learnt that NADRA has adopted the policy of entering religion ‘Qadiani’ for Ahmadis in its computerized national identity card forms. On a form prepared at NADRA center CHINIOT for an Ahmadi, entry No 15 is written in Urdu as “15 Mazhab (religion) Qadiani”.
It is relevant to assert that there is no such religion as ‘Qadiani’. It is a home-made corrupted invention of a NADRA brain. It is not within the powers and jurisdiction of NADRA to devise religions and assign them to citizens.
The word Qadiani literally means ‘one who hails from the town of Qadian’. He could be a Roman Catholic, Sikh, Hindu, even a Sunni Muslim.
Absurdities should not be indulged in by any office of a government.
Asian Human Rights Commission hits the nail on the head
March 12, 2012: The AHRC issued still another firm and unequivocal statement on the Ahmadis’ situation in Pakistan. The occasion was the murder of two Ahmadis in Nawab Shah within 10 days. The statement was given the well-considered headline: PAKISTAN: Government makes no effort to halt the persecution of Ahmadis. The statement points to, in the name of democracy, various violations of Ahmadis’ rights – their killing and kidnapping, the ‘frustrating’ role of the media in this field, even the problem faced by Ahmadis in the education sector. It sums up the situation as a challenge to the government of President Zardari and urges the government: “In order to sustain and solidify democracy it must build up a joint and solid foundation of the dignity and deployment of human rights.” Extracts:
“The situation in Pakistan grows worse for the religious minority groups on a daily basis. The security and law and order situation has become so chaotic that the authorities seem to have no control over providing protection to these minorities. The fundamentalist Muslim leaders (Mullahs) have a free rein and relentlessly exploit the blasphemy laws for their personal interests and these laws were legislated to debilitate and undermine universal human rights. Members of all faiths have been victims of these merciless violations of human rights including Christians, Hindus and even Shiites. However, the main focus of this brutality is the Ahmadi and the killing of Ahmadis is not considered a crime by the state and the law of the land.
“Since January 2011, another ten (Ahmadis) have been murdered. During the last two weeks more Ahmadis were shot and killed in Nawab Shah, Sindh Province. The latest one to be killed was Dr Maqsood Ahmad, a homeopathic practitioner. He was a man that was always helpful, generous and kind to everyone regardless of their religion. Just a week earlier, another prominent Ahmadi, Mr. Ikram, was shot and killed. His grandson, Munib, was also shot and remains in hospital under treatment. He is a brilliant young man, just eighteen years of age and a student. There were quite a few others who were shot but escaped death. Some of them are suffering from severe trauma and other forms of stress related disability. The Government authorities, police and judiciary take absolutely no notice of such cruelty practiced upon the Ahmadis but on the other hand overtly support anti-Ahmadiyya activities and deny Ahmadis the right to even protect themselves.
“Now however, there is a frightening surge in such incidents against Ahmadis. The Government of Pakistan needs to be cautioned about the consequences of such anarchy. Upholding justice and the fundamental freedoms of all is an essential obligation of democracy which includes human rights. Without fulfilling such obligations claiming to be a democratic state is no better than a farce.
“For some years now, Ahmadi elites in Pakistan have been targeted. Several businessmen, engineers, doctors, academics and others have been either killed or kidnapped. Some have been ransomed at a very high cost and there are others, who have not been traced and the authorities have shown no interest in their recovery.
“Ahmadi teachers have been discriminated against and even terminated because of their faith. Some of them were known to be of excellent caliber but they have been deprived the opportunity to serve the youth of the nation.
“In the current resurgence of religious persecution and hate mongering, the role of the media is equally frustrating. Everywhere in Pakistan, walls are littered with writings and posters exhorting people to kill Ahmadis. Mullahs are free to organize and lead anti-Ahmadiyya processions and conferences which are painfully indecent and abusive. The media has a critical responsibility to be absolutely just, neutral, truthful and contribute to the development of an enlightened and harmonious society imbued with the spirit of unity, cooperation, tolerance and understanding.
“For Pakistan, human rights, justice, respect, safety and security of its citizens is in a perilous situation and presents a serious challenge for the government of president Zardari. In order to sustain and solidify democracy it must build up a joint and solid foundation of the dignity and deployment of human rights.”
Released on March 12, 2012
The harsh reality of Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) outfit
Islamabad: Khatme Nabuwwat organizations pose that their sole purpose is to safeguard the dogma of the end of Prophethood. They claim that they are non-sectarian, non-violent, pious etc. However, their veneer is very thin and their clerics frequently betray their political, violent and profane colours. Here is a story related to the well-known Aasia Bibi’s case that is indicative of KN clerics’ activities. These excerpts are from The Express Tribune, Lahore of January 21, 2012.
Aasia Bibis case
Weighed down by guilt, blasphemy accuser mulls pulling back
b. Support from London
Qari (Salam), according to some of his close friends, was now thinking of not pursuing the case anymore and expressed his desire to some of his friends, only to find himself in a different situation when activists of a religious organization convinced him not to change his mind.
“We will chase her through hell, don’t worry about the money, hiring best lawyers,” Salam told The Express Tribune, quoting the son of Khatme Nabuwwat’s London chapter’s leader.
c. Threatening the lawyers
A neutral trial of the case seems not to be a foregone conclusion though, in the face of opposition by religious outfits like Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Tehrik-Hurmat-e-Rasul.
Activists of both organizations, individually closely associated with the case said, had been threatening not only the lawyers with dire consequences but also Salam for his purported backtracking on the case.
A fatwa (edict) of the Saudi Imam in Makkah
The decay and decadence of the Muslim religious leadership is arguably represented in their central religious personalities and institutions. One of these is the Imam of the most central mosque Masjid Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Although this Imam Al-Sabil emphasizes unity and peace in his annual sermons on the occasion of the Hajj (Pilgrimage), he readily falls into the pit of obscurantism and bigotry when faced with a controversial issue. For instance.
Abdur Rahman Bawa, a rabid anti-Ahmadi mulla of Pakistani origin, in order to store up further ammunition in his sectarian campaign, professedly posted this question to Imam Al-Sabil for a fatwa (edict):
“I ask you for a Sharia fatwa regarding the Qadiani Jamaat (whose list of beliefs I enclose). Qadianis follow Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani who claimed to be a prophet after the Khatam an Nabiyyeen (P.B.U.H.). This group deceives some people in Europe through its Islamic prayers, places of worship and use of Islamic terminology. A declaration by you will suffice to shut up the Qadianis. You are requested to state the Sharia commandment, alongwith elucidation regarding this group.”
Imam Al-Sabil replied in the following words: “Surely, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani claimed to be a prophet. He also claimed receiving revelation and he refused belief in such essentials of the Faith, which are obligatory. Ulama belonging to religious centres and Sharia colleges (Faqhi Idaron) of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly warned against getting trapped in the net of Qadianis. They have asserted clearly that this group is outside the pale of Islam, and they have nothing to do with Islam. We have written a booklet on this issue: Al Fedahatil Jaliya fil Kashaf an Hal al Qadianiah (True story of a false prophet). It has been published in Arabic and Urdu. In this booklet we have placed the fatwas and resolutions issued by the ulama of Islamic countries. These urge (the Muslims) to beware of Qadianis, and explain the reasons of their un-Islam”.
The Imam’s fatwa was extensively distributed in Multan and other cities.
It would be appropriate here and would suffice (for Muslim readers) to quote a prophecy of the Holy Prophet of Islam:
“Ali, may God be pleased with him, stated: So said the Prophet of Allah (PBUH), “A time will come before long when Islam will be there only in name, the Quran will exist only in words, mosques will be full of people but devoid of guidance, their Ulama will be worst creatures under the firmament – mischief will emerge from them and will arrive back to them.” Mishkat, Kitabul Ilm
Our scrutiny of Imam Al Sabil’s fatwa is not misplaced. Based on this type of edicts, mullas quickly jump to the position that Ahmadis are apostates and hence (according to their interpretation of Sharia) Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). In Pakistan, political parties like JI and JUI(F) etc moved an Apostasy Bill in the National Assembly in 2007 in which they entered a clause whereby an Ahmadi would be considered an ‘apostate’ and in para 7, the bill prescribed: “7. Punishment for apostasy (1) If a male person makes the commission of apostasy offence, he shall be awarded death sentence.’”
Earlier the Central Assembly (Markazi Shoora) of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Pakistan issued a two-page pamphlet in which it demanded:
“All Ahmadis should be given a grace period of 3 days and invited to become Muslims like the 1.1 billion Muslims of the world. Those Ahmadi apostates, who do not become Muslims in these 3 days, should be made to stand in a line and should be killed. The killing of these apostates should not stop till the very last one of them has been killed.”
