Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan
Extremism and sectarianism thrive on governmental support
Lahore; April 11, 2009: A Khatme Nabuwwat (End of Prophethood) conference was held at the central Badshahi Mosque on April 11, 2009 in Lahore. This mosque is managed by the government of the Punjab; its Khatib (the chief cleric) is appointed officially by the Auqaf Department. This historic mosque is maintained at a huge expense by the public exchequer. The central theme of the conference was Ahmadiyyat. Extremist demands like the imposition of Shariah, support of the Swat deal etc, were also made by the speakers. Maulana Hamid Saeed Kazmi, the Federal Minister of Religious Affairs addressed the conference, as did the provincial Minister of Auqaf. The main banner displayed unabashedly that the conference was the handiwork of Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat which is a sectarian anti-Ahmadiyya organization, led primarily by Deobandi and Wahabi ulama. A huge bill-board displayed that this conference was sponsored by the Government of the Punjab.
The daily Jang, Lahore, of April 12, 2009 reported the statements of the clerics in some detail. Excerpts:
- At present Muslims are pitted against the Infidel; all Muslims should unite to fight the Kufr (Disbelief).
- Israel, India and the U.S. are jointly committed to erase Pakistan from the world map.
- The government should happily implement the agreements made with the free tribes (of FATA) and should stop the massacre undertaken by American drones in these areas.
- A criminal case should be registered against all the perpetrators of the Red Mosque tragedy, including Pervez Musharraf, and they should be dispatched accordingly.
- Pakistan’s future lies in Nizam Adl (now implemented in Swat). … The U.S. does not support a ‘solution’ to the issue of Khatme Nabuwwat. The Swat agreement should be implemented, and that system should be imposed all over the country.
- The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan should be restored along with the (Anti-Ahmadiyya) 1974 Amendment regarding the End of Prophethood.
- The Shariah should be implemented in order to eradicate Qadianiat.
- We are ready for total destruction of Qadianis in the country.
- Every last drop of blood should be shed for the sake of ‘End of Prophethood’.
- Qadianism has neither come to an end nor has it been weakened. Qadianis want to destroy the Muslims of the world.
The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore of April 12, 2009 and other Urdu newspapers reported the various ‘resolutions’ passed at the conference and demands made by the gathering. Excerpts:
- The massacre resulting from the American drone attacks should be put to stop.
- The anti-Qadiani law and the Blasphemy law should be vigorously implemented.
- A criminal case should be registered against all involved in the Lal Masjid tragedy including Pervez Musharraf, and they should be dispatched accordingly.
- All the ulama should devote at least one Friday sermon every month to the issue of Khatme Nabuwwat.
- Vote of thanks to the Government of the Punjab and its Auqaf Department for their patronage and support.
- The conference is deeply concerned over the production of bed-sheets with blasphemous or dubious prints by Kamal Spinning Mills of Faisalabad and demands the government to direct all the mills to desist from manufacturing such controversial products.
The following statements were also made at the conference:
- As long as even one ‘Khadim’ is alive, the US will be put to an end. (Janaza nikal kar rahain gai). The US will get dismembered. The Black thought that the Maulvi will get scared; no, we are not afraid of this ghost. Qari Zawwar Bahadur of JUP
- Hundred and eighty million people of this country are subjected to tyranny, but the people of Swat have suffered double the tyranny; they are being denied the Shariah. Maulvi Zahid ur Rashidi
- If Article 63 of the Constitution was sincerely implemented, the Parliament would comprise entirely of the Ulama. Maulvi Abdul Ghafoor Haidari of JUI
- So long as even one Mirzai is alive, this (battle) flag will remain flying. Mulla Ajmal Khan
- We shall break their (Ahmadis’) necks. We shall break their legs… etc. Qazi Arshad Al-Hussaini.
- Qadianis rebel against the Constitutions of Pakistan. They should be tried for treason. Maulvi Fazlur Rahman of JUI
- Five hundred Qadianis are receiving training in the Israeli Army. They are being trained to kill the fidels of Khatme Nabuwwat. It is for you to decide whether they kill us or we kill them. Mulla Abdul Haq, the Central Amir
- I have come here to represent the Federal Government. The Federal Minister of Religious Affairs
- The slogan ‘Countless curses on Mirzaiat’ was raised many times.
