Mosques under Attack, and Worship Denied (2011 – 2012)

2012

Punjab Police demolish Ahmadi mosque minarets in Kharian

 Injuring or defiling place of worship, with Intent to insult the religion of any class: Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Pakistan Penal Code 295

 

Ahmadiyya mosques were targeted in the infamous Ordinance XX promulgated by General Zia. Although the law is fairly precise but religious bigots read in it mischief that goes well beyond the words of the law. The police, led by their political masters, find it convenient to yield to the mulla. The magistrates and judges routinely direct the police to follow-up the (mullas’) complaint in accordance with law. This is considered adequate by the authorities to act hostile towards the worship and places of worship of Ahmadis.

            Places of worship have been occasionally attacked by mobs in other countries too, but perhaps it is only in Pakistan where the police, without due authorization, undertook demolition of a place of worship. This happened in Kharian, a town in the Punjab. Similar serious violations were undertaken in Lahore too, the capital of the Punjab which under the present government (of PML-N) has become a breeding ground of extremism and terrorism. 

 

Kharian, District Gujrat, Punjab:      The Punjab Police undertook demolition of the minarets of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Kharian and removal of the Kalima (Islamic creed) in dark hours at about 9:30 p.m. on July 10, 2012.

Prior to this, anti-Ahmadiyya activities occurred in the district and the authorities took no action to stop these malicious acts of extremist elements. An End of Prophethood rally was permitted in Kharian on June 15, 2012 in which mullas used foul language against Ahmadis and demanded the demolition of minarets of this mosque.

Two mullas, Ghazi Jalali and another applied to the police on June 26, in the name of an obscure organization “Tahaffuz Islam Pakistan” to register a criminal case against Ahmadis, and demolish the minarets. Otherwise, the applicants threatened to do the demolition themselves.

The police obligingly moved into action, and asked Ahmadis to explain the matter. Ahmadis told them that the mosque was built in 1980, four years before the anti-Ahmadi laws came into force; the law did not bar Ahmadis from construction of minarets; and there is no mention of a standard design for a mosque in Sharia; as such Ahmadis had violated no law.

The police, however, told the Ahmadis to demolish the minarets. Ahmadis took the position that they could not undertake this sacrilege, nor would they allow the mullas to do it; however, if the police decided to undertake the task, the Ahmadis would not resist, as it was not Ahmadis’ practice to fight the authorities.

An armed contingent of police accompanied by the staff of the municipal administration arrived at the site after dark and undertook this shameless operation. They had no court order in support of their act outside law.

The police visited the mosque again later, and demolished the remaining small minarets. The DPO, however, approved building a wall around the two big minarets. How that would be done, one wondered. Also, the police effaced the Kalima and other sacred writings from the mosque.

The police appear to be more adept in the art of deception than the maintenance of law and order and upholding the fundamental rights of citizens. The SHO told the press that the action was taken “after a mutual consensus of the parties involved and the Qadiani community who were very cooperative.” Rubbish – of course.

According to a press report, Mr. Husain Naqi, a senior member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said, “The police and state are not timid in such incidents, they are not even appeasing to the extremist elements but conniving with them.” The PPP Human Rights Cell reportedly “requested Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday to take suo motu notice of the demolition of minarets.”

This was the third major attack on an Ahmadi place of worship since January this year in the Punjab. The first major incursion was in Rawalpindi, followed by violations in the provincial capital, Lahore, and then this blow in Kharian.

In all the afore-mentioned incidents, the authorities were involved in curbing the freedom of religion of Ahmadis. They violated Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan and also committed serious violation of Art. 18 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and also the ICCPR to which Pakistan is now signatory.

It is relevant that sometimes back when the Swiss government intended some action against building minarets of mosques, the Pakistani society and state were among the most vocal against such a violation of religious tradition.

Subsequent to this demolition, a researcher assembled a few pictures of places of worship of different religions worldwide, displaying their minarets and domes, and mailed these to his contacts. These are shown here (Annex VI of Annual Report 2012).

Last but not least, while these misguided and corrupt mullas and officials undertake such outrages apparently in the name of Islam, the Quran teaches them otherwise:

And who is more unjust than he who prohibits the name of God being glorified in God’s temples and strives to ruin them? It was not proper for such men to enter therein except in fear. For them is disgrace in this world; and theirs shall be a great punishment in the next. (2:115)

 

Freedom of worship severely curtailed in Rawalpindi

Disturbing religious assembly: Whoever voluntarily causes disturbance to any assembly lawfully engaged in the performance of religious worship, or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

Pakistan Penal Code 296

Ahmadis have not been allowed to build an appropriate big mosque in Rawalpindi, so they assembled in their built-up property called Evan-i-Tauhid in Satellite Town for Friday and Eid worship. Aggressive bigots who are politically ambitious made a plan to deprive Ahmadis their right of worship and initiated a sustained campaign to that end. They held a conference in September 2011 and took out anti-Ahmadi rallies in October 2011. Their leadership was encouraged by the reluctance and timidity of authorities. So the bigots persisted and campaigned to eventually deprive Ahmadis of their fundamental human right – freedom of worship.

 

RAWALPINDI is located adjacent to Islamabad, the federal capital – as a sort of twin city. However it lies in the administrative jurisdiction of the province of the Punjab. A vibrant Ahmadiyya community has lived here for decades. They have a mosque on Murree Road but since long it has become inadequate and cannot accommodate even 20% of the worshippers for the weekly Friday prayers. Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX the authorities do not facilitate Ahmadis to build their places of worship, so Ahmadis acquired a property Evan-i-Tauhid in the Satellite Town neighbourhood of this city for community offices, meetings, assembly etc. This location has been used for 14 years for Friday and Eid prayers. The government does not tax it for being a place of worship.

Anti-Ahmadi extremist elements, pursuing their fresh policy initiative and plan devised in 2011, decided to mount a campaign to deprive Ahmadis of their right of worship at this Centre. Some immoderate traders in league with a few mullas approached the authorities in September 2011 with a complaint that Ahmadis’ worship at this centre hurts their feelings, so the place should be closed down. If the authorities took no action, they would themselves stop the worship, they threatened. Compliantly, the authorities started tailing the agitators’ demand. Ahmadis explained their position to them. The vigilantes maintained their pressure in the following weeks.

Sharjeel Mir and mullas in a press conference

On January 3, 2012 the right-wing daily Nawa-i-Waqt published the news that a meeting of clerics had been called for January 10 to decide upon the next course of action on this issue.

In that meeting they decided to put up banners and take out a procession on January 18 and demand a closure of the Ahmadiyya center by January 22, failing that, January 29 would be the decisive date when this place of worship would be destroyed. “Deniers of the End of Prophethood, Blasphemers of the Prophet, Apostates, Qadianis’ center of apostasy at E-69: Protest Rally (by) Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat,” displayed the banners. The authorities did not remove these despite their hateful and provocative call.

Sharjeel Mir, a local businessman was in the forefront as the leader of the loathsome campaign. Reportedly he met Mian Nawaz Sharif in this context. The issue was craftily linked to Namus Risalat (the honour of the Prophet).

On January 29, the public was exhorted through loudspeakers fitted on roving vehicles to join the open-air gathering ‘against Qadianis’. Approximately four to five thousand men attended the gathering. The speakers outpoured a great deal of slander and filth against the Ahmadi community. They mentioned the murder of the slain Governor of Taseer and stated that Ahmadis will meet the same fate.

Banner for sectarian rally and agitation

The leaders of the agitation announced that Ahmadis will not be allowed to offer their prayers at the Centre next Friday, the 4th February. “First we shall have this centre at Rawalpindi closed; this will be followed by such closures all over the country subsequently,” they said.

Ahmadi elders conveyed their concern and position to the authorities all along. Their opponents seemed to avail of the unstable political situation in the country to demand the closure of this Centre. In this they sought help from religious bodies, unscrupulous politicians, the right-wing vernacular press and politically ambitious businessmen.

The Express Tribune of January 30, 2012 reported that ‘many participants held portraits of Mumtaz Qadri, who assassinated the governor’. “Arranged by trading associations, the protest was attended by activists from Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Jamaat Islami, Sipah Sahaba and Ahle Sunnat Jamaat,” it added. On January 21, this newspaper had filed a report that Hafiz Saeed (leader of the JuD) appealed to all Muslim brothers to gather at the nearby Holy Family Hospital at noon on January 29 to force the Ahmadis to close all acts of worship in the locality. JuD and Sipah Sahaba are banned organizations for their terrorist activities.

The agitators maintained the heat at ‘High’ during the next month, and the Ahmadiyya community was forced into a corner by the mullas and their co-operating authorities. On February 7, 2012 the Ahmadiyya community’s central office decided to send an appeal to those in authority at the federal level and in the province about the threat posed by this group of extremist elements to Ahmadis’ freedom of religion and their right to worship in their center in Rawalpindi. Its translation in English is produced below:

Nazarat Umoor Aama

Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)

Ph: 047-6212459 – Fax: 047-6215459 E-mail: nuasaa@hotmail.com

 

Sir,

 

Subject:                Application for appropriate action

 

I put forward that anti-Ahmadiyya campaign has gained intensity all over the country and in Rawalpindi in particular. The antagonists seem determined to push a hostile provocative drive to attack and demolish the Ahmadiyya Center in E-69, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, or to have the Center sealed at least. Some politicians are supporting the religious extremists in this campaign. In order to achieve their contemptible objects they have co-opted the vernacular press, indulged in rallies, open-air meetings, distribution of provocative literature from the Khatme Nabuwwat platform, and agitated for extreme action against Ahmadi individuals.