Imam Kaba Al-Sabil can claim the credit to have acted to prove the truth of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
A Punjab minister and Blasphemy
Lahore; January 7, 2012: It is appropriate to place on record the views of a PML(N) minister of the Punjab government, expressed in the provincial Assembly. The Express Tribune of January 7, 2012 filed the following report (excerpts):
Planning and Development Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor on Friday said that peace and order in the province could not be guaranteed if blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) continued. He said the faithful would not always wait for court orders in such case.
Ghafoor suggested that the minority members should wait until the court decided Aasia Bibi’s fate. He said, “If blasphemers continue, the society will produce another Ghazi Ilmuddin Shaheed.”
Earlier, Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti, a PML-N MPA from Jhang, during the debate over law and order situation, also said that minorities should refrain from discussing Aasia Bibi’s case, till the court hearing her appeal gave its final verdict.
He was referring to a speech by Mali Perviz Rafique, an MPA on a reserve seat, on Thursday, in which he had expressed his reservations over the insecurity minority citizens in Punjab faced. He had also spoken in support of Aasia Bibi.
Rafique had demanded that the government do more to provide security to the minorities and their worship places. He had also appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to act against the clerics who were publically supporting Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Rafique regretted that Qadri was given ‘protocol’ in jail, while Aasia Bibi’s life was in the ‘barrack’.
Several minority members protested against Chinioti, a son of Maulana Manzoor Chinioti, a Tehreek-i-Khatme Nabuwat leader, and also sought to speak on a point of order. It was then that the speaker gave the floor to Ghafoor.
MPA Najmi Saleem condemned the minister’s statement and accused the Punjab government of discrimination against minorities. She said that while minority members respected the court, the PML-N did not.
“It’s strange that the honourable Muslim minister is talking about killing people, though his religion prohibits killings of innocent people,” she said.
Faith-based denial of jobs
Lahore: Following was reported in the daily ‘The News International’, Lahore on February 10, 2012:
Interviews of non-Muslims for Islamic Studies posts stopped
The Lahore High Court has temporarily restrained the Punjab Service Commission from appointing 17 non-Muslim lecturers for teaching Islamic Studies and sought a reply from the Commission on February 28.
Justice Yawar Ali issued the order on the petition filed by Maulana Azizur Rehman. He, through his counsel Ch Ghulam Murtaza, pleaded that the PPSC had advertized posts of lecturers and for the post of lecturers in Islamiat 18 non-Muslims had been short listed for interview. He challenged the move of the Commission, requesting the court to set aside the PPSC order regarding selection of non-Muslims for interviews.
The court adjourned hearing until February 28.
Who else but Ahmadis that are qualified to teach Islamic Studies and must be deprived of the jobs on faith-based pretence?
Catching the bull (read mulla) by the horn
Chiniot: According to a report in the daily Waqt, Lahore of November 9, 2012, the DCO Chiniot, under the instructions of the Home Department Punjab banned the entry of 50 ulama and Zakirs (Shia clerics) in the district during the month of Muharram, in order to maintain peace. In addition, 23 ulama have been ‘gagged’ (Zuban bandi).
Among the above 73 named ulama following mullas deserve special mention:
Muhammad Ahmad Qadri, Abdul Ghafoor Haqqani, Muhammad bin Alam Tariq, Abdul Majid Nadeem, Masud Azhar, Abdul Ghafoor Taunswi, Zahidur Rashidi, Khadim Hussain Dhilon, Alam Tariq of Chicha Watni, Hussain Muavia, Akram Toofani, Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi; THE GAGGED ONES: Abdul Waris, Amanullah Shah, Binyamin Gohar, Muhammad Hussain, Shabbir Usmani, Ghulam Mustafa, Muhammad Mughira, Muhammad Yar.
The above mentioned have one thing in common. They are routinely permitted to visit Rabwah, address rallies and indulge in abusive and provocative talk against Ahmadis. How is it that if they speak against Shias, that is not acceptable to the authorities, but when they speak sectarian slander against Ahmadis, that is acceptable. This is obvious discrimination that makes no sense.
Forbidding all these mullas to enter the district or to gag them in the interest of law and order during Muharram is a befitting order; it should be done at other occasions as well when they assemble in Rabwah and other places for anti-Ahmadiyya programs.
Major terror strikes during Shahbaz regime
Lahore: The daily The Nation published a report by Ashraf Javed in its issue of July 14, 2012, under the above title. This report lists all the major strikes undertaken by terrorists in the Punjab since March 2009. Its opening paragraphs highlight the role of the Punjab Police in dealing with these strikes. Extracts:
LAHORE – Many may not believe it, but the fact remains that the police in the largest province have badly failed to unearth the militants involved in dozens of acts of terrorism across Punjab during the current tenure of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
According to data collected from different sources, no less than 915 people including security personnel and civilians have been killed in terror strikes, which have taken place in the Punjab province since 2009.
A total of 137 people, including 110 civilians, 19 security forces personnel and eight militants, were killed in 20 separate incidents in 2011, as compared with 316 people in 2010 and 422 killed in 2009, reflecting a significant decrease in fatalities.
The police have registered the cases after each incident and launched the investigations, but failed to arrest any of the terrorists or their mastermind since 2009.
Sources revealed that the intelligence agencies, however, captured a few men involved in the bombings or major terror attacks. The intelligence agencies after completing their investigations handed over the arrested terrorists to the police for further interrogations.
P.S. It is common knowledge that almost all these terrorists belong to and are tasked by so-called Islamist parties, groups and organizations, some of these banned. Ahmadis have repeatedly experienced that the police when approached by the extremist elements always yielded to their demands against Ahmadiyya right to freedom of faith. The demolition of minarets of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Kharian by the police is the most recent case. As early as April 2009 the government of Punjab sponsored, funded and held an anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore. The Punjab Police, whatever their professional reputation, is quick in assessing the trends, wishes and needs of their political masters. The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department reported ‘de-radicalization’ and ‘rehabilitation of 300 ex-members of banned outfits’ (The daily Dawn, Lahore; July 24, 2012). Terrorist outfits in the Punjab are indeed fortunate to have a very kind and caring government in Lahore.
A Khatme Nabuwwat mulla is appointed Coordinator (Advisor) by the PML government in Punjab
Faisalabad: The daily Aman, Faisalabad published a big ad on August 8, 2012 by a self-proclaimed social and political leader Mahmud Ejaz, congratulating Sahibzadah Zahid Mahmud Qasmi, secretary general of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement, Pakistan on his appointment as Coordinator (Advisor) of Religious Affairs of the Government of the Punjab. This post is equivalent to that of a provincial minister. This calls for a comment, as the sole aim of a Khatme Nabuwwat organization in Pakistan is to wipe out Ahmadiyyat.
This mulla is a general secretary of the International Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) Movement that was led in the past by mulla Manzoor Chinioti who is remembered for his statement: “If two fish indulge in a fight at the bottom of the sea, there must be a Qadiani hand in it.” Chinioti accused the Ahmadi Khalifatul Masih IV of the murder of mulla Aslam Qureshi after the latter’s disappearance. Chinioti offered that he should be hanged in a square if that was found to be untrue. A few years later Qureshi turned up from his self-imposed exile in Iran. Manzoor Chinioti did not know where to hide. After his death, his son mulla Ilyas Chinioti, a member of JUI assumed the leadership of this Khatme Nabuwwat Movement.
Mulla Ilyas Chinioti switched over to PML(N) after 2008 elections in which he was elected as an MPA. Obviously, in the Punjab, it was more profitable to be in the PML (N) than in JUI. Thereafter he indulged in power politics and scandalous deals as an MPA of the ruling party. The daily Jinnah printed a story with the following headlines on July 23, 2010:
Lahore High Court orders 6848 Kanals of Chiniot land not to be leased (to anyone) but should be used for tree plantation by the Forest Department.
MPA Maulana Ilyas Chinioti had recommended to the DCO to lease this land to his father-in-law , brother-in-law (hamzulf) and personal servant.
The daily Khabrain reported Ilyas Chinioti’s statement recently on July 3, 2012:
The US aims at civil war in Pakistan through getting the Qadianis declared as Muslims.
Maulana Ilyas Chinioti, the Amir of International Khatme Nabuwwat has stated that Qadianis are agents of the US and the UK; and they work to promote the interest of these powers.
Mulla Qasimi the general secretary of this Deobandi organization tries to excel the absurdities of his Amir. He was quoted by the daily Nawa-i-Waqt on April 21, 2012 as:
“There are hidden hands in the organized conspiracy whereby electric outages are inflicted (on people) at the prayer-times, particularly the Friday prayers. The Jews, Hindus and Qadianis are involved in this. He stated that important decisions will be made in the leaders’ meeting of the Pakistan Defense Council (Difae Pakistan Council).”
