Miscellaneous, and reports from smaller towns
Sectarian temperature high in Multan
Multan; January, February 2014: Several anti-Ahmadiyya sectarian incidents were reported from Multan. Three of these are mentioned below:
- The mullas in the Ahle Hadith mosques spared five to ten minutes during every Friday sermon and spoke abuse against the Ahmadiyya community to incite the audience against Ahmadis. This practice was adopted by Deobandi mosques as well. Also 10 to 15 men stood at some focal points in the city, where they spoke against the Ahmadiyya community openly. Ahmadis felt targeted and insecure.
- Ahmadiyya mosques in Multan had been circled red on the map of police stations on account of their vulnerability. However, the police were not active and helpful in providing security to Ahmadis in Multan. Some leaders of the local Ahmadiyya community remained at risk.
- Some miscreants tore down a few pages from the Holy Quran and threw them in front of the gate of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Gulgasht after the dawn prayers. Fortunately, the missionary noticed them and secured them appropriately. No one was there to notice. The plan could have caused a great mischief.
Flight in search of safety
Karachi; February 2014: Life has become untenable for Ahmadis in Orangi Town of Karachi. A number of middle class Ahmadis had taken up residence there in private or rented houses. The anti-Ahmadi lobby targeted this neighborhood and target-killed a number of Ahmadis during the past two years. The killing spree goes on unabated. Although the sponsors of these attacks are well-known to authorities, they remain untouched by the police. As a result, Ahmadis had to quit this neighborhood. The exodus continues.
Anti-Ahmadi religious bigots hail mostly from the Khatme Nabuwwat faction and the banned Sipah Sahaba and Lashkare Jhangvi. These religious thugs openly harass and threaten Ahmadis.
These miscreants have adopted the policy of not letting Ahmadis sell or rent their properties. They tell them to simply leave; “We’ll take care of your property,” they bully. Once, Ahmadis who were in the process of shifting were confronted with a blockade. Rangers had to be contacted to facilitate shifting house-hold items.
The administration should have arrested these barefaced sectarian terrorists.
Personal vendetta in Multan
Tata Pur; February 16, 2014: Mr. Nasir Ahmad Jutt S/O Mr. Muhammad Sharif does his business in Tata Pur. He lives with his family on the upper storey of his shop. Owner of the dilapidated store adjacent to his shop sold it to one, Muhammad Rafiq. Rafiq wanted to rebuild the store but Mr. Jutt had some reservations over it, so, he obtained a stay order from a court. Rafiq is influential in the area, as he enjoys the support of the Assembly members. With their support and of many in the bazaar he tried to obtain the occupation of the shop in defiance of the court orders. Mr. Jutt opposed him in his attempt. The police came to the site and arrested Mr. Jutt unjustifiably. They detained one from the opposite party as well, to appear even-handed; and booked them under PPC 107/151. The next day they released Mr. Jutt.
Hostility in Mardan
March 14, 2014: Opponents of the Ahmadiyya community inaugurated a new mosque in Muslim Abad area. They invited mulla Israrul Haq, an office-bearer of Khatme Nabuwwat District Mardan for the inauguration ceremony. This mulla incited the audience against Ahmadis in the name of Jihad and used bad words for the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. He also urged the audience to implement a complete boycott of Ahmadiyya businesses in Mardan and also in the entire country.
A report from Badin (Sindh)
March 2014: Hindu festival ‘Holi’ was celebrated in March this year. Someone wrote the name of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) with the colours of Holi in Goth PirSakhi, District Badin. This caused anger among the local Muslims. They took out processions, blocked the roads and shut down the business.
The participants of the procession used foul language against Ahmadis as well. A councilor of Dambalo village invited a Human Rights NGO to visit the site. When they came to him, Mr. Mubarak Ahmad the son of the district president of the Ahmadiyya community was also there. So the mullas accused the Ahmadiyya community of inviting the Human Rights team.
During the night of 30 and 31 March someone again wrote the name of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) in Holicolours on route from Dambalo to Bashir Abad. This, of course, was a deliberate act of mischief.
Ahmadis denied use of Islamic terms
Sheikhupura; April 01, 2014: An anti-Ahmadiyya campaign went on in the city in which police, in response to applications of anti-Ahmadiyya elements, erased Arabic phrases from Ahmadis’ shops. A banned religious outfit was its prime-mover. An Ahmadiyya delegation met the authorities and conveyed them the gravity of the issue and told them that Ahmadis respect the Arabic (Islamic) words and protest against erasing them. The Superintendent of Police seemed to agree and told Ahmadis that they would not allow this any more.
Two days later the police again erased the words “MashAllah” from the signboard of an Ahmadi Sheikh Bilal’s shop.
Religion made to serve personal gain
Sahiwal: Mr. MustansarSalik, Ahmadi had rented his house to someone. Later Salik gave him a notice to vacate the house. He was reluctant to leave. Someone advised him to allege that Salik had preached Ahmadiyyat to him. On this basis he sought help from the neighborhood to assemble as a procession and mount a raid on Salik’s home. In this he could not succeed.
This tenant then wrote to the police that the landlord had preached Ahmadiyyat to him and told him to convert or vacate the house; he is also not willing to return Rs. 5000/- paid to him in advance. He also managed to invite a team from a TV channel to come to the site to support him through propaganda. They contacted Mr. Salik and the police and put pressure on them.
At this, the police and the neighbors advised the Ahmadi to pay his way out from the predicament. Mr. Salik paid Rs. 20,000 to the tenant and the advance to have his house vacated.
A report from Layyah
Layyah; June 3, 2014:District Layyah is located in the western Punjab. This is where, in 2009, opponents of Ahmadiyyat arranged for the arrest of 4 Ahmadi school children in a fabricated case of blasphemy. They remained behind bars for months before they were acquitted. The acquittal, however, did not bring them peace; they could not return to their village for fear of attack. Encouraged by the support or timidity of the state institutions in the face of threats from clerics, the mullas have maintained their aggressive sectarian drive against Ahmadis in this district.
On June 3, mullas held a conference in the Karnamali Mosque in the name of ‘Defense of the Companions (Difa-e-Sahaba) and the Integrity of Pakistan’. However the focus of their speeches was Ahmadiyyat and they used extremely foul language to incite the audience against Ahmadis. Mulla Aurangzeb Farooqi told the participants to ensure that no Qadiani is allowed to undertake any construction; keep an eye on their movements and make all efforts to counter their nefarious designs, he said.
The authorities know that such hate speeches violate the law of the land – PPC 153A. However they prefer to avoid confronting the mulla.
The police yield to mullas in District Sheikhupura
Sheikhupura; August 8, 2014: Mr. Mubaraz Ahmad, an Ahmadi youth was walking on Jandiala Road when he was intercepted by two non-Ahmadi youth near the M.C. High School.
“O Mirzai, you appear to be very stiff-necked,” taunted one of the two. Mubaraz replied back. This resulted in a petty quarrel. However, the provokers thereafter contacted local mullas who assembled a crowd of approximately 50 men and led them to Mubaraz’s house. Mubaraz’s brother informed the police, who dispersed the crowd on arrival.
The next day, the DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) sent for the elders of the two parties. Ahmadis were represented by three community officials, while the mullas decided to come in strength to overbear the police. Eleven of them turned up, including Ilyas Kashmiri, Amir Muawiya and RiazWattoo. The banned Sipah Sahaba also melded into the Khatme Nabuwwat Movement, so their mullas were also present in the large delegation. They are consistently aggressive and intimidating to the authorities who prefer to take no action against these bullies.
On hearing both the parties, the DSP voiced his opinion that the incident was little more than a quarrel among a few young men, so no formal action was required.
However at this stage, the mullas raised a two-month old issue concerning Mr. Atif Abbas, the elder brother of Mubaraz, who had been falsely accused of blasphemy. “He had torn one of our posters and urinated on it,” they said. This was, of course, nonsense and a lie. They, however, insisted on pursuing the case, and the discussion went on for five hours. Eventually, the DSP decided that Mr. Abbas should be expelled from the city for one year; if he returns he should be charged under PPC 295-C, the blasphemy clause, which carries penalty of death.
Mr. Abbas accordingly left the town and went to reside with his close relatives in a distant town. He was punished summarily in this crude manner for a crime he did not commit.
Hostile reconnaissance in Multan
July 2014: Multan is the headquarters of the infamous Majlis Ahrar Islam and also its Khatme Nabuwwat wing. Cases of Ahmadis’ persecution, including murders, have happened here in the past.
Reports indicate that the anti-Ahmadiyya elements keep making efforts to enter Ahmadiyya mosques and prayer centers, and move around these places to obtain information about Ahmadis’ routine activities. Their object could be nothing but vicious. On 18 July 2014 someone called an Ahmadi youth from an unknown phone number and said. “I will offer Friday prayer in your mosque.” On inquiry it was learnt that the phone belonged to one Bashir Ahmad. According to his ID card his temporary address was, ‘Jalalpur, District Multan’, while his permanent address was ‘Pirowala, Multan’. It was discovered that this man regularly travels between Lahore and Karachi by a truck. Security was thereafter tightened in the mosques and prayer centers.
A few days after this incident, a man by the name of Zahid Hameed tried to enter the Ahmadiyya mosque, BaitunNur, in Gulgasht, Multan. When questioned about the purpose of his visit to the mosque, he said he wanted to get some information about the doctors at the famous Tahir Heart Institute, Rabwah.
In another incident, a person named Majeed Khan tried to enter the Ahmadiyya mosque, Baitus Salam, in Multan. He said he wanted to meet the District Murabbi (missionary). The address and other information he provided about himself were later found to be fake.
Anti-Ahmadiyya activism in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi; September, 2014: Following incidents happened in Rawalpindi.
- Ahmadi residents of F-Block of Satellite Town faced social boycott. The shopkeepers refused to sell them anything. They pasted stickers in their shops: “No dealing of any kind here with Qadianis.” This area is close to Aiwan-e-Tauheed (the Ahmadiyya prayer centre) where the administration stopped Ahmadis from offering Friday prayers after the agitation led by Sharjeel Mir and rabid mullas a year ago. Similar stickers were pasted in shops in the Main Market of Rawalpindi.
- The Khatib delivered a Friday sermon in Masjid Bilal in Akal Garh. He used filthy language against the Ahmadiyya community and left no stone unturned to incite the public against Ahmadis. The only Ahmadi family living in the vicinity had to move elsewhere.
A dreadful visit
Khan Model Colony, Faisalabad; September 26, 2014: A well-known Ahmadi here, Mr. Khalid MasoodBhatti who works in the District Health Office had unwelcome visitors to his residence. Someone knocked at his door at about 9:45 a.m. and asked if the house belonged to Khalid Bhatti. Mr. Bhatti’s wife inquired about the visitor’s identity. At this the man outside said angrily, “Never mind that, answer my question.” And then asked: “Who lives in the house in front of your house on the other side of the road?” (The house he asked about is the Ahmadiyya prayer centre). Mr. Bhatti’s wife did not answer the question and hurriedly went upstairs to observe the people outside. She saw that there were three men outside her house talking to each other. Later, they photographed Mr. Bhatti’s house and the prayer centre. Two of them then went to a car parked at the corner of the street. A bearded man was already sitting in the car. The third man also left a few minutes later and sat in that car. All the men in the car had light beards; one of them was wearing a Sindhi cap.
Mr. Bhatti and his wife were upset over the hostile visit.
Subjected to intense hostility
Hajipura, Sialkot; September – November, 2014: Two Ahmadi brothers, Mr. KashifMajeed and Mr. AzharMajeed faced severe hostility in this city. Several months ago, a mulla Zubair and his students shouted abuse against them and stoned their house. KashifMajeed had recently returned from his self-imposed exile in Sri Lanka. Their elderly mother was badly affected by this attack and consequently died on 28 September 2014. Mr. KashifMajeed had to flee to another location to escape greater harm. The religious zealots continued to threaten Mr. AzharMajeed on phone that they would not spare them.
Reports from Karachi
- October 25, 2014: Some unknown persons threw a letter in the Ahmadiyya mosque in North Karachi. It contained abusive language against Ahmadis and had a bullet affixed on it with a tape. The message was obvious.
- Sabir Colony, Karachi; November 2014: Usman Ahmad, son of Mr. Aftab Ahmad, was burning waste paper near his house when his little sister added a religious certificate to the fire. Usman immediately took it out however a little part of it got burnt. Usman was walking back with the damaged certificate when a non-Ahmadi boy snatched the document from him and ran towards the nearby non-Ahmadiyya mosque. When Usman and his mother followed the boy, he shouted, “Look, these Qadianis are burning Arabic.” The people gathered at the tumult and admonished the mother and the son. “Note down their home address and inform the police,” they said. Usman and his mother went home and informed community elders. In view of the likelihood of violence the family vacated the house and shifted elsewhere. When they were shifting, some street boys shouted, “Qadianis burnt the Quran and now they are fleeing from here.” Miscreants later did the wall-chalking on their house: “Go Qadiani Go; Kafir (Infidel) Qadiani Kafir.”
A weird visitor
Karachi; October 25, 2014: A man approached Ahmadiyya mosque in Gulshan Jami, contacted an office-bearer (say, Mr. Malik) there and confided to him that he wanted to join Ahmadiyyat. He told Malik that he was in need of money and he had heard that Ahmadis helped those who join them. He, however, asserted that he was sincere about his conversion.
Mr. Malik told him to come again later, and offered him a lift upto Share Faisal where he was going. On the way they stopped at a restaurant for tea. By this time the stranger had formulated a different plan, and took out two pistols. Mr. Malik remained cool and told the stranger that he himself was a fake convert. The stranger told him that he himself had doubted his credentials (Mr. Malik’s) as an Ahmadi.
The man congratulated Mr. Malik for saving himself, as he could have shot him. He confided that he was the Incharge of the Sunni Tehrik, Model Colony Branch and was given a target to meet. In fact he gave Mr. Malik his two contact phone numbers and offered help as and when required.
Construction of a community building stopped
Darul Nasr, Rabwah; January 2014: Mulla Ghulam Mustafa, an opponent of the Ahmadiyya community in Rabwah, wrote to the local police that Ahmadis were building a place of worship in Darul Nasr. An Assistant Sub Inspector from the police post visited the site. He met Mr. Abdul Malik, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community. The ASI was told that Ahmadis were not building a place of worship but a community hall and a guest house. The site plan approved by the town council was shown to him. However, the ASI told Ahmadis to stop the construction. He sealed the place till further orders.
Ahmadis talked to the administration and resumed the construction after a few days. The construction work was in progress when the police arrived again and stopped the work and took away the construction material with them.
The police acted in response to a mulla’s demand. Pak authorities insist on not learning from experience.
Mulla Tooti of Lahore on a mischief visit to Rabwah
Rabwah; March 2014: Mulla Hasan MuawiyaakaTooti is a full time anti-Ahmadi activist and remains busy in brewing serious mischief against Ahmadis. He is a brother of the notable Maulvi Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of the Pakistan Ulama Council. In collusion with authorities, Tooti organized police raids in Lahore on Ahmadiyya centers of worship, printing presses etc. and managed to get police cases registered against innocent Ahmadis. As a result some of the victims remained in prison for weeks and months awaiting release on bail. Tooti has apparently widened his sphere of action and visited Rabwah on March 5, 2014 on some malignant mission. In this he was supported by mulla Ilyas Chinioti MPA (PML-N). A brief narrative of his ominous visit is in order.
Tooti, accompanied by a few other mullas, arrived in Rabwah from Lahore in the afternoon of March 5, 2014, and landed in the house of one Ahmad Saifulla. Ahmad Saifulla’s father was murdered couple of years ago by some unidentified killer. This family, initially Ahmadi, was estranged from the community, and have been highjacked by anti-Ahmadi clerics for their own ends.
Subsequent to the arrival of these mullas from Lahore, numerous other clerics from Chiniot and suburbs joined them. Ahmadis informed the police of the visitors; they in turn gave the news to security agencies. These officials contacted the visitors to know the purpose of their visit.
The visitors spent the night in the house. They were provided with logistic support from madrassa Jamia Arabia owned by mulla Ilyas Chinioti, MPA (PML-N).
The next day these clerics undertook recce of the neighborhood. They focussed their attention on the nearby Ahmadiyya mosque. They also made enquiries about the Ahmadiyya daily Alfazl. They even went to the daily’s office, but were denied entry into the premises.
Later this team shifted to mulla Ilyas Chinioti’s madrassa. Two mullas in company of Tooti were identified as Hafiz Allah Bux of Khushab and Umair Khalid of Sialkot.
Tooti has expressed his plans to take ‘on rent’ the house of Mr. Ahmad Saifulla. A few days later there was a press report (The daily Insaf; Lahore, March 18, 2014) that a madrassa has been established in that house. Obviously, Tooti and his colleagues plan to use this house in Rabwah as a hub of perpetual mischief against the local Ahmadi community. Apart from mischief what else these mullas can offer to the society!
An anti-Ahmadi training course
The daily Al-Sharaq International of June 20, 2014 reported that the annual Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Course would commence on June 23. The daily’s District Reporter reported from Chiniot that this course would be held in Muslim Colony of Chenab Nagar (Rabwah).
Maulana Ghulam Mustafa, the central cleric stated that the participants have to be high school graduates, and they would be provided papers, pens, boarding and lodging, cash stipend and a set of selected books. Those who pass the exam at the end would be awarded certificates, while the position-takers would get additional books and cash awards according to the daily Al-Sharaq.
Some times back there were confirmed intelligence reports that at the end of such a course, volunteers from among the participants were recruited for terrorist attacks on Ahmadi persons and properties.
The daily Islam published on June 29, 2014 a report on the Prize Distribution ceremony held at the end of this course. According to this report approximately 275 participants undertook this course.
In that ceremony the chief guest, Maulana Abdul Majeed Ludhianwi advised the students, the faculty and the guest ulama, “If clerics wish to rule (the country), their spoken words and actions should not be contradictory.” A mountainous requirement!
Religious animosity at work place
Daska, District Sialkot; January 2014: Mr. Zafar Ahmad Jajja, Ahmadi of Kot Agha is a stamp vendor at Daska court. His opponents played religion card to harass him. They put up an application against him to the administration and accused him of corruption. The application was submitted ostensibly by the Clerks Bar Association but without any name or signatures. Even then it was pursued by the administration. The inquiry declared Mr. Jajja to be innocent.