The following information is also material and relevant to the conference:
- Propaganda hoardings for the conference were set up by the Auqaf Department. One of these carried the exhortation: “Friendship with Mirzais is tantamount to rebellion against Huzur SAW (The Holy Prophet Muhammad).” The ruling Peoples Party also put up a huge bill-board with its tricolor and a statement of Ms Benazir Bhutto affirming religious discrimination against Ahmadis.
- An effigy of the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community was burnt at the opening of the conference.
- A large number of madrassah students were transported to the conference site.
- The mullas urged a boycott of Ahmadi-owned businesses and companies, like Shezan drinks etc. However the clerics were treated with Shezan fruit juices by the management, and they consumed them eagerly.
- A mulla proposed that the minarets of all Ahmadiyya mosques should be demolished, and a ban be imposed on all ‘Qadiani’ activities in Rabwah.
- A number of invited speakers were members of organizations banned for terrorism e.g. Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi, Alam Tariq, etc.
- There was a stall installed on the footpath outside the Atiq Stadium by workers of the notorious Sipah Sahabah (SSP), a banned organization.
- A cassettes and CD stall was set up in a Shehzor truck (Regd. No. LES 2407) in the name of Maulana Masud Azhar who had to be released by Indian authorities on demand of hijackers of an Indian passenger aircraft in Afghanistan. Books, stickers, badges, rings and Jihadi cassettes were available at this stall for sale/distribution.
- Red caps in memory of Maulvi Abdur Rashid Ghazi (of Lal Masjid, Islamabad) were also on sale.
- Approximately 200 policemen were employed to provide security at the conference.
- A mulla demanded that Ahmadis should be removed from all key posts; also, they should be eliminated from armed forces.
- 150 stalls were set up. Provocative stickers were pasted on them.
- A derogatory sketch of the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community was displayed in the background of the central stage.
- The Badshahi Mosque was profusely illuminated for the occasion at public expense.
- A great deal of publicity was given to the conference in other cities and people were urged to travel to Lahore and participate in it.
- Special articles against Ahmadiyyat were written and published in the Urdu press for the occasion, e.g. in the dailies Jang, Khabrain, Pakistan, Jinnah, Ausaf, etc.
- One of the banners carried portraits of Mulla Ataulla Shah Bokhari (Ahrari), Mufti Mahmud (JUI) and Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto (PPP).
- PML (Nawaz) is at the helm in the Punjab.
- It is interesting to note that, though the conference was held in the name of religion, almost all the speakers at the occasion were clerics who are deeply involved in politics and grubby affairs. The following addressed the crowd: Allah Wasaya, Zawwar Bahadur (JUP), Ilyas Chinioti (PML-N), Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianwi (SSP), Alam Tariq (SSP), Abdul Karim Nadeem, Riaz Swati, Zulfiquar Khosa (PML-N), Fazlur Rahman (JUI), Munawwar Hasan (JI), Sajid Mir (Jamiat Ahle Hadith), Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Ehsanuddin Qureshi, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad (JUI), Samiul Haq (JUI-S), Ajmal Qadri, Zahid ur Rashdi, Sarfraz Naeemi, Ahmad Ali Siraj, Zubair Ahmad Zaheer, Saifullah Khalid (Ahrar), Abdur Razzaq Sikandar, Rafi Usmani, Taqi Usmani, Israr Ahmad (Tanzeem Islami), Khalil ullah Najmi, Aziz ur Rahman Jalandhry (Ahrar), Hanif Jalandhry (Wafaq-ul-Madaris), Abdur Rahman Ashrafi, Fazlur Rahim, Saleemullah Awaisi, Rauf Farooqui, Aziz Ahmad, Amjad Khan, Bilal Mir, Saifuddin Saif, Aziz ur Rahman Hazarvi, Arif Sialwi, Maqbul Ansari, Rashid Mian, Mahmud Mian, Muhammad Hasan, Mian Afzal, Naeem ur Rahman Tahir, Abdul Haq Bashir, Hafiz Abu Bakr, Salimullah Khan (Tanzeemat Madaris)etc.