It is noteworthy that the PML (N) selected this sectarian mulla to be their Advisor on Religious Affairs. In February this year the Mutahidda Ulema Board, a provincial body in the field of religious affairs, contrived a ban on the monthly Misbah, the Ahmadi women’s magazine and the Ahmadiyya daily Al-Fazl. However, PML (N) has a different face for the media and the outside world, as the daily Dawn reported in a headline on May 5, 2011: “CM (Punjab) wants genie of extremism bottled.”
Former prime minister hobnobs with clerics
Golra, Islamabad; August 25, 2012: Mullas held a Tajdar Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Golra, a small town on the outskirts of Islamabad. Mr. Yusuf Raza Gilani, the former prime minister, thought it politically advantageous to speak about the End of Propethood and be seen in company of clerics. The mullas uttered a great deal of foul language against the Ahmadiyya community. Mr. Gilani also joined the chorus and claimed credit for the PPP to have piloted Amendment II to the Constitution that imposed non-Muslim status on Ahmadis. He failed to mention that this intervention in the religious affairs of the people of Pakistan was further built upon by the dictator Zia ul Haq who sent Mr. Bhutto, the author of Amendment II to the gallows.
A meeting with DIG Police, Hyderabad region
Hyderabad: The RPO (formerly called DIG) Hyderabad called a meeting of minorities (Hindus, Christians etc) on the issue of security. He was conveyed by Ahmadis that Ahmadis do not accept themselves as a Non-Muslim minority, however they agreed to meet him separately to intimate him their concern about threats posed to our persons and places of worship etc.
Accordingly, Ahmadi leadership from the districts of the Hyderabad Region met him and told him of the ongoing anti-Ahmadiyya campaign in term of rallies, pamphlets, stickers, wall-chalking etc. He was informed of the anti-Ahmadiyya training courses and sermons etc. He was told that low-ranking officials like the SHOs yielded too readily to pressure from political and religious leaders, and they not only failed to provide protection to the vulnerable Ahmadi community but also registered criminal cases against these victims. The DIG was requested to urge DPOs to take due notice of the anti-Ahmadiyya campaign and ensure that Ahmadis’ fundamental rights were not violated.
The DIG heard Ahmadis’ concern with apparent sympathy, and promised to look into their grievances and complaints.
Judicial relief to a known mass murderer
Lahore; October, 2012: Two Ahmadiyya mosques were attacked in Lahore in May 2010 resulting in 86 Ahmadi worshipers dead. Ahmadis captured two attackers on the site and handed them over to the police. One of them is Abdullah who is now under trial. His defense team took the line that he was under 18 at the time of the attack, so his trial should be held under a different law. The court ordered his medical checkup by a team of five doctors. They reported that he was less than 18 at the time of the attack. At this the judge told the police to submit a new case against him in the court.
A false accusation in Goleki
Goleki, District Gujrat: One, Sarfraz Ahmad, an anti-Ahmadi fanatic was murdered by unknown assassins on October 20, 2011 at about 08:15 hr. while going to his job in company of another man. The complainant named seven men, Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis, as involved in the murder. The fabricated list included an Ahmadi who is behind bars (in some personal case) another who is away residing in Switzerland and a third who is not residing in the village.
It is true that the deceased was a local leader in the anti-Ahmadiyya activities in Goleki, but Ahmadis were not involved in his murder. As he was an anti-Ahmadi activist, the complainant party found it convenient to name three Ahmadis along with four non-Ahmadis as accused. They also mentioned in the FIR three anonymous persons for involvement in the murder. It is a common practice in the Punjab to implicate as many adversaries as possible in the FIR. Mention of ‘anonymous’ as accused leaves the door open to add others to the list subsequently. The police welcome such fabrications for their own reasons.
The mullas have put a great deal of pressure on the police to move against Ahmadis. They declared on loudspeakers that Ahmadis were responsible for the murder, so they and their properties should be targeted. Ahmadis are Wajib ul Qatl, they asserted.
In the meantime, responding to the demand of clerics, the police detained an Ahmadi teacher, Mr Nusrat Ahmad for investigation. Mr Ahmad is a local official of the Ahmadiyya community. His non-Ahmadi relatives visited the victim’s family for condolences and protested against the detention of Mr Ahmad, to which they responded, “We know that he is innocent, but he is a Mirzai (Ahmadi); if he recants we’ll ask the police to set him free.”
One Raza Mitta, a local politician who is recently adopted the appearance of a mulla, was seen at the police station shouting at the staff there telling them to make more arrests.
It is worth mentioning that in a somewhat similar case an anti-Ahmadi mulla and his son were murdered in Chak Sikandar by unknown killers seven years ago. His brother named 10 Ahmadis falsely as the killers. The court acquitted seven of the accused but sentenced three to death. These three remained in prison for seven years, and were acquitted by the High Court on appeal. In the meantime the real culprits got away scot free.
An ominous murder in Tatle Aali
Tatle Aali, District Gujranwala: Some opponents shot and injured Mr Rafi Ahmad Butt, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community.
Thereafter, on January 18, 2011 two men shot dead a local mulla Qari Shakil-ur-Rahman who was an anti-Ahmadi agitator and activist. However, this caused great concern to the vulnerable Ahmadis of Tatle Aali, as on such occasions, the opposition generally accuses Ahmadis of the murder; this serves two purposes, 1. The culprits remain safe, and 2. Ahmadis face the music.
Fortunately, the murderers were identified and arrested. Two young men who were otherwise companions of the slain cleric admitted to the involvement in the incident, which they claimed to have been accidental.
Mr Butt heaved a sigh of relief, but remained disturbed in this environment of blood-letting, intrigue and prejudice – where Ahmadis are invariably at the receiving end
A convert under stress
Dhadial, District Chakwal; June 2011: Mr. Muhammad Saleem decided to join the Ahmadiyya community last year. He met opposition from his relatives. As he is the only Ahmadi in the village, the local mulla instigated the villagers against him. It became a cause of concern to other Ahmadis in the district. They offered him accommodation in the community guest house in Chakwal city. He, however, expressed his intentions to face the challenge boldly and stay on in the village as long as possible.
Reports from different locations
Narang Mandi; February 2011: The daughter-in-law of a former president of the local Ahmadiyya community was walking on the roadside when two men riding a motor cycle approached her, stopped by and said, “We have orders to shoot any Mirzai, anywhere”. “In that case, shoot, if you dare to,” replied the lady boldly. At this they fled away.
Muridkay; August 2011: Mr. Yasir Saleem, Ahmadi, owns a hair-dressing shop in the Canal Park. Not far from his shop is the main center of the banned Lashkre Taiba. An activist of this banned organization approached Saleem, gave him some anti-Ahmadiyya literature and told him to read it carefully. A few days later, on 16th August, he visited Saleem again and told him that he was Wajib ul Qatl (must be killed).
Mr. Saleem informed his community elders of the incident. They advised him to shift his business elsewhere and remain on guard.
Toba Tek Singh; November 2, 2011: Students of a madrassah threw a black bag by the wall of the local Ahmadiyya mosque. Some mullas passed by a little later and took notice of the bag. It remained there for a long time and was later picked up by some non-Ahmadi children of the locality. All this was recorded in the CCTV cameras. The incident smells of mischief planted by mullas.
Sadiqabad, November 15, 2011: Mr. Sharif Ahmad saw a mulla abusing Mirzais (Ahmadis), near his residence. He asked him if he knew who Mirzais were. Later that mulla came to Mr. Ahmad’s house in company of a few other mullas. They did not find him at the house, but shouted abuse anyway.
On October 14, 2011 his son returned home weeping that the same mullas had visited his school and spoke ill against Ahmadis. Thereafter no boy was ready to talk to him nor allowed him to sit with them. This amounted to a social boycott of Ahmad’s son. Ahmad’s son had previously migrated from one school in the face of such hostility. The new development has caused the lad great distress.
Gogera, District Okara; September, 2011: Opponents of Ahmadiyyat undertook anti-Ahmadiyya graffiti in Gogera, District Okara. The people were provoked against the Ahmadiyya community in these writings. They were instigated to boycott Ahmadis. It was learnt that the real cause of this anti-Ahmadiyya campaign is a dispute over a residential plot. Ahle-Hadith mullas supported the other party.
Sangla Hill, district Nankana; October 2011: A few miscreants have undertaken here wall-chalking against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. A complaint was made to the SHO City who took no action. A Special Branch inspector was contacted later who informed his seniors about this matter. The SHO thereafter erased these statements from the walls. There is a mosque and a madrassah opposite to the Ahmadiyya mosque across the road. After some days someone pelted stones on the Ahmadiyya mosque from across the road and threw papers on which anti-Ahmadiyya writings were inscribed. The SHO was informed.