Two similar attempts were made against him in the past as well.
Mr. Jajja got greatly disturbed by these false accusations at his work place. These wasted his time and effort in unnecessary explanations.
Destruction of a Kalima plate by the police
Chak no. 109, Narain Garh, District Faisalabad; January 21, 2014: The police seem to have adopted an additional duty to remove Islamic inscriptions from Ahmadis’ places of worships and houses, as if they have time to spare after ensuring law and order in the country.
An opponent of the Ahmadiyya community complained to the police that a Kalima plate was affixed on the outer wall of Mr. Abdul Rauf’s residence. The police acted promptly and hammered down the tiles on which the Kalima was written. The policeman in uniform, who did that, was in tears and was vocal that his service made him undertake such (horrible) acts.
Attacks in Layyah
Two reports were received from District Layyah where four school-going boys were charged under the blasphemy law sometime back.
Chak no. 455 TDA; January 4, 2014: Someone added poison to the feed of the cattle of Mr. NaseemBhatti, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community. As a result three precious cows died while rest of the animals became ill. This caused a big financial loss to Mr. Bhatti.
In another incident, four armed men jumped over the wall of Mr. AtaulQadoos’s house at 1 a.m. He was holding two portfolios in the local Ahmadiyya community. They harassed the family members of Mr. Qadoos. The children created hue and cry that forced the robbers to flee. Mr. Qadoos got injured in the incident.
These incidents were reported to the local police station. The police were of the opinion that anti-Ahmadiyya activists were involved.
Kot Abdul Malik, District Sheikhupura; January 25, 2014: An Ahmadi youth, Arshad Ahmad went to a barber shop. The barber had switched on anti-Ahmadiyya speeches on an amplifier in his shop. Mr. Ahmad asked him to stop that, but he did not do so. Mr. Ahmad stood up and was about to depart from his shop when the barber called him a bad name. Mr. Ahmad was angered, and slapped the insulter. Later, the family members of Mr. Ahmad intervened and defused the issue tactfully.
The next morning the barber gathered approximately 40-50 youth and came to the house of Mr. Ahmad. They shouted insults and raised slogans against the Ahmadiyya community. The procession dispersed when they did not find Mr. Ahmad at home. On their way back they stopped in front of the mobile-phones shop of Mr. Qamaruz Zia, another Ahmadi. They pulled him out of his shop and beat him up. They insulted the portrait of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and used foul language against him. The police arrived at the scene and took Mr. Zia to the police station. The police later arranged ‘reconciliation’ between Mr. Zia and the mullas to avoid action against the miscreants.
The situation remained tense in Kot Abdul Malik where the administration has a history of taking sides with extremist elements.
Agitation in District Hafizabad
- An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was organized in Karyala by the opponents of the Ahmadiyya community. The opponents pasted hateful stickers in the town and urged the public on loudspeakers to participate in the conference.
- An opponent of the Ahmadiyya community came to the pharmacy of Qazi Nazar Muhammad and threatened him with harm. He demanded that Ahmadis who drive motor-rickshaws should have a green flag on their rickshaws so that they could be identified.
- JamaatudDawa (a banned religious outfit) held a Jihad fi Sabilillah (Jihad in the way of God) conference in Hafizabad on February 16, 2014. It was greatly advertised in the city. The mullas spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya community and incited the audience against Ahmadis.
Attackers belonging to banned organizations arrested
Sarai Alamgir; May 8, 2014: In June 2013 a group of unidentified criminals attacked and inflicted serious wounds on Mr. Farid Ahmad at his business location near Jhelum. The Gujrat Police later announced that some members of that gang had been arrested. They were linked to banned organizations. According to the police this group was involved in various other attacks and crimes in addition to the ‘attack on Qadianis’. They killed the driver of a colonel, a police constable, and 7 innocent persons in a massacre in Jassoki village. They were also involved in the crime of kidnapping for ransom.
These religious thugs remind one of Bokoharam.
Badomalhi, District Narowal; June 2014: A group that calls itself Sherane Islam Narowal (Lions of Islam, Narowal) decided to hold an End of Prophethood conference in Badomalhi on June 21, 2014. They pasted publicity posters all over the town for that purpose.
Some unidentified person tore away one of these posters, ostensibly to generate mischief. The organizers accused an Ahmadi, Mr. Abdul Shakoor to have done that. He was employed as a watchman in the bazaar. Mr. Shakoor stated that he had neither torn the poster nor seen anyone doing that.
The anti-Ahmadi lobby did not accept Mr. Shakoor’s plea and held a meeting on 27 June 2014 at 3 p.m. at the work-place of Haji Zafar, a member of Ahle Sunnat party. Ahmadis also attended the meeting. Without having established the culpability of Mr. Shakoor, the opponents demanded that Mr. Shakoor should be punished and beaten up with a shoe (an insult). Ahmadis, of course, did not agree nor allowed implementation of the penalty on the poor fellow who was prepared to swear on oath his innocence.
Eventually, the opponents took the position that they will not let Mr. Shakoor swear on the Holy Quran, nor should he recite the Kalima in their presence, however if he held the photo of Mirza Sahib (the founder of the Ahmadi community) in one hand and made the statement, that would be considered by them.
Ahmadis normally do not undertake a procedure like the one proposed, however in the interest of communal peace, Mr. Shakoor did as demanded and stated that he did not tear down the poster.
The mischief thus subsided – at least for the time being.
Victimization in Sarshamir Road, Faisalabad, Punjab
Chak No. 84 J/B, District Faisalabad; August 2014: Opposition to the Ahmadiyya community in Chak No. 84 J/B, Sarshamir Road, Faisalabad verged on extreme. Opponents are led by a cleric of the Ahle Sunnat faction, Qari Sajjad Ahmad Rizvi, who is Imam of the ‘Jamia Masjid School Wali’. He misquoted writings of the Founder of Ahmadiyyat and thereby incited his followers to violence against Ahmadis. Every Friday, he held a gathering (mehfil) in one of the squares of the village, used obnoxious language and publicly issued fatwas that Ahmadis were kafir (infidels), and thereby Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed). On 8th August 2014, he gathered a crowd and used filthy language against the Founder of Ahmadiyyat, and incited the audience to violence against the Jama‘at Ahmadiyya.
This was reported to the local police station that took no action against the mulla.
On Sunday, 10th August 2014, an opponent of Ahmadiyyat, Shabbir, from the same group, came over to the house of Mr. Abdul Wahid, leader of the local Ahmadi youth organisation, and accused him of proselytizing to his wife. Mr. Wahid replied: ‘I never preached to your wife on my own. I only answered some questions she herself raised about Ahmadiyyat. We do not proselytize because the state and the Jama‘at both have told us not to’. At this, Shabbir retorted that Ahmadis were kafir (infidels) and liars. Meanwhile, another non-Ahmadi man, Rana Abdul Jabbar, came over and admonished Shabbir over his behaviour.
Shabbir left, only to return with a crowd of charged bigots. The crowd tried to break open the door of the house of Mr. Abdul Wahid. They used abusive language against the Ahmadis. At this, three non-Ahmadi youth who were neighbours of Mr. Abdul Wahid came out of their home and told the crowd, “You are using abusive language standing in our block, right in front of our homes. We will not spare you.” The angry three boys held sticks etc, in their hands, so the crowd quickly dispersed. Ahmadis dialed 15 and informed the police of the situation, whereupon policemen from Thikriwala police station and some policemen of the Elite Force arrived at the scene in their vehicles.
The Inspector asked Mr. Abdul Wahid about what had happened. He and the local Ahmadi president apprised the police of the hateful and provocative activities of Qari SajjadRizvi. The police were informed that the Qari conducted a Jalsa in the village every Friday and incited the people to violence against the Jama‘at Ahmadiyya. It was for this reason that the three non-Ahmadi youth decided to act against the Qari and his crowd.
The local Ahmadis told the Inspector: “We are a peaceful people, and want to live in peace. If the non-Ahmadis do not consider us Muslim, or are unwilling to socialize with us, we have no objection; but, they must let us live peacefully in the village.” At this, the Inspector said that the non-Ahmadis in general want the same. However, he told both parties to come to the police station on 11 August 2014 for resolution of the conflict. He added, “But, if the parties failed to reach an agreement, 40-50 people from both sides would be sent behind bars.” Justice – the Punjab Police style!
As told by the Inspector, twelve members of the local Ahmadi Jama‘at arrived at the police station at ten o’clock the next day. However, no representative of their opponents turned up. The Inspector again required both the parties to report to him at 5 p.m. This time, the non-Ahmadis did turn up. The S.H.O keenly listened to both the parties and reprimanded the non-Ahmadi mulla: ‘You are lying while you are Muslim, whereas the Qadianis, who are non-Muslim, are telling the truth’.
Later, the S.H.O made peace between the parties, and obtained assurances from both sides on a stamp paper that they would neither utter any word against each other nor make any hostile speeches.
This was not a bad handling as compared to many other such occasions where the police, intimidated by the mullas, imposed unjust penalties and restrictions on the marginalized Ahmadis.
A report from Lahore
Township; May 25, 2014:Mr. Tahir Ahmad Mubashir, the local Ahmadiyya missionary dropped his wife at a relative`s place. At about 1 p.m. when she was returning home, a young man started following her and remarked, “Those who are friends with Mirzais (Ahmadis) are traitors to the Master (Aaqa).” The lady picked up pace and reached the main road. Here the stalker turned about and disappeared.
Hostility in Nankana district
Nankana, in the Punjab, has been featured in the news about the persecution of Ahmadis. The opponents of Ahmadiyyat organize gatherings and rallies here, and openly issue fatwas against the Ahmadis, declaring them to be ‘worthy of being killed’. The anti-Ahmadiyya message incites the people towards violence against Ahmadis, assuring them of a place in paradise as reward. Two incidents are indicative of the situation here.
1- At the beginning of Ramadan, an Ahmadi youth of Chak Mataba was waiting at the Rabwah railway station to board the train. A non-Ahmadi youth approached and sat beside him. He did not know that he was an Ahmadi. The non-Ahmadi youth wore a small beard and held a Miswak(organic tooth cleaner) in his hand. A discussion followed between the two, in which the non-Ahmadi youth said: ‘I have got this Miswak from a Mirzai’. Then, he asked the Ahmadi about his destination, who told him that he was going to Safdar Abad. On arrival of the train, they both entered the same compartment. Thereafter, the non-Ahmadi began talking to someone on the phone and said, ‘We do not like the Mirzais and the Mirzai teacher in Shahkot. You must do something about them, either by launching an attack on them or by some other means’.
2- On 15 August 2014, two unknown men knocked vigorously at the door of Dr. Afzaal Ahmad, president of the local Ahmadi community in Shahkot, District Nankana. They urged, ‘Send the doctor out’. At this, Dr. Afzaal’s daughter told them that Dr. Afzaal was not at home. Then, one of them asked for Dr. Afzaal’s phone number. He was told that it was written on the signboard outside. Having heard this, the second man said, ‘We have at least located one of the houses’. The men then left.
The above two incidents show the evil designs of the anti-Ahmadiyya extremists.
Religion conscripted to serve personal vendetta
Jhangar Hakim Wala, District Nankana; December 5, 2014: Mr. Zaheer Abbas, president of the local Ahmadiyya Jamaat, has a land dispute with someone who is a bitter enemy of the Ahmadis. The case was to be heard on 5 December 2014. Mr. Abbas asked the administration to record the parties’ statements separately. When the statement of Mr. Abbas was being recorded the opponents brought along the president of Khatme Nabuwwat District Nankana, Abdul Majeed with his fellows. They threatened the witnesses of Mr. Abbas and bad-mouthed the Ahmadiyya community and hurled abuses.
They also threatened to kill their contestants, at which Mr. Abbas returned home. The case is still open.
JI clerics harass an Ahmadi
Bacheki, DistrictNankana; November/December 2014: Ahmad Ali joined the Ahmadi community sometimes back, when he was in Lahore. He apparently did not realise the implications of the switch-over, and was still raw to stick to his new belief in the face of severe opposition.
More recently when he returned to Bacheki, his change of denomination got disclosed to the local Jamaat Islami clerics. They took it as a challenge and put great pressure on him to revert to the main stream. He did that. The mullas made him recite the Kalima (his Kalima as an Ahmadi was no different) and re-solemnized his Nikah with his wife. They distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion.
Ahmad Ali was now fully in JI’s lap. The mullas made him report against Mr. Bashir Nisar, a local Ahmadi teacher, to the authorities. Ali accused Nisar of preaching him Ahmadiyyat, providing him literature and taking him to Lahore, and a number of other fabrications. An FIR with police against Mr. Nisar is also on the cards. Nisar has received chilling threats from the sectarian extremists.
9 countries where genocide is most likely to happen
GlobalPost: This news site claims to focus on original reporting from journalists stationed around the world…. And offers fresh perspective on global developments.
On Monday, May 12, 2014 it posted a report under the above title written by Sarah Walfe, as this year marks the 20th anniversary to the genocide in Rwanda. It named 9 countries; Pakistan is one of them.
Civil society mourns the loss of Advocate Rashid Rehman
Multan; May 8, 2014: Advocate Rashid Rehman a committed rights activist was gunned down here. These days he was defending an under trial blasphemy accused.
Mr. Rehman was not an Ahmadi; however his murder has a direct impact on the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Hence his mention is in this report. Also, we would like to mention this courageous good man in our archives to honor his memory and services to the down-trodden.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) mentioned in their press release: “It must be recalled that on 10 April, through a statement, the Commission had brought it to the attention of the authorities that Rashid was being openly threatened by prosecution lawyers in the Multan District Prison where he was representing a blasphemy accused. Three persons had addressed defense lawyer Rashid Rehman in the judge’s presence and said: “You will not come to court next time because you will not exist anymore.” It is regrettable that no attention was paid to HRCP’s or Rashid’s concerns and nothing was done to apprehend three persons who had threatened Rashid. In its earlier statement, HRCP had demanded that the three persons who had threatened defense lawyer Rashid Rehman in the case be ‘proceeded against under the law without delay and effective measures are taken to ensure the defense lawyers security’.
Ms. IramAbbasi posted her comments on BBC Urdu.com the same day under headline: When religion becomes a business, only the beasts reign. Excerpts:
“Rashid Rehman was a bold man. He refused to bend before extremism despite difficulties…
“When I asked him whether he feared his unguarded office and court appearances, he pointed toward Junaid, the accused and said, “I am his last hope. Lawyers are afraid to defend him; but no one can deter me from my work.”
“With every passing day, men like Rashid Rehman and those who care for them, are diminishing in numbers, and the self-seekers who impose their bigotry on people through the muzzle of the gun are winning the battle….”
According to a press report no lawyer out of the thousands in Multan is prepared to take up the case of the murder of his workmate Rashid Rehman.
A few days later, an Ahmadi, falsely accused of blasphemy was gunned down in a police lock-up in the same province Punjab. To-date approximately 300 Ahmadis had to face blasphemy allegations under PPC 295-C – all entirely false; no exaggeration.
On May 26 a renowned Canadian-American Ahmadi doctor who had come to Pakistan on a charity mission was shot dead in Rabwah, Punjab.
Khalifatul Masih calls for urgent action against extremism
Awards Ahmadiyya … Prize for the Advancement of Peace
London: On November 9, 2014 the Ahmadiyya … Jamaat, International issued the following Press Release in London (extracts):
“On 8 November 2014, the World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad delivered the keynote address at the 11th National Peace Symposium hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.
The event was held at the BaitulFutuh Mosque in London with an audience of more than 1000 people, including 550 non-Ahmadi guests comprising Governmental Ministers, Ambassadors of state, Members of both Houses of Parliament and various other dignitaries and guests. The theme of this year’s Peace Symposium was “Khilafat, Peace and Justice.”
“During his address, His Holiness categorically condemned the activities of ISIS and other extremist groups as “entirely un-Islamic” and said they were “viciously spreading a network of terror” in the world.
“Quoting extensively from the Holy Quran, His Holiness proved Islam to be a religion of peace that promoted tolerance, mutual respect and understanding at all levels of society. His Holiness also questioned how extremist groups such as ISIS were funded and supported.
“During the event, His Holiness also presented Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Founder and CEO Mary’s Meals UK, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace in recognition of his outstanding efforts to provide food and education to hundreds of thousands of children in the developing world.
…“When all of this is considered there is no doubting the horrific threat to the world posed by ISIS and any of the groups that have similar ideologies. The fact that all of this is being done in the name of Islam sincerely grieves and pains all true and peace loving Muslims because such brutal and inhumane ideologies have nothing to do with the religion whatsoever. Rather, in every way, and at every level, Islam’s real teachings are of peace and security for all people.
…“I would also hereby like to question those people or organizations who claim that Islam is a religion of violence on the basis of the atrocities of the extremist groups. I would ask them to consider how these groups are able to acquire such funds that allow them to continue their extremist activities and warfare for so long? How do they acquire such sophisticated weapons? Do they have arms industries or factories?
…“It is quite obvious that they are receiving the help and support of certain powers. This could be direct support from very oil-rich states or it could be other major powers covertly providing assistance.
…“The funding of these groups is a major problem because it is through these funds that they are able to prey on vulnerable groups or individuals … Thus something has to be done to stop the funding of these groups urgently. The West has now started to realize and acknowledge that this is a war that is actually directly affecting it as well. However, this too is under-estimation – the truth is that this is a war against the entire world.”
His Holiness concluded by saying:
“Most importantly the world must realize that it has forgotten its Creator and they must come back to Him. Only when this happens can true peace be established and without this there can be no guarantee of peace. I have spoken many times previously about the horrific consequences of another global war and perhaps it will only be after such a war that the world will come to realize the destructive results of the unjust policies that were made only to satisfy personal ambitions and vested interests. I hope and pray that the world comes to its senses before such a disaster comes to pass.”
SiobhainMcDonagh, MP and Chair of the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’ said:
“I congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community on its 125th anniversary. It is a community that has always promoted peace and harmony in the world.”
Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP, Secretary of State for International Development said:
“Tonight is a simple but powerful event where people are being brought together to discuss and understand each other and to eat together as families do.”
Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, who also read a special message from the Vatican, said: “I strongly applaud the huge contribution being made by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in spreading peace in the world.”
The recipient of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, CEO Mary’s Meals UK said:
“I am deeply honoured and moved to receive this award and thank His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad for this honour. The work of Mary’s Meals is very simply to feed children so that they are able to go to school.”