- It was announced that the next such conference would be held in Islamabad.
In short, the speakers at this officially sponsored conference, held in the name of a religious belief, urged the violation of human rights, spoke against freedom of religion, promoted sectarian strife, indulged in controversial national and international politics and propagated hatred and violence.
Is it not incredible that the government which is facing severe problems of internal security from extremist and sectarian clerics should itself sponsor, arrange and fund a conference where speakers promote the extremists’ agenda to tens of thousand of participants? And this happened at Lahore. The New York Times has recently reported on the fragile situation in Punjab:
“I do not think a lot of people understand the gravity of the issue”, said a senior police official in Punjab. “If you want to destabilize Pakistan, you have to destabilize Punjab”.
NYT report from the daily Dawn of April 15, 2009
The Government of the Punjab appears to be making the same mistake that it made in 1953, and came to great harm at the hand of the mulla.is tantamount to rebellion against Huzoor (SAW) [Prophet Muhammad]””]
Note: Pictures showing 1) the sponsorship of the conference by the Auqaf Department, and 2) The involvement of the ruling Peoples Party (Hate promoting slogans are inscribed on the bill-boards.) are placed at Annex A.
Azad Kashmir government persists in maintaining sectarian drive in league with extremists
Muzaffarabad: The Central Police Office of the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has issued an ‘office circular’ to all its officials to ensure that the law regarding the dogma of ‘End of Prophethood’ be vigorously implemented. This circular has been issued in response to a recent order from the government that refers to an Act passed in 1985 (during the era of General Zia). It is rather odd that the Azad Kashmir government of Prime Minister Sardar Yaqub finds time to pursue a Resolution of dubious worth, passed a quarter of a century ago. It is only a few weeks ago that his predecessor lost his job on charges that included having friendly relations with extremist mullas like Pir Atiq-ur-Rahman. A sectarian and extremist agenda should not be a priority for the new government. Does the Azad Kashmir government really wish to be seen promoting sectarianism when Indian Kashmir is ruled on secular lines?
English translation of the Central Police Office is placed below:
From: Central Police Office
Azad Government of Jammu and Kashmir State, Muzaffarabad
1-3: Deputy Inspectors General, Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Poonch (Rawalakot) Regions
4,5: SSPs Districts Muzaffarabad and Mirpur
6-11: SPs District Nilam, Bagh, Rawlakot, Sadhnoti, Kotli, Bhimbar
No: 11-6100/CPO/Reader/2009 Dated: March 5, 2009
Subject: Action on the Resolution Act passed concerning the Dogma of End of Prophethood and Repression of Qadianiat
The case referred to in the subject above is forwarded to you with reference to Letter No. MQ/Qanun Sazi/93-174/2009 dated 28 February 2009 of the Department of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights along with the received Amendment Act VIII of 1985 (copies enclosed). You are to ensure implementation of the current law in its true spirit.
Enclosures: 4 Pages
Assistant Inspector General of Police (Legal)
Central Police Office, Muzaffarabad
One may recall that in June of last year the police and District Government of Kotli grossly violated Ahmadis’ human rights and freedom of religion. This was the leading story in the News Report for June 2008, under the following headlines:
Enormity committed by the authorities in Azad Kashmir
Ahmadiyya place of worship blasted to rubble
Criminal cases under Ahmadi-specific laws registered
Ahmadis disallowed to bid for an official contract, on account of their faith
Unabashed tyranny sweeps District Kotli
Interestingly, this police order follows the directive of the Department of Justice and Human Rights. Is this kind of justice and human rights that the governments of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan offer to the rest of Kashmiris in their struggle to create a new polity in Jammu and Kashmir?
‘Death only punishment for blasphemy’
Islamabad, April 21: According to a press report (the Dawn of April 22, 2009) the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against a Federal Shariat Court (FSC) ruling that death is the only punishment that the Islamic law provides for blasphemy.