Bahawalpur; December 2011: Anti-Ahmadiyya provocative activities are on the rise in district Bahawalpur these days. They distributed and pasted anti-Ahmadiyya stickers in the city markets, schools and on the doors of the houses in great numbers. It had the following inscription:
It hurts the heart of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) under the green dome when you meet a Qadiani.
A year since May 28, 2010
Lahore: Last year on May 28, 2010 terrorist groups attacked two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore at the time of Friday congregation. Eighty-six worshippers were killed and more than a hundred injured. It was a massacre.
Although nothing much or new is out in the open over the year about those attacks, a lot is confirmed what was initially alleged. For instance:
- The police took a long time to arrive in numbers at the scene.
- The attacks were not a big surprise as the provincial government had been forewarned by the agencies, the federal government and other sources of the likelihood of such an attack on Ahmadiyya targets.
- There was inadequate supervision of the police operation. The contingent present at the spot in Garhi Shahu received no orders to mount a prompt counter-attack.
- The police waited for a long time, in that the terrorists expended all their available explosives and ammunition, almost at leisure.
- The delayed action by the police resulted in many more deaths, as many of the injured died of loss of blood and non-availability of emergency medical attention.
- It is learnt that almost a year later the authorities have finalized a charge sheet against the terrorists and sent the case to an Anti-terrorism court. There were also reports of the possibility of another attempt on the Ahmadiyya mosque in Model Town on Friday, May 27. The army advised its Ahmadi personnel in Lahore to avoid going to this mosque for Friday prayers on 27th May and a few Fridays afterwards.
It is relevant to mention that despite this major event which received worldwide attention:
- The provincial government maintained its attitude of marginalization of its Ahmadi population, and its soft corner for religious extremists.
- The vernacular media failed to wake up to the threat posed by terrorism to the civil society.
- The Islamists persisted in their hard-line interpretation of Islam and did not visibly tilt towards toleration, accommodation and understanding of differing religious beliefs.
- The federal government took no bold initiative to confront and eradicate centers and nurseries of terrorism and militant sectarianism. Ahmadis continued to be murdered for their faith.
- No political party or leadership availed the occasion to launch a campaign against religious bigotry, extremism and violence.
- No relief was provided by any high institution of the state to the Ahmadiyya community against persecution that started 36 years ago.
The above acts of omission and commission led to attacks on Data Darbar and other shrines, murderous attacks on the army and FC, carnage in numerous mosques, the Aasia agitation, furor over essential changes in blasphemy laws, murder of Governor Taseer and Federal Minister Bhatti, and the attack on Pakistan Navy airbase in Karachi.
Declan Wash summed it up well in The Guardian: “The massacre of 94 (sic) members of the minority Ahmadiyya Community on May 28 has exposed something ugly at the heart of Pakistan – its laws, its rulers, its society.”
Shutter-down call by mullas
December 31, 2010: At the end of last year there was great uproar in Pakistan in opposition to any revision of the blasphemy laws. The extremist mullas abused the government openly. Their aim was to make some political mileage out of this movement. They called for a country-wide shutter-down strike on December 31, 2010. Here is a brief report of this strike from different parts of the country.
Lahore: All businesses and shops remained closed in the whole city. Some who tried to open their shops were forced to close them down by armed mullas. Several processions were taken out. Tens of thousands participated in the rally. They rejected any revision of the blasphemy laws. The mullas used foul language against Babar Awan and Sherry Rehman. They also provoked the masses against Ahmadis. The agitators blocked the public transport and created a lot of problems for the public.
Sialkot: Several processions were taken out in Sialkot. They protested against any changes in the blasphemy laws. Approximately 400 people attended the procession; most of them were madrassah students. They abused the Ahmadiyya community. Mullas forced the traders to shut their shops. They blocked the traffic for several hours causing great inconvenience to public.
Faisalabad: The same happened in Faisalabad. Approximately 2000 men attended the procession.
Karachi: Several processions were taken out by the mullas in the city. Tens of thousands participated in the rally. Public transport remained off road. Petrol pumps remained closed. The PPP minister Babar Awan also spoke in one of the conferences and claimed, “We are those who declared the Qadianis non-Muslims in 1974”.
Islamabad: All markets remained closed in the city. The transporters refused the call but there were fewer commuters than usual. Approximately 2000 joined in the main procession; most of them were madrassah students. A conference was held in Karachi Company where the attendance was 800.
Chiniot: The mullas of Chiniot, the neighbouring city of Rabwah, were active at this occasion. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti led the main procession which comprised 1500 – 2000 men. They raised anit-Ahmadiyya slogans. They raised banners which read as:
The punishment of the blasphemer is death.
The Prophetsa said: Kill the one, who abuses me.
A mulla from Rabwah, Qari Shabbir Usmani said in his speech, “We will kill with our hands the one, who abused the Holy Prophetsa.”
Apparently this strike was successful, but in reality it was not such a big success. Firstly, most of the business remains closed on Fridays. Secondly the attendance remained low in processions which comprised mostly of madrassah students. The public did not show much interest in this call.
A VVIP murder and its parallelism to Ahmadiyya situation in Pakistan
Lahore; January 2011: Mr. Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab fell to the bullets of a guard in his security detail in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. The incident is far-reaching and relevant enough to other extant human rights situations in Pakistan to deserve a mention in this report, so that appropriate and useful conclusions may be drawn in the national context. Most of the information quoted here is based upon reliable media reports.
Mr. Taseer had taken up the cause of presidential pardon for Ms Aasia Noreen, accused of blasphemy. He had personally inquired into the case and was of the opinion that the charge was a fabrication. He also favored appropriate changes in the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. It is confirmed that he personally committed no blasphemy whatsoever.
Mr. Mumtaz Qadri, who killed him, was a member of the Elite Force of the Punjab Police. He had close links with Da‘wat Islami, a Barelvi outfit, professedly not violent like some other Islamist organizations. In 2004, he had been assessed as ‘unfit’ for VIP security, by his superiors. Prior to the fateful day, he had talked of killing the governor to his colleagues, who took it lightly as a joke.
In the weeks prior to the assassination, religious parties took up the issue of blasphemy and the relevant laws in a big way and launched a campaign in the name of Namoos-i-Risalat (The Prophet’s honor). Apart from a great deal else, the mullas declared the Governor a heretic and an apostate. On November 24, 2010 there was a demonstration of 150 maulvis outside the Governor House calling for his head. On December 31, more than 20,000 religious bigots congregated in Karachi and condoned Taseer’s murder. The authorities took no action against these outrages. The ruling party nor the secular lobby took the trouble of confronting the mulla’s onslaught on any forum in an organized and well-orchestrated manner. The government acted as if the issue deserved only appeasement or neglect.
Within hours of his assassination, students from the religio-political party Jamaat-i-Islami texted celebratory messages about the murder, and on Facebook, pages lionizing the Governor’s killer quickly found hundreds of supporters. Munawwar Hasan, the JI chief stated that the Governor himself was responsible for his murder. Fazal ur Rahman the JUI Chief seemed to issue a veiled warning to supporters of Mr. Taseer, saying that sympathizing with a blasphemer was just as extreme as blasphemy itself. More than 500 religious leaders of Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat, a leading Barelvi religious party, forbade its followers to either pray or attend the funeral prayers for Mr. Taseer.
The Khatibs of the Badshahi Mosque and the Governor House mosque refused to lead the funeral prayers of the fallen governor. Both are on the government’s pay-roll.
Supporters of this heinous act showered Qadri with rose petals when he appeared in court. He was garlanded by the president of the lawyers’ wing of the local PML (N). Reportedly, hundreds of lawyers volunteered to take on Qadri’s defense free of charge.
A number of TV anchors indirectly blamed the Governor. Pakistan’s free wheeling (and conservative) television talk shows publicized the fatwas against Taseer and misrepresented his principled position on the blasphemy law as itself blasphemy. The Urdu press, as usual, acted generally hostile to the secular and liberal sentiment. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt spared only one inch of single column space to report the Resolution of condemnation by the KP Assembly against the assassination, but it splashed the refusal of Khatibs to lead the funeral prayers of the deceased, over 3 columns on its front page.
The ruling party PPP, after the murder, distanced itself from the governor and from Sherry Rahman, another party liberal who had urged a review of the Blasphemy laws. The PPP declared the assassination a political murder (as opposed to religious).
Mr. Rehman Malik, the federal interior minister declared that if anyone blasphemed in his presence, he would shoot him. The government has declared that it would not try to amend the Blasphemy laws. In Karachi the government agreed to install a 10-memebr penal of ulama to look into cases of blasphemy accusations.
Having seen that the government was unwilling to resist the pressure and is retreating fast, the clerics decided to push further, and declared that they would hold a big rally in Lahore on January 30.