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Reports from cities
Baseless accusations against Ahmadis in Lahore
Samanabad; February 2, 2013: Some mullas accused Mr. Atif Ahmad S/O Mr. Muhammad Arif of distributing Ahmadiyya literature and subjected him to torture. They also reported him to the police. The family therefore had to migrate from the place.
The mullas demanded that the SHO register a criminal case against Mr. Ahmad. The SHO hesitated to register an FIR. The mullas then approached a court and complained against the SHO for not registering an FIR. The judge told the SHO to render a report on the incident. The latter succumbed to the pressure and registered an FIR against Mr. Ahmad under PPC 298-B on February 2, 2013 in Police Station Samanabad.
Islampura; January 7, 2013: On January 7, 2013 a police case was registered against the owner of Black Arrow Press in Lahore and three others under PPC 295-B, 298-C and 24-A in P.S. Islampura Lahore. The accused were arrested. PPC 295-B carries penalty of imprisonment for life. The accused were arrested and remain in prison to-date. The press has been sealed by the authorities. Tooti, a paid complainant in many anti-Ahmadi cases, was again the prime-mover behind this mischief. Details of this distressing case are available in Chapter 3B.
Islampura; April 10, 2013: An Ahmadi boy Khalid Ishfaq was on his way to deliver the Ahmadiyya daily Al-Fazl to an Ahmadi’s residence on April 10, 2013. Tooti, accompanied by his gang chased the lad and snatched the Al-Fazl from him; and subsequently had a criminal case registered with the police against 6 persons including the editor and publisher of the daily under PPC 295-B, 298-C and ATA 11W an anti-terrorism clause. This case was also sponsored by Tooti, Hasan Muawiya. Two of the accused are still behind bars. Details of this malicious case are available in Chapter 3B.
Gulshan Ravi; April 30, 2013: Tooti was the ring-leader in the latest case of raid against an Ahmadiyya place of worship, in Gulshan-e-Ravi, Lahore. It resulted in arrest of 7 worshippers and sealing of the worship center. Details of this harrowing case are available in Chapter 7.
Mazang; May 2013: Mr. Hamid Hussain, the Additional Session Judge ordered the police to register a case against the editor of the oldest weekly published from Lahore, under Ahmadi-specific clause PPC 298-C on the complaint of a mulla Yaqub. The case was registered in FIR 282/2013 in Police Station Mazang, Lahore. Mr. YasirZeervi, the editor, Mr. Yasir Mansoor Ahmad and two unknown persons were implicated in this fabricated case. As a result the publication of weekly ‘Lahore’ stopped. Details of this gruesome case are available in Chapter 3B.
ShareefPura; July 2013: Deputy Superintendent Police of Baghbanpura came over to the Ahmadiyya centre on August 27, 2013 and arrested three Ahmadis there, Mr. Allah Rakha, Mr. Muhammad AsifMunir and Mr. Mir Ahmad. He locked the Ahmadiyya mosque and took the key with him to the police station. When Ahmadi delegation reached the police station, they found a number of non-Ahmadis and political workers gathered there. They were insisting that Ahmadis may use that building for residence but not for congregational prayers. The DSP parroted the same demand and told Ahmadis to comply. He made the parties sign an agreement, and then released the three detained Ahmadis.
Agitation in Green Town
Green Town; March 2013: Green Town is one of the neighbourhoods in Lahore where anti-Ahmadi activists openly spread hate and preach violence. Anti-Ahmadiyya activities and provocation against Ahmadis have become a routine here. Some incidents, that happened here in March 2013 are reported below:
- One Faisal, an opponent of the Ahmadiyya community organized a conference in this locality. He invited a few mullas on March 15, 2013. Approximately 40 men turned up. The mulla declared Ahmadis apostates, blasphemers and liable to be killed (allegedly according to Sharia). He also urged the audience to implement a total boycott of Ahmadis and not use the products produced by Ahmadi manufacturers. “Ahmadis were planning to build a place of worship (for puja pat) here, but we managed to deny them that,” he claimed.
- A mulla delivered an anti-Ahmadiyya Friday sermon in the mosque of Bagarianneighbourhood. People were instigated to implement a complete social boycott of Ahmadis. He urged owners of pharmacies and grocery shops not to sell to Ahmadis.
- A sitting was arranged here to celebrate the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), on March 6, 2013. A mulla Azam Naeemi used foul language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community at this occasion.
- Two mullas who gave their names as Abdul Kabir and Ghazanfar Ali came to the residence of Khwaja Muhammad Siddique, an Ahmadi, and demanded from him to arrange a donation from his community of land measuring 10 marlas or equivalent money for that, to build an Islamic preaching centre and a mosque. Mr. Siddique excused himself from doing that, but offered a personal donation which they refused and departed.
- Another anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held on March 15 in I-D-E sector. The participants were provoked against the Ahmadiyya community and were urged to implement a complete social boycott of Ahmadis.
- Mulla Samiul Haq organized an anti-Ahmadiyya rally in Military Accounts Housing Society on March 17. Ahle-Hadith participated in itmostly. They raised slogans there in support of Taliban. There is a JUI office close by that is very active against the Ahmadiyya community.
- Anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets were thrown in the house of an Ahmadi on March 18. Similarly, anti-Ahmadiyya leaflets were distributed among children in a Taiba Foundation school.
A long list of hostile incidents in Lahore – reported in brief
Samanabad; February 2, 2013: Some mullas accused Mr. Atif Ahmad S/O Mr. Muhammad Arif of distributing Ahmadiyya literature and subjected him to torture. They also reported him to the police. The family therefore had to migrate from the place.
The mullas demanded that the SHO register a criminal case against Mr. Ahmad. The SHO hesitated to register an FIR. The mullas then approached a court and complained against the SHO for not registering an FIR. The judge told the SHO to render a report on the incident. The latter succumbed to the pressure and registered an FIR against Mr. Ahmad under PPC 298-B on February 2, 2013 in Police Station Samanabad.
February 14, 2013: Subsequent to the police case against Ahmadi owners of Black Arrow Press Mr. Nasir Maqbool, another Ahmadi also faced the difficulty. He is also a printer. On February 14, 2013, when he left his laboratory to go home he was stopped by a few mullas who forced him out of his car and accused him of printing Ahmadiyya publications, committing blasphemy etc, and took him to the police. The policemen took him to the DSP (Investigation). Mr. Maqbool was interrogated and detained for almost five hours. Eventually he was allowed to go home with the notice that he would be recalled if needed.
Samanabad, Lahore; January 15, 2013: Sh. Bashir Ahmad, a former president of the local Ahmadi community received threat through SMS from an unknown sender. The message comprised foul language and promised him harm within a week.
Mr. Ahmad’s house is used as a meeting point for local Ahmadi women. They had met there a week earlier. The house is located on the main road and is easily kept under observation. A few daysearlier mullas put up a banner in a local mosque, with warning: “Qadianis are indulging in excessive activities.”
Sabzazar Colony; February 19, 2013: Eight men in a police van visited various Ahmadi houses of the locality. Three of them were in police uniform while the rest were in plain clothes. They removed decorative plates that bore Kalima or Quranic verses on them. The SHO told Ahmadis that a committee is active in the locality which pinpoints the houses of Ahmadis where Islamic inscriptions are displayed. The police then remove them. The SHO did not disclose the names of the committee members. It was learnt that it comprised bigots of the local Khatme Nabuwwat Mosque of the J Block.
It is noteworthy that the police in Lahore follows an S.O.P. drafted by Khatme Nabuwwat mullas.
UET; February 2013: A systematic hate campaign was underway in two hostels (Zubair Hostel and Mumtaz Hostel) of University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore. Hate literature was distributed there against Ahmadis. Mr. Mubarak, an Ahmadi student resident of Zubair Hostel faced the brunt of this propaganda. A few mullas came to him and abused him after confirming his denomination. They contacted his room-mate later and provoked him against Mr. Mubarak. As a result he contacted the senior warden and told him that he would not share a room with a Qadiani (Ahmadi). So, the warden shifted Mr. Mubarak elsewhere.
Similarly another Ahmadi student, Mr. Usman Ahmad faced hostility for his faith. He is a student of 3rd year in Mining Engineering. A few students came to his room, abused him and threatened him with grave consequences.
Mughalpura; February 15, 2013: An Assistant Sub Inspector of Police came to the local Ahmadiyya mosque. He sought entry inside the building. When asked the reason, he said that he had received a letter from the CCPO (Capital City Police Officer) to check whether Ahmadiyya periodicals were published in the mosque? He was told that there was no printing press in there, and no Ahmadi periodical was published from there; it is a mosque and Ahmadis only worship there. The ASI wrote down his report and went away.
Litton Road; February 2013: Anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda remained rampant in Lahore this year as well. Hate-provoking posters were pasted at various locations in the city. Such a poster was also pasted at the place of ablution in the mosque at 4-Litton Road. It was unabashedly titled, “Hate campaign against Ahmadis”. It carried the following messages:
- Qadianis are blasphemers.
- Qadianis are Wajibul Qatl (must be killed).
- When a Qadiani says Salaam to any Muslim or a Muslim says Salaam to any Qadiani, the spirit of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) shivers under the Green Dome. (From: Khatme Nabuwwat, HazuriBagh, Multan)
Faisal Town; February 2013:Dr. Mansoor Ahmad of Faisal Town and Mrs. TahiraSamee W/O Sardar Abdul Samee of Model Town, both Ahmadis, received the following threatening sms message (translation from Urdu):
“O Infidels, come to Islam straight away, otherwise I shall destroy everything (of you). This is my last warning to all of you infidels. You will see your destruction yourselves.”
Rachna Town, Lahore; March 6, 2013: Mr. Abdur Rashid Nagi’s daughters, aged 11 and 9 were walking back from school when an attempt was made to kidnap the younger sister. Her foot was hurting so she lagged behind, while the elder reached home early. On inquiry of the parents, she went back to escort her home. When she arrived at the Ferozwala Main Bazar, the younger sister was noticed in a side street. She narrated that a man gagged her and attempted to take her forcibly away. “You are a Mirzai girl, hence you have to be taken away’, he said. She bit him on his hand and screamed for help. At this the man released her and fled.
The elder sister stated that for two previous days the man was seen in the same street on their way back home. The parents reported the incident to the police. The community elders warned all the Ahmadi families in Lahore to take appropriate precautions against such attempts.
Faisal Town, Lahore; March 5, 2013: Mr. Amir Mashood, Ahmadi S/O Mr. Muhammad ArifNaseem has been running a printing business “Galaxy Four” in Royal Park for the last fourteen years. The Lahore Police were visibly active since the beginning of the year 2013 against printing presses owned by Ahmadis. They arrested the owner of Black Arrow printing press in January. They also raided another printing press owned by another Ahmadi Sheikh Waseem Anwar and detained him. Mr. Mashood’s office is located opposite the office of Mr. Anwar. The police raided his office on March 5 and then again on March 7 but discovered nothing objectionable.
Later anti-Ahmadiyya banners were put up in the market. The market union decided to have all Ahmadi businesses vacated from the market. This was a very grave and unlawful decision. The owner of Mr. Mashood’s office also served him a notice of vacation.
Civil Lines, Lahore; March 17, 2013: Sheikh Tahir Ahmad was going on a motorbike along with his father when three mullas on a motorcycle stopped them near Sandha. They abused Mr. Ahmad and his father and even thumped them. They told them “to accept Islam or face death.” The father told the son not to retaliate and keep his calm. Some people intervened and facilitated their release. The mullas let them go but under threat to their lives.
Ghazi Abad; March 2013: Mr. Iqbal Ahmad has been selling chicken meat for the last couple of years in Lahore. Some mullas of Sipah Sahaba (a religious outfit banned for its terrorist activities) came to his shop and told him to stop selling meat as he was Qadiani, a non-Muslim, and that chicken were thereby not Halal as per Sharia. The mullas took the police on board who ordered Mr. Ahmad to close down his business. In fact Mr. Ahmad had recanted from Ahmadiyyat two years ago.
February 2013: With reference to the police case of attacks on two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore in 2010, a court hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2013. Ahmadis were supposed to present the eye witnesses in the court, but they were unable to do so in view of the threats posed by the militants.
Rahmanpura; March 29, 2013: Opponents of Ahmadiyya community made a complaint against the worship of local Ahmadis and their activities. Ahmadis used to pray in the house of Mr. Mahmood, but had to change the location in the face of objection. Two policemen came to the house of Mr. Mahmood and delivered him a complaint letter. The next day the SHO visited Mr. Mahmood and asked him to see the newly posted superintendent of police. Mr. Mahmood went to see him. There the SP obtained from him a written statement that his house was not a place of worship nor was he planning to build any place of worship there, etc.
Dehli Gate; April 21, 2013: The police came to the house of Dr. Fazlur Rahman and told him to remove from his house the decorative plate on which MashAllah(What God wills) was written. Dr. Rahman refused to do that. The policemen stated that mullas were pressing them for action and they were unable to resist. Later at about 2:30 a.m. an ASI and three constables arrived and took away the plate, as desired by the clerics. It was an unlawful action by the police.
Wahdat Colony; March 2013: Mullas were active in reconnaissance of Ahmadis’ houses and their place of worship. Four mullas were seen doing that near the Ahmadiyya place of worship on March 24, 2013. On being noticed they moved on, and entered a shop, Chiniot Chicken House. The owner of this shop is anti-Ahmadiyya.
A member of the local Ahmadiyya community received a phone call asking information about Darul Hamd (an Ahmadiyya centre). The unknown caller disconnected the call when his identity was asked. He called twice and asked the same question.
It was conveyed from reliable sources that some banned organisations had plans of terrorist actions against Ahmadis in Lahore; Ahmadis at vulnerable locations were advised to take special security precautions.
Sultanpura; April 5, 2013: An Ahmadi, Ch. Nadeem Ahmad S/O Ch. Tahir Nadeem encountered a youth, Kashif, while going home. Kashif was accompanied by approximately 15 youths. He accused Ahmad of denying the Khatme Nabuwwat (end of prophethood) and started beating and abusing him. Mr. Ahmad maintained his calm and did not retaliate. He was injured but not badly. The assailants departed afterwards. Later, a complaint was made by Mr. Ahmad, not to the police but to Kashif’s parents.
Rachna Town; April 5, 2013: Ahmadis faced persistent harassment in this area of Lahore. An Ahmadi was killed here in 2010. Anti-Ahmadiyya stickers were pasted in great numbers all around. A shopping-bag containing some pages of the Holy Quran was found outside the house of an Ahmadi. That could have been used for great mischief. A brother of an anti-Ahmadi mulla Muhammad Ahmad Faridi is very active on the anti-Ahmadiyya front. He and his accomplices do active recee of Ahmadis’ businesses and their place of worship. All this is a cause of concern.
Guldasht Town; April 2013: An Ahmadi lady who lives near a local Ahmadiyya centre was going home when she heard a youth telling others loudly, “We will receive arms tonight, then we shall pile up the Ahmadi dead.” The lady stopped for a moment, while he kept talking in a raised voice. She reported the incident to the Ahmadi elders.
Township; May 3, 2013: A fresh appointee has come to the Noor Mosque as Khatib. He delivered a venomous sermon on Friday against Ahmadis. He spoke filth against the books written by the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and leveled baseless allegations against him. He provoked the audience extensively and invited his flock, “Come! The soldiers of Khatme Nabuwwat, let’s roast these Mirzais (Ahmadis).”
May 3, 2013: Mr. AbidYaseenBhatti has a business of photography in Lahore for the last 23 years. Two members of the Faizan-e-Madina Khatme Nabuwwat came to his shop and said ‘AssalamuAlaikum’ (Islamic greetings). Mr. Bhatti replied the same way. They objected to his response and added: ‘You propagate your faith here and have made it a centre of religious activities. If you wish to remain unharmed, abandon this shop and quit this area,’
Ichra; May 6, 2013: Two mullas came to the house of Mr. Mubashir Ahmad Nagi and asked him to recite the Kalima. He recited it for them. They also asked him about his faith in the finality of the prophethood, which he confirmed. At this the leading mulla told his colleagues to do him no harm, as he was a Muslim. Thereafter the mulla started speaking filth against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. At this Mr. Nagi excused himself and retreated inside.
Wapda Town; May 2013: Mr. NadeemAkram runs a property business here. Someone threw a threatening note at his office which conveyed (translation):
“You are infidels and accomplices of Dajjal (anti-Christ) – avail your last few breaths. Live a few more days; death is waiting for you. You are hell-bound. Stop converting Muslims into Mirzais through deceit. Your days are numbered. We have firmly decided, and are ready to die for the sake of the honour of the Prophethood.”
Mr. Akram was advised to exercise great caution.
Samanabad; May 4, 2013: An Ahmadi youth, Mr. Musawwar Ahmad was returning home after collecting updated particulars of his community fellows when approximately 20 mullas intercepted him. They forcibly took his bag which contained papers bearing Ahmadis’ particulars. They read these forms. They harassed him, and warned him to expect even severer persecution than before. The mullas carried fire-arms. They set on fire one of the data sheets. They seemed to know the names and addresses of other community workers too. They returned his bag to Mr. Ahmad. Having harassed and threatened him profusely, they let Mr. Ahmad go.
Johar Town; May 21, 2013: Mr. AbidChughtai lives in Johar Town. Someone who introduced himself from a Khatme Nabuwwat organisation knocked at his door at 9 p.m. He objected to the decorative plate on which ‘Masha Allah’ (Whatever God wills!) was written and demanded of Mr. Chughtai to hand it over to him to avoid any confrontation. He threatened him with registration of an FIR in case of non-compliance. Mr. Chughtai handed over the plate to him. He took it away.
Johar Town; May 21, 2013: Dr. Lateef Ahmad, an Ahmadi received a phone call from one of his patient’s wife. She asked permission to visit his house at 10:30 p.m., to which he agreed. The bell rang at 10:30 p.m. When Dr. Ahmad came out to see the patient he found a mulla with a big beard who told his name as Waqas. He objected to the two decorative plates bearing Islamic inscriptions, at his house. He threatened him, “It is against the law. We are not getting an FIR registered yet and give you the time until Sunday. Remove these plates, otherwise we’ll get an FIR registered and you will face the consequences.” Dr. Ahmad told him that he had bought this house and these plates were already there. The mulla rejected the explanation, repeated his threat and departed.