The appeal was filed by Bishop Dani L. Tasleem 18 years ago after the FSC gave the judgment in exercise of its powers to determine if the existing laws conformed to Shariah.
Deputy Attorney-General Agha Tariq Mehmood who represented the federal government told Dawn that the petition was dismissed because it was not pursued by the appellant. Reports suggest that the petitioner is not alive.
“ The issue is of tremendous importance for the people of Pakistan in the sense that the FSC judgment which remained suspended for quite some time will now be implemented,” a constitutional expert told the Dawn.
In fact, the Holy Qur’an condemns blasphemy and defilement of innocent people but ordains no punishment, death or imprisonment, for this offence. The government should have sensed the gravity of the case and itself appealed to the Appellate Bench against the verdict of the FSC.
Update on the fabricated criminal cases registered against Ahmadis for blasphemy
- Dr. Muhammad Asghar was arrested on a trumped up charge of blasphemy in June 2008. The judge rejected his plea for bail. The police investigation found him innocent. Subsequently his plea for bail was rejected by the High Court. On April 2, 2009 a Supreme Court judge also rejected his plea for bail and ordered that the case be decided within a month. The Chief Justice LHC has sent his case to the District and Session Judge Lahore for follow up, who will nominate an Additional Session Judge to hold the trial. The accused allegedly tore off an End of the Prophethood poster from a wall. He has been in prison for ten months. His plea for bail was rejected by the Supreme Court. According to one opinion, extremism and sectarianism pose serious internal threat to Pakistan’s security. But it is also true that our preferred management style is to wait for crises to assume critical mass before we even notice it.
- Mr. Rashid Iqbal has been falsely accused of blasphemy for allegedly writing something blasphemous on the road in September 2008. He was arrested and refused bail. An anti-terrorism clause was applied in his FIR. The victim applied to the Anti-terrorism Court that the case was not fit for hearing in that court; however the court rejected his application. The Sindh High Court is now to decide whether the application of this clause is valid. The case came up for hearing in SHC on April 22, 2009, however it was postponed indefinitely. In the meantime the Anti-terrorism court has given 9th May as the date of the trial.
- Rana Khalil Ahmad, another elderly gentlemen, is facing a charge of blasphemy for allegedly writing a letter to a cleric. The rest of the case is as in B above.
- The four school children and adult arrested in Layyah three months ago remain incarcerated. There is no evidence, or witnesses against them. One of the accused boys has fallen ill. These innocent people remain in prison, while the Supreme Court recently decided that Death is the only punishment for blasphemy as held by the FSC.
Criminal case registered under law specific to Ahmadis
Silanwali, Sargodha; April 28, 2009: Six Ahmadis of Silanwali have been charged under PPC 298-C. They are accused of preaching. They are Mr. Hafeezullah, Mr. Ismatullah, Mr. Noor Muhammad, Mr. Tariq Ahmad, Mr. Inayatullah and Mr. Ahmad Hayat – the local Ahmadiyya religious teacher. The first four were arrested by the police, and they are now looking for the other two.
Silanwali is the same village where in the previous month 15 Ahmadis were charged under the same law for offering prayers in their own mosque. The police chief of District Sargodha apparently takes human rights very lightly and believes in maintaining peace by submission to the caprice of sectarian bullies.
Gross violence of Ahmadis’ freedom of religious practice
The daily Ummat, Karachi of April 20, 2009 published two news items describing mullas’ demand to close down Ahmadiyya prayer centers in Mirpur Khas, Sindh. Headlines:
Preaching of Qadianiat undertaken openly in Mirpur Khas. Innocent people are invited to homes, dined and then turned into apostates. Religious groups demand immediate action.
It is learnt that some individuals of Mirpur Khas, urged by mullas, submitted an application to the DPO demanding closure of all the prayer centers of Ahmadis in Mirpur Khas. Mullas threatened that if those centers are not closed down unpleasant incidents might happen, and they would themselves undertake the duty of shutting them down. Owners of the two houses which are used as prayer centers were called to the police station in Satellite Town on April 25, 2009, and were compelled to give in writing that no Ahmadi would come to their houses to observe prayer.