  • The traders held a conference in September 2011 and initiated stir and agitation.
  • Religious extremists held anti-Ahmadi rallies on 1, 9 and 11 October and mulled action against the Evan-i-Tauhid, the Ahmadiyya center, including its demolition.
  • Mullas held an anti-Ahmadiyya conference on January 10, in the mosque of the Holy Family Hospital.
  • 70 mullas and traders held a joint meeting on January 10.
  • They displayed anti-Ahmadi banners and put up posters at important locations in Rawalpindi on January 18.
  • Through these posters they warned that if this place of worship was not undone by 22 January, 29 January will be the day of action when people will destroy it entirely.

The ring leader of all this activity is Sharjeel Mir who is linked to Muslim League (Nawaz Group). He has repeatedly urged Jihad against the Ahmadiyya Community. He organizes the production of hostile banners. People are being motivated, in the name of honour of the Prophet, to sacrifice even their lives to achieve an end to this Center. Every trader has been asked to contribute Rs. 25,000 each and provide 200 protestors.

Apart from all this, a provocative pamphlet “Rebuttal of heretic beliefs of Qadianis and Long Live End of Prophethood” was distributed. Snoopers were noticed visiting the location of the Center and photographing the building.

It should be mentioned that people were invited through calls on mounted mobile loud-speakers to assemble at the given location ‘against Qadianis’. Slogans were raised through the amplifiers. Anti-Ahmadi banners were paraded through the city.

During the rally in the Satellite Town on January 29, the speakers mentioned the slain governor Salman Taseer as the blasphemer, and asserted, “Qadianis will also meet the same fate.”

This situation has been reported to senior officials all along and they have been requested to take appropriate action. There is great deal of political and religious tension in the country and the law and order situation is unsatisfactory; such anti-Ahmadiyya provocations can worsen the malaise.

Sir, Ahmadiyya community is a peaceful law-abiding group. We have always respected the law of the land and have never indulged in unlawful activities. While our opponents enjoy unbridled freedom of expression and are at liberty to undertake provocative, threatening and extreme actions, the Ahmadiyya community is threatened with loss of its right to worship.

You are requested in this context to take preventive and appropriate action to ensure security and put a stop to the said provocative hostile activities, as required under law.

We hope that you will take appropriate action.

Sincerely,

 

Saleemuddin

Director Public Affairs

Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot

In short, Ahmadis, who are not even allowed to call their places of worship Masjid, and are forbidden to build mosques, were exposed to extremist elements, including banned organizations, who demanded that Ahmadis should not only be disallowed to worship in their buildings but also such buildings should be demolished or at least sealed.

Anti-Ahmadiyya procession in Rawalpindi

In Rawalpindi the authorities permitted the extremists to openly propagate hate and violence against an entire community, they had done so by not dismantling their hateful banners that stayed on display for weeks and by allowing them to make hateful announcements in public places on loudspeakers.

The media decided to keep quiet on the whole issue and let it happen without comment. The vernacular press was shy to comment on the ignoble developments; however, there were some bold and unequivocal comments in the English press.

On Friday, February 24, 2012 Sharjeel Mir, the leader of the agitation arrived at the Ahmadiyya center at about 2 p.m. and arranged a crowd of approximately 250 including Madrassah students, and started shouting. Ahmadis informed the police. The police arrived, but rather than dispersing the mob undertook dismantling the CCTV cameras and barricades that had been installed for security reasons, in consultation with the agitators. (Reminds one of May 2010 when the authorities in Lahore prohibited Ahmadi worshippers carry any self-defence small arms in their mosques, which facilitated the terrorists mount major attacks on two Ahmadi mosques killing 86 worshipers.) It is certain that the police and the administration undertook this violation of property rights and removal of security hardware in collusion with the leaders of the protest.

Sharjeel Mir was greatly encouraged by the compliant attitude of authorities, and expressed his determination to proceed with the extermination of the Ahmadiyya presence in the locality.

Thereafter, The Express Tribune, Lahore posted the following report in its issue of March 2, 2012:

Police bar Ahmadis from entering worship centre

Protester says congregational prayer followed by demonstration was planned in case Ahmadis were allowed to enter.

Rawalpindi:          Complying with the demands of the locals, the police on Friday barred Ahmadis from entering their worship centre in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.

Leading the locals, businessman Sharjeel Mir told The Express Tribune that three days back on a consensus, it was decided to prevent any sort of worship in the centre.

Mir said that a meeting called by the locals which was attended by DCO Saqib Zafar, Superintendent of Police Matloob Husain, ulema and other officials, it was decided that the worship centre will now be used only as a residence and if their demands are not met, then they will launch a protest.

Today, fearing a huge turnover at the expected protest, the police had barred Ahmadis from entering the premises. …

The police confined the Ahmadis present inside the worship place and barred the ones coming from outside. …

Last Friday, around 700 locals had gathered outside the same worship centre, demanded the removal of (security) barricade and CCTV cameras installed outside.

Backed by a Jihadi organization, the protesters had alleged that “unconstitutional” activities were being carried out in the centre.

However, the community had emphasized that they had committed no unlawful activities and had pleaded that the hate campaign be stopped so they could feel safe in the area.

To conclude, the administration’s message to the extremists was clear: “You persist in agitation and appear sufficiently menacing, and we will deliver – even in violation of sacred guarantees of the Constitution.”   

            It is ironic that only a few miles away from the President House, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari announced three days later: “We will ensure protection of human rights of minorities.” The daily Mashriq, March 7, 2012

The drive of brutish curbs on Ahmadis’ freedom of worship continued in Rawalpindi during the month of March. The agitation by extremist elements picked up ugly momentum for lack of any effective resistance from the authorities.

The police tightened the noose further on the Fridays following March 2. Their contingent would arrive as early as 9 a.m. (while the prayers started at 1 p.m.) and stopped Ahmadis coming to the Ahmadiyya complex where in addition to the space for worship various offices are also located. The missionary’s residence is also provided there. The police stopped even his school-going children from entering the building after the school hours. His son had to wait for hours after the time of Friday prayers before he could return home.

It was a shameful compliance to the will of the mulla, by the authorities who are duty bound to uphold human rights of citizens and their freedom of religion and worship.

Worship at Evan-i-Tauhid came to a virtual halt in August as the authorities yielded shamelessly to the unlawful demands of the Islamo-fascists.

At the end of Ramadan all Muslims celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. This festival this year was celebrated on August 20. An essential feature of this celebration is the Eid prayers wherein all men, women and children of the entire local community congregate to worship and listen to a Khutba (sermon). This year the authorities in Rawalpindi disallowed this right of worship to Ahmadis – another ‘first ever’ in a long list of different kinds of religious and social brutalities committed by the authorities since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX of 1984 by General Zia. Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah issued the following press release at this occasion:

Rabwah (PR):   This year on 20 August 2012 Ahmadis in Rawalpindi had nowhere to offer their Eid prayers as they were deprived from this right by the district authorities. There has been false propaganda and baseless accusations about the place of worship and its locality. As a result the Ahmadis were deprived from their fundamental right to worship at the premises.

 

The sad part of this whole episode is that the local administration seems to be only concerned about the demands of miscreants. The authorities always pressurize Ahmadis to compromise rather than allowing them to perform their religious duties that are guaranteed by the constitution and the international covenants that Pakistan has signed.

 

The spokesperson of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Pakistan Saleem-ud-Din said that the government and local administration has violated the Article 20 of the Constitution of Pakistan in stopping Ahmadis from congregating for Eid prayers. The Article 20 ensures every citizen of his right to freely perform his religious duties.

 

Mr. Saleem-ud-Din said that Ahmadis would never compromise or accept any pressure on their fundamental right to worship. This is not only a denial of religious freedom but also depriving the Ahmadis of an annual ritual where worship goes with social activity. Eid is a religious event but it also has a huge social impact that brings people closer together and the authorities have deprived them of their right to peacefully gather for this annual event.

 

For last many years Ahmadis have been gathering at Evan-e-Tawhid for worship on Juma and Eid plus regular prayers but now they have been forcibly stopped against their will. This year till the last minute the local authorities gave false hopes to Ahmadis that they could congregate and gather for Eid worship. This was not meant to materialize, as at the eleventh hour local Ahmadiyya administration was informed that they cannot gather for Eid. This left the local Ahmadis with no choice and no hope for a gathering fitting for an Eid and leaving them disheartened and marginalized.

 

The larger question arises from this whole scenario is that how far this government and its cronies at the district level are going to go in order to appease the miscreants who seem to have an endless list of demands?