June 2013: Ch. Munawwar Ali, an office-bearer of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat received threatening letters from the Tahrike Khatme Nabuwwat. He received such a letter from a mulla, Aziz ur Rahman who claimed link with the Tahrike Khatme Nabuwwat. The mulla threatened him, “Your hiding in the public will not shake us off; we wait for your son to be alone. Whenever possible, we’ll abduct him and kill him. Eventually all of you will be put to death. If you decide to become a Muslim and repent sincerely, you may contact us without fear at the Khatme Nabuwwat Center in the Aisha Masjid. We promise you shelter and security. However, if you go to the police, we are not afraid of them. The police can do no harm to us. Decision now is yours; become a Muslim or be ready to die.”
Ch. Munawwar Ali was advised to exercise greater caution.
June 2013: An anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Jamia Masjid Bilal which is known for its single minaret. The chief guest was Maulvi Giyasuddin of Ahle-Sunnat (an MPA from Narowal). He leveled baseless allegations and spoke filth against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and provoked the audience against the Ahmadis.
An Ahmadi was killed in Green Town for his faith in June this year. The provocations and threats in such public rallies sow seeds of violence that do deliver their crop of death and destruction. The Punjab Governments fails to pay attention to this simple truism.
Rachna Town; July 2013: Mr. Mubarak Ahmad received threats in writing and on telephone from unknown persons. Someone wrote to him the following note that is chilling to the bone: (Translation)
“Mubarak, it seems that you do not understand polite language. This is my second and last letter. I do not know if you received my first letter. I telephoned you also, but you have not taken it seriously. This is my final warning to you. Leave this area voluntarily; otherwise you will be yourself responsible for the hurt. I give you a month, to leave. If you do not quit by Eid, we shall act thereafter, and only you will be the one to suffer. Be informed that we are keeping your house under surveillance. We know all your movements; we know what your wife and children do and where they go. If you care for your family, do what we tell you; there only lies your well-being.”
Mr. Mubarak was advised to inform the administration and the police.
Ganj, Mughalpura; July 21, 2013: Two unknown bearded men came to the gate of the local Ahmadiyya mosque. They banged the door and demanded entry. The guard asked them their identity. They got infuriated, called him bad names and threatened to shoot him. They stayed there for some time, then two men came there and took them away.
Gulberg; July 2013: Mr. Zahuruddin lives in Gulberg. One of his relatives, Mr. Athar Hashmi who lives nearby informed Mr. Zahuruddin’s son, Mr. Naeemuddin on telephone that two suspects were standing outside his house with their faces covered. One of the non-Ahmadi neighbors of Mr. Naeemuddin asked them their purpose. They did not respond and moved away from Mr. Zahurrudin’s house, but returned a bit later. Mr. Naeemuddin’sneighbour again approached them and asked them the reason of covering their faces. They did not talk to him and departed from the scene. He suspected that they were armed.
ShareefPura, District Lahore; July 2013: Ahmadis remained under pressure of local non-Ahmadis to stop praying in their own local place of worship. They approached the notables of the area to put pressure on Ahmadis. They planned to hold an anti-Ahmadiyya conference and take out a procession thereafter.
Deputy Superintendent Police of Baghbanpura came over to the Ahmadiyya centre on August 27, 2013 and arrested three Ahmadis there, Mr. Allah Rakha, Mr. Muhammad AsifMunir and Mr. Mir Ahmad. He locked the Ahmadiyya mosque and took the key with him to the police station. When Ahmadi delegation reached the police station, they found a number of non-Ahmadis and political workers gathered there. They were insisting that Ahmadis may use that building for residence but not for congregational prayers. The DSP parroted the same demand and told Ahmadis to comply. He made the parties sign an agreement, and then released the three detained Ahmadis.
Township; August 2, 2013: Mr. Nazir Ahmad Naeem Butt is an Ahmadi but his sons are not. One of the fellows informed his son that so and so had abused his father. Mr. Butt’s son beat up the guilty who was one of the Shubbane Khatme Nabuwwat. He got a case registered with police against the son of Mr. Butt, with the support of Khatme Nabuwwat mullas. Approximately 60 mullas gathered in the police station. They demanded addition of the anti-Ahmadiyya clauses in the FIR. Mr. Butt’s son went to the police station accompanied by an Ahle-Hadith mulla. There the dispute was resolved.
Non-Ahmadi relatives of Mr. Butt told the police that Khatme Nabuwwat mullas were disturbing the peace of the area.
Allama Iqbal Town; August 2013: Sheikh Salman Mamoon S/O Sheikh Mamoon Ahmad resides at 285 Hunza Block, Allama Iqbal Town. He received threatening phone-calls. His neighbours told them that strangers were seen doing reconnaissance of his house at times. Someone also threw a threatening note inside his house at the occasion of Eid. He was advised to be careful.
Liaquat Abad; September 2013: Security agencies raided hideouts in the area and arrested six terrorists. Suicide jackets and plenty of ammunition was recovered from them. On information provided by those terrorists two more were arrested from the same area the next day. During the initial investigation they divulged their plan to target Ahmadiyya mosques on September 7, the anniversary of the passage of the anti-Ahmadiyya Second Amendment. More terrorists could be putting up in this area as most of the inhabitants live there in rented houses.
Mughalpura; September 2013: Several incidents of reconnaissance of the Ahmadiyya mosque and persons were recorded here. A bearded youth, approximately twenty-five years old, took several rounds of the Ahmadiyya mosque. Another bearded youth passed near the Ahmadiyya mosque on a motorbike and stopped at the corner of the street. He was carrying a black bag which he opened to search something in it. Two Ahmadi youths on duty approached him and he fled. The local president of the Ahmadiyya community had also seen him near his shop.
Another man came thrice to sell balloons outside the mosque at the time of Friday sermons. When he felt that he had been noticed, he stopped coming.
These activities are a cause of great concern to the local Ahmadi community who have been targeted in various ways in the past.
Shalimar Town; October 2013: Ra’ai Bashir Ahmad, an Ahmadi resident of Asif Colony went to a local grocery shop to do some shopping. There he found a mulla who was asking the shopkeeper about Ahmadi residents of the area. The shopkeeper told him that Mr. Ahmad standing behind him was an Ahmadi as well. “OK, kill them; killing them is warranted,” the mulla said unabashedly.
On October 20, Mr. Ahmad was passing by the shop of a cobbler where the same mulla was sitting. He told his fellow, pointing towards Mr. Ahmad, “He is a Mirzai and his killing is permissible.”
Another incident: A man was peeping through the window of Mr. Rizwan Bashir’s bedroom in broad day-light. Mr. Bashir’s wife noticed him and raised the alarm, upon which the inquisitor fled.
There are five Ahmadi homes in the street. They were advised to take special security precautions.
Nishtar Colony; October 23, 2013: Sheikh Ihsan Ahmad runs a book depot here. Two boys came to his shop on October 23, 2013 and asked him for ‘books on Khatme Nabuwwat against Mirzais’. He tactfully handled the situation and dismissed them.
Another incident: Rana Salamat runs a photography shop in this colony. Two teenagers came to his shop, gave him a disfigured picture of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community on which some blasphemous words were also written and asked him for an enlarged print. Mr. Salamat refused to do that. They made it an issue and started arguing with him. Mr. Salamat’s assistant helped him to rid of them. It is learnt that the boys had links with Lashkare Jhangvi, a banned terrorist organization.
Faisal Town; November 2013: Mr. Abdus Sattar, Ahmadi lives here. Some people of JamaatudDawa, a banned organisation, are active against him. One of them is a nephew of Hafiz Saeed, the head of JD. They sought information about Sattar from a nearby grocery store, Tufail General Store. They pasted stickers of Khatme Nabuwwat outside the office of Mr. Sattar and distributed hateful pamphlets to incite the public against Mr. Sattar. They also banged at his office door and tried to break into the office. He bolted the door from inside and they shouted abuses at him.
One evening Mr. Sattar was going to say his prayers in the local Ahmadiyya worship place when he found a man pursuing him. He sensed danger and postponed the worship.
GarhiShahu; November 9, 2013: GarhiShahu is the neighborhood where the main Ahmadiyya mosque is located. Intelligence agencies arrested two students of a local madrassa, from whom explosives were recovered. Subsequently two more students were arrested from another location. Grenades and pistols were recovered from them. Upon investigation they disclosed that they belonged to Nooristan tribe of Waziristan and had come from there five months ago. Their aim was to attack religious targets including Ahmadiyya places of worship.
In 2010, a twin attack, on Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore by such terrorists resulted in massacre of 86 Ahmadis and one Christian.
Cantt North; November 16, 2013: The administration of Jamia Manzoor here has become active against the Ahmadiyya community. They held a press conference ostensibly to condemn the sectarian clash in Rawalpindi, but discreetly held the Ahmadiyya community responsible for the incident. It is learnt that ammunition and explosives are stored in this madrassa.
Staff from Jamia Manzoor thereafter distributed a leaflet in the bazaar in which public were incited against the Ahmadiyya community. The public were urged to implement a total boycott of Ahmadiyya products. The public were also urged to enforce total social boycott of Ahmadis. ‘One who maintains relationship of any kind with Ahmadis is a traitor to Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’, asserted the script.
Rachna Town; October 15, 2013: The three children of Mr. Riaz Ahmad Bhatti received a letter containing threats. They have been advised to exercise caution – but how, there is no sure way.
Business corruption in the name of religion
Samungli Rd. Quetta; January 2013: Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Ahmadi of Quetta, went to Karachi. From there, he sent a parcel of a few Ahmadiyya books and two copies of the Holy Quran through a courier company, to his own address but named his Christian servant as recipient.
The courier staff at Quetta opened the parcel, telephoned the Christian boy to collect the parcel, and simultaneously informed the Khatme Nabuwwat mullas of the opportunity for mischief. No comments on the depravity of the staff of this company.
When the boy arrived at the office, the mullas beat him up and accused him of being in league with Ahmadis in proselytizing. He telephoned a friend who arrived at the company office to recover the lad and the parcel.
The next day a gang of eight bigots visited the boy at his residence, harassed him and told him that he had committed blasphemy against the Quran for which the punishment was death (sic). They grilled him to disclose to them further details about the dispatcher and the purpose of the dispatch. They also demanded that he deliver the contents of the parcel to them. The Christian boy told them that he had nothing to do with the parcel; he received it because it was addressed to him, and he had delivered it to the owners.
The mullas departed warning him of follow-up visits.
Encroachment to build a Madrassah
Rabwah; January 20 and 21, 2013: The local Ahmadiyya administration came to know on January 20 that some mullas had started work on a building at a location close to the graveyard. On inspection it was noticed that they had already built two feet high walls for two big halls. The situation was reported to the police immediately. The SHO sent for the two parties to report to him at 0900 the next day.
The next day it was noticed at 0830 that the mullas were busy raising the walls. Ahmadis informed the police again, and the official in-charge of the local police post had the work stopped and took the supervising mulla to the police station. There the Ahmadis put up written complaint about the encroachment. The DSP also joined the initial inquiry and told the SHO to send for the Patwari (land revenue clerk) to assess the ownership status of the land. The mulla was told that the land may belong to Ahmadis or the State; he was not to undertake any construction there.
Ongoing hostility in Karachi
GulzarHijri; April 2013: Mr. Tanveer Ahmad and his family had recently shifted here. They went to attend a wedding ceremony. Some unknown people broke into his house and stole gold ornaments and prize bonds worth 800,000 rupees. The theft was reported to the police but they have little to show as follow-up. It is worth mentioning that for some days the children of a nearby madrassa had been pelting stones at his house.
Similarly Mr. Muhammad Saleem Ansari a convert to Ahmadiyyat and his wife received threatening e-mails and text messages telling them to leave the area within 60 days, or remain prepared for the consequences.
Baldia Town; May 20, 2013: Mr. Matta Khan runs a shop here. Someone looted his shop during the dark hours and tried to set it on fire. Luckily the fire did not spread as a water pipe passing through his shop burst open and extinguished the fire. In cash and goods he suffered a loss of approximately 35,000 rupees in this robbery. The owner of this property advised him not to report to the police because he was a Qadiani (Ahmadi). His shop was looted twice in the past as well.
Baldia Town; May 2013: It is learnt that someone dropped a note demanding one and a half million rupees at the beauty parlor run by Mrs. Ghafoor Ahmad, while she and her husband were away from Karachi. Three days’ ultimatum was given. After three days they contacted her on a mobile phone but she did not attend their call. They sent a text message demanding the money. Mr. Ahmad and his wife decided not to return home in the face of this threat. The police were informed of the demand.
It is noteworthy that Mr. SaadFarooq who was martyred last year in Karachi was a nephew of Mr. Ahmad.
Baldia Town; June 1, 2013: Stones were pelted upon two Ahmadi houses by unknown miscreants. Anti-Ahmadi wall-chalking was also undertaken by miscreants in this township.
Steel Town; June 2013: A man who told his name as Anwar Hussain came to the Ahmadiyya mosque and told the Ahmadis to change the name of the mosque within four days. It is learnt that he has links with Maulvi Fazlur Rahman group. The administration was informed of his threat.
Severe harassment of a woman at job – for her faith
Attock; July 2013: Ms. ShamimRamzan is a senior Nursing Instructor in the Health Department in Attock. She is facing severe harassment at her office on religious grounds. The local mullas, the judiciary and the administration have co-ordinated their bigoted efforts to cause her great hardship.
Ms. Ramzan has been facing opposition at the hand of extremist elements for the last six years since joining the Nursing School at Attock. Baseless allegations of proselytizing have been leveled against her and the administration and judicial officials were approached to proceed against her. Mullas agitated their flock in sermons that she, a Qadiani (Ahmadi) teacher, is teaching Muslim girls and preaching them etc. Attock is located next to KPK, and is influenced by the bigotry rampant in that region. It is no surprise that almost all took up the call to give her a hard time.
Ms. Ramzan was promoted and assigned a new post in Attock Hospital. Accordingly she was relieved from the Nursing School, but was subsequently refused taking over the post at Attock Hospital. When asked, they gave no reason. The head of the relevant department wrote a letter to the authorities alleging that Ms. Ramzan was involved in preaching her faith, so her promotion and posting should be reversed.
Ms. Ramzan wrote to the Secretary Health Department, Lahore, but did not receive a reply. She has rendered 21 years meritorious service in the Department. She is worried about her job and future career.
In the past, stones have been pelted upon her house. She has two children; they also shared this hostility and harassment.
Religion-based hostility at work
Nawab Shah, Sindh; August 2013: Mr. Muhammad Amjad, an Ahmadi had to abandon his job from several places because of his faith. He worked at Sakrand Sugar Mill. He could not continue his work there due to religious hostility and had to move to Muzaffargarh Sugar Mill. He worked there for three months and then had to leave due to threats from religious extremists. Thereafter he got work in Dharki Sugar Mill in 2012.
He is a hard working man, and seniors in his department respected him for his good work and conduct. A religious bigot, Mushtaq,however did not like him and started agitating factory workers against him. He told them that Amjad was a ‘Qadiani’ and thus Wajibul Qatl (must be killed). He fed disinformation to Mr. Amjad’ssuperior regarding his faith and turned him against the Ahmadi.
Mr. Amjad’s department inchargeintimidated him, “Go away from here, it is better for you. Anybody could kill you here because you are Wajibul Qatl.” The factory’s administration then also pressed him to resign. It was a difficult situation for him.
Bhakkar; August 2013: Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad Khan is serving in the department of Rescue 1122. He shared on his facebook wall the advertisement of ‘Rahe Huda’, a programme televised on MTA (Ahmadiyya TV) in which answers to different questions about Ahmadiyyat are given online. A mulla, Deen Muhammad Afridi objected to it and applied to the DCO to take action against him. The mulla got support from other clerics to put pressure on the administration. The DCO called the Rescue Officer and inquired from him the matter. The mulla put pressure on the administration for action against Mr. Khan. The DCO yielded to the pressure of the mulla and transferred Mr. Khan to another city,saying, “I want peace in the district, and shall not allow anyone to blaspheme against the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat and preach his own religion” – a stereo typical official response in Pakistan these days.
Police support to bigotry
Peshawar; October 2013: An Ahmadi youth, Mr. Waqas Ahmad decided to marry one of his non-Ahmadi cousins. Her parents said that if Waqas would work for forty days with Tableeghi Jamaat they would agree to the marriage. Waqas foolishly accepted the offer and undertook the expedition for forty days. Upon his return they demanded him to go to a mosque and renounce his belief. This was not acceptable to him, so the issue became a dispute. The girl’s family took the extreme step of reporting to the police to have a criminal case under PPC 107 registered against the family members of Waqas. The police arrested Waqas and his two brothers Mudassar Ahmad and Basharat Ahmad. His father escaped the arrest. The girl’s relatives requisitioned some mullas who took to street agitation against the Ahmadiyya community.
Civil society’s commendable response to religious bigots in Larkana, Sindh
Wara, District Larkana; October 2013: The police on behest of local mullas detained Mr. Khalil Ahmad, Ahmadi on October 1, 2013.
Mr. Ahmad works in a franchise of Mobilink and undertakes marketing here. Recently mulla Muhammad Siddique, a Deobandi and JUI (F) activist came to know that Mr. Ahmad is an Ahmadi, so he arranged a meeting with mobile phone-dealers and told them not to have any dealing with the ‘Qadiani’. The traders paid little heed to his talk and continued their business with Mr. Ahmad.
Thereafter, mulla Siddique in league with Mulla Hasan Brohi, a senior cleric approached the police to have Mr. Ahmad arrested. Later, when they released him without registration of a case, the mullas put pressure on the police to do as told. However, by that time Mr. Ahmad had left the town.
Subsequent to this ‘expulsion’ of a law-abiding young man, the Ahmadi elders contacted local politicians and society leaders to convey them their plight. Mr.Riaz Hussain Chandio of Jeai Sindh Mahaz was sympathetic, and he took up the issue actively. Some media and TV personalities also condemned the high-handedness of mullas. They expressed their disgust against the bigotry of clerics and stated plainly that the tolerant and peaceful Sindhi culture was being corrupted and threatened by the extremism and terrorism of religio-political elements. “The Quran and the Holy Prophet’s Islam is under no threat; no Ahmadi in Wara should be harassed,” they said.