Pakistan is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but the state permits even its low-level officials to violate the basic right of freedom of religion of its Ahmadi citizens.
Abduction of a female Ahmadi university student
Nabi Sar Road, District Umar Kot (Sindh); April 23, 2008: Mr. Naseer Ahmad Zahid is the president of the local Ahmadi community. For sometime he has been receiving threats from religious extremists. They have on one occasion even fired on his clinic. Mr. Zahid has been on guard for his personal security and has escaped harm till now. However, recently his daughter has been abducted.
Miss Faiza, Mr. Zahid’s daughter is a student at the Jamshoro University and lives in the hostel. On April 23, 2009 she left the hostel at about 5 p.m. to visit her uncle at Nawab Shah. The parents later learnt that she did not arrive at her destination. This caused them intense concern. Two days later someone called her parents on her cell phone and conveyed to them that the girl had been abducted. The caller told the father to thereby understand how powerful the opposition was, and told him to leave his home. The next day the felon called again and told Faiza’s father that this was the final warning. “Quit Nabi Sar Road within two days, we are releasing your daughter today,” the caller said. A few minutes later, Faiza called her father and told them that she had been dropped at an unknown location. The young lady was advised to hire a rickshaw and proceed to the hostel, which she did. She was then met at the hostel from where she was taken to the Ahmadiyya center in Hyderabad.
Miss Faiza told her father that when she came out of the hostel’s main gate on 23 April, she saw a taxi parked there. A women came out and beckoned to her. When she approached her, she and her colleague, a man, pushed her into the taxi and drove off. The man snatched her cell phone and after a drive of two to three hours took her to a three-room flat. Faiza and the woman were put up in one room, while the man took the other room. The man spoke in Sindhi, and the woman spoke Punjabi.
Both the abductors knew of the murders of Dr Siddiqui and Seth Yousuf (two prominent Ahmadis killed in September 2008). They bought food from a nearby restaurant. They did no physical harm to Faiza and told her that it was her father that they hated, and through her abduction they wanted him to understand how powerful they were. Two days later the man called her father on the cell-phone.
The incident shows how powerful these criminals have become. Religious extremists, mostly of the Deobandi and Wahabi school, have been active in anti-Ahmadiyya activities for some time in districts Mirpur Khas, Umar Kot, Sanghar, Dadu etc. These people are well-known to the police. However, owing to the inaction of the police these elements get the impression that they can get away with murder – literally.
The abduction of one’s daughter is one of the most frightful and shocking things that can happen to a person. The situation here is such that Mr. Zahid, in view of his past experience as an Ahmadi with the local administration, is reluctant to report the event to the police. He has to consider: Will it be of any use? Will it entail still more inconvenience and risk? He must surely be contemplating shifting to a far-off location despite the obvious difficulties.
It was a well-informed VVIP in Washington who recently described: “The Pakistani government as ‘extremely fragile’ which was unable to fulfill the basic needs of its people and that’s why it was unable “to gain the support and loyalty of its people.”
The daily Dawn; May 1, 2009
Another Ahmadi student abducted
Bahawalpur; April 26, 2008: Mr. Zeeshan Muhammad Khan left home to appear at his F.A. examination at 11a.m. on April 23, 2009. He has not returned and no trace of him has yet been found. He is 19 years old. He is an intelligent and good boy. He has no quarrel with anybody. He studies in the Allama Iqbal Commerce College. When his principal was contacted, he conveyed that Zeeshan didn’t reach the college on April 23. The police have been approached by his parents, but an FIR has not been registered yet.
Update on the Layyah case
Four Ahmadi school children and an adult remain incarcerated thirteen weeks after arrest on a faux charge of blasphemy.
The applied penal clause carries nothing short of death penalty.
Authorities decide to persecute the innocent rather than confront the bullying mulla.
This case symbolizes the current poor governance by the provincial and federal governments.