End of Press Release

It is relevant to mention that the responsibility for this outrage primarily goes to the government of the Punjab, led by Mian Shahbaz Sharif of PML (N). The regional and district authorities share the blame. Although the province of the Punjab has led the rest of Pakistan in committing excesses and tyranny against the Ahmadis, the overall score against Ahmadiyya places of worship in Pakistan should put the entire country to shame. Since the promulgation of the Ordinance XX, following has happened till the end of 2012 in this field:

Number of Ahmadiyya mosques demolished                                     24

Number of Ahmadiyya mosques set on fire                                       13

Number of Ahmadiyya mosques forcibly occupied                           16

Number of Ahmadiyya mosques sealed by authorities                      28

Number of Ahmadiyya mosques construction of which

was barred by the authorities                                                              46

The authorities occasionally quote the lame and unarguable pretext of the extremist elements that Ahmadi places of worship lack proper authorization. The fact remains that for the last 28 years the authorities have not given express permission to Ahmadis to build even one place of worship. It is relevant to mention that while the authorities rely on their own strict interpretation of the rules while imposing them on the right of worship of Ahmadis, the same authorities allowed the clerics of the Lal Masjid of Islamabad to hoard piles of ammunition and fire-arms in their place of worship. This hypocrisy is perhaps the root cause of the rot in the state of Pakistan.

All the above was reported to the appropriate political and administrative authorities at the federal and provincial level. However, it became obvious that the federal government did little to persuade the Punjab government to ensure that Ahmadis’ fundamental human rights are not violated. Two months later, at the occasion of the festival of Eid-ul-Adha the outrage was repeated in Rawalpindi as reported in the daily Nation of October 30, 2012:

Ahmadis barred from offering Eid prayer

October 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD – The Ahmadiya community residing in Rawalpindi city continues to bear the brunt of dangerous religious frenzy.

Around 1500-1600 worshippers belonging to Ahmadi community – who were supposed to congregate at the worship place of the community located at E-Block of Satellite Town to observe Eidul Azha prayers  were barred by the authorities from doing so.

It came after a new wave of hate-campaign against the community hit the city.

The Action Committee Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (ACKN) – an opportunistic alliance between the banned religious outfits including Jamatud Dawa (Jud) and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (former Sipah-e-Sahaba) and some local traders – just a week before Eidul Azha had filled the city with anti-Ahmadi banners demanding of the city administration to seal the worship place permanently.

It was not the first time, as community members were also not allowed to offer Eidul Fitr prayers around two-and-a-half months ago.

“We, the office-bearers of Anjuman-e-Ahmadiya Rawalpindi (AAR), have formally requested the city administration to allow us to observe Eidul Azha prayers at Evan-e-Tauhid near the Holy Family Hospital. But the administration refused on the pretext of law and order situation,” said a member of the administration of Evan-e-Tauhid, wishing not to be named, while talking to The Nation.

He said that AAR had also requested the administration to suggest them some alternate place of worship, but it was not entertained too.

He said that the worship place located at Murree Road, Rawalpindi, Bait-ul-Hamd, could accommodate only 200 worshippers. “Some of the community members belonging to Rawalpindi moved to Islamabad to offer prayers,” he said.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/30-Oct-2012/ahmadis-barred-from-offering-eid-prayer

The intimidating bigot, Sharjeel Mir, the leader of the bazaar gang who succeeded in pushing the authorities to restrict Ahmadis’ Eid congregation prayer at the Evan-i-Tauhid in Rawalpindi now treats low ranking officials with some contempt. He is, of course, harsh with Ahmadis too.

On Friday, November 30, 2012, Sharjeel Mir, accompanied by 6 or 7 mullas came over to Evan-i-Tauhid and asked the police personnel on duty as to why they permitted so many people enter the building for prayers. At that time, an Ahmadi emerged from the building after prayers, and Mir spoke harshly with him.

At 3:45 p.m. Mir revisited the site accompanied by three mullas. The SHO, New Town also came there. Mir told him that he had informed the DCO and the DPO repeatedly that the number of worshipers was again on the rise. “Why do you not stop them” he wanted to know.

The SHO reassured him that no Ahmadi will be allowed to enter the building between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. and none will be allowed to exit from there. True to his word he imposed that commitment the next Friday, December 7.

It seems as if this turf has been handed over by the Punjab government to bigots like Mir, whom otherwise the Chief Minister decries in his public utterances.

One is at a loss for making any comment. In April last year Mr. Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs said, “Foreign powers are not responsible for terrorism in the country, it is religious extremists.” (The daily Din; April 21, 2011). The daily Dawn attributed the following intention to Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister, on May 15, 2011: CM wants genie of extremism bottled. OK, but as rulers, what was the course they adopted? What is political cowardice and hypocrisy if not the official response narrated above to the demand of sectarian zealots of Rawalpindi? This story alone should suffice to explain the cause and course of the fall of the state of Pakistan to the abyss of decay and disintegration.

 

 

Freedom of Islamic worship seriously curtailed in the Islamic Republic

Ghatialian, District Sialkot; July 3, 2012:     Ghatialian has a sizeable Ahmadiyya community. The mullas have targeted this community since long. Recently they succeeded, with the help of police, to implicate 12 Ahmadis in a criminal case under Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298-B. Ten accused were arrested. If declared guilty they could be imprisoned for three years and fined any amount.

The mullas have persecuted the local Ahmadis in the recent years through a challenge to their place of worship. Approximately two years ago, Ahmadis decided to renovate and extend their mosque to meet their enhanced need. The mullas, with the help of authorities, put a stop to the on-going work. Now, the shuttering was deteriorating, so Ahmadis attempted to put it right. The mullas reported to the police who arrived at the location. By that time, the Ahmadis had gone. The mullas maintained their anti-Ahmadi drive and kept up their pressure on the police. On July 13, when the Ahmadi youth were playing volley ball, the police arrived and arrested six of them. Later when their relatives went to the police station to enquire, the police detained some more Ahmadis. Mulla Afzal, who is one of the leaders of the mischief, assembled a big gang from the nearby villages and arrived at the police station to press his demand. There they shouted slogans. This led to some confrontation between Ahmadis and the mulla’s men at the police station. The police registered a case against Mr. Pervez Ahmad, Ahmadi, and two others under PPC 506 and 34 at the complaint of the mulla on July 4, 2012.

Mullas are now masters in the art of bullying the officials and obtaining the desired results. The SHO spoke to his DSP, and as is normal with the police in the Punjab in such situations, he found it convenient to yield to the mulla. He charged 12 Ahmadis under PPC 298-B and sent 10 Ahmadis to police lock-up. The accused include Mr. Mazhar Masud, Zahid Masud, Musharraf Ahmad, Inaam Ahmad, Waqar Ali, Nafees Ahmad, Asad Inaam Danish, Safeer Ahmad, Azhar Ahmad, Arsalan Mehtab, Abid Ahmad and Usman Danish.

The arrested Ahmadis were released a few days later after obtaining a bail order from a court. The accused have to undergo the trial, however.

It may be recalled that a group of anti-Ahmadiyya extremists sprayed bullets with automatic weapons on Ahmadi worshippers in their mosque in Ghatialian (Khurd) on October 30, 2000. In this slaughter five Ahmadis were killed and six others were injured. Prior to the incident the police had registered cases against 20 Ahmadis in the district, giving to the extremist elements a clear indication of the official backing.

This time also, three months after this episode, Mr Riaz Ahmad Basra, Ahmadi who was active in defending the Ahmadiyya mosque was shot dead by unidentified killers.

 

Hostile reconnaissance of Ahmadis and their mosques in Lahore

Iqbal Town, Lahore; October 2012:  Members of Hafiz Saeed group carry out frequent reconnaissance of two Ahmadiyya mosques, Baitud Tauhid in Iqbal Town and Daruz Zikr in Garhi Shahu and also of Ahmadis who come there for worship.

They post a man beside the road who notes down the registration numbers of the cars and vehicles of Ahmadis coming to the mosques. Others sometimes chase Ahmadis to their homes and mark their houses.

Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Gondal was returning home after offering his evening prayers on October 10, 2012. He sensed two men chasing him. He entered his house hurriedly. After a while those men gathered a few mullas outside his house and demanded the removal of the decorative plate of Ayatul Kursi (a Quranic verse) in the entrance. Mr. Gondal told them that he would not do it himself, but told them that they could undertake that sacrilege if they had the audacity. They removed the plate and declared him a Kafir (infidel) on leaving. They informed his neighbours that Mr. Gondal was a Qadiani and urged them to boycott him.

Mr. Gondal’s son took to heart their provocative remark and cried for long, protesting, “Why did they call us Kafir (infidel)?”

These opponents launched a hate campaign against Mr. Anwar Virk, a prominent Ahmadi. They published a leaflet to that effect. Mr. Virk was advised to take appropriate precautionary measures.

Model Town; October 16, 2012:        Mr. Naeem Ahmad resides in Q Block, Model Town. He has been running a general store close to his home for the last 17 years. Islamic inscriptions were written at the front of his shop. Approximately 30 men, most of them mullas, went to the Police Station Liaqat Abad to report against Mr. Ahmad. They talked to the SHO, went to his shop and started taking photos of the Islamic inscriptions. They demanded their removal. After their departure a policeman informed him that they had come to talk about the Ahmadiyya graveyard in Model Town, and they also demanded removal of the Islamic inscriptions from his shop and from other Ahmadi houses.

A procession came to Mr. Ahmad’s shop on October 16, 2012, shouted slogans and told Mr. Ahmad to remove the inscriptions. Timely arrival of the police at the site saved the situation. The police expressed their helplessness in the face of this extremism and urged Mr. Ahmad to remove the Quranic verse from his shop.