Ahmadis in the sights of extremists during Muharram
Lahore/Faisalabad: Reliable official sources have disclosed that Ahmadis inter alia were targets in the plans of TTP etc.
The daily Dawn, Lahore in its issue of November 13, 2013 published the following detailed story on the front page of its Metro & Central section under a three-column headline (extracts):
“TTP planned kidnap of Shias, Ahmadis for ransom
Faisalabad, Nov 12: The banned Pakistan Tehrik Taliban’s local militants had allegedly been assigned the task of kidnapping members of Shia and Ahmadi communities for ransom for fund raising.
The plan, according to sources, was revealed by five militants during their interrogation by intelligence agencies.
The sources said the plan to kidnap members of two communities was approved after an edict in favour of such kidnapping for ransom issued by an unidentified cleric….
They revealed that Qari Imran had given them task of action against the military and police personnel and Shia and Ahmadi and they had been collecting the contact numbers of their potential targets….”
Is it not regrettable that mullas issue fatwas (edicts) in favour of most heinous and reprehensible crimes in the fair name of Islam?
A number of the public enemies were rounded up by the police and agencies in Lahore during the sweep carried out during Muharram. Fire arms and explosives were recovered from them.
Mullas on the hunt
Faisalabad; February 14, 2013: Mr. Muhammad Abbas Shahid S/O Muhammad Almas resides in Gobindpura, Faisalabad. He owns a shop of cell phones. He was in his shop when two mullas visited him. They told him that they were from a Khatme Nabuwwat organisation. They asked him if he was a Qadiani. He replied that he was a Muslim. The mullas told him to abuse the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. He refused and told them that it was not the practice of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The mullas then were harsh with him and threatened him with grave consequences. They said, “You have chosen to name your shop, “SubhanAllah Mobile”. We’ll get a police case registered against you.” They shouted and attempted even to beat him up.
They threatened Mr. Shahid of a repeat visit that would be more frightful.
Meeting of a banned organization against Ahmadis
Rahim Yar Khan; February 28, 2013: Reliable sources reported that Lashkare Jhangvi (a religious outfit banned for its terrorist activities) held a meeting here on one point agenda – the Ahmadiyya community. They discussed ways to stop ‘Qadiani’ Jamaat from functioning. They decided to target first the Amir of local Ahmadis who lives in Khanpur. They discussed various plans to harm the Ahmadiyya community.
Ahmadis not allowed to do business in Muslim areas – a press report
Lahore; August 23, 2013: The daily The Express Tribune filed a report about an Ahmadi of Gujranwala (Punjab) who was forced to flee leaving his house and workshop behind, for his faith. The report was published on August 23, 2013 and is reproducedhere.
By Rana Tanveer
Published: August 23, 2013
A man was forced to abandon his woodworking business and flee Gujranwala with his family after his erstwhile friends and neighbours discovered that he was an Ahmadi, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Imran Ahmed, 35, started out as a daily wager at a woodwork shop in Gujranwala. He saved up money for three years, then invested Rs100,000 in machinery and setting up his own workshop. As his business grew, he hired two carpenters to work for him. “Things were going really well, but nobody knew I was an Ahmadi,” he said.
Ahmed said that his was the only Ahmadi family in Rana Colony in Gujranwala and he kept this a secret as he feared being victimised. He got along well with his neighbours and one day, when he was injured in a motorcycle accident, they came to ask after him. Inside his house, they saw pictures of Ahmadi personalities. “Their mood totally changed and they left without even having tea,” he said.
Things changed dramatically for Ahmed. He said some other workshop owners who were his business rivals began a hate campaign against him. One by one, his ‘friends’ began socially boycotting him. Shopkeepers would refuse to sell him groceries, and his employees resigned, saying it was prohibited to work with him. “Boys on the street started passing comments about me and things got worse day by day,” he said.
Then one day during Ramazan, Ahmed said, three neighbouring shopkeepers and two clerics barged into his workshop and began beating him. They told him to leave at once if he wanted to protect his life and his family, he said. He asked to be allowed to remove his machinery from the shop, but they refused, he said. He rushed home, just a few hundred yards away, gathered his wife and three young children, and left Gujranwala. He now lives with relatives in another city and works as a daily wager at a furniture shop.
Ahmed said that he had not filed a complaint with the police, but he intended to do so soon. He would also ask the police to recover his machinery and household items. He said that he would nominate Maulvi Abdul Rehman, Abid Ali and Mubashar in his application to the police. He said that Ali and Mubashar had been close friends up until they had found out that he was an Ahmadi.
When contacted, Abdul Rehman told The Express Tribune that he had no regrets about what had happened to Imran Ahmed. He said Ahmadis were apostates who deserved death. They don’t have a right to do business in Muslim areas, he said.
Asked why Ahmed had not been allowed to take his belongings with him, he said: “It is enough that he spent five years here and fed his family using money from Muslims. We are ready to deal with him if he returns. It is better for him to forget the belongings he left in his shop and his house.”
Munawar Ali Shahid, a human rights activist, said that this was just the latest manifestation of an anti-Ahmadi campaign being run by various hardline groups across the province, particularly in Lahore, where “baseless” cases had been registered against several Ahmadis in recent months. He said that the state had utterly failed to protect the lives and properties of minorities, particularly Ahmadis. He said he too had been threatened for seeking to protect the rights of Ahmadi citizens.
Agitation in Rawalpindi
Satellite Town, May 28, 2013: An Ahmadi, Mr. Tanveer Ahmad who works in Aiwan-e-Tauheed (Ahmadiyya centre) went to buy some eatables from a nearby shop. The retailer refused to sell him anything on inquiring and discovering his faith.
Raja Bazaar; May 6, 2013: Mr. Muhammad Sultan owns here a shop, ‘Bismillah Spices’. Two mullas came to his shop at 2 p.m. and told him to remove all the Islamic inscriptions from his shop. Mr. Sultan refused to do so. Approximately 12 mullas revisited his shop at 5 p.m., removed all the Islamic inscriptions from there and told him to remove the title-board of his shop as well. They left their contact number with the next door shop-keeper and asked him to inform them in case of non-compliance. Mr. Sultan informed the police about the incident, however they took no action.
Sarafa Market; May 7, 2013: Mr. Mahmood Ahmad owns a business of jewelry in this market. Some members of the market committee came to his shop and told him to remove the Islamic inscriptions from his shop. He replied, “I have no problem, but you can do that yourself if you have any problem with them.” The bigots unhooked all the pious inscriptions from there and took them away.
NabiChowk, May 29, 2013: Mr. ZiaulQamarSabzwari, an Ahmadi owns a shop in NabiChowk. Some mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction came to his shop and demanded removal of Islamic stickers and cards from his shop. Mr. Sabzwari refused to oblige. The mullas then removed all the cards etc that bore Islamic inscriptions. The mullas demanded removal of the Bismillah (Islamic inscription) plate from his house as well. Mr. Sabzwari is living in a rented house; it is owned by a non-Ahmadi.
Raja Bazaar, District Rawalpindi; May 29, 2013: Ch. Muhammad Akbar, an Ahmadi runs a business “Al-Rahman Traders” in the NamakMandi, Raja Bazaar. The name of his shop, his name and a Quranic verse were written on the signboard of his shop. A few bigots along with some members of the local market came to his shop at 4:30 p.m. and covered the words Al-Rahman, Muhammad and the Quranic verse with black paint on the signboard of his shop.
A Report about Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi, although located adjacent to Islamabad, is under the administrative control of the Punjab government. Ahmadis have suffered greatly in this town at the hand of religious bigots supported by political influentials. Ahmadi community leaders had to call on higher administrative and police officials to convey them their deep concern. The Commissioner, the RPO and the DCO were apprised of the situation. They advised Ahmadis patience and forbearance, under the circumstances.
The local Ahmadi community addressed a complaint to the District Coordination Officer on June 18, 2013. Its translation is given below:
For the past couple of years, provocative, hateful and prejudiced activities have been unlawfully going on against the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. Our place of worship at 69-E Satellite Town has been targeted and Ahmadis have been deprived of their constitutional right of worship.
Ahmadi traders in Rawalpindi are also targeted now. Some of them have been threatened with vigilante action. Two Ahmadis in the SabziMandi of Raja Bazaar are among them. One of them, the proprietor of Bismilla Masala Jat was visited by a few mullas who forcibly effaced the word Bismillah with black paint from the signboard. This is highly provocative and hurtful. Likewise another Ahmadi trader in NamakMandi, Raja Bazaar had ‘Al-Rahman Traders’, ‘WallahuKhairurRazequine’ and ‘Chaudhry Muhammad Akbar’ written on his signboard. Some mullas came to his store and in his absence wiped off the words Al-Rehman, WallahuKhairurRazequine and Muhammad from the signboard with black paint. This has hurt Ahmadis profoundly; effacing Quranic words in an unlawful act. In future if any non-Ahmadi attempts such unlawful act, the Ahmadis will be free to exercise their right of self defense. Accordingly, in view of these shameful and hurtful acts, you are requested to restrain these miscreants. Effective action may please be taken to bar such activities to forestall a major turmoil.
Two photos of the reported incidents are attached.
Representative Jamaat Ahmadiyya Rawalpindi
- Commissioner Rawalpindi
- RPO Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi riots on 10th Muharram and their raison d’eter
Rawalpindi/Lahore: The daily Nation published the following news in its issue of November 18, 2013 (extract):
“RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: Grieved, hurt and angered, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday constituted a high-level fact-finding committee on the tragic Rawalpindi riots to nail the real culprits. Headed by former Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection team, Najam Saeed, the committee has been powered to point out any administrative or security lapse that led to identify those responsible for dereliction of duty or laxity, and propose measures for checking such incidents in future. With Secretary Prosecution NadeemIrshadKiyani and Additional IG Investigation Muhammad Amlesh as its members, the committee has been directed to submit its report to the CM within seven days. Also, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial constituted a one-man judicial commission to probe the Rawalpindi incident. Justice MamoonurRasheed Sheikh is head of the commission and mandated to investigate any government official as he deemed necessary for an impartial inquiry. He would start the job from Monday (today). The judicial commission would submit its report within 30 days to the Punjab government, which had requested the constitution of the commission. In a related development, the Rawalpindi administration has decided to lift the curfew in the city at 6a.m. Monday (today) on orders from the DCO. The city has been in the control of security apparatus, including army, after the riots. The blocked cell phone services may also be restored. Earlier in the day, the CM held a meeting with prominent ulema in Rawalpindi to enlist their support against sectarianism. As per sources, the tone and tenor of the CM was strict and serious as he talked to the ulema belonging to various schools of thought. Assuring the ulema delegation of early completion of inquiries and arrest of culprits, Shahbaz Sharif warned that history will never forgive the ulema if any damage was caused to Pakistan by sectarian prejudice…. He said that there are followers of different sects and religions in the province, but all need to live peacefully. Federal Senior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah were also present.”
The chief minister is justified in his anger. However, he must go deeper into the incident to understand the causes that led to this happening. Obviously it is mullas who precipitated the tragedy. But what encouraged the mullas to do what they did. The mullas, regrettably, have been permitted in the past by the state and the society to indulge in that kind of conduct. A reading of the history of Ewan-i-Tauhid, the Ahmadiyya place of worship in Satellite Town of Rawalpindi, which was threatened to be demolished by the religious bigots and was conveniently closed for worship to Ahmadis, will shed revealing flood light on whom, why and how the mullas get into the habit of neglecting the authorities’ orders. A snake fed on milk becomes only more active to sting.
One, Mr.SharjeelMir has predictably appeared again on the sectarian radar screen. The Friday Times, Lahore of November 22, 2013 reported the following:
“We suffered a loss of more than Rs. 3 billion,” said Sharjeel Mir, President of Rawalpindi Traders Association. He said the police watched in silence as a mob attacked the market. “It took the fire brigade more than 72 hours to put out the fire.”
This Sharjeel Mir is the same rabble-rouser who led the anti-Ahmadi agitation from the front during 2011-2012. He and his Jihadi acolytes said and demanded the following,inter alia:
- Deniers of the End of Prophethood, Blasphemers of the Prophet, Apostates, Qadianis’ center of apostasy at E-69: Protest Rally(by) Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat
- First we shall have this centre at Rawalpindi closed; this will be followed by such closures all over the country subsequently.
- If the authorities took no action, we would ourselves stop their (Ahmadis’) worship. If the authorities fail to comply by January 29, 2012, the decisive date, we’ll destroy this place of worship.
Sharjeel Mir availed full support of the banned Jihadi organizations, the political party in power, the Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat etc, and with tacit support of political authorities and the administration, succeeded in closing down the Ewan-i-Tauhid for weekly congregational prayers and even the Eid prayers for which Ahmadis have nowhere to assemble in Rawalpindi.
A six page report on Ewan-i-Tauhid is available on page 17 of Ahmadiyya 2012 annual report on the Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan at www.persecutionofahmadis.org. This website is banned in Pakistan, but the authorities have their own way of opening it, while the concerned government offices have the Report’s print version in their archives.
The chief minister’s high-level fact-finding committee and the ‘One-man Judicial Commission’ and their reviewing superior authorities can profitably refer to the above-mentioned annual report to understandthevenality of most‘Ulama-e-Karam’ in order to put a stop to their mischief.
Rabwah: The Rabwah land is property of Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya as per the deed formalized 65 years ago. In order to discourage trespassing etc, the Anjuman recently covered the area with wires, west of the railway line – from the railway station to the railway crossing. The mullas, always on the look-out for some mischief, took up the issue and started agitating over the false pretext that Ahmadis had undertaken illegal possession of the land.
The mullas urged their followers to assemble in the Station Mosque for the Friday congregation. Approximately 600 came. The mullas indulged in profuse slander and abuse against Ahmadi elders. As the police had been forewarned, they were present in numbers. This ensured some peace.
It was decided by the administration and the police to approach the DCO to have the area re-measured and marked to ascertain ownership.
Belligerence in Nawabshah
April 2013: Mr. Abdul Samad Khan, Ahmadi, runs an internet café in the city. A youth named Farooq used to work in his café. One day Farooq went to a roadside shop to buy insulation tape for his motor rickshaw. The owner of the shop who looked like a Pathan, asked Farooq about the location of the house of Mr. Samad Khan. Farooq showed ignorance. The Pathan informed him that Mr. Khan lived in Jamshed Colony. Farooq asked him the reason of his interest, to which he replied, “The same will happen to him as happened to other Qadianis.” Many Ahmadis have been murdered in Nawabshahfor their faith in recent years. Farooq reported the incident to Mr. Khan.
Another case: Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz owns a bakery in the city. One, Naveed works in his bakery. An opponent of Ahmadiyyat named Bilal asked Naveed if Asif was still alive. Asif, an Ahmadi was seriously injured in an attack on his life in March this year. Mr. Naveed showed his ignorance. Bilal offered Naveed to stop working for Mr. Imtiaz and join him. He threatened action against Naveed’s boss (Mr. Imtiaz).
All Ahmadis have been advised to remain on guard, and authorities have been informed of the ongoing hostility.
Anti-Ahmadi activism in Sargodha
April 2013: Some mullas came to the shop of an Ahmadi, Zafar Book Depot and threatened the owner to stop selling Islamic books at his shop, otherwise he would be responsible for the consequences.
New Satellite Town; April 2013: Mr. Nizarat Ahmad Shahid runs a tailoring shop here. Mulla Akram Toofani and a former councilor along with a few mullas came to his shop and threatened the owner to have the shop vacated within an hour, or face arson. From there they proceeded to locate the house of Malik Irfan (of Al-Meezan Oil), an Ahmadi. Then they returned to Mr. Shahid’s shop and shouted abuse. He had to vacate the shop. The opponents then agitated against other Ahmadi residents of the neighbourhood as well.
Disturbing incidents in Multan
Multan; July 2013: Ahmadis are under great pressure in Pakistan for threats to their security and lack of support from authorities. There were a number of incidents in Multan, in which several attempts were made by Dawat Islami mullas (of green turban) to penetrate into Ahmadiyya mosques and to make suspicious contacts with Ahmadis. These are briefly reported below:
- A man came to the Ahmadiyya centre and insisted upon meeting the missionary. The guard did not let him in. When a photo of the visitor was attempted through CCTV cameras, he avoided them as if he already knew the location of those cameras.
- A man visited Mr. Mansoor Ghuman, an Ahmadiyya missionary and insisted to be initiated in Ahmadiyyat. Mr. Ghuman dealt with him tactfully and avoided him. Thereafter he undertook reconnaissance of Mr. Ghuman’s residence and the mosque. He visited again a few days later and repeated his request of initiation in Ahmadiyyat. He came a third time. On his departure he was pursued. He entered into the area of people of ‘green turban’, which has become the business centre of Dawat Islami activists and is a centre of crimes as well. The criminals of Rohtak also reside in this area.
- A man with green turban came to the Ahmadiyya centre in Gulgasht. He was carrying two heavy traveler’s bags and was wearing a suspicious jacket. He knocked at the door and asked the missionary to open the door as he desired to say prayers there and talk to the Ahmadiyya missionary. The missionary did not open the door, and the man went back.
- Abdul Wali, an Ahmadi doctor is serving as DMS in Nishtar Hospital, Multan. He received a threatening letter at his office address in which he, his family and especially his six-year old daughter had been threatened with harm.
These incidents point to a planned and coordinated effort to harm the Ahmadis in Multan.
The police yields to mulla in AJK
Bhimbar, Azad Kashmir; September 2013: Mr. Mahtab Mustafa has been running a pharmacy (Dawa-Khana) in the city for the last 40 years. Three men entered his shop; one of them asked him to prepare a mixture for flu and cold while the other two examined his pharmacy.
The next day a man from ISI (intelligence agency) came to his pharmacy and told him that a mulla Khursheed had complained that interpolated Kalima and a picture of a mosque was hanging in Mr. Mustafa’s pharmacy. The visitor advised Mr. Mustafa to exercise caution.
Later that day Mustafa received a phone call from the police station, and two policemen came to his pharmacy and checked out the shop minutely. There were five Kalima stickers and a picture of a mosque on a calendar. These had been torn down by Ahle-Sunnat mullas a few years ago. The DSP and SHO also came over. They stayed with Mr. Mustafa for some time and expressed their helplessness in the face of the pressure of mullas. Mr. Mustafa offered them all reasonable cooperation. They decided to cover the Kalima stickers with plain black stickers and tore off one of them – all to please a few bigots.