The above would seem very distasteful, wrong, even unacceptable to most of the Pakistani elite, but they are a witness that all this, even worse, has been happening to Ahmadis for the last 36 years. However, most of the elite decided to look the other way, all along. The mulla, now in the habit of maltreatment of a weaker section of the society, has mustered enough experience and audacity to take on the society which was reputed to be primarily tolerant and rational.
We end this piece with an excerpt of an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune of January 6, 2011:
“Taseer’s killing provides the government and citizenry an unequivocal and unpleasant reminder that state appeasement of extremist groups does not work. The Punjab provincial government run by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif needs to accept that its historical and ongoing tolerance of violence of extremist groups is simply untenable. The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party-led federal government must also take a hard look at its conduct in events culminating in Taseer’s murder.”
Bravo to Kohat police and judiciary
Kohat; January 12, 2011: The bullies of the local Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat had broken open the lock of the sealed Ahmadiyya mosque and had occupied it. The miscreants were led by a former MNA Javed Ibrahim Piracha, a member of JUI (F). The police moved fast, recovered the mosque and resealed it.
The police took serious notice of this deliberate and malicious act of entry into a place of worship that was not theirs, fomenting a riot, refusing to obey lawful orders of the police etc, and booked all the participants under PPCs 295-A, 295,147/148, 188, 488.
The accused moved the court for bail, but the Sessions Court rejected their plea. Accordingly, the police arrested them all.
Handling of this case by the District officials is exceptional in many ways. It is a model, which if followed all over Pakistan, will dilute greatly the threat of the unscrupulous mullas to the society and the state.
Evidence regarding Saudi link to persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan
Geneva: Mr. Sultan Shahin, editor of NewAgeIslam, speaking on behalf of International Club for Peace Research made an Oral Statement before the President United Nations Human Rights Council, 16th Session, Geneva, 28 February – 25 March 2011, on the subject of: War within Islam. The statement was posted on NewAgeIslam.com on 22 March 2011. It is reported under headline:
‘Islamo-Fascism and Islam-Supremacism’ feeding Islamophobia worldwide: Sultan Shahin tells UNHRC
While the entire address is scholarly and objective, it includes the following noteworthy statement:
“Barring a few pockets moderates are losing the war within Islam everywhere. The massive injection of petrodollar-funding to radicals throughout the world since 1974 has virtually changed the nature of the religion. Islam-supremacism is now the rule not only in the Muslim majority countries but also in countries where Muslims live as a minority.”
The mention of year ‘1974’ is significant. It is relevant and corroborative that an Islamic Summit was held in Islamabad in 1974 under the joint sponsorship of Mr. Z.A. Bhutto and King Faisal. Pakistan was starved of funds after losing the ruinous 1971 war against India. A few weeks after the Summit, anti-Ahmadiyya extensive riots were triggered all over the country that provided an excuse to Mr. Bhutto to raise the Ahmadiyya question in the National Assembly. The Assembly proceedings were conducted under the directions of Mr. Bhutto, which lead to the declaration of Ahmadis as a non-Muslim minority on September 7, 1974. Thereafter petrodollars flowed into Pakistan in hundreds of millions, and the persecution of Ahmadis became a state policy. This was the first major step to turn Pakistan into an Islamo-Fascist state (as defined by Mr. Shahin).
Getting rid of a mulla
Kot Shah Alam, district Hafizabad; October 2011: Mulla Saleem, an anti-Ahmadi cleric thrived on sectarian politics in this village. To his bad luck, he met a rare police officer who knew how to handle his type.
The mulla used to instigate the locals against Ahmadis. He announced an anti-Ahmadiyya procession for October 30, 2011. But God has His own plans. He was teaching recitation of the Holy Quran to children in the mosque, when a man (Azhar) came to the mosque and started saying his prayers. He told the mulla to lower his voice so that he could concentrate on his prayers. The mulla got angry and told the children to recite in a louder voice. At this the worshiper beat up the mulla in the mosque. Both of them later reported to the police. The SHO heard the statements of both and told the mulla the following:
i. You do not respect the law and use the loudspeaker unlawfully. The SHO told the police post to register a report against the mulla.
ii. Only two men support you in the village, while the rest are against you.
iii. Did you take permission for the procession of October 30? The mulla’s answer was, ‘No’.
iv. You do not respect the law so it is better that you leave the village. The mulla said that all this was insinuated by Ahmadis and the man who beat him in the mosque was also an Ahmadi. This was a lie.
Despite all this the mullas took permission for a conference from the DCO Hafizabad and held one. The attendance was approximately 500. Among these five were locals while the rest were outsiders who were brought over by other mullas. Mullas availed this occasion to declare Ahmadis Wajibul Qatl (must be killed) and urged the participants to boycott Ahmadis socially. They told them that if any Ahmadi says Salaam to them, they should inform them so that a police case could be registered against the Ahmadi.
Bails for Ahmadis!
Lalian, district Chiniot; October 29, 2011: A case was registered in 2008 under anti-Ahmadi laws against 17 Ahmadis for printing some Islamic phrases on Ramadan timetable. The police arrested them. They were granted bail after one month and were released from the prison.
A judge, Muhammad Ali Qadafi cancelled their bails recently on October 29, 2011 and ordered the police to arrest them all. The reason given was that the accused were late by ten minutes at the time of hearing of the case.
The accused arrived late at the court on account of a traffic jam. It took a great deal of effort on November 1, 2011 to persuade the judge to renew their bails.
Lahore: The Pakistani state is apparently unmindful of the consequences when it frames religious laws to curry favour with mullas and the common man. All such laws can be seized upon by unscrupulous elements to gain advantage in ways that were neither intended nor visualized when framing those laws. A report in the Pakistan Today of April 21, 2011 demonstrates this phenomenon. Extract:
The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) will site Lahore DCO Ahad Cheema for blasphemy, Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday. The decision was taken in a meeting of the SIC hierarchy in Lahore. A complaint in this regard will be submitted at a proper forum within two to three days. Blasphemy Laws will be invoked for the purported desecration of the Holy prophet’s (PBUH) name inscribed on hoardings, billboards and banners of the organization which were removed by the orders of the DCO from various parts of the city. The SIC alleged that the administrations shredded and flung to the ground posters carrying names of the Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal, Pir Syed Jamaat Ali Shah, Pir Mohyudeen Shah Golarvi and Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani. A legal team headed by former federal deputy attorney general Mian Khalid Habib Elahi gave SIC leaders a detailed briefing on the implications of the legal process.
Judge® Nazir Akhtar relocated
Lahore: Judge (Retd) Nazir Akhtar was known for his obscure and unjustifiable views at the Lahore High Court, years ago. However, he seems to have endeared himself to right-wing politicians. Although, he was not seen often in public, thankfully, but it is now learnt that he was still on the government pay roll in a top post as Ameen of the Punjab Baitul Mall Council in the province ruled by PML(N). He resigned recently for his own reasons, according to the daily DAWN of May 1, 2011. Some of his public pronouncements are interesting enough to be recalled:
Stay vigilant against those who are critical of the Blasphemy provisions. Every believer should be ever ready to play the role of Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed to defend the honour of the Prophet.
The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore; February 5, 2001
While rejecting the plea for bail of an Ahmadi, president of a local community, who was booked for building a minaret and a niche in the Ahmadiyya mosque, Judge Nazir Akhtar observed:
The present case does not involve commission of an ordinary penal offence against one or more individuals but is an exceptional case involving commission of an offence against the society as a whole which may have national as well as international repercussions. I feel that interests of justice would be adequately met if the trial court is directed to conclude the trial within a period of three months… (and to) conduct proceedings on day to day basis.
This judge is known for his declared opinion that there is no need of any law to punish a man who is guilty of defiling the name of the Holy Prophet, and anyone who commits blasphemy against the Prophet can be dispatched to hell (The daily Jang, Lahore of September 5, 1999).
The following report was published in the Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan during 2000 – A Summary, quoting extracts from the national press:
A mulla in the garb of a judge
Judge Nazir Akhtar of Lahore High Court can be credited with openness if nothing else. He is frankly immodest and unblushing about his obscurantist opinions and views. He finds the rule, “a judge gives his opinion only through his judgments” too restrictive, so he continues to give vent lewdly to his spiteful and vulgar ideas in public. Three recent specimens from the national press:
The Ghazi Ilm Din Shaheed law is available to respond to any blasphemy against the Prophet; Justice Nazir Akhtar
The Daily Khabrain, Lahore: 28 August 2000
(Note: Ilm Din was a Muslim who in pre-partition days murdered a Hindu who committed blasphemy against the Holy Prophet. Judge Akhtar raises Ilm Din’s act of murder to the status of Law itself.)