Mr. Ahmad removed the plate to avoid any more trouble.

 

Desecration of Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore

Three main Ahmadiyya mosques were desecrated by the police under the pressure of mullas during the year 2012. They are briefly mentioned below while the details are mentioned in Chapter 7 of Annual Report 2012.

Sultanpura; May 2, 2012:                  The police, under orders from high officials, undertook gross violation of Ahmadi religious freedom by breaking up and removing sacred epithets and phrases from the Ahmadiyya mosque in Sultanpura, Lahore.

Garhi Shahu; May 17, 2012: Nine policemen came over to the Ahmadiyya mosque on May 17, 2012. They nailed a steel sheet over the Kalima and painted it black. Thus encouraged, the mullas are now putting pressure on the administration to demolish the minarets of this mosque.

Mughalpura; September 23, 2012:    The police came to the local Ahmadiyya mosque and covered the Islamic creed (Kalima) with black steel plates. Mullas were putting pressure on the police to remove the Kalima from the Ahmadiyya mosque.

 

A Kalima incident in Lahore

May 17, 2012: The Islamic catechism is called Kalima. It is a small statement in Arabic and it means: “There is none worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is His messenger.” Ahmadis profess the same Kalima; extremist mullas insist that Ahmadis should not recite this Kalima; sometimes they misinform their followers by telling them that Ahmadis actually have a different Kalima, or when Ahmadis recite this Kalima they have a different prophet in mind than Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), etc.

During the days of General Zia, Ahmadis campaigned in public that Ahmadis have no other creed than the Kalima. The general reacted very harshly and ordered his police and security agencies to prevent Ahmadis from asserting their right to state their faith. As a result thousands were booked and hundreds suffered arrest and detention.

Pakistan’s constitution grants religious freedom to its citizens. The anti-Ahmadi laws imposed by General Zia can be interpreted by extremists to restrict this freedom to any extent. The mullas continue to harass Ahmadis accordingly; in this they enjoy the support of careerist officials who find it convenient to keep the mulla happy. Politicians tend to do the same.

Ahmadis had written the Kalima on the façade of their mosque, Dar-uz-Zikr in Garhi Shahu, Lahore. This is the same mosque that was targeted by terrorists in 2010. Many years ago the police, urged by mullas, had covered up with planks the Kalima here. With the passage of time, the nails had become rusted and the planks came off. The Kalima could again be read from the exterior. Mullas took note of this.

On April 9, 2012, the police SHO telephoned Ahmadiyya Dar-uz-Zikr and left a message for the ‘responsible’ to see him in the police station at 4 p.m. At the given time the SHO was not available on phone. The next day he sent a written message. At the appointed time, the SHO was not present in the police station, so the Ahmadi elder talked to him on phone.

The SHO told the Ahmadis to cover up the Kalima. He was told that Ahmadis are committed to the Kalima as this is their creed; they did not cover up the Kalima, the police had done it; if the police want to do it again, it is up to them. The police, thereafter, conveyed to Ahmadis that they would come after the sunset to complete the task. Apparently they were embarrassed to undertake this shameful task in daylight and be seen. They were told that only officials on duty (in uniform) would be allowed entry in Dar-uz-Zikr.

After dark had set in, the police arrived with tools. They were in uniform except one whom they claimed to be a corporal and indicated that he was the one who would cover up the Kalima. Ahmadis insisted that only a bona fide policeman in uniform would be allowed to go up the stairs. Accordingly, they went up and started bolting the planks. At that time, the sub-inspector in-charge of the detail received a phone call from some higher official who told him to take off the bolted plank and return to the police station. They did that.

A few days later, mullas speaking at the Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Shalamar, Lahore on 21 April threatened that they would take up the Kalima issue in a big way and have the display torn down. Such a challenge from the clerics to the authorities is not surprising in view of the fact that it was the government of the Punjab that sponsored, organized and funded a big Khatme Nabuwwat conference in the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore on April 11, 2009. It was also addressed by the Federal Minister of Religious Affairs.

A senior police official, later told Ahmadis that the Khatme Nabuwwat mullas had lodged an application to remove the Kalima, thus the police were under great pressure.

At last the police bowed to the will of the mullas, and nine policemen came over to the Ahmadiyya mosque on May 17, 2012. They nailed a steel sheet over the Kalima and painted it black.

Some people living in the front street of the mosque celebrated this event and distributed sweets. Some of them raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans.

 

Ahmadiyya mosque and sacred phrases defiled by the Punjab Police

Sultanpura, Lahore; May 2, 2012:                The police, under orders from high officials, undertook gross violation of Ahmadi religious freedom by breaking up and removing sacred epithets and phrases from the Ahmadiyya mosque in Sultanpura, Lahore.

Two policemen visited an Ahmadi, Mr. Naeem Ahmad, on April 28, 2012 and told him that a complaint had been received about the Islamic activities of Ahmadis in their mosque, so the local Ahmadi notables should report to the police station at 7.30 p.m.

In the evening the SHO accompanied by a contingent of 10 constables came over himself to the Ahmadiyya mosque and pointed out to the Kalmia (Islamic creed) and the Divine attributes written on the wall, and told Ahmadis to remove them. Ahmadis told him that they would not undertake the defiling, however if the authorities were adamant, the police may do that themselves. The SHO said, “I am a Muslim, I shall never do that.” Thereafter he went back.

It was learnt that two complainants, Mulla Tufail Ahmad and Advocate Badr Alam Sheikh, who live approximately 15 kilometers away, had jointly applied to the police that the Ahmadiyya place of worship be made to not look like a mosque, and the Kalima, etc should be removed from it as these hurt the sentiments of Muslims. It is relevant to mention that this mosque is more than half a century old, and people residing in the neighbourhood had never raised any objection over its shape etc. It is also highly controversial as to what does a typical mosque look like. The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad  looks very different from the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore; while both of these have no semblance whatsoever to the first mosque built by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in Madina.

The police sent for the Ahmadiyya representatives to report to the police station a number of times over the next three days. The senior Ahmadi leadership contacted high police officials in Lahore to be mindful of Ahmadis’ fundamental rights and resist the pressure of a few religious bigots. However, the authorities chose the path of least resistance.

At the police station, the SHO, surely receiving orders from his superiors, was harsh with Ahmadis and threatened them with registration of a criminal case under PPC 295-B and the anti-Ahmadiyya PPC 298-C. Under the former clause Ahmadis would be liable to imprisonment for life. Ahmadis, however, refused to undertake the desecration.

On May 2, 2012, the SHO came to the mosque to convey that the police would undertake removal of the Kalmia etc and demolish the minarets. Ahmadis told him that he would need a magistrate’s order to demolish the minarets. The SHO did not like that.

A police contingent led by the SHO arrived at about 3 p.m. They used hammer and chisel and broke the tiles of the Kalima and Divine attributes. They also damaged the prayer text at the entrance that a worshipper is expected to recite on entering a mosque. The shameful operation continued for almost five hours.

The police were about to demolish the small minarets when the Ahmadis offered to cover them up, as otherwise the adjoining structure would have been damaged.

The mullas apparently are still not happy with what the authorities have done for them. (Their aim is to stoke the fires of hate and discord, and not to stabilize the situation). They now want the dome of the mosque to be demolished. Ahmadis received threat messages in this context also.

 

A big offensive move against the main place of worship in Lahore

Lahore; May 2012:    Encouraged by the pliant response of the police to the mullas’ campaign against the Ahmadiyya mosque in Sultanpura, Lahore, the extremist lobby decided to bully the intimidated state into defiling the Ahmadiyya main mosque, Dar uz Zikr in Garhi Shahu. This is the same location where two years ago terrorists carried out a massacre of worshippers while the police waited for hours doing nothing.

On May 12, Badr Alam Sheikh, an advocate of the High Court, Lahore, sent an application to the SHO Garhi Shahu against five Ahmadis namely Munawwar Ahmad Sheikh, Sheikh Riaz Ahmad, the Qadiani missionary {name unknown (sic)}, Dr Nazir Ahmad and Waqar Butt for writing the Kalima (Islamic creed) on Dar-uz-Zikr and the construction of dome and minarets. The applicant applied that these Ahmadis be booked in a criminal police case for violation of PPC 298-B and 298-C.

The applicant also wrote that he had been informed by his friend that Ahmadi women proselytize to Muslim families; the Kalima, the dome and the minarets openly violate (sic) the provisions of PPC 298-B and 298-C; as such the Kalima, epithets, the mosque-like minarets and dome should be ‘secured’ (mahfuz kia jaey). “This should be done to put a stop to extremism and uphold the law”, the applicant added.

On receiving no compliance report from the SHO, the applicant wrote to the Addl. District and Session Judge, Lahore against the SHO for not registering the case. At this, the court required the SHO to reply, who replied that it was not the job of the police to undo minarets and domes – it was the domain of the Building Department. The Kalima had already been covered by steel plates on May 17 by the police.

At this Mr. Naeem Ahmad, Addl. District and Session Judge passed an order on May 28, 2012 that the SHO should “proceed further as per law in view of contents of application moved by the petitioner.”