Venomous provocation by mullas
Landhi, Karachi; September 6, 2013: A mulla delivered a venomous sermon against Ahmadis in the local Deobandi mosque on Friday, 6 September 2013. He indulged in great rhetoric to provoke the worshipers against Ahmadis. He used abusive language against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community and leveled baseless allegations against him. He said, “Jihad is a basic teaching of our religion, while Ahmadis oppose Jihad. They (Ahmadis) were declared non-Muslims on September 7, 1974 in response to the marvelous struggle of our Ulama. They are prohibited to say AssalamuAlaikum and Bismillah. It is a non-bailable offence if they say so. … Qadianis enjoy strong support of the British. … The way their one home was destroyed recently, the entire Pakistan would now witness (such destruction).” By this, the mulla was referring to the murder of Dr. Syed Tahir Ahmad, Ahmadi; his house is located in close proximity of this mosque.
Anti-Ahmadi activism in Faisalabad
Chak no. 646 GB, Jaranwala; September 2013: Khatme Nabuwwat people opened an office in Chak no. 646 GB, Jaranwala. This resulted in sectarian activities in the village. They pasted posters in the village;these urged social boycott of Ahmadis.
Anti-Ahmadiyya elements held a seminar against Ahmadiyyat on September 5. They invited one Badiuzzaman, an advocate who spoke venomously and hurled abuse against the Ahmadiyya community and exhorted the audience to boycott Ahmadis.
The lawyers held a rally on September 7. They took rounds of the city. The participants carried anti-Ahmadi placards and banners. The students and teachers of Sir Syed College also joined it. This college is situated in a street where the Ahmadiyya mosque is situated. They stopped in front of the Ahmadiyya mosque and raised hostile slogans.
In another incident four youths on two motorcycles came to the house of Mr. Tahir Naseer. They asked about him and his two brothers who live with him. The lady at the house told them that they were all at work. She asked them their identity which they refused to disclose and said that they would not allow any Ahmadi to live in that street.
An Ahmadi student, Mr. Ihsan Akram was given an anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlet by his science teacher who told him to recant or consider their relationship as student-teacherlapsed.
Two Ahmadis, Mr. Mannan Ahmad and Mr. Ziauddin lived in rented accommodation. When the landlord came to know of their religious denomination, he made them vacate.
Ahmadi ladies are also facing difficulty when they go for shopping. They are recognized in their Burqa (Islamic covering). Shopkeepers refuse selling them anything and harass them in the public.
Press report about plight of Rabwah
Rabwah; July 12, 2013: The daily Pakistan published a detailed report about the plight of Rabwah in its issue of July 12, 2013. It carried the following headlines:
Chenab Nagar: Citizens suffer from epidemics due to official neglect
Only 40 sweepers are assigned to the population of a hundred thousand people for the sanitation work while 20 of them are getting salaries in hundreds of thousands without doing any work
Salient points of this report are:
- Citizens who pay tax in millions remain deprived of basic civic facilities.
- Piles of filth at different places and blockage of sewerage has caused spread of epidemics in the city.
- Sewage mixes with fresh water supply system; this is causing and spreading diseases among the population.
- Roads are dilapidated. Many accidents have happened due to open man-holes of sewage under the roads.
- Street-lights of the city are off since long. The inspector, electricians and line-men are not paying attention to their duty; they seem to get salary for sitting at home.
- Encroachment mafia has created many civic problems in the city.
- The water filtration plant of the city is providing water to the public without filtration.
Hate mail to an Ahmadi in Islamabad
Islamabad; August 2013: Mr. Anwar Ahmad owns a shop ‘Paracha Books’ in Javed Market, while his wife runs a beauty-parlour at the back of his shop. He lives in a flat at the first floor of the business. He received an unwelcome letter at his shop from the Khatme Nabuwwat people, through courier mail. It conveyed:
Mr. AnwarCheema, you are intimated by the Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat Circular Road, Rawalpindi that the head of one family of your leadership,Shamsuddin embraced Islam and is now the guest of Saudi scholars. After visiting Makkah and Medina he has appealed to Qadianis and apostate followers to leave the mischief of Mirzaiat planted by the British and return to Islam for faith and security and escape from life full of thorns. Ponder over this, and set your Hereafter in order. (Servant of the AalamiMajlis Khatme Nabuwwat,Circular Road, Rawalpindi)
Other incidents in Sargodha
August 29, 2013: Mr. Tariq Mahmood runs an electronics shop ‘Sundar Electronics’ in the city. An opponent of Ahmadiyya community, Mirza Kashif came to his shop with a dozen fellows at about 10:30 a.m. and vandalized the goods therein. These hooligans were armed, they roughed him up as well. His neighboring shop-keepers intervened and rescued him from greater harm.
September, 2013: Mr. Muhammad Amjad owns here a printing business. He received a threatening SMS on his mobile phone from the banned organisation Sipah Sahabah: Mr. Amjad, you are a Qadiani, and do not believe in our beloved Prophet (PBUH) as the last prophet. Please leave Sargodha. Your house will be burnt in case of non-compliance. You will be protected if you become a Muslim. Slaves of the Prophet will contact you. (Sipah Sahabah)
The threat was reported to the DPO who told the area SHO to inquire into the incident. All Ahmadis in the city were advised to exercise caution.
On-going agitation in Sialkot
Sialkot; October 9, 2013: Anti-Ahmadiyya agitation continued in Sialkot city for the last quarter of this year. Earlier the police co-operated with mullas and desecrated three Ahmadiyya mosques in the city. This encouraged the clerics to urge the police to do more.
The mullas gathered some miscreants in Naikapura area of the city, burnt tyres in the middle of the road and blocked it. They carried banners and raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans. They demanded erasure of the Kalima and demolition of minarets in Ahmadiyya mosques.
The police were informed who arrived and dispersed the crowd.
Reports from towns and villages
The Punjab Police indulges in religious extremism
KithuWali, District Toba Tek Singh; January 18, 2013: The Deputy Superintendent of Police Gojra called Mr. Liaquat Ahmad, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community and told him to remove the Kalima from his house. Mr. Ahmad refused to commit the sacrilege. At this some policemen came to his house and smashed the tiles with a chisel.
The police also went to the sitting room of Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Bajwa and covered up the Kalima there with cement. Similarly they erased the title from a signboard “Ahmadiyya Primary School Chak no. 312 Jhang Branch, December 1, 1933”. This school was built by the Ahmadiyya community in 1933 and remains a private property. The school administration had taken the furniture out, for essential repairs to the dilapidated building; but the police registered a case of theft of furniture against the Ahmadis. The EDO conveyed to the police that the school was a private property, but they persisted in the criminal case.
Ahmadi deprived of livelihood
Kot Abdul Malik, District Sheikhupura: Mr. JavedHameed lost his business in the face of mullas’ campaign. He suffered for his faith – being an Ahmadi.
Kot Abdul Malik has been allowed to suffer sectarian conflict perpetuated by clerics with police support. This town has been mentioned in our dispatches off and on. The case of Mr.Hameed is another one in this series.
Mr.Hameed had a small outlet of Pakistani fast food and had built a good reputation for his items. The local mullas started a campaign against him through distribution of pamphlets and personal contacts with customers telling them to stop visiting Hameed’s stall. Employees of a nearby factory who were his regular customers were told to stop coming to him or face loss of job.
The above activity succeeded in consistent loss of business for Mr. Hameed. Eventually his sales reduced to a trickle and he had to close down his business. Consequently,Mr. Hameed had to shift even his residence to another town and try his luck afresh to earn a living.
Bigotry of the police
Gotaryala, District Gujrat; May 25, 2013: The Deputy Superintendent of Police from Kharian and SHO of police station Gulyana arrived here at night with a heavy contingent of police. The DSP stated that they had come to protect Ahmadis as he had information of the possibility of bloodshed there. He pointed to the Kalima written on the houses of local Ahmadis and ordered the SHO to erase those writings, and threatened local Ahmadis of registration of an FIR against them. The SHO and four policemen effaced the Islamic creed written on the outer walls of the houses of four Ahmadis. While leaving, the SHO told Ahmadis to demolish the niche of the Ahmadiyya mosque.
It is worth a mention that the newly elected local MNA, Mr. AbidRaza (PML-N) is anti-Ahmadiyya and openly opposes Ahmadiyyat. This visit of the police could be on his initiative.
Religion and political unrest in Rabwah suburbs
Dawar, District Chiniot: Some non-Ahmadis of this village blocked the street that passes in front of Ahmadis’ homes. Ahmadis contacted the administration and representatives of the media and invited them to visit the site. As a result the street was opened in the evening.
The next day, however, a big group of non-Ahmadis, accompanied by a few local politicians met the police and again blocked the street. Apparently this issue is based on some recent election grievance. The Khatme Nabuwwat mullas were quick to avail of the opportunity for mischief, and came over to Dawar to deliver a ‘sermon’ on Friday.
Ahmadis have intensified their efforts to promote peace and are hopeful of a settlement.
A very close escape
Rehman Abad, District Nawab Shah;March 2013: An Ahmadi family here was spared an attack by a mob and a criminal charge by the police over a false accusation of blasphemy.
Mr. Abdul Rehman of Dhari tribe was an influential Ahmadi in this area. A plot of his land was on rent with a tenant of Arain family. Now, Mr. Rehman’s family wanted their plot back, but the tenant did not wish to part with it, so he thought of an easy way to worsen the landlord’s sons. He accused them of defiling the Quran. “They trampled the Holy Book under their feet and even kicked it,” he alleged. He sent some messengers to the nearby town of Bandhito spread the disinformation.
At Bandhi, on hearing the news, people got very angry and agitated. They closed down their businesses, took up their clubs and headed for Rehman Abad. They formed a procession, blocked the road and posed a major threat to law and order. Accompanied by a number of mullas they reached Mr. Dhari’s house and threatened violence.
The Dharitribe are a well-knit group. They place their tribal identity before any sectarian prejudice. They assembled and challenged the unruly crowd to provide evidence in support of their accusation. As they could produce no evidence they had to step back and disperse.
The targeted Ahmadi family escaped a catastrophe by a thin margin.
Tense situation in Goleki, Gujrat
February 5, 2013: A man named Sarfraz was killed here sometimes ago. The opponents of Ahmadiyyat falsely implicated Ahmadis in it and succeeded in getting the local Ahmadiyya mosque sealed.
A son of Sarfraz is a madrassa student. He organised a procession comprising fellow students and madrassa teachers and came to the sealed Ahmadiyya mosque. There they indulged in rowdy behaviour and disturbed the peace of the neighbourhood. They shouted slander and abused Ahmadis. The police were informed but they did not intervene. These miscreants spent a night in the Jamia Masjid of Goleki and took rounds of the village the next day to pinpoint the houses of Ahmadi residents.
The incident was provocative and threatening. Ahmadis had to remain on guard.
Baseless petition against Ahmadis
Golarchi, District Badin; October 2013: An opponent of Ahmadiyyat, Soda Khosa filed an application against 26 Ahmadis including women that they had posed themselves as Muslim on various occasions. Some Ahmadis were accused of holding a blasphemous conference in 2008 and some were accused of writing Bismillah and InshAllah on wedding invitation cards. Khosa asked the police to register a case under PPC 298-C, an anti-Ahmadiyya clause.
The Deputy Superintendent Police called Ahmadis to the police station to explain. Ahmadis defended themselves to the satisfaction of the DSP. Ahmadis requested the ‘Reader’ of the DSP to provide them a copy of the report, when ready. The Reader demanded 50 thousand rupees for preparing a report to their liking.
Mullas precipitate mischief and strife
Nawazabad Farm, District Hyderabad, Sindh; January 2013: At this farm, owned by Ahmadis, there were a few mud houses and an Ahmadiyya mosque until 1988. That year the residents moved out and the place was deserted. After a quarter century there exists a sand dune at the site with wild bushes around.
Someone set these bushes on fire. The mullas found in it a reason to agitate and worsen the Ahmadis. They intruded the farm, beat up its guard Mr. Sanaullah and took away his gun. They also attacked the farm’s dispensary and smashed its glass furnishings. Fortunately Mr. Shafiq, the dispenser had left the place a little earlier. His mobile phone was there in battery-charging mode. The miscreants took it away with them.
All this was reported to the police with the plea that an FIR should be registered. The police did that and enhanced the security of the farm. The farm is now going to be provided with a boundary wall.
Hostile moves in District Mirpur Khas, Sindh
Goth Ghazi Khan Mar’rani; January 2013: The anti-Ahmadi elements here are keeping the sectarian tension high in the village in various ways. They made attempts to get Ahmadis implicated in criminal cases, including Blasphemy. They moved an anti-Ahmadiyya writ constitutional petition in a Hyderabad court on religious grounds (CP-780/11). They built a new mosque and appointed a rabid mulla there. He spares no opportunity to call bad name to the Ahmadi community and indulges in slander. On Friday, the 25th January 2013, he delivered a venomous sermon and uttered diatribes against the founder of Ahmadiyyat.
A fabricated unrest
AhmadpurSharqia; District Bahawalpur; February 2013: Mr. Muhammad Aslam joined Ahmadiyyat a few years ago. Later he converted to Shia. Someone floated an SMS message on mobile phones that, “Muhammad Aslam belonged to Ahle-Sunnat, then he converted to Shiaism, and later he became a Qadiani.” This was not true.
When Aslam came to know of this campaign against him, he put up a board asserting his faith in the ‘end of prophethood’ at the place of his business. He suspected that this SMS campaign was undertaken by mulla Muhammad Khalil, so he called him to his business place and beat him up with the help of his sons. The supporters of the mulla came to the scene and joined the scuffle. Someone floated this rumor that Qadianis had cut the beard of the mulla and tortured him. A crowd gathered outside the police station and made demands. The police registered an FIR against Aslam and his sons and arrested them. Ahmadis remained clear of this mischief, but remained on guard.
Anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda in Faisalabad
Chak 96 GB, District Faisalabad; March 2013: Anti-Ahmadiyya opponents have become very active in this village and in the nearby town of Jaranwala. They formed a group comprising some youth who distributed pamphlets and stickers that incite the people to boycott Ahmadis. They also distributed in the village distorted portraits of the founder of the Ahmadiyya community. Some elders of the village protested against it. The activists undertook wall-chalking in the village: “Khuddam (servants) of Khatme Nabuwwat – Labbaik (ready to act) YaRasulalah – from Pakistan Sunni Tahrik”. The college students distributed anti-Ahmadiyya stickers in the Jaranwala College and pasted them in public transport. These opponents have put in much effort in their anti-Ahmadi campaign.
Agitation in District Faisalabad
Chak 96 GB, District Faisalabad; March 2013: Anti-Ahmadiyya opponents had become very active in this village and in the nearby town of Jaranwala in February. Anti-Ahmadi elements again distributed blasphemous posters against the founder of the Ahmadiyya community in the village and also pasted them all over.
Mr. Dawood Nasir runs Roshan Medical Store in Jaranwala city. He was pursued by some suspects. The same suspects undertook recee of the shop of another Ahmadi Dr. IjazUllah in the city.
An opponent of Ahmadiyyat, Abdul Ghaffar lured an Ahmadi youth, Abbas, aged 16, to recant from Ahmadiyyat. When his parents intervened, Ghaffar gathered approximately 100 men and sought police support. The police arrived and arranged that the boy be given in the custody of a non-Ahmadi relative. The next day Abbas’s ‘conversion to Islam’ was announced on the loudspeakers of the village mosque. Later, a ceremony of his recantation was held in Masjid Ghosia. A mulla in green turban was called from Jaranwala for this occasion. He spoke filth against the Ahmadiyya community, on amplifiers.
Ahmadis pressed hard in District Toba Tek Singh
Kathuwali; March 25, 2013: Mullas were putting pressure on the administration in this village to demolish the minarets of an Ahmadiyya mosque. A committee was formed by the DCO to find a solution. Ahmadis had to participate in the committee proceedings. They finally decided to build a room on the roof of the mosque; this would cover the minarets at the top of the mosque, thus avoiding their demolition.
DhaniDevChibbaSindhwa; April, 2013: The local mulla started an anti-Ahmadiyya campaign in this village. He started a campaign to remove the Kalima from the local Ahmadiyya mosque. He also started propaganda against a private school whose owner is Mr. AhsanMahmood, president of the local Ahmadiyya community. The village-head (Numberdar) and other non-Ahmadi residents firmly told the mulla to desist from sectarian activities. Ahmadis were advised to exercise caution.
Clerics of district Umarkot, Sindh
Talhi, District Umarkot; May 29, 2013: Three mullas came to the shop of an Ahmadi and removed the stickers of Quranic verses from there, in the presence of a Hindu helper at his shop. They also demanded removal of the names of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) from the shop and threatened of consequences in case of non-compliance.
Ahmadis contacted some decent influential persons regarding this incident. The MNA responded actively and tasked one of his men in Talhi to talk to the mullas. His message was effective; the mullas replaced the stickers at night.
Bigots active in District Sargodha
Chak Mangla, District Sargodha; June 7, 2013: Four men came to Mr. Muhammad Abdullah the local president of the Ahmadiyya community and demanded removal of the Kalima written inside the local Ahmadiyya mosque. Mr. Abdullah conveyed them that he would never remove the Kalima nor allow them to do so. They expressed their determination to do so and departed.
Ahmadis informed some nobles of the area of the mischief. They also contacted the police and demanded security. The police provided some security during the next Friday congregation, and called both the parties to the police station at 5 p.m. Ahmadis reached the police station but the opponents failed to turn up. The notables of the area told the police that they had no problem with the Ahmadis.
Earlier the police had removed the Kalima from the main-gate of the same Ahmadiyya mosque, and it was then decided that whatever was written inside the mosque would not be erased.
In these circumstances, the mischief mongers had to calm down.
Incursion in mosque
Bhulairanwala, District Gujrat; July 16, 2013: Four armed men jumped over the walls and entered the Ahmadiyya mosque at about 2:50 a.m. At that time the local missionary Mr. Muhammad Shabil and another Ahmadi Mr. Anees Ahmad were busy preparing their Sehri (meal served at the start of the fast during Ramzan). One of them took out his pistol, placed it against Mr. Shabil’s head and demanded valuables. Mr. Shabil had little to offer. The miscreants departed.