The police registered an FIR against four school-going Ahmadi children and an adult on a false accusation of blasphemy and arrested them in the last week of January this year in District Layyah, Punjab. They were accused of writing the name ‘Muhammad’ on the toilet walls of the local mosque. Despite the fact that no incriminating evidence is available the accused are still behind bars more than 13 weeks after their arrest. They are being detained on ‘judicial remand’. On every court appearance the remand is extended by the judge on request of the police. It is not known when these innocents will be set free. In the meantime, those who seriously threaten law and order and disturb communal peace remain free and content, gloating at their easy victory over the authorities in forcing them to incarcerate Ahmadi children sans evidence. This case was earlier reported in our report for January 2009. Update in essential detail of this important case is presented for necessary action.
This ‘blasphemy’ case is a serious one in that it carries death as penalty, and also because a number of young boys have been implicated in it. They were arrested in district Layyah and were later transported to a prison in DG Khan which is miles away. That has made it very difficult for the parents to see their children for the much-needed parental support. The school administration, rather callously, expelled one boy, Muhammad Irfan from the school. The others were due to sit their Matriculation examination. They had to prepare for and sit their exams in prison. Last month it was discovered that the four children were being kept in one cell and the adult Mr. Mubashir Ahmad who could have been a pillar of support to them was incarcerated in another. Apart from a fortnightly meeting, they were not allowed to meet and none of them has been allowed to come out of the cell for daily respite as a routine facility. The prison administration is less than sympathetic. They flaunt the ‘Blasphemy’ accusation when requested to allow a visit (Mulaqat) or a facility allowed under the rules. There are no fans. Conditions are very unhygienic. Mr. Mubashir Ahmad’s health is fragile; he is asthmatic. Muhammad Irfan, one of the boys, has had a fever for weeks. He has grown very weak and pale. Nothing except rudimentary medical care is available in the prison. This is worrisome for his parents. None of the accused has any previous experience of being involved in a police case. The children are at risk of long-term damage to their mental and physical health. The state is keeping them in prison simply because it finds that more convenient.
It is noteworthy that the two men who were the prime-movers of the false accusation belong to the extremist religious body, Jamaat ud Da’wa (JD) banned by the UN for promoting terrorism. The Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, the cover organization of mullas who promote their national and international political agenda these days in the garb of End of Prophethood, strove hard to raise communal tensions in the weeks following the incident. Saqlain Shah, the local MNA (PML-N) provided political support for the agitation. Sarwat Nadeem, a provincial minister of Baluchistan, came all the way from Quetta to share the political spoils of a tense communal situation. It is material to this case that the local leadership who were aware of the reality did not support the charge. These included the Imam of the concerned mosque, the village-head and the Naib Nazim. These rabble-rousers, the self-styled Ghulaman-e-Rasul Punjab issued a leaflet with the following demand: “… The arrested Qadianis should be given death sentence forthwith. The Imam of the local mosque of Chak No. 172 should be immediately arrested and those who are in favor of overlooking the incident and dropping the case should be interrogated. If the local administration, the DPO and senior officials do not take action against the Imam, the people, motivated by religious zeal, will have to take action by themselves against the Imam”.
Various human rights organizations, national as well as international took due notice of this important case and demanded that the accused be set free. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), as early as January 30, 2009, issued a statement with the heading: Pakistan: Four children and one man have been arbitrarily arrested and charged with blasphemy at the request of Muslim radicals. It ended: The AHRC urges the government of President Asif Zardari to immediately release the illegally detained prisoners. Instead they should turn their attention to the dependence of Punjab Police on fundamentalist Islamic groups and the implementation of the rule of law in the province, including the amendment in the blasphemy law made by the parliament.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan sent its own fact-finding mission to District Layyah and rendered its report. Excerpts:
“The local Ahmadiyya community is facing a social boycott since the incident, especially by some members of the defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), recently banned Jamaat ud Da’wa (JD), and Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. … The police remain mum on these protests because those waging them enjoy the support of Iqbal Hussain Shah, uncle of Pir Saqlain Shah, MNA of the constituency. …The Imam of the local mosque Maulvi Saeed told TNS that writing graffiti on toilet walls is a norm here. … Maulvi Saeed believes there is no eye witness of the incident. … Maulvi Saeed alleges he was forced by Shahbaz and his aids to remain absent from the scene when police was visiting the mosque where the incident took place. … According to him (the police SHO), Maulvi Kalachi (of JD) was the first person on whose complaint the FIR was registered. To the question why police was unable to handle the protestors, he expressed his helplessness. … District President PPP and Naib Nazim of the concerned Union Council Abdul Majeed Bhutta affirmed that the complainants are making a hill out of molehill. “In my personal view, it is overplayed.” … In 2004, an amendment was made in Criminal Procedural Code (Cr PC) Section 295-C of the constitution according to which the police is bound to thoroughly investigate blasphemy accusations before leveling criminal charges. The aim of the amendment was to reduce the scope of the blasphemy laws which are still widely and frequently abused and often result in death penalties. But this did not happen in this case. … He (Dr Khalid Ranjha, former federal law minister) said people settle personal scores and give false testimony on these sensitive matters. He said if the state and police submit itself before propaganda, and allow mob to provoke the matter then there is no writ of the state and protection of citizens.”