Approximately six weeks later, B.A. Sheikh, the advocate wrote another application to the Session Judge, involving 1. the SHO, 2. EDO Works, 3. Administrator Gulberg Town, 4. TMO Gulberg Town and 5. the DCO Lahore. He demanded:

  1. Registration of criminal case against the named Ahmadis under anti-Ahmadi laws PPC 298-B and 298-C
  2. Demolition of the dome and the minaret
  3. The officials at 2, 3 and 4 above to provide to the SHO the required machinery and tools for demolition
  4. Orders to the DCO to provide all legal support to demolish the minarets and dome “which have been constructed to deceive the Muslims.”

The SHO informed the Additional Session Judge on July 16, 2012 that the Ahmadiyya worship place is there since 1954, while the anti-Ahmadi ordinance was promulgated in 1984. He proposed to the judge to issue orders to other civil officials to provide relief to the applicant (dadrasi), while the police would extend all support to the works team and would carry out the orders of the court.

Encouraged by the shameless official/police action against the Ahmadiyya mosque in Kharian, where the police demolished the minarets, the mullas held a demonstration to press their demands, near City Law College, Lahore on July 19, 2012. The mullas thereafter went to the police station where they had a meeting with police officials. What transpired there is not known. The clerics attempted again to take out a procession on July 20, 2012 from Jamia Naeemia, after the Friday congregation. A Superintendent of Police met them, and the rally was called off – under what arrangement, is not known to Ahmadis.

Pakistan’s Constitution Art. 20 provides the right to all its citizens to ‘establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.’ The UDHR Art. 18 enshrines that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…” Pakistan is now signatory to ICCPR which is even more explicit. The discriminatory anti-Ahmadi laws were promulgated in the dark days of General Zia and have not been repealed by successive regimes and governments, who all gave the mulla a long leash. Now the chickens have come home to roost. If the state wilts once again in the face of obscurantist and extremist elements and undertakes demolition of the minaret and dome in Lahore, the mulla will demand the same action against thousands of Ahmadiyya mosques from Karachi to Peshawar. Even thereafter, many domes and minarets/steeples of other religious groups will attract the mulla’s attention, as his appetite for mischief and unrest is unrestricted. He can always invent and rattle new issues.

 

Endless mischief and hurt – in the capital of the Punjab

The Mughlpura mosque:       The SHO Police Station Mughalpura sent for the secretary of the local Ahmadiyya community on June 1, 2012 and told him that the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (perhaps the banned SSP) sent him an application against the Kalima written on the Ahmadiyya mosque. He told the secretary to remove the Kalima, but the secretary told him that Ahmadis would do no such thing.

In the evening the SHO telephoned the president of the Ahmadi community and told him that the police would arrive at the mosque at 02:30 in the night, and he should have men available to efface the Kalima. (The time given is noteworthy.) The president conveyed his inability to comply with the SHO’s orders. The SHO threatened him with registration of a criminal case. “Do what you like,” the president replied.

The SHO came over at night, but went back without taking any action.

The issue remained dormant for next few weeks, but was reviewed in September. A group of approximately 30 mullas and miscreants came over to the mosque on September 19, 2012 at 9 p.m. on motorcycles. They brought with them a ladder and a hammer. They knocked at the door of the mosque but no one opened the gate for them. They placed the ladder against the main gate, climbed over it and started removing the Kalima and attributes of God written on the wall. They were told to stop. They replied that they were constables and the police had told them to do so. Ahmadi youths on duty firmly told them that they would not allow any civilian do it. At this the miscreants retreated.

 

Police in civvies is covering the Kalima from Ahmadiyya mosque in Mughalpura, Lahore

 

However, a few days later, the police told Ahmadis to remove the Kalima. They were told again that Ahmadis could never consider undertaking such desecration. Thereafter, on September 23, 2012 the police came to the mosque and covered the Islamic creed (Kalima) with black steel plates. The police action in the Mughalpura Ahmadiyya mosque is still another serious violation of Ahmadis’ freedom of religion.

 

Desecration of another Ahmadiyya mosque

Mitha Tiwana, District Khushab; September 13, 2012:       A police inspector came with his contingent to the local Ahmadiyya mosque on September 13, 2012 and told the Ahmadiyya administration that two mullas Athar Hussain Shah and Shamsul Aarfain Hamdani of Quaidabad had filed an application against Rana Nasir Ahmad, the president of local Ahmadiyya community and Rana Nasrullah that Ahmadis had built minaret and a niche in their mosque and written the Kalima in violation of Pakistani law. (In fact the law does not specify this as violation.)  He inspected the mosque and went back. He told Ahmadis to come to the police station on September 15, 2012. The Ahmadiyya delegation went there accompanied by a number of non-Ahmadi sympathizers who were willing to state that they had no objection to Islamic inscriptions and minarets in the Ahmadiyya mosque. The investigation officer was not present at the given time so the delegation had to return. On their way back they met the investigation officer who took the statements of five non-Ahmadi locals and asked them to come again the next day to have their statements recorded.

The Ahmadiyya community representatives met higher officials to explain this position. The SHO called Rana Nasrullah to the police station on September 16, 2012. He recorded Rana’s statement and gave the decision that in order to control the situation and to stop the mischief the police will remove the Kalima from the Ahmadiyya mosque.

The police arrived there at 8 p.m. and removed the Kalima from the Ahmadiyya mosque and took away the plate with them.

Encouraged by the pliant attitude of authorities the mullas have now started inciting the people and move the authorities to confiscate the Ahmadiyya mosque in village Chak 2/TDA.

The land for this mosque was granted by the government in 1950 when this barren area was being colonized. Ahmadis built their mosque on it and it has been in their use since then. The mulla now argues that the land was then given to Ahmadis to build a mosque, but now that Ahmadis have been declared non-Muslims, the land and the mosque belong to ‘Muslims’. He agitates the locals to take over the land. He received little support in his campaign.

Athar Hussain moved the session’s court with the plea to hand over the mosque and the land to the Muslims and register a case against four Ahmadis namely Rana Nasrulla, Rana Suhail Ahmad, Mr. Mubarak Ahmad and Rana Rafiq Ahmad of the said village.

This mulla was the instigator of a riot in Takht Hazara in November 2000 where five Ahmadis were killed. He has now been posted in District Khushab by his employers. He has already succeeded in compelling the police to remove the Kalima from this very mosque on September 16, 2012.

The two mullas who are behind this mischief are very active in this district against Ahmadis. They threatened an Ahmadi shopkeeper to remove the names of Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) from his shop. He did not comply, so they spray-painted these holy names during dark hours when the shop was closed.

The incident is indicative of the policy of higher political and administrative authorities in the Punjab to go to great lengths to comply with mullas’ wishes.

 

Worship denied

Bhiki, District Sheikhupura; July 27, 2012: Mr. Mamoor Ahmad, Ahmadi was about to go home after the Friday prayers when a non-Ahmadi youth Akmal stopped him. The two had an argument, but the other Ahmadis standing nearby diffused the situation. Akmal went home and came back with a gun. He fired several shots in the air in front of the Ahmadiyya place of worship and used bad language. An Ahmadi community official contacted the District Police Officer who sent the SHO to inquire. He diffused the situation and told the parties to report to the police station at 6 p.m.

The Ahmadiyya delegation reached the police station on time. The SHO showed them a copy of the relevant stamp paper which mentioned that this plot was sold for residential purpose. The SHO told Ahmadis to seek permission from the District Coordination Officer if they want to offer their Friday prayers therein and have it registered as a place of worship. This is a tall order; it is rare that Ahmadis are officially facilitated to worship in congregation.

Akmal distributed anti-Ahmadiyya stickers and literature in the village. The DPO has constituted a committee of five members to resolve this matter. The situation is quite tense. The opponents have demanded that an FIR should be registered against the president of the local Ahmadiyya community.

 

Another target: Ahmadiyya mosque in Chiniot

Chiniot:           Another Ahmadiyya place of worship targeted is in Chiniot, ten kilometers from Rabwah. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain Chinioti took the lead here to deny worship to Ahmadis.

This mulla issued posters and wrote a letter to the DCO. He claimed that since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi amendment to the constitution there were no Qadianis left in Chiniot – a few converted into Islam, others departed. The mulla did not realize that this was self-incrimination on behalf of the majority community and the state. In fact, he is a liar; Ahmadis have not fled from Chiniot nor have they converted to mulla Muhammad Hussain’s version of Islam. They are there in Chiniot.

These mullas are well-versed in the art of mischief and agitation. In addition to the posters and a letter to the DCO, he organized regular anti-Ahmadi dars in some of the mosques in the city. On January 27, 2012 he delivered Friday sermon on the subject. He is in contact with the local vernacular press too.

In a meeting called by the DCO to ensure peace on the birthday of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.), this mulla demanded that the Ahmadiyya mosque be sealed forthwith. The DCO promised that he would look into this matter and directed the police to make inquiries.

The DPO sent the case to the SHO City. He sent two policemen to the Ahmadiyya mosque to investigate. As the Ahmadi community president was not available, he was conveyed to report to the police station at 4 p.m.

In the afternoon the Ahmadi delegation called on the SHO who sent a police official to visit the mosque and the Ahmadis in the neighbourhood. He did that, and told Ahmadis to report at the police station the next day at 11 a.m.