Frivolous complaint against Ahmadis
Chak no. 84 JB, SarShameer Road; July 29, 2013: The land revenue official gave a message of the Assistant Commissioner (AC) to the local president of the Ahmadiyya community to appear before him. Ahmadiyya delegation went to see the commissioner. The AC told Ahmadis that a report of Special Branch had been received against them that they had placed a dish antenna on the roof of BaitulHamd (Ahmadiyya mosque). He was told that the antenna had been there since 1992 and Ahmadis listen to the Friday Sermon of their Imam which is televised every Friday through satellite all over the world. “As for the Kalima written on the antenna, we have already replaced that,” he was told.
The Assistant Commissioner was informed that mulla Muhammad Iqbal Farooqi often sent applications to higher authorities against Ahmadis; these proved to be false on investigation. “We have been living here in harmony with other people since 1947, and the mulla tries to disturb the peace of the area,” Ahmadis said to the AC who was receptive and fair.
Attempt to desecrate Ahmadiyya mosque
Chak 152 North, District Sargodha; November 22, 2013: Police ASI met Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Mangla, the local president of the Ahmadiyya community and told him that Mulla Akram Toofani had submitted an application to erase the Kalima written on the front wall of the Ahmadiyya mosque.
Mr. Mangla told the inspector that Ahmadis would never erase the names of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH), nor allow any private person do that, however if the police in uniform did that Ahmadis would not resist the administration. The ASI told a policeman to erase the Kalima, but he refused. The ASI talked to the SHO on mobile phone, and departed.
The madrassa education these days!
Puranwala, District Gujrat; December 9, 2013: A few miscreants from the local madrassa under the management of an activist of Jamaat Islami, accompanied by the son of the prayer-leader, dumped animal excretion in the courtyard of an Ahmadi’s house. Ahmadis and their president brought this to the notice of village elders who condemned the mischief and assured them action to forestall a repeat of such an incident.
All those who renounce Islam should be forthwith dismissed from (government) Service.
Annual Report (1983-84) of the Islamic Ideology Council
Local government elections and Ahmadis
Ahmadis face the same problem in local government elections as at the national level. Rules and procedures are specifically designed to deter Ahmadis to stand or vote in these elections. Hence for decades, Ahmadis had no representation even in the local council of Rabwah where they are 95% of the population. Various governments and election commissions have been requested in the past to remove these hurdles, but to no avail.
Rather than facilitating Ahmadis’ voting rights, the Punjab government found the existing forms not prohibitive enough to bar Ahmadis’participation. Rana Sanaullah’s office (PML-N provincial law minister) explained the inability of the provincial government to hold these elections on the grounds that appropriate forms were not available.
It is well known that superior judiciary is very critical of the central and provincial governments for unduly postponing the local government elections.
According to press reports, the existing nomination forms in the Punjab do not carry the affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat. Maulana Fazlur Rahman (JUI) complained to the Chief Minister about this over the phone. The Jamaat Islami, ever eager to cash a cheque over religion, issued a statement calling the omission ‘alarming’ and an attempt to turn Pakistan into a secular state. Accordingly the Punjab government, to no one’s surprise, issued an ‘urgent’ letter to all Returning Officers to ensure that affidavit regarding the End of Prophethood was signed.
It is also learnt that mulla Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the head of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction in the Punjab, called on Rana Sanaullah and urged him to do more on the anti-Ahmadi front. The Rana reassured him and asked him to wait till after Muharram.
Then happened the sectarian clash in Rawalpindi.
The daily The Express Tribune, Lahore took due notice of the deprivation of political rights of Ahmadis and wrote the following in its editorial on April 24, 2013:
The situation cannot be allowed to continue. The Ahmadis need to be mainstreamed; no organ or individual has the right to determine the faith of a citizen. Legislative measures are required to undo legal discrimination, backed by a programme to eradicate hate directed against them. The task will not be an easy one, but justice needs to be done without further delay, so the long suffering of a badly wronged community can be ended and their most basic rights – including that to vote – restored to them without further delay, so that all citizens can truly be equals in our society.
Severe maltreatment of an Ahmadi soldier
Heelan, District Kotli; September 2013: Muhammad SajidAftab of Heelan, District Kotli, Azad Kashmir joined Pakistan Army in 2001. At the time of recruitment, the recruiting staff assumed him to be a Muslim (rightly so) and entered his religion as Islam in his papers. But legally this was not correct.
Aftab served the army well and served in a UNO contingent in Somalia. He also served in the dangerous conflict zone of FATA.
The passport on which he travelled abroad mentioned his religion as Ahmadi. NADRA record also registered him as Ahmadi. He thought of having his religion entry corrected in original army records. So he applied for making this correction.
Unpredictably, his officers reacted abnormally to this simple request and made unnecessary and wasteful investigations. He was harassed and even detained. Eventually he was discharged from service without any financial benefits like pension, etc.
It was unbecoming for the army whom the Ahmadis have served with great distinction in the past. Bigotry better be left to mullas and the wild frontier.
A report from the Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch issued its WORLD REPORT 2013 (Events of 2012). In its chapter on Pakistan it reported the situation of Ahmadiyya community as below:
“Members of the Ahmadi religious community continued to be a major target for blasphemy prosecutions and subjected to specific anti-Ahmadi laws across Pakistan. They faced increasing social discrimination as militant groups used provisions of the law to prevent Ahmadis from ‘posing as Muslims’, forced the demolition of Ahmadi mosques in Lahore, barred Ahmadis from using their mosques in Rawalpindi, and vandalized Ahmadi graves across Punjab province. In most instances, Punjab provincial officials supported militants’ demands instead of protecting Ahmadis and their mosques and graveyards.”
P.349 in the World Report 2013 at www.hrw.org
What the Prime Minister of Canada said
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada; February 19, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom. He spoke at the occasion to a large audience that included a number from the Ahmadiyya community. The Ahmadiyya community membership in Canada comprises, inter alia, a large percentage of Pakistani origin. The Prime Minister was considerate to mention them in his speech. Extract:
“This (Ahmadiyya) community has experienced, as Jason mentioned, the terrible cruelty of persecution- persecution on the basis of religion.In spite of that, your belief in tolerance and harmony endures.In this you make an inspiring contribution to our values.You strengthen Canada’s commitment to diversity and pluralism.And you remind your fellow Canadians that the freedoms we enjoy are precious, and must never be taken for granted.”
Export of sectarian and political animosity and violence to far off lands like South Africa
Cape Town/Lahore: Maulvi Zahid-ur-Rashidi, a top-level cleric of Khatme Nabuwwat movement (KN) from Gujranwala, attended a KN conference called jointly by the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa and the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement led by Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (based in Saudi Arabia), in Cape Town. He wrote two articles on its proceedings in the daily Pakistan and was indiscreet enough to unabashedly mention details of a sensitive issue that is loaded with awful implications for Pakistan – the Shia-Sunni conflict. His article of 7 December 2013 discloses self-incriminating discourse at the conference held in the sacred name of Khatme Nabuwwat.
Mulla Rashidi has written that he and two other leading Pakistani ulama spoke there on “the theme of the promotion and aggression undertaken by Shias in the Islamic world (Aalam Islam). So the International Khatme Nabuwwat will have to work on this front as well…. (T)his aggression is ever becoming severe especially in the Middle East…. I am fully conscious of the need of action in this regard. (T)his task should not be undertaken as a secondary project, but we should form a Front, a separate Forum. …” he quoted from his own address.
From the above it is obvious that:
- The International Khatme Nabuwwat movement would like to dig deep in the coffers of petro-dollars to avail of the Syrian conflict and the resulting widening of the Shia-Sunni rift.
- It plans to involve in it in ‘action’ mode the Sunni diaspora, especially in countries where the KN movement has bases like UK, the Middle East, India, Bangladesh, South Africa etc. (These were named in the conference.)
- The KN is not a movement committed merely to the dogma of End of Prophethood, as it poses to be; it is a cover organization for political ends, national as well as international, of the extremist elements.
It is noteworthy that according to Rashidi’s report Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, the chief of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (former SSP, now banned for terrorism) wasalso among those who participated in the Cape Town conference and addressed it. Another mulla well-known for his sectarian activism, who also went there was Ilyas Chinioti, now a PML-N MPA. A number of other mullas also went to South Africa, who are normally gagged or banned entry in other districts during the month of Muharram in Pakistan for their rabid hostility to Shias.
Pakistan needs export surely, but not the extremism and terrorism of its religious bigots.
Note: India was represented in Cape Town by none other than the top cleric of the main Deoband madrassa, Mufti AbulQasimNomani, its rector. Khatme Nabuwwat types, former SSP leaders, Deobandis etc – it was a toxic mix in this South African conference.
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
March 11, 2013: Hong Kong-based AHRC issued Statement Nr: AHRC-STM-057-2013 for ‘Immediate Release’, titled: PAKISTAN: Christian houses were burned with connivance between the government of Punjab and land grabbers. As this Statement refers to a very grave incident of arson in Lahore against a minority community and accuses the provincial government of policy of prejudice against religious and sectarian minorities, a few extracts from it are reproduced below:
The attackers were from the Madrassas (Muslim seminaries) and most of the persons were from nearby provinces and were not familiar with the area and the PML-N workers were guiding them.
This is not the first incident of attacks on religious minority groups in the province by the ruling party of the government. During the last five years of the government of PML-N more than 200 persons from minority groups were killed in attacks on Christians, Ahmadis and Shias.
The attacks and incidents of killings of Christians are due to the sheer negligence and biased attitude of the Punjab provincial government and police. The Punjab government is notorious for appeasing banned Muslim militant organizations.
The recent incident at Joseph Colony (BadamiBagh, Lahore) has set a precedent that any religious group can hire people and start attacking on the excuse of blasphemy and as has happened constantly in the past the police and the government have failed to provide protection to the minorities. Not only are they failing to provide protection but in view of the fact that members of the assembly are involved in the incident, it is blatantly clear that the government approves the attacks.
Section 295 and 298 of the Pakistan Penal Code which are related to the blasphemy laws and Ahmadis for presenting themselves as Muslims, should be repealed immediately. Indeed the government should immediately abolish the blasphemy law completely which was introduced by a fundamentalist military dictator in 1980s for the purpose of prosecuting religious minorities…
AHRC-STM-057-2013 on March 11, 2013 on website.www.humanrights.asia
World war inevitable unless justice prevails: Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
London (PR): The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat and Fifth Khalifa, has spoken at length about the perilous state of the world and the impending threat of a nuclear war. While delivering the keynote address, on the occasion of the 10th Annual Peace Symposium at the BaitulFutuh Mosque in London His Holiness warned of the catastrophic consequences if true justice at all levels was not observed. He said the risk of nuclear war was real and was the biggest threat to today’s civilization.
Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad appealed for change to save society: “If we want true peace and if want to save the world from destruction then we must act with justice, integrity and be ever faithful to the truth.”
The event attracted an audience of more than a 1,000 people, including governemnt ministers, ambassadors, members of both houses of parliament and various other dignitaries and guests from all walks of life. The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘The Pathway to Peace’.
The 4th Annual ‘Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace’ was presented to Dr. OhenebaBoachie-Adjei for his life-changing medical work that provides great hopes for the future of thousands in the developing world.
Dr. Boachie-Adjei is from Ghana, who shifted to the US for higher studies, research and work.
Release of USCIRF Annual Report 2013
Washington DC; January 2013: U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report 2013. This commission is chaired by Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett. A chapter of 17 pages has been allocated for abuses of religious freedom in Pakistan. On the title page it is observed:
Tier 1 Country of Particular Concern
Religious freedom violations in Pakistan rose to unprecedented levels due to chronic sectarian violence particularly targeting Shi‘i Muslims. The government continues to fail to protect Chritians, Ahmadis, and Hindus. Pakistan’s repressive blasphemy laws and anti-Ahmadi laws are widely used to violate religious freedoms and foster a climate of impunity.”
Some highlights of the report are given below:
- The government of Pakistan continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief. Page: 1
- Pakistan represents the worst situation in the world for religious freedom for countries not currently designated as “countries of particular concern” by the U.S. government. Page: 1
- Despite a civilian government, the Pakistani military and intelligence services continue to be influential and independent of civilian oversight and are believed to maintain close contacts with terrorist organizations and other militant groups.Page: 2
- Discriminatory laws promulgated in previous decades and persistently enforced have fostered an atmosphere of religious intolerance and eroded the social and legal status of members of religious minorities, including Shi‘a, Christians, Ahmadis, and Hindus.Page: 2
- Overall, the U.S. Department of State has noted a five-fold increase in extremist violence since 2006. In this environment, armed extremists, some with ties to banned militant groups, continued their attacks on religious minorities, including bombings, against Shi‘a, Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and others. Page: 3
- During the reporting period, USCIRF received reports of 44 different attacks targeting Ahmadis, with 22 incidents resulting in the death of 23 individuals. Page: 5
- The poor legal standing of Ahmadis under Pakistan’s constitution and criminal code (discussed below) fosters a climate of impunity, where perpetrators feel empowered to attack them with little or no fear of arrest or prosecution. Page: 5
- In addition to attacks on individual Ahmadis, local police repeatedly forced Ahmadis to remove Quranic scripture from mosques and minarets. Page: 5
- There were also at least seven instances of Ahmadi graves being desecrated, some by local police. Page: 5
- Pakistan’s Ahmadi community is subjected to the most severe legal restrictions and officially-sanctioned discrimination. Page: 9
- During the reporting period, USCIRF received reports of 10 Ahmadis being charged under Article 298. In many of these cases, police were pressured to act by local religious leaders who are opposed to the Ahmadi faith. Page: 10
- In 2002, then President Musharraf issued an executive order that abolished Pakistan’s separate electorate system. However, he soon thereafter issued Chief Executive’s Order No. 15 mandating that Ahmadis register in a separate voter registry, therefore keeping a separate electoral system for this religious community alone. Page: 10
- In addition, obtaining a Pakistani national identity card or passport requires the applicant to sign a religious affirmation denouncing the founder of the Ahmadi faith as a false prophet. Page: 10
- In 2012, the government blocked the international website for the Ahmadi community.Page: 10
- For instance, in public schools, all children, regardless of their faith, had to use textbooks that often had a strong Islamic orientation and frequently omitted mention of religious minorities or made derogatory references to them. Page: 11
- Also, both public school and madrassa teachers lacked an understanding of religious minorities and a large portion of their pupils could not identify these minorities as citizens of Pakistan. Page: 11
‘Special request for prayer’
Rabwah: The persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan is so perpetual, endless and unremitting that often the community newspaper the daily Al-Fazl has to publish an appeal to the readers for prayers for the victims. Translation of an appeal, made in the issue of April 16, 2013 is given below for the purpose of record and archives, as sample:
Special request for prayer
“Recently a baseless and fabricated criminal case has been registered against 6 persons including the editor and manager of the Al-Fazl, and four of these accused from Lahore have been arrested. Jamaat members are specifically requested to pray that Allah, in His mercy and support, cause acquittal of the accused from this charge, with honour. Moreover all Ahmadis who are either under prosecution or in prison, and those facing hardships at the hand of miscreants may be saved through Divine support and may remain free of all complications (in their circumstances).”
The daily Al-Fazl is facing blasphemy charges under terrorism laws. One would be surprised to find any material in any issue of this daily that causes more hurt to the complainant bigots, than the entry quoted above. The Punjab administration and police should make public their definition of blasphemy and terrorism.
Lahore: Mr. I.A. Rehman, a renowned member of HRCP wrote an article in the daily Dawn of April 18, 2013. He minced no words. Excerpts:
By I.A. Rehman
“In the mad race for power that has affected participants and spectators alike nobody seems to be bothered about the havoc being wrought by intolerance-driven violence.
“For several months, the 20 or so Ahmadi families living in village Shamsabad, in Chunian tehsil of Kasur district, not far from the Punjab capital, have been subjected to harassment and violence by the majority community because of their belief.
“A public meeting organized by a man who had just returned from Europe declared all Ahmadis living in the village liable to be killed. They were told to abandon their faith or leave the village. Mob rule followed. Ahmadis were persecuted in various ways. Some labourers were driven out of the village.
“After repeated complaints a police post was ordered to be set up the village but political influentials got this decision rescinded.
“On March 25, about 50-60 armed men attacked the Ahmadi community leader and subjected him and his family members to violence and after beating him mercilessly left him for dead. The district coordination officer and the district police officer arrived, an FIR was registered but no action was taken against the culprits. Instead, the Ahmadis are being advised by the administration to make up with their tormentors, obviously on the latter’s terms. Quite a few people have their eyes on their lands, prized booty certainly.
“In Lahore itself several Ahmadi were subjected to violence for distributing their newspaper, Al-Fazal, and then arrested on the charge of blasphemy.
“Meanwhile, the news from Islamabad is that there will be no peace for Rimsha, the Christian girl who was acquitted by the Islamabad High Court of the charge of desecrating the Holy Quran. The complainant has appealed to the Supreme Court against the high court decision but no date of hearing has been fixed. Earlier his petition had been dismissed by the Supreme Court for non-prosecution. The vengeful attitude of Rimsha’s persecutors is beyond reason and impossible to justify.”
Electoral partnership between Jamaat Islami and Dr Qadeer Khan
Islamabad: Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Jamaat Islami both have a certain role in the Pakistan state and society. Their past is well known. Dr. Khan formed a political party Tehrik Tahaffuz Pakistan. The daily Jasaarat, Karachi of February 29, 2013 carried a report that is important enough to be placed on record (Translation):
Islamabad (correspondent): Syed Munawar Hasan, the Amir Jamaat Islami said that the JI and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan will proceed in step and will lighten the lamps of hope. “They will impose Allah’s Shariah in Pakistan.’ We have decided that in league with Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, we shall persuade the people to rid the country of feudal, honchos and robbers. People will have to get ready to face all sorts of challenges. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has made this country invincible through his gift of the atom bomb. Pakistan, at this time, is surrounded by enemies who appear to be friends, and friends who appear to be enemies. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has decided to appear in public in this environment. These views were expressed by him in his address according to a press release of the central Media Cell of the Jamaat Islami, in a reception in his honour by the Tehrik Tahaffuz Pakistan. The renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Mian Muhammad Aslam the deputy Amir Jamaat Islami Punjab, ZubairFarooq Khan and ChaudhryKhurshid-uz-Zaman the Secretary General Tehrik Tahaffuz Pakistan also addressed the participants in the reception. Syed Hasan said that by the day, American intervention in Pakistan’s internal affairs is on the rise; we have always said that this war (on terror) is not our war. Dr Abdul Qadeer stated, “I was in the Islami Jamiat Talabah in my student days; there I read the literature on Islami Jamiat; since then I know that these are the youth who are men of character and piety.”