Unity of the Muslim Ummah is essential to safeguard the doctrine of Khatme Nabuwwat. Ghazi Ilm Din law is available to deal with apostates; Justice Nazir Akhtar
The daily Insaf: 28 August 2000
(Note: The Judge, thus has openly instigated and urged the common Muslim to murder Ahmadis.)
‘We shall slit every tongue that is guilty of insolence against the Holy prophet; Justice Mian Nazir
The daily Din; 28 August 2000
Justice Nazir Akhtar is perhaps the only judge of a high court, in the whole world, who openly promotes terrorism on religious grounds. According to a press report, he has recently moved up in the ladder to become the senior most judge at Lahore High Court, after the Chief Justice.
The PML(N) party of Sharif brothers takes the credit for keeping track of such ‘jewels’ from the judiciary and providing them employment from public purse, in top positions, even after their retirement.
This judge endeared himself to some political potentates, so after retirement he has found highly gainful employments from the public purse. Till March this year he was in a top post as Ameen of the Punjab Baitul Mal Council. Now, according to the Dawn, “The Punjab government has appointed Justice (retired) Mian Nazir Akhtar as Jinnah Hospital Board of Management Chairman, ignoring the selection criteria mentioned in the Autonomous Medical Institution Act 2003. … The Punjab health department, however bypassed the rules and forwarded a summary to the Punjab chief minister for appointment of Justice (retired) Akhtar as Jinnah Hospital BoM chairman which was approved by Shahbaz Sharif, a source said.”
It is reasonable to assume that this Justice (R) must have given some more laudable verdict than merely the Ghazi Ilm Din remarks to earn perpetual gratitude of Sharif Brothers. It would make an interesting subject for a researcher.
Lahore: The News International of May, 2011 published the following story; extracts:
Tableeghi Jamaat to be banned from Cantts, defence areas
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
ISLAMABAD: Preaching teams (Tableeghi Jamaats) as well as those who are not permanent residents of the area are likely to be barred from entering mosques of cantonments and defence and security institutions across the country, it was learnt here on Monday.
“Security agencies have been suggesting such measures from time to time in the past in view of the growing terrorism. It has happened in the past that junior officials of the Pakistan Air Force got one-year-long leave on the pretext of accompanying the preaching groups, but when they were later arrested, it transpired that they had in fact been training with different militant groups”, a senior security officer told the News on condition of anonymity.
“Security agencies of the country look much worried about the deteriorating law and order situation in the country. The problem would not be resolved by mere issuance of security warnings and alerts about the possibility of terrorism incidents in the wake of the killing of Osama”, the security officer commented.
Majeed Nizami’s statement
Lahore: The daily Nawa-i-Waqt (Editor: Majeed Nizami) reported the statement of its editor, who is also chairman of the Nazria Pakistan Trust, in its issue of May 15, 2011. Excerpts:
“No doubt Mian Shahbaz Sharif patronizes us….
“The US is in pursuit of our nuclear assets and they have reportedly martyred Usama, but we do not know if he is alive, dead or in custody of Americans. He is a charismatic personality. Our rulers intend to demolish his residence in Abbotabad so that it does not become a shrine (dargah).They, thus wish to erase his name, but neither the US nor our rulers can erase the name of a Mujahid and martyr like Usama. For the last 63 years we have never received whiff of fresh air from Afghanistan except during the rule of Mujahideen.
“Suicide bombers move from India to Afghanistan where India has numerous offices. They get paid there and then move on to Pakistan to carry out attacks. Recently 80 of our soldiers died in an attack at Peshawar….”
Chief Minister – a changed man?
Lahore; May 15, 2011: The daily Dawn Lahore filed the following report in its issue of May 15, 2011, (excerpts):
CM wants genie of extremism bottled
Lahore, May 14: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called for immediate and drastic measures to curb the scourge of extremism.
“Everything will turn into ruins if measures are not taken to control extremism which is spreading like fire”, he said on the second day of the three day Alhamra International Conference on Art and Literature here on Saturday.
However, less than two years ago, the daily Pakistan published a government ad in its issue of July 4, 2009 which stated the following (excerpt; translated):
On July 1, 2009 a special meeting was held under the chairmanship of Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Khadim Punjab, in which top respected Ulama of various denominations participated.
“Faith in the Prophethood of Khatam-e-Nabiyyeen Muhammad (PBUH) and love, obedience and association with him is the basis of our religious identity, collective life and national solidarity. Unfailing certainty in his end of Prophethood (Khatme Nabuwwat) is an integral part of our faith. It is our religious duty to safeguard the honor of the Prophethood (PBUH). Anyone who is guilty, directly or indirectly, openly or by implications of even minor insolence to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is an infidel (Kafir), apostate (Murtad) and must be put to death (Wajib-ul-Qatl).”
It is also relevant to mention here that only last year two Ahmadiyya mosques were subjected to terrorist attacks in Lahore in which 86 Ahmadis were killed, many of them due to the deliberately delayed response from the security forces at the scene. The Chief Minister decided not to visit the defiled places of worship nor the injured in the hospital.
The recent statement is nevertheless welcome. One only hopes that the CM is convinced of what he says and is now a changed man from what he was only last year.
Aftermath of a false allegation of blasphemy
Rabwah: Mr. Muhammad Iqbal, a convert, was accused of blasphemy in 2004 by a mulla and his acolyte in district Faisalabad. He was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for life. Iqbal appealed to the High Court against the verdict. While awaiting a hearing of his appeal, he stayed in prison for over six years. Eventually he was acquitted of the charge by the appellate court last year.
Iqbal appears to have recovered from the tragedy that afflicted him for years, however he is no longer able to squat or sit on his knees, as that hurts him. When asked the reason, he said that it was the after-effect of the police torture inflicted upon him on his arrest six years ago. Why, at all, did they torture him? “It was for religious prejudice and hate; they called me kafir (infidel), murtad (apostate) and beat me up with heavy sticks. They pressed a steel roller over my calves and thighs to torture me and compelled me to admit what I had not said or done. They thought that they were thus acting pious”, he said. His disability appears to be permanent.
“After I came out, the mulla and his false witness died within the same week”, he says. He thinks it is a sign of God that the false accusers have perished. Iqbal, however, is unable to return to his village and attend to his family farm to make a living.
Acquittal of three Ahmadis condemned to death
Jhelum; March 26, 2011: Three Ahmadis Mr. Basharat, Mr. Nasir Ahmad and Mr. Muhammad Idrees who had been sentenced to death by a Sessions Judge and were awaiting a decision on their appeal in the Lahore High Court were acquitted and released from prison. They were in the 8th year of their incarceration.
The three faced charges in a faith-based fabricated accusation of murder. Initially ten Ahmadis were named as accused, and false witnesses were presented. The defense proved that the witnesses were liars. So the judge acquitted seven of the accused, but by some queer reasoning accepted the evidence of the same liars ordered hanging of three innocent Ahmadis for the death of the mulla and his son. The three accused appealed against the verdict.
Lahore High Court could not hear the appeal for years. Eventually a two-member bench comprising Justice Manzoor Malik and Justice Anwar ul Haq heard the appeal and acquitted the accused on March 8, 2011. The formalities took another 18 days for them to come out of the prison. The defence was led by Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Advocate, a non-Ahmadi.
This case reflects poorly on the present day Pakistani state and society, in that three innocent men faced faith-based accusations and the judicial system could declare them innocent only after they had suffered more than seven years of prosecution and incarceration.
Innocent Ahmadis – released eventually
Lathianwala, District Faisalabad; October 10, 2011: Activists of Sunni Tehrik, an extremist politico-religious organization, have been very active against Ahmadis in Faisalabad area for the past few years. They maintain a running feud against Ahmadis and make life very difficult for them. They think it helps them politically.
In September, last year, there was an exchange of firing between the two parties; the Ahmadis decided to defend themselves against perpetual harassment. During the exchange, a passerby was mortally wounded. Ahmadis insisted that it was not their bullet that killed the man. The police, however, entertained the complaint lodged by the Sunni Tehrik, unjustifiably booked seven Ahmadis and arrested four of them. They arrested none from the Sunni Tehrik.
The four Ahmadis who did not kill the passer-by were denied bail and remained in prison for almost a year during the trial held in an anti-terrorist court. Eventually the good judge acquitted them all, and the four detainees were released. They should not have been in prison in the first place, as there was no evidence of their guilt, with the police.
Criminals in IJT – press report
Lahore; May 2, 2011: Correspondent of the News International, Lahore filed the following report in its issue of May 2, 2011 (excerpts):
‘Criminals in IJT extort money from publishers’
By Our Correspondent
A PUNJAB University (PU) spokesman has alleged that criminals in the ranks of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) have been extorting money from publishers in the name of A‘anat and it was its only interest to organize a book fair.