At the police station, the SHO told the Ahmadi delegation to provide a list of all Ahmadi residents of Chiniot, their home addresses, their family strength and the documentary proof of ownership of the mosque. A tall order. The SHO also demanded that Ahmadis provide a sworn statement of the non-Ahmadis in the area that they have no objection to the Ahmadiyya worship there and that no Ahmadi comes from Rabwah to the mosque for worship. An SHO would not dare even to suggest such demands to the management of a non-Ahmadis’ mosque in Pakistan. Whither equality of citizenship in Pakistan, as enshrined in the Constitution!

The next day, an inquiry official came over to the mosque. He appeared to be a judicious man. He obtained statements from five non-Ahmadis of the locality that they had no objection to the Ahmadiyya worship at the location. Later the police sent for an Ahmadi delegation, and obtained the following statement from all the ten Ahmadis on separate sheets of paper:

“Statement of…………S/o…………caste………resident of…………., Chiniot.

This Ahmadiyya Bait-uz-Zikr in Rajewali is in Ahmadiyya possession for the last hundred years where we worship. We do not indulge in any meetings against others nor do we undertake any objectionable activity here. Heard and agreed.

Signature with date………………………”

Ahmadis provided the ownership documents. This is where the case rested – for the moment.

Again in the month of May an agent of an official secret agency approached Ch. Jameelur Rahman, the ex-president of the Ahmadiyya community in Chiniot and asked numerous questions about the Ahmadiyya mosque there: e.g. Since when has the Ahmadiyya mosque in Chiniot been in Ahmadi hands? Who built this mosque in Muhallah Rajewali? How many Ahmadi families reside in Chiniot? etc. These questions were answered appropriately. At the end Mr. Rahman asked him as to why he was asking these questions. The agent expressed his displeasure over the activities of mulla Muhammad Hussain Chinioti who was striving hard to take the place of mulla Manzoor Chinioti. He showed to Mr. Rahman the application of mulla Hussain Chinioti that demanded the closure of the Ahmadiyya mosque.

 

Reconnaissance of Ahmadiyya place of worship

Model Town, Lahore; August 18, 2012:       Three attempts to collect information on Ahmadiyya mosque in Model Town came to notice from 16 – 18 August, 2012. This is one of the two mosques that were targeted by the terrorists in 2010.

  1. A man named Tariq came to the mosque at the time of Asr (afternoon) prayers. He asked for a job and said that he had done his F.A. and had come from Mansehra. He asked for some literature of the Ahmadiyya community. He was handed over to the police.
  2. Similarly, another day a man named Hasrat came to the mosque at sun-set time. He told the guard at the main-gate that he was a student and had a job. He asked for some literature. He also inquired if this location was Jamia Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya seminary). The guard on duty took copy of his ID card and let him go.
  3. Another man Raees Ahmad came to the mosque at 1 p.m. on a motorcycle. He told the guard on duty, “I belonged to Jamaat Islami. I like Ahmadis for their decent behaviour. I want to know more about your community.” He said that a newly converted doctor had told him the address of this Ahmadiyya mosque. The police were informed, who took him to the police station for questioning.

These incidents are a cause of great concern to local Ahmadis who lost dozens of worshipers in a terrorist attack in May 2010.

 

Threats to a worship place

Maripur, district Karachi; April 2012:           Local Ahmadis offer their prayers in a prayer centre. Some students of nearby ‘Madrassa Khulfae Rashdeen’ have come to this worship place several times and demanded its evacuation as ‘Ahmadis have no permission to pray and propagate themselves’, according to them. Due to the sensitivity of this matter the Ahmadi family residing in the area has been shifted elsewhere. These mullas continued to assemble in front of the Ahmadiyya centre and created a hue and cry.

The police were contacted and they told the president of the local Ahmadiyya community that intelligence reports show that this Ahmadiyya place of worship is under great threat at the hands of extremist organizations. The police were told that Ahmadis will continue to exercise their constitutional right of worship and their place of worship must be protected.

It was learnt that these mullas are mostly Pathans. They were linked with Sipahe Sahaba (an extremist organization banned for its terrorist activities), and JUI (Fazlur Rahman group) supported them fully.

 

Ahmadiyya mosques continue to be targeted

Wah Cantt, District Rawalpindi; July, 2012:            The Ahmadiyya community in Wah Cantt made some essential repairs to the niche of their mosque. Their opponents found therein an opportunity to make mischief. They lodged a complaint against Ahmadis with the highest official in Wah. The town administration contacted the Ahmadiyya community and accused them of unlawful construction. Ahmadis had to defend themselves and explained that the mosque was built in accordance with the plan approved by the authorities in 1970, and now they had not built anything new, but only made some necessary repairs. Ahmadis showed the original plan of the mosque to the officials. Apparently the matter has cooled down – for the time being.

 

Hostile moves in District Faisalabad

Lathianwala, Faisalabad; March 8, 2012:    Two armed motorcyclists came in front of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Lathianwala and apparently identified the building. The next day two armed men on a motorcycle which had no registration plate passed by the same mosque during the Friday prayers. It was discovered that those men were from Chak no. 103 R.B. and registered with the police as ‘proclaimed offenders’.

 

Mounting hostility and harassment in Chak Chatha, District Hafizabad, Punjab

Chak Chatha; November, 2012:       Anti-Ahmadi activities have been on the rise in District Hafizabad lately. In August this year the police desecrated the Ahmadiyya cemetery in Mangat Uncha of this district on behest of mullas.  In October 2012 the mullas put pressure on the police to remove Quranic verses and Islamic inscriptions from the gravestones of Ahmadis in Chak Chatha as well. The police told Ahmadis to do that but they refused to commit this desecration. Some unknown men came to the Ahmadiyya cemetery on October 19, 2012 during the night and erased Islamic inscriptions from the gravestones.

Thereafter the mullas took another step. They sent a letter to higher police officials stating, “Ahmadis have a worship place on the Gujranwala Road. There is nothing by which one could differentiate between it and a Masjid for Muslims. Muslims have serious reservations over this …” “Minarets of this worship place should be demolished and Baituz Zikr should be written on the main-gate, so that people do not offer their prayers there mistaking it as a mosque. … If our demands are not met within two days, we will raise protest and lead rallies, and the administration would be responsible for it,” they threatened the administration.

 

Freedom of worship severely curtailed in Rawalpindi

Ahmadis have not been allowed to build an appropriate big mosque in Rawalpindi, so they assembled in their built-up property called Evan-i-Tauhid in Satellite Town for Friday and Eid worship. Authorities barred Ahmadis to perform their prayers there under the pressure of aggressive bigots who are politically ambitious. This has deprived Ahmadis of their freedom to worship. It is in serious violation of the national Constitution and international conventions on freedom of faith or belief. This town, although administered by the government of the Punjab is adjacent to Islamabad, the federal capital.  The detailed story is described in Chapter 3.III of Annual Report 2012.

 

Hostile reconnaissance of Ahmadiyya mosque

Karachi; November 19, 2012:           A man came to the Ahmadiyya central mosque in Karachi on November 9, 2012 at about noon. He told his name as Dr. Mirza Shakil Alam Baig. He pretended to be a new convert and asked permission to offer prayers in the mosque. He said that he resided in North Nazimabad, Karachi, but he could not give the name of any Ahmadi office-holder of that area. He was not allowed to enter. Thereafter he went to a Deobandi mosque nearby where a motorcyclist came and took him away.  

Also, a Hindu maid who does the sanitation works in the Ahmadiyya mosque was stopped by some people of the nearby Deobandi mosque and told, “Why do you work in Qadianis’ mosque, they could suffer an attack any time.” They also inquired from her the quantity of ammunition stored in the Ahmadiyya mosque, etc?

 

Ahmadiyya mosque restored – after 15 years

Goleki; On September 25, 1997 a magistrate ordered sealing of the local Ahmadiyya mosque over a frivolous demand of a few non-Ahmadis who laid a claim to the mosque. This mosque was in the custody and management of Ahmadis since long. Mulla Manzoor Chinioti, known for his anti-Ahmadi activism, made many visits to Goleki and instigated the locals to lay claim to the mosque.

Ahmadis remained deprived of their place of worship for 15 years. Eventually, a judge has rejected the claim of the petitioners and given the verdict that the mosque belongs to Ahmadis.

This caused consternation in the opposition camp; they decided to agitate over the decision. The police detained not only a few of them, but also the president of the local Ahmadi community. The sense of justice with the Punjab Police is bizarre. The police released them all later on.

            Ahmadis are taking steps to have their mosque de-sealed.

 

 

 

2011

 

Demolition of an Ahmadiyya place of worship by authorities

Jattwala, District Lodhran; August 21, 2011:           Ahmadiyya community in Jattwala, district Lodhran intended to build a place for their worship. Ali Hasan, a member of Lashkr-e-Taiba (a religious outfit banned for its terrorist activities), filed an application in the District Superintendent Police Office to stop its construction. The SHO came to the site on the order of his superiors and ordered a stop to the construction and told both the parties to report to him in the police station the next day. There, Ahmadis agreed that they would build only a hall for community functions and provide no niche and minarets. Their opponents agreed to this, and the police allowed the construction.