In a press release on February 12, 2009, Ms Asma Jahangir, Chairperson of the HRCP declared: “The Commission demands a transparent and fair inquiry in this incident so that innocent persons do not become targets of injustice. The Commission further demands that the government must ensure the members of the Ahmadiyya faith do not feel insecure in that area and they are not harassed. The Commission appeals to the government to take appropriate steps to stop misuse of the blasphemy law.”
This incident sent a wave of anxiety in many world capitals. For instance, a number of US Congressmen wrote to the US State Department on the subject. In Europe, a question regarding this incident was tabled in the European Union Council and Commission by a Swedish MEP. The Canadian High Commission carried out its own inquiry of the case and the High Commissioner wrote a letter to the Governor of Punjab conveying his concern. The Hong Kong-based AHRC put the question bluntly: “At this juncture the AHRC would like to question who Pakistan police are meant to serve: a few civilian religious groups with little regard for the law, and an agenda of violent persecution? Or do they serve the rule of law and the people of Pakistan? Their actions and admissions in this case point to the former.” The accused are considering making an appeal to the relevant office of the United Nations.
On April 8, 2009 Mr. Masood Ahmad, Advocate sent a Fax message to the President of Pakistan (Mr. Asif Zardari) with a copy to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chief Minister Punjab (Mian Shahbaz Sharif) and other concerned federal and provincial authorities requesting the release of the accused. Nothing has happened – as yet.
The prestigious daily Dawn wrote in its editorial of March 4, 2009:
“The obscurantists must be tackled head on if we are to entertain any hope of redemption. If the state resorts to negotiating with militants from a position of weakness, what we will get is a disaster, across the board. The politicians need to wake-up, burry the hatchet in the national good and rout the real enemy.”
Ref: The police registered the case with FIR No 46/09 at Police Station Kot Sultan, District Layyah, on 28 Jan 09 under PPC 295C.
Extremism is promoted in Chiniot, now a district headquarters in central Punjab
Chiniot: According to press reports an important square ‘Tehsil Chowk’ in Chiniot has been formally renamed as ‘Khatme Nabuwwat Chowk’ by the Tehsil Council. (The daily Waqt, April 26, 2009 and the daily Aman April 25, 2009)
The renaming was proposed by Syed Nurul Hasan Shah, the opposition leader, and was readily approved unanimously by the Council with Mr. Shahid Hamid in the chair and Syed Zulfiquar Ali Shah (the Tehsil Nazim) attending. Obviously the move was suggested by some mulla, and all councilors found it politically convenient to accept the recommendation.
According to a press report, the renaming was hailed by numerous mullas in their Friday sermons: these included mullas Ilyas Chinioti, Abdul Waris, Ayub Chinioti, Muhammad Idrees, Qari Yamin Gauhar, Allah Yar Arshad, Shabbir Usmani, Ghulam Mustafa etc. all known for their sectarian activism. Some of them have been detained by the police in the past for creating law and order problems.