In a press statement issued here on Sunday, the PU spokesman said the present administration itself had been organizing the book fair since three years, which annoyed rascals of Jamiat as they had lost the chance to extort money from the publishers. That’s why, the statement said, IJT mercilessly and brutally tortured two poor employees of the varsity. The world had witnessed IJT’s barbarism through TV channels and CCTV footage, it added.
The spokesman clarified that the administration would not allow any such a student organization to organize any activity whose members had a criminal track record and were found involved in car theft and other criminal activities … . He said more than half of limited IJT members were either expelled students or outsiders who were involved in anti-education activities. He said IJT members neither study books nor take part in positive activities. …
Bravo! A rare exception
Chak 63/DB, District Bahawalpur: Mulla Ishaq Saqi of Bahawalpur thrives on spreading hate and communal discord. Ahmadis are his favourite target. Saqi went over to Chak Nr. 63/DB to deliver the Friday sermon on June 10, 2011. Rather than saying anything spiritual or moral, he went headlong into the Ahmadiyya ‘menace’, and used foul language to provoke and agitate the worshipers to indulge in violence.
Someone reported the proceedings to the police. The dutiful SHO sent a small team of constables who picked up the mulla from the salon of a supporter. At the police station the mulla and his hosts took the position that the mulla spoke against no one; he did not even use the amplifier.
The police sent for the village chief (Numberdar) who reported against the mulla. The Numberdar arrived well-armed with the speech which had been recorded on a mobile phone, from a loudspeaker. He also produced copy of a hateful pamphlet the mulla had distributed. The police reportedly handled the protesting mulla roughly, booked him and locked him up. The next day, Saqi was released on bail, but was ordered to shut up and address no crowds. Well, that proves the point. Pak authorities can deliver, if they are allowed to; and if the politicians do not interfere unduly.
From the daily Jang
Bradford UK; October 15, 2010: Here is a report from the daily Jang of UK, although belated but worth placing on record. It is a statement made by Miss Fatima Bhutto, grand daughter of Mr. Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto a former prime minister of Pakistan and founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party. She was speaking at the launching ceremony of her book, Blood and Sword, in Bradford University.
A somewhat detailed report on the event is available on the following website:
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A few extracts are translated below from her statement reported in Urdu:
- Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto is my ideal as a leader.
- He made mistakes too. Declaring Qadianis a non-Muslim minority and thus turning them into second class citizens, and a military operation in Baluchistan were blunders of Bhutto Shaheed.
- Benazir Bhutto was elected twice as the prime minister but she took no steps to undo two of the worst laws promulgated by (General) Zia – the Blasphemy law and the Hudood Ordinance.
- Poverty is not the problem in Pakistan; it is the corruption.
- The Peoples Party was not meant for the Bhutto family, it belonged to the people; but now Asif Baba and 40 Thieves have seized it.
- It is western powers like the US and the UK who forced promulgation of a document like the NRO which can be termed a death warrant for Pakistan. At the time Pakistan banned 500 websites, Hillary Clinton was touring Pakistan, and I was surprised to hear her praising civil liberties in Pakistan, despite these restrictions.
- In fact western leaders pursue their own national interests; they are quick to call right a wrong, and wrong a right. David Milliband did the same.
- It is not that people like Zardari become president only in Pakistan; the same sort become the president of the US, like George Bush, and become prime minister in the UK, like Tony Blair.
- British newspapers publish news and op-eds that are senseless and fictitious. A daily like the Guardian called a man like Jamshed Dasti ‘friend of the common man’, although this man used a fake degree (to qualify as an election candidate), and he issued threats to a woman like Mukhtaran Mai.
It is reprehensible for the Jang to withhold the above statement’s part concerning ZAB’s blunder of declaring Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority from its print version.
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat’s (AMTKN) mask
Khushab: AMTKN poses as a non-political organization and thereby avails many privileges from the state and a permissive handling by authorities. This allows it to indulge in highly objectionable sectarian and extremist activities. In fact, AMTKN is closely linked to regional and international politics and its members use its stage, although many of them are leading members of national political parties.
Recently mullas in Khushab led by Qari Saeed Ahmad led an ugly campaign against a 16-years old Ahmadi student to have him booked and arrested under a fabricated charge of the blasphemy law. A press report is translated below to show how political the AMTKN actually is:
We are deeply concerned over Qadianis’ activities
Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat will never let a pro-Qadiani candidate win an Assembly seat in future
Khushab (Bureau report): The Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat district Khushab and Jamiatul Ulama Islam (F) announced a joint complete social boycott of Qadianis and stated that this drive will continue till the time the Qadianis accept their (non-Muslim) minority status. Qari Saeed Ahmad Asad, the Divisional Amir of JUI(F) was addressing a rally in Jame Masjid Bagar Wali, against Qadainis declaring themselves Muslim in schools. He expressed great concern over the increase in Qadianis’ activities in the country and said that their demographic increase in Grote area should be brought under control.
The daily Al-Sharq International, Lahore; December 17, 2011
Qari Saeed Ahmad of JUI (F), mentioned in the above report, is also the Amir of the AMTKN. He is the leader of the agitation over the false accusation of the blasphemy law against the Ahmadi teen-ager in Khushab.
The incident and the press report are indicative of the false non-political posture of the AMTKN and of its modus operandi in fanning the fire of sectarian strife. Such open and convenient connectivity between an extremist organization and a political party is wrong, very wrong.
The ‘tolerant’ Brelvis!
Faisalabad and Pasroor; July 2011: In the past, the so-called ‘Brelvis’ of the sub-continent, had developed a reputation for being relatively tolerant and peaceful. They claimed to be successors of the Sufi tradition and were opposed to the extremism displayed by most adherents of Wahabi and Deobandi sects. However, this is changing fast. The Brelvi leaders seem to be afraid of being left behind in the present race for political influence in Pak society, in comparison to other religious groups. They have adopted hard line, make more noise in forums where blasphemy is the topic, have organised their own wings of Khatme Nabuwwat, set up a student organisation and have formed a party like Sunni Tehrik that is unabashedly political. Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri, who travels often and lives in the West, has apparently given green signal to his Minhaj-ul-Quran group to strive hard and beat the other clerics in all that is obscure and extreme. Following two recent reports confirm this policy.
Tehrik Minhaju ul Quran in District Sialkot has issued a Fatwa poster on behalf of its branch in Shamali Merajkay, Tehsil Pasrur. The poster size is 18 inch x 12 inch. It is printed on glazed paper in multi-colour. It is provided with stainless steel ring at top for permanent hanging and display. Obviously its confessed origin in a village called Shamali Merajkay is a trick. Its cost in large-scale production would require funds that can come only from the Minhaj-ul-Quran headquarters.
The poster gives extracts from fatwas issued by a 19th Century hard-line cleric, Ahmad Raza Khan Brelvi. The text has been paraphrased to suit the 21st century environment. It asserts: Anyone who claims to be prophet is “Dajjal (the Great Deceiver), Kazzab (a great liar), Kafir (infidel) and (of course) Wajibul Qatl.” According to the Brelvi’s fatwa quoted in the poster, “Anyone who considers a Qadiani persecuted and does not call him a Kafir or does not boycott him is himself a Kafir.” The poster makes an impassioned plea to all Muslims to indulge in self-examination and assess for themselves if they are in violation of this fatwa. “If so, are we really Muslim, and shall we be entitled to the intercession of Muhammad (PBUH) on the Day of Judgment? – For God’s sake, consider and ponder,” the poster admonishes.
The Minhaj-ul-Quran is not content with distributing posters only. It chose the religion-sensitive city of Faisalabad to hold a week-long ‘anti-Qadiani course’. Its scheduling was announced in three-column news in the city’s Daily Business Report on July 1, 2011. The vernacular Daily Express printed interim daily reports as the course progressed. According to the former daily, following ulama were scheduled to impart instructions to the participants: Pir Nabil ur Rehman (of Karma Wala), Pir Saeed ul Hasan, Pir Mahboob Hussain (Pir Bal Sharif), Fazl Karim MNA, Sahibzada Faiz Durrani, Mufti Muneeb, Prof. Ilyas Aazmi, Umer Faiq, Mian Iftikhar ul Hassan, Nur uz Zaman Noori, Prof Zafr ul Haq, Khurshid Ahmad Saeed of Islamabad, Jafar Qamar, Mushtaq Sultani, Badi uz Zaman advocate, Ejaz Tahir, Umar Awan, Naeem Mushtaq, Muhammad Naeem.