Later on, some mullas and press reporters came to the site again and started making hue and cry that a mosque was under construction. They gathered approximately 500 men and were about to demolish the construction but were dissuaded by some notables of the area from doing that. A delegation of mullas and press reporters met the District Coordination Officer and put further pressure on him to demolish the Ahmadiyya hall. The DCO succumbed to their pressure tactics and ordered the Tehsil Municipal Officer to demolish the construction forthwith. The police came to the site and demolished the building.

Some press reporters and television teams came to the site and recorded the statements of agitating clerics. They expressed satisfaction over the co-operation of authorities in the demolition of the Ahmadiyya mosque and vowed to demolish the Ahmadiyya mosque in Lodhran city as “it had become a place of terrorist activities”.

Such is the role of the democratic government in upholding the Freedom of Religion of Ahmadis in Pakistan.

 

Police defile the Kalima on Ahmadiyya mosque

Chak 30/11-L, District Sahiwal; January 2011:       Mullas routinely demand removal of the Kalima from the Ahmadiyya mosques as also the demolition of their niches and minarets. The authorities often disregard such demands but there are exceptions which are on the rise. Ahmadiyya mosque in Chak No. 30/11-L became another target. The police and agencies came to this location to investigate one such demand. A delegation of the Ahmadiyya community met the District Police Officer, who showed his intent to remove the Kalima. In the second meeting he decided to cover the Kalima with wooden planks rather than remove it.

The SHO came to the village on January 24, 2011 to implement the dishonourable decision. First he intended to break the tiles on which the Kalima was written. Ahmadis told him that the orders required him to cover it. He then nailed wooden planks at the face of the Kalima. However, while departing, he threatened that he would efface the Kalima at the next opportunity.

Subsequently, at the behest of the mullas, the police told Ahmadis to demolish the niche of the mosque. Ahmadis refused to do that, and conveyed that the police may undertake that sort of desecration but should not expect it from Ahmadis. The SHO threatened to book all the Ahmadis in a criminal case. At the time, he went back but threatened to come again.

Apparently the police have no instructions from the provincial capital to ignore the unreasonable demands of clerics.

 

Construction of a mosque barred

Ghatyalian Kalan, District Sialkot; January 2011:   The local Ahmadiyya community reconstructed their mosque as it was in a state of decay. When its roof was to be installed, the police ordered a stop to further work. The police stopped the construction on the complaint of a local mulla. The police told the Ahmadis to seek permission from the government to proceed further with the reconstruction. Permission from higher authorities was neither required nor was it likely to be granted. The police acted unlawfully and in bad faith.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pasroor decided to visit the site. He arrived there in the company of the Chairman Aman (peace) Committee. The Ahmadiyya delegation showed them the building and told them that it was almost a hundred years old and had become dilapidated. It was no longer safe for use, and the worshippers had no choice but to pray outside in the courtyard, which was not recommended on account of the security situation in the country. Also, with the passage of time, the number of worshipers had increased. For these reasons, the mosque structure had to be extended, and pillars, etc had been built accordingly.

The opposition party insisted on restricting the construction and wanted stricter conditions to be applied. These were unacceptable to Ahmadis.

The issue had to be raised before the District Police Officer (DPO) who said that he would visit the site. He was unable to come to the village, and the construction remained suspended. The freedom to worship was severely compromised.

 

Maulvi Faqir Muhammad and the Government of the Punjab

Masudabad Chak 109, District Faisalabad; February 2011:           Maulvi Faqir Muhammad of Faisalabad is the same mulla on whose demand the government of the Punjab issued its ill-famed registered letter dated June 27, 2003, which was accorded ‘TOP PRIORITY’ and was titled: LETTER RECEIVED FROM MOULVI FAQIR MOHAMMAD. It contained unworthy instructions to three private schools owned by Ahmadis, such as to ‘expose themselves as Qadiani by writing in large plain hand writing on the school boards.’ The authorities continue to be slavishly responsive to this mulla’s dictates, as is apparent from the incident described below.

Three policemen visited the Ahmadiyya community in Masudabad at about 3 p.m. on February 6, 2011 and conveyed that Maulvi Faqir Mohammad had intimated to the authorities that Ahmadis had written the Kalima in their mosque and the graveyard. (This reminds one of Taliban rule in Afghanistan when they arrested some Australian priests and charged them for, inter alia, being in possession of the Bible). They instructed Ahmadi elders to present themselves at the police station in Khurrarianwala the next day at 4 p.m.

In subsequent meetings with the police, the DSP was sympathetic, and offered the hope of finding a solution. However, one cannot rely upon such statements by Pakistani officials.

Sure enough, the DSP, accompanied by the SHO and 15 constables came to the village after sunset on 15 February, unhooked and took away the Kalima from the mosque, that was carved in wood.

It is nearly eight years since the government of the Punjab issued the ill-famed TOP PRIORITY letter. It has not learnt its lesson, and is drifting with the tide, headed for the rocks.

 

A major mischief brews against Ahmadiyya central mosque in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi; September 1, 2011:        A man came over to the gate at the Ahmadiyya center in Rawalpindi at about 20:30 and attempted entry. He was stopped and interrogated to which his answers were unsatisfactory. So he turned back and went towards the Holy Family Hospital. The suspect was carrying a bag. When close to the hospital he took out something from the bag and threw it towards the washrooms. He left his bag there, and he was picked up from there by a vehicle.

Ahmadis reported the incident to the police.

The suspect’s visit to the Ahmadiyya centre and then to the Holy Family Hospital smells of some conspiracy hatched to implicate first the Ahmadis, failing that, the Christians. Fortunately the nefarious plan failed, and came to naught.

A few days later, mullas held a rally close to the Holy Family Hospital, and spoke against the Ahmadiyya presence in their own centre.

Religious bigots have targeted the Ahmadiyya mosque here, in their perpetual drive to destroy, seal, occupy, take over or deny the use of Ahmadiyya places of worship. In this they are often helped by the authorities. Since the promulgation of the infamous Ordinance XX more than 120 such cases have been recorded. The latest target in this vicious drive is the Aiwan-i-Tauhid, the central place of worship of Ahmadis, located in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.

Some mullas supported by a few immoderate traders launched a campaign to deprive Ahmadis the opportunity to worship in Aiwan-i-Tauhid. They approached the authorities for this purpose and conveyed to them that their feelings were hurt by Ahmadis’ worship at that location, and threatened that if Ahmadis were not restricted from using the building for their religious activities, they would themselves stop the Ahmadis from doing so.

These clerics sought the help and guidance from Mulla Charagh Din of Madrassa Sirajia Nizamia who sometimes ago had led a violent campaign against Ahmadiyya place of worship in his area and had succeeded in having it closed down with the help of authorities.

The Aiwan-i-Tauhid site was acquired by the Ahmadiyya central office in 1997 and got it registered. It has been used ever since for prayers. The government does not tax it for being a place of worship.

The authorities, however, took notices of the mullas’ application. They sent for Ahmadi elders to explain their position to the police. This was done. The city administration carried out its own investigation.

The campaigning clerics are skillful in mischief, agitation, politics and litigation. A grave conspiracy got underway to deprive Ahmadis of their freedom of worship – even worse might be on the cards. Ahmadis turned to prayers. The issue is still alive.

 

Difficulties involved in renovation of an Ahmadiyya mosque

Chak 109, Narain Garh, District Faisalabad:           The local community of this village had undertaken the task of improving the capacity of their mosque. On November 10, 2011, the SHO of police station Jaranwala came to the village and showed to Ahmadis an application against the work in the mosque, and conveyed that unless a ‘No objection certificate’ is obtained from the DCO, the work cannot proceed. It is relevant to mention that nowhere in any Pakistani village people are required to seek DCO’s permission to undertake renovation of their places of worship.

The same night, anti-Ahmadiyya pamphlets were dropped in homes in the village. A week later, a head-constable arrived from the police station and showed an application signed by 80 persons complaining about two issues:

  1. Ahmadiyyat was preached in a local school run by an Ahmadi, and pictures of Ahmadi leaders were displayed in the school office.
  2. The mosque was being extended.

As for the first item, it was a fabricated accusation. There were no photographs of Ahmadi leaders in the school office. These were hung in the sitting room in his residence. Some unfriendly visitor had photographed them from there to provide fake evidence.

The next day a rumor was spread that the DCO and Tehsildar were coming to demolish the Ahmadiyya mosque. Instead, a Patwari (land revenue clerk) arrived to investigate. He sent for both the parties and recoded their statements.

The issue is under investigation, while the construction work had to be stopped on orders of the administration. Such is the state of freedom of faith and worship for Ahmadis in Pakistan.

 

Erasure of Kalima

Daska Kot, District Sialkot; February 19, 2011:                   The police visited the local Ahmadiyya mosque along with mullas, who had photographed the Kalima written on the face of the mosque. The clerics demanded that the Kalima should be erased. The police contacted the Ahmadi prayer leader and threatened him with registration of a criminal case and arrest. They took him to the police station. Later they fixed tiles over the Kalima, and let go of the Ahmadi Imam.

 

Another attempt on an Ahmadiyya mosque

Islamabad; January 28, 2011:           A suspect wearing a uniform, looking like a security official, tried to get closer to the Ahmadiyya mosque in Islamabad during the Friday sermon. An Ahmadi guard on duty told him to stop. He, however, kept on heading for the mosque. The guard fired a shot in the air to warn him. The intruder stopped and pointing to his chest said, “Shoot here”, and kept on moving. The guard fired a second shot in the air. At this the police arrived at the spot and arrested him. When the police asked him as to where he was going, he replied, “Wherever I was going, you have disturbed the whole plan.”