No place for Ahmadis in Imran Khan’s Naya (new) Pakistan
Karachi: The Express Tribune filed the following report in its issue of May 3, 2013 (Extracts):
“1973 Constitution: Imran opposes repeal of Ahmadi laws
ShireenMazari clarified that it did not mean Imran “sanctions violence against minorities”.
By Faiza Rahman
Published: May 3, 2013
“KARACHI: In a widely accessed video message, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said that he would neither revise nor repeal any current laws pertaining to the Ahmadi community, since these were in consonance with his personal beliefs.
“The PTI chief’s message came as a clarification to another popular video in which a woman named Nadia RamzanChaudhry, introducing herself as a PTI office bearer, approached the spiritual leader of the Ahmadi community in Britain to encourage his community to vote for the PTI.
“In response, the PTI chief made it clear that he had not asked any one from his party to enlist support from the Ahmadi community, adding that the removal of the stated clauses of the constitution was “not part of PTI’s agenda.
“The PTI chief said that those who do not believe that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the last prophet of Islam cannot be Muslims. However, ShireenMazari, the party’s information secretary, quickly clarified that this does not mean that Imran “sanctions violence against minorities”.
“Political analyst Rasul BakshRais of the view that Imran’s personal belief will do little to add to the Ahmadi community’s plight. “The community is indeed suffering, but it is suffering because of clauses in the constitution.”
Earlier, JUI (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman was reported by the daily The Nation, Lahore on April 28, 2013 as follows:
Imran working for Ahmadi, Jewish lobbies, alleges Fazl
A few days later the Daily Times reported on May 5, 2013 in its Site Edition a fatwa issued by this mulla as follows:
“Dera Ismail Khan: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Fazlur Rehman has issued a decree (fatwa) against Imran Khan, saying that vote to Imran is ‘haram’ (forbidden as per Sharia).”
Imran Khan’s reaction to these fatwas and allegations surprised most of his fans. Some of them felt disappointment to the core by his echoing of the mulla’s sectarian muddle. No one needed or expected from him a restatement or elaboration of the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat (the end of Prophethood). Comments on his misplaced clarification flooded the Internet. Some intellectuals took him to task in op-eds. Copy of one such op-ed by Yasser LatifHamdani in the Daily Times – Site Edition of May 06, 2013 is placed in Chapter 13 to this report.
NabeenJafri wrote the lead article in the Blogs – The Express Tribune; (extracts):
“He (Imran Khan) stated yesterday, “PTI totally subscribes to the article in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Ahmadis. It is not part of the PTI agenda to seek amendment of the said article in the Constitution.
“Today, a political candidate is denying a group a basic right to identity based on a fundamentally wrong constitutional law. Tomorrow, someone will go a step further and deny some other group another basic right. Such inherent and open discrimination end up in a vicious cycle.
“Just ask the Germans.”
The Blog asked its readers to indicate approval or disapproval of Imran Khan’s statement on the Ahmadi community. Thousands responded. In a clear verdict, 84% disapproved Khan’s statement. In Elections 2013, Imran Khan’s party could bag only 28 seats out of the 253 National Assembly seats (11%) when results were declared.
Members of US Congress support Ahmadis’ political rights in Pakistan
Washington: A fairly large number of Members of the US Congress wrote a letter to Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State on April 16, 2013 on the issue of obstacles in the way of Pakistani Ahmadis’ participation in Elections 2013.
“… Unfortunately, Pakistan’s electoral system discriminates on the basis of religion, rendering the promise of free and fair elections a sham,” they wrote.
After referring to the rules and procedures that make it impossible for Ahmadis to register as voters, they warned, “Absent the ability for Pakistan’s entire electorate to participate, we will not be able to endorse the May elections.”
“We urge you to press Pakistani President Zardari to immediately repeal Executive Order No. 15 and remove any discriminatory restrictions on Ahmadis being able to vote in the upcoming May elections,” they concluded.
Copy of this letter is placed here.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader, and Senator John Cornyn wrote a similar letter to the Secretary of State on April 25, 2013.
Ahmadi dies while serving the country
Dera Ghazi Khan; May 5, 2013: Mr. Muhammad Sabir Tahir, Ahmadi, a soldier in the Pakistan Army, died in North Waziristan while performing his duty.
Muhammad Sabir and a colleague were clearing a road in Razmak. They had cleared two bombs, but while they were handling the third, the terrorists exploded it through remote control. Both the handlers were martyred.
Mr. Muhammad Sabir was given an official burial with due honour. He is reported to have known of his impending death. On his recent departure for duty after home-leave he told his mother, “I leave now to return as a martyr.”
The vernacular press reported his death, but as the correspondents came to know of his Ahmadiyyat, they dropped his forename Muhammad from their reports.
Muhammad Sabir is mourned by his widow, old parents, a brother and four sisters. He was 30.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE by United States Commission of International Religious Freedom
Washington D.C, July 2, 2013: Alarmed by the severity of an attack by a suicide bomber on a neighborhood in Quetta that was preceded by a similar attack in Peshawar, the USCIRF issued its statement on ‘rising violence’ against religious communities in Pakistan. Extracts:
“Over the past 18 months, USCIRF has become aware of over 250 attacks targeting religious communities in Pakistan. Over 650 individuals have been killed, the overwhelming majority coming from the Shia Community. Nongovernmental organizations also recently reported several drive-by shootings targeting Ahmadis. The Hindu community continues to suffer discrimination and the threat of forced conversion to Islam. The Punjab government has not taken effective measures against those who attacked the Christian Community in Jacob Colony in March 2013.”
Terrorist attack on church in Peshawar
A comparison and a comment
September 2013: Two suicide bombers carried out a terrorist attack on All Saints Church on September 22, 2013 at the end of the service in the church. This resulted in the death of 85 Christians. The incident was gruesome and highly condemnable. The authorities, politicians, civil society, media, even some mullas expressed due sympathy to the victims and condemnation of the attackers. Some of their actions as reported in the media are reported below:
- ANP, PTI, MQM and PPP declared three days of mourning
- Security of Christian places of worship tightened in all four provinces including the Punjab
- All official functions cancelled
- Shahbaz offers medical help to KP
- State and private TV channels held programs in which this act of terrorism was condemned, and the services of the Christian Community to the country were mentioned.
- Birthday celebration of Shahbaz Sharif cancelled
- National Assembly passes resolution of condemnation
- Sindh PA condemns church attack, sympathizes with Christians
- Shahbaz Sharif’s phone call to Pervez Khattak. Full cooperation assured to put an end to terrorism.
- Terrorists should be brought to justice: religious leaders
- Attack on church is barbaric (zalimana); our life and future is threatened by terrorists: former president
- Terrorists are enemies of Islam and mankind: ChaudhryNisar (PML-N)
- Govt vows to pursue masterminds
- KPK government has badly failed to provide security to minorities: Fazlur Rahman (JUI)
- Terrorist beasts deserve no respite: Saad Rafiq (PML-N)
- Decisive action will be taken against terrorists
- Monsters deserve no leniency: AitzazAhsan (PPP)
- Those who carried out blasts are not human: Imran Khan (PTI)
All the above reactions and statements are commendable. It is hoped that these will be followed up by effective action. However, it is relevant and noteworthy to compare all this with what happened almost three years ago when comrades of these very terrorists carried out similar attacks simultaneously on two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore on May 28, 2010, in which 86 Ahmadis were killed. Some highlights:
- The attack on mosque in GarhiShahu lasted more than 2 hours while that in Model Town went on for nearly 40 minutes. During the attacks the police and Elite Force had reached the sites, but took no action to protect the victims, till all was over.
- One of the captured terrorists was handed over to the police who had him later admitted in the hospital where the injured Ahmadis were under treatment. The police did not tell the hospital authorities that he was an attacker till an Ahmadi noticed him and raised the alarm.
- The official TV expressed the view that the police intervention was very successful and the arrangements in the hospital were excellent.
- The Amir Jamaat Islami, Munawar Hasan warned that another (anti-Ahmadi) Khatme Nabuwwat movement could be launched on the same lines as in 1953. (It was so vicious that martial law had to be imposed in Lahore. Ed)
- There were confirmed reports that a few ultra-bigots distributed sweets after the attacks.
- The provincial chief minister, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif did not consider it necessary to make a sympathy visit to the Ahmadiyya Center in Lahore, after the massacre. Dr Hasan AskariRizvi wrote in The Friday Times of June 2010, “The PML-N that rules the Punjab avoids a categorical criticism of militancy, hoping to protect its right-wing/Islamist electoral support.”
- Last but most incriminating evidence was provided by General Pasha (the DG ISI in 2010). He is quoted in Para 497 of the Abbotabad Commission report: “… In Lahore the police protected those who attacked the Qadianis last year (in 2010) and even directed them to the hospital where the wounded were being treated. The provincial government had been informed of the situation but it took no heed of the advice and information provided by the ISI. No guards were assigned to the hospital as venal political influence intervened everywhere.”
It would be reasonable to suggest that if the authorities, politicians, media and the civil society had reacted to that event of 2010 as this time in 2013, the attack on Peshawar church would not have been undertaken – nor the state of Pakistan would have wilted to this extent in the interim three years.
A nugget from the Urdu press
Lahore: The well-known weekly The Friday Times of Lahore spares two pages to reports from the national Urdu press, presenting them in an animated style while conveying a weighty message. In the issue of July 5, 2013 the following was one of the dozen entries:
We may remind the reader that general Zia was the dictator who promulgated the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance in 1984. Although the general died in a plane crash in 1988, his infamous law continues to be enforced zealously by his political progeny.
A cartoon that conveys a grave warning
Lahore: The prestigious weekly The Friday Times, Lahore published the following cartoon on its front page in its issue of September 27, 2013. The letters APC on the dove refer to the All Parties Conference held recently in Islamabad under the auspices of the ruling PML-N. The Conference decided to invite Taliban to a dialogue with the government of Pakistan. This cartoon would be of interest to all concerned with human rights in Pakistan.
Shooting the messenger
Lahore: An article by Zofeen T. Ebrahim was posted on 23 Oct 2013 at indexoncensorship.org. It is very relevant to the persecution of Ahmadis as it highlights the criminal mindset of anti-Ahmadi elements, which targets even those who dare to inform the public on the plight of marginalized sections of the society. Extracts:
It’s been over two weeks now that Rana Tanveer, a reporter in Lahore at the English daily, Express Tribune, has not gone to work.
Early this month, he received a one-page letter, in the Urdu language, terming him an apostate and accusing him of writing in favour of Ahmadis and Christians.
“It warned me to stop writing ‘against’ Islam and seek ‘forgiveness’ from God,” he said over the phone from his home in the Punjab province.
It further warned him that if he did not desist, he would be killed — since that is the punishment of a person declared an apostate.
“I can’t work like this; no reporter can, if he cannot roam about freely,” said Tanveer.
Initially, he did not take the letter too seriously, but a week after he received the letter, he felt he was being followed on a motorbike. “It’s a scary experience,” he conceded, adding: “I made a few turns just to be sure that this was not a figment of my imagination, but the man on the motorbike persisted. I knew then that this was no joke and I had to do something.”
His seniors at work advised him to at least file a complaint with the police, which he did, but he did not name anyone “due to security reasons”.
“My editor told me to keep a low profile and not to report on minority issues for a while, and if I had to, it would go without byline,” said the journalist.
FarahnazZahidi, features editor in the same paper as Tanveer’s feels very strongly about one’s byline being taken away. “As a journalist, perhaps the biggest satisfaction in this otherwise perilous and often under-paid profession is one’s by-line; it also lends credibility.”
However, she added, by shooting the messenger, society loses out. “The right to information is threatened when media persons are threatened.”
Tanveer finds a plethora of minority rights abuses strewn around his city but says few journalists feel inclined to take up these issues.
According to the CJP, 28 Pakistani journalists have been murdered since 1992 in connection with their work, 27 of whom were killed with impunity. The deaths of 24 additional killed during the same period cannot be confirmed as “targeted.”
“Doing journalism in Pakistan is not easy, which is ranked the third most dangerous country for reporting after Syria and Egypt,” observes Mazhar Abbas, former secretary general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, a formidable voice fighting for the rights of journalists. While journalists continue reporting despite threats particularly those working in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Balochistan and even in the southern port city of Karachi, Abbas said, reporters from the Punjab province seemed comparatively safer.
But not anymore, it seems.
Complete ban on hate literature and misuse of loudspeakers proposed by a top cleric
Lahore; December 6, 2013: The Friday Times of Lahore published an interview of Maulana Tahir Ashrafi by Raza Rumi. Ashrafi is a member of the official Council of Islamic Ideology and chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council. The interview was held in the aftermath of the Rawalpindi sectarian clash in November in which almost a dozen persons were killed. Extract:
“Rumi: What are the three most important points of your agenda?
Ashrafi: First, no Islamic sect or persons should call another an infidel. Secondly, there should be complete ban on religiously prejudiced literature and misuse of loud speakers. Thirdly, nobody should be allowed to desecrate the sanctity of the Holy Prophet, his holy wives, his companions, and Imam Mahdi. Moreover, seminars and public conferences should be held in order to promote tolerance. Friday sermons should be held on consensus topics that are acceptable to everybody whether a Shia or a Sunni. This is main objective of my (15 points) agenda. Such stern laws should be designed that no sermonizer could insult the other denomination.”
Well said, Maulana Ashrafi; however, he finds it lucrative to take a very hostile stand against a small denomination – Ahmadis. On September 3, 2009 in an Express News TV show he proposed to divest Ahmadis of even their creed. He suggested that Qadianis should have their own logo and Kalmia as they believe in Mirza Qadiani. Ashrafi did not mention the fact that Barelvis have their own range of saints whom they are accused of worshipping.
Also,Ashrafi should look closer in the family. His brother Hasan MuawiyaakaTooti is full-time involved in harassing Ahmadis and hauling them to police stations and courts in Lahore.
What the Maulana has proposed is right; however there should be no buts and ifs. If Ahmadis are made an exception, others will surely follow, and the 15-points agenda will be rubbished.
At last a code of conduct for mullas – but for how long?
Lahore: The daily Din, Lahore reported the following on December 3, 2013:
- Complete ban on loud-speakers except for Call to Prayers and Arabic sermon; none will be declared kafir (unbeliever); Code of conduct is ready.
- Khatibs and Zakirs will not insult the Family and Companions of the Holy Prophet nor the KhulafaRashidin; hateful speech against other denominations shall not be permitted.
- Respect of the great divines and sanctity of holy sites and places of worship will be ensured: Decisions made in meeting under chairmanship of Ata Manika, the (provincial) Minister Auqaf (endowments)
Lahore: (TV report) A code of conduct was agreed upon among various schools of thought… Nine items from the list proposed by Hafiz Tahir Mahmud Ashrafi were approved. Accordingly… No one will describe the other as Wajibul Qatl (must be killed)….. etc (others as mentioned in the headlines above)
The above is a good decision. One hopes that this truce is implemented in letter and spirit. In all fairness, it should be implemented first with regard to Ahmadis. Nevertheless, it will be a great leap forward if the 72 sects can first implement it among themselves.
But Basaaarzukehkhakshud (Most of the wishes turn into dust).
Jamaat Islami leader executed in Bangladesh
Dhaka: Jamaat Islami and its supporters are found in a number of countries of the world. Its founder Maulana Maududi lived in Paksitan and the main faction is also based here. Its impact on Pakistani politics and religious landscape is substantial. It has played a significant role in anti-Ahmadiyya movements and is a partner with others in perpetuating the persecution of Ahmadis in this country. Accordingly, this report of the ABC News by its South Asia correspondent Michael Edwards on Friday, 13 December 2013 merits a place in this document (extracts):
“Bangladesh executes Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah for war crimes
…. The 65-years old was convicted of being a leader of pro-Pakistan militia in 1971 that killed some of Bangladesh’s top professors, doctors, writers and journalists.
He was convicted of rape and mass murder, including the killing of more than 350 unarmed civilians.
Prosecutors described him as the Butcher of Mirpur, a Dhaka suburb where he committed most of the atrocities…
“He has told us that he is proud to be a martyr for the cause of Islamic movement in the country,” Mullah’s son Hassan Jamil said afterwards.
….. a judge had stayed the hanging just 90 minutes before the scheduled execution (on Tuesday night) amid international concerns over the fairness of the war crimes trials of many opposition leaders.”
Jamaat Islami Pakistan led a protest campaign in Pakistan against the execution. The National Assembly passed a resolution to the same effect. This led to exchange of display of anger and disapproval between the two countries.
Pak media takes notice of desecration of mosques etc in Angola, and a point to ponder
In December 2013 Pakistani press reported news from Angola, where the religion of Islam is held in disfavor by the government, mosques have been demolished and Muslims are facing persecution. The print media reported the following news and opinions, inter alia:
- Municipal officials in Viyana (Angola) took to demolition of minarets of mosques without Muslims’ permission or any prior intimation of the intention to act.
- DaudJah, a Muslim leader, reported that a number of mosques have been sealed, and many demolished (shaheed).
- Demolition of minarets is considered acceptable in some western countries as these display Islamic identity.
- Angolan state authorities have put a ban on Islam and Muslims’ activities.
- Muslims have become suspects in the country.
- Islam is not rated as a faith (Mazhab) or religion (Deen) but merely a school of thought.
- Muslims are a small minority but they are facing great hardships at the hand of authorities.
- There are countless religious denominations in Angola who enjoy freedom of faith, but freedom is denied to Muslims.
- A minister stated that Angola is a Christian majority state, while Islam has no legal standing with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
- Angolan embassies avoid questions on this issue or pay no attention. They also take the position that the mosques have been built in Angola illegally. Anything constructed illegally will face demolition.
- The entire world denounces this policy of Angolan government.
Well, it all sounds familiar in the Ahmadiyya context in Pakistan – somewhat like a mirror image.
As for Ahmadiyya mosques in Pakistan, following data should help understanding the similitude:
- Demolished 27
- Sealed by authorities 31
- Set on fire 13
- Forcibly occupied 16
- Construction barred by authorities 49
It is hoped that the mullas and authorities in Paksitan will understand the plight of Ahmadis and will see to it that Pakistan is different from Angola.