According to the Daily Express, the speakers said, (extracts): “Qadianism is attacking the benevolent shade-giving tree of Islam – The Jewish lobby is busy in unsuccessful attempts to spread misleading conspiracies and mischiefs among Muslims, through Qadianis – Two great mischiefs of the modern times, the Western civilization and Qadianism are causing great destruction to Islamic society all over the world – It is essential that we, the moths of Muhammadan lamps sacrifice our lives and wealth in this great cause. – We shall have to die (kat marna) for the Khatme Nabuwwat.” The Daily Express, Faisalabad; July 4, 5 of 2011
One wonders if the renowned Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri is spreading the same message in Europe that his disciples are so vigorously propagating in Pakistan under his guidance. The daily Din recently published a series of articles titled, “Non-Muslims’ rights in Islam” written by ‘Sheikhul Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri.’ The gap between what he professes and what his acolytes do is too wide to be ignored.
Light sentences in sectarian killings provoke outcry
Indonesia: On February 6, 2011, a mob attacked Ahmadis in a village and lynched three of them. A trial followed in which the prosecutors demanded very light sentences for the accused, and the judge imposed lighter still, three to six months’ imprisonment to a dozen assailants. Pakistani Urdu press reported the news in a one-column one inch space, while the world took due notice of the miscarriage of justice. A report published in ‘The Australian’ is reproduced below:
Mob murder leniency panned
“AN alleged ringleader of horrific mob murders of three Ahmadis that shamed Indonesia’s claims to religious tolerance has been sentenced to five months and 15 days in jail for illegal possession of a machete.
Idris bin Mahdani was shown in a video of the February 6 incident directing about 1000 religious extremists attacking a Cikeusik village house sheltering 20 members of the minority Muslim sect.
The video, which caused widespread outrage when broadcast by YouTube, also featured 17-year-old Dani bin Misra smashing a large rock into the head of a prone victim.
The youth was yesterday sentenced to three months for manslaughter in Serang District Court where prosecutors had asked for sentences of five to seven months for 12 defendants.
Prosecutors justified their light sentencing claims by alleging the Ahmadis had aggravated the attack by antagonizing clerics and villagers who were trying to force them out of the district.
Ahmadiyya, which has an estimated 1 million Indonesian followers, has been denounced as ‘deviant’ by the Indonesian Ulama Council, the country’s senior clerical body.
Several national government ministers have called for its suppression.
New York-based Human Rights Watch, which has campaigned for protection of the increasingly threatened and isolated Ahmadis, described yesterday’s verdicts as “a sad day for justice” in the country.
‘When the Cikeusik video went viral, people around the world were shocked and appalled by the savagery of the mob kicking and slashing three men to death, HRW’s deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
“But instead of charging the defendants with murder and other serious crimes, prosecutors came up with an almost laughable list of ‘slap-on-the-wrist’ charges.
The Cikeusik trial sends the chilling message that attacks on minorities like the Ahmadiyya will be treated lightly by the legal system.”
Reported by Peter Alford in The Australian on July 29, 2011
“O ye who believe! Why do you say what you do not do?” – Al-Quran
Madina (News agencies): The daily Ausaf, Lahore reported on September 23, 2011 that King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia addressed an international conference and made some important comments. (Translated extracts):
Islam emphasizes tolerance and forbids calling others Kafir (infidels). King Abdullah
Islam cannot be spread through extremism, prejudice, killing others, terrorism and acts of destruction, nor do these help in attaining high objects.
Extremism has no religion and is sans frontier. We shall continue to chase the misguided elements. The Servant of the Holy Sites’ address to the Conference
One can always learn from the past. There is credible evidence that in 1974, it was King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who induced Mr. Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, the prime minister of Pakistan to declare Ahmadis a non-Muslim (Kafir) minority. Saudi authorities apparently did not become any wiser till 2007 when they arrested a large number of Ahmadis, including women and children, in Jeddah, maltreated them and extradited them only for their belief.
King Abdulla’s wise remarks are welcome. It is hoped that the authorities in Saudi Arabia will change their policy and implement in letter and spirit what the king has said.
Mumtaz Qadri – a case study
Lahore: Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Governor Salman Taseer deserves a closer look to understand the psychology of extremists and their supporters.
On October 1, 2011, a judge awarded him death sentence on two counts, and fine. In response to the plea of the defence that Qadri acted under religious conviction, the judge decreed, “No one can be given a license to kill”.
This sentence has aroused a great deal of protest and passion among some people, in favour of Qadri. Most Islamist parties, whether political or apolitical condemned the judgment, took out protest rallies and processions and demanded his acquittal. They urged the people to rise in revolt against the prevailing system of justice.
The judge Mr Pervez Ali Shah, has been facilitated to leave the country and live in Saudi Arabia, according to a press report.
Some mullas availed of the occasion to harangue the participants of these rallies, against the Ahmadiyya Community. Qari Zawar Bahadur asserted in a rally in Faisalabad on October 9, 2011 that as the penalty of blasphemy is nothing but death, Ahmadis should be put to death, or a law should be enforced to disallow them residence in this country. Another mulla fabricated the fantasy that the trial judge was an Ahmadi.
Mumtaz Qadri admitted in the court that he had killed the governor. His statement makes interesting reading. A few extracts are translated below from the summary published in the daily Ausaf, Lahore of October 2, 2011:
- I belong to Dawwat Islami.
- I got motivated by listening to impassioned speeches made by (mulla) Imtiaz Husain Kazmi and Allama Hanif Qureshi Qadri. Qureshi got so excited during his address that his turban fell off, his hair got disheveled, his mike tumbled over, and the entire audience felt greatly moved and started crying. It is there and then that I decided to kill the governor, as he called the Blasphemy law a black law and supported Aasia Bibi, the blasphemer (a Christian).
- I approached the clerk and requested him to put my name down for duty with the governor during his visit. He did that.
- Prior to the attack I was not afraid of dying, but was fearful of failure.
- After I killed him, other guards rushed to me; I raised my rifle in the air and pleaded: Don’t kill me; I have nothing against you. Etc.
Organizations that showed concern in favour of Mr. Qadri were: Tehrik Islam, Jamia Rizvia Ziaul Aloom, Shabab Islami, ATI, Dawwat Islami, Sunni Tehrik etc.
‘Ulama Karam’ on leash – for the present only
Faisalabad; November 24, 2011: In view of the forthcoming Muharram event, various district administrations have issued orders placing firm restrictions on mullas to enter their districts or to speak in public. The aim is to minimize the sectarian mischief they create on this occasion. We translate here only one report – from Faisalabad, published in the daily Nawa-i-Waqt on November 24, 2011:
64 Ulama Karam (respected clerics) banned from entering Faisalabad for two months. 32 others forbidden to speak in public (Zuban Bandi)
DCO Nasim Sadiq issued orders to maintain peace and religions harmony during Muharram .
Faisalabad (Special correspondent)… (The report lists all these clerics).
It is noteworthy and interesting that some of the listed clerics are mentioned, with their nicknames. These are descriptive of their personality and communal conduct. For example, one of the listed mulla is Riaz Hussain Toka (Toka is a kind of chopper). Another calls himself Toofani i.e. Cyclone. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah of Lahore has added the word ‘Atom Bom’ to his name.
It is relevant to mention here that most of the listed rabid mullas are routinely permitted to address anti-Ahmadiyya rallies in Rabwah. They hold numerous such rallies in Rabwah every year.
Annual Report of HRCP
Islamabad; April 15, 2011: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan released its annual report and the daily Dawn reported its substance in a report on April 15, 2011. Extracts:
Govt personnel involved in rights abuse: HRCP
Islamabad; April 14: Describing 2010 as a particularly bad year for minorities, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said the government did not even extend sympathies to the victims of faith-related killings.
All indications suggest that there are even worse times ahead, the report said.
Presenting the report, HRCP chairman Dr Mehdi Hassan said most of the human rights violations were being conducted by government functionaries, including police.
HRCP secretary general 1.A. Rehman said that in most of the religion-based killings the federal and the provincial government concerned even failed to express sympathy with victims. He referred to faith-based killing of 99 Ahmadis across the country.
The report highlighted a growing spread of hate literature and said it had been monitored that in the main-stream Urdu newspapers 1,468 news articles and editorials promoted hate, intolerance and discrimination against Ahmadis.
The report said little progress had been made in bringing to justice those involved in violence and arson against a Christian locality in Gojra in 2009.
About 25 per cent of the 102 Sikh families in Orakzai Agency were forced to leave their generations-old homeland after Taliban asked them to pay Jazia or leave the area. They were able to return after a military operation.
According to the Balochistan director of the federal human rights ministry, at least 27 Hindu families from the province sought asylum in India because of security threats.
Another 118 people were killed and 40 injured in 117 incidents of target killing in Balochistan, including 29 non-Baloch settlers and 17 members of the Shia Hazara community.
The bodies of 59 missing persons were found in Balochistan.