It was learnt that he was working in a security company for the preceding one month and had served in the army in the past. He also had received his education in a madrassah. He gave his name, ‘Anayatullah S/O Karam Khan’ to the police.

 

Suspects found near Ahmadiyya mosques

Mugalpura, Lahore; April 15, 2011: A man aged approximately 30, came to the Ahmadiyya mosque in Mugalpura on April 15, 2011 at 12:45 before the Friday sermon. He came on a motorbike and stopped at a nearby shop. He remained there for 10 – 15 minutes. Ahmadi personnel on duty found him suspicious and asked the police constable on duty to check him. The police constable recovered a pistol (30 bore) and seven fully loaded magazines from him. The police took him to the police station.

Approximately 70 protesters, led by Naeem Butt and Saeed Butt, proclaimed offenders, encircled the police station in the evening, blocked the road and demanded the release of the suspect. The police released him. However it is obvious that the more appropriate course of action would have been to carry a thorough investigation against him.

 

Karachi; April 15, 2011:        Four men were located near the Ahmadiyya mosque in Karachi on April 15, 2011 during the Friday prayers. Their movements were suspicious and Ahmadi security personnel handed them over to the police.

 

Attack on an Ahmadiyya centre

Pachnand, District Chakwal; June 16, 2011: This incident is well described in a letter addressed by the Ahmadiyya central office to all authorities concerned with law and order in the country. Its translation is given below:

 

Nazarat Umoor-e-Aama

Sadar Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)

Ph: 047-6212459 – Fax: 047-66215459 – nuasaa@hotmail.com

Sir,

Armed attack on Ahmadiyya Centre in Pachnand, District Chakwal

 

Unknown persons launched an attack on the Ahmadiyya Centre Pachnand, District Chakwal at about 03:45 A.M. on June 16, 2011. As per details, the Ahmadi prayer-leader sensed the presence of some individuals in the street outside, when he got up to make preparations for the morning prayers. Soon, two masked men climbed on the outer wall and opened fire. At that time two Ahmadis were present in the Centre. Fortunately there was no major casualty. The attackers jumped out and fled firing their weapons.

It is relevant to mention that an organized anti-Ahmadiyya campaign has been going on in Chakwal for some time. A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Pachnand in the recent past, where the speakers made provocative rabid speeches against the Ahmadiyya community and urged the audience to kill them as a pious and rewarding act. Anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature was distributed. This literature accused Ahmadis on fabricated and malicious counts and promoted hate and prejudice in the fair name of religion. All that precipitated incidents like the one on June 16.

In fact, the charges leveled against the Ahmadiyya community are all baseless. No Ahmadi has faith and belief as alleged by their detractors. Every Ahmadi holds the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the highest esteem; it is a part of his faith.

Although every decent and sympathetic Pakistani holds such sectarian activities in contempt and condemns them, a few miscreants are busy harming the country through a planned conspiracy in the name of religion.

In the past, authorities have been informed of this sensitive situation, but unfortunately no action has been taken against these people. Consequently serious crimes are committed against the Ahmadiyya community.

Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance in 1984, two hundred and five Ahmadis have been killed through religious hatred sanctioned under these discriminatory laws. The killing continues. Murder attempts are made frequently.

You are requested to take appropriate action.

 

Sincerely,

Sd/-

Saleemuddin

Director Public Affairs

Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot.

 

Desecration of Islamic creed on behest of the mullas

Chak 245/E.B, District Vehari; July 7, 2011:           Local mullas disturbed the peace of this village. They demanded that officials erase the Kalima written on the inside wall of the Ahmadiyya mosque. The District Police Officer told Ahmadis to raise the outer wall so that the Kalima could not be seen from outside, so as to avoid the objection of the mullas. The outer wall was raised accordingly.

This failed to placate the mullas, who held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in protest on June 29, 2011, and put further pressure on the administration. Some mullas came to the village the next day and raised anti-Ahmadiyya slogans in the mosque of Ahle-Sunnat wal Jamaat. Subsequently, bowing to the pressure of the extremists the police spray-painted the Kalima to cover it. This sacrilege was committed by the authorities despite the fact that Ahmadis had already raised the outer wall of the mosque and the Kalima was not visible from the outside. The paint faded away with the passage of time and the Kalima became visible once again. The opponents and clerics again protested over it. The DPO ordered the police again to erase it, as demanded by the mullas. The police sprayed black paint on it and covered it completely.

Despite the fulfillment of demands, mullas still held another anti-Ahmadiyya conference on July 21, 2010 and declared Ahmadis Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be killed).

 

Chak 363/EB, Vehari; September 2011:       An ASI from the Special Branch visited Chak 363/EB. He inquired as to when the Kalima and the verse were written in the mosque. Ahmadis told him that those were written long ago at the time of its construction. He told Ahmadis that mullas were holding meetings and making hue and cry about the Kalima in their mosque.

 

An intruder with suspect intentions

Township, Lahore; August 9, 2011:  A man, approximately 30 years old, tried to enter the Ahmadiyya mosque in Township, Lahore. The Ahmadi youths on duty intercepted him. The unwelcome visitor gave his name as Imtiaz Babar Ali from 22 Block no. 6-BI. He was handed over to the police.

 

Restoration of Ahmadiyya mosque – after six years

Khiva Bajwa, District Sialkot:            Local Ahmadiyya mosque was sealed by the police on the demand of anti-Ahmadiyya elements on June 2, 2005. It was opened on August 21, 2011, and Ahmadis were allowed to pray therein.

Ahmadis, deprived of their mosque, had to offer their daily prayers at the residence of the local prayer leader. The case was referred to a court where it remained sub-judice for years.

A few months ago, the opponents withdrew the case with the plea that they will re-file the case with convincing arguments. They did not do so till the end of the granted time limit. Eventually they decided to make peace and promised no further litigation.

The mosque structure has suffered due to years of disuse and neglect. It will need renovation before regular use.

Is it not unjust to deny right of worship for years to a community on flimsy grounds? The state and the society participated in this grave crime.

 

Threat to an Ahmadiyya mosque

Ahmad Nagar, District Chiniot:                    Ahmad Nagar is located on the outskirt of Rabwah, and has a sizable Ahmadi community and a number of Ahmadiyya mosques.

Mr. Sabah-un-Nasr, a local Ahmadi community worker received an SMS message on 22/23 March 2011, conveying: “I am going to make a blast in your Masjid this Friday. Remain prepared.” The message originated from mobile phone number 0333-8668252.

Local Ahmadi elders reported the matter immediately to the police, however they provided no security on Friday the 25th March. Thereafter, another application was sent to the SHO with a copy to DSP, his superior.

Thereafter the police registered a case, No. 140/2011 under 29 Telegraph Act.

 

Threat to an Ahmadiyya place of worship

Garden Town, Lahore; 9 and 10 December; 2011: Ahmadis assemble for daily prayers in 56, Tariq Block, Garden Town. The house belongs to an Ahmadi who was among those targeted last year in Model Town by the suicide bombers. Two unknown suspicious looking men came over to this location at about 11:30 p.m. on December 9, 2011. They had their faces covered. They surveyed the place of worship and attempted even an entry. Unable to succeed, they went back.

The next day at about the same time, two men came again. One of them stayed away at some distance from the prayer-centre, while the other, who carried a klashinkof rifle, came closer and attempted to jump over the wall to enter the building. He did not succeed, so he took a few photos on his mobile phone. He waved his hand for making some gesture to his colleague standing at a distance. Thereafter they left.

The police were informed of the two incidents. These are a cause for great concern to the Ahmadis residing in the area.

 

Threat against worship inside a house

Sahwari, Mugalpura, Lahore; September 12, 2011:            In view of difficulties imposed by authorities in having a mosque for worship, Ahmadis of Sahwari, Mugalpura in Lahore assembled for worship in the house of Mr. Bashir Ahmad. On September 12 approximately 50 locals came over to Mr. Bashir’s house. The intruders carried rods etc, and looked inflamed. Ahmadis were at prayers inside the house at about 8 p.m.  They demanded from Ahmadis to stop assembling for prayers there and pray in their own homes privately if they wanted to.

All the protesters were of the same locality and most of them were youth. It was learnt that the mulla of a nearby mosque, Jamia Masjid Hanifa Ghosia, Qari Muhammad Ishaq was the agent-provocateur. He decided to remain away from the procession, but he regularly provoked the people against Ahmadis in his sermons.

 

Another attempt against the Ahmadiyya mosque in Kotli

Kotli AJK; January 14, 2011:            Anti-Ahmadiyya agitation in Kotli was reported last year in our reports in the months of April, September, October and November. The authorities’ handling of the communal situation was poor, as they bent backward to placate the mulla. In September 2010, the religious bigots targeted the Ahmadiyya mosque in the city.

On January 14, 2011 at about 11:00 p.m. two men intruded into the mosque via a neighbor’s roof. When they jumped inside, the noise stirred the guards into action. The intruders ran for the gate, opened the bolt and fled on their motor cycle they parked outside.

Leave a Reply