‘Tehsil Chowk’ was called as such, because the location was close to the Tehsil offices. It made sense to the public. One may however wonder what has a road crossing to do with the dogma of End of Prophethood. The councilors lack the courage of debating any measure which is proposed in the name of religion. They mistakenly feel no need to learn from the collective experience in Swat. These councilors may admit in the words of Walter Kelly: We have met the enemy and it is us.
Grave of an Ahmadi is dug open
Chak 53 Janubi, Sargodha; April 9, 2009: An Ahmadi died on March 27, 2009. The next day he was buried in the public graveyard. His other brother was an Ahmadi is also buried in there.
Some sectarian elements gathered after the burial and demanded the disinterment of the deceased. Later, they applied to the nearby police station for disinterment. Relatives of the deceased requested the Commissioner to intervene in their favour but the pressure from clerics kept mounting. The Magistrate expressed his helplessness in the face of the agitation and ordered removal of the dead body. On April 9, the disinterment took place in the presence of the magistrate. The coffin was moved to a distant town for reburial.
An imploring letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan – worthy of record
Faisalabad: The President of the Ahmadiyya community of Ganga Pur recently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister. In it he described the state of governance in the area and the plight of the Ahmadiyya community during the current democratic regime. It is worth placing on record. The original is in fluent Urdu; its English translation is attempted below:
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Plea for action according to law
With great respect I admit that the steps taken by the Government to eradicate terrorism, extremism and sectarianism are commendable. Not only the citizens are victims of these evils, these are also ugly spots on the bright face of our beloved homeland. This ignominy has eclipsed its beauty. One such situation is presented to you, as our capacity to bear with it has run out. We, the loyal and peaceful citizens of this country, are victims of religious extremism and sectarian terrorism, and are living in agony for the last 20 years. Local administration was contacted several times, but in vain. The situation is as follows:
- 1. There is a stop, called ‘Zafarwal’, at Chak 562/GB Tehsil Jaranwala, District Faisalabad, in between Nankana Sahib and Bachiana. There is a railway station here and a bus stop too. People travel from here to Nankana Sahib, Bachiana and Jaranwala by rail, bus, wagon, tonga and rikshaw.
- 2. There are several Ahmadiyya communities in the area of Chak No. 562/GB e.g. Chak No. 565/GB, 563/GB, 559/GB, 571/GB, 591/GB Ganga Pur, Kot Dial Das, Nankana City and Jaranwala city etc.
- 3. Ahmadi men, women and children are neither allowed to embark nor disembark from Zafarwal. They are not even allowed to wait there for the transport. The restriction applies equally to guest women, aged people, children, as well as male and female students. If Ahmadis wait there, embark or disembark from there mistakenly or under compulsion, they become targets of invective and even violence. They are forcibly taken off the vehicle. Some vigilantes sit there and check the buses for Ahmadi passengers. If one is found they take him off and terrorize him.
- 4. Ahmadis are not allowed to transport their vegetables to the market from there.
- 5. School-going Ahmadi children are also not safe in the nearby villages. They are beaten up if they have to pass from there, for example to appear in an examination. Contemptuous and discriminatory treatment is meted out to Ahmadi students in Boys High School Chak 562 and Boys Middle School Chak 563 Bage Mahal. They are daily hampered from going to school, beaten up and insulted. Some schools of Nankana are also following this example. A number of Ahmadi boys and girls, victims of such violence in the name of religion and fearful of their safety have discontinued education.
- 6. Passersby of Chak No. 562/GB and Zafarwal have been attacked and deprived of their valuables.
- 7. Residents of the above mentioned villages have to pass by Zafarwal and Chak No. 562/GB to go elsewhere. Ahmadi men and women suffer insult, and are exposed to risk at these locations. Consequently they are scared of passing through here. They go home remembering God, praying in silence.
- 8. Religious hatred is propagated regularly in the nearby villages, and people are instigated against Ahmadis. This practice has worsened recently.
- 9. Ahmadis are not allowed to sell their vegetables in the markets of Nankana and Bachiana. Some vigilantes sit on the way to harass, threaten and even loot Ahmadis. Their threats are forbidding.
- 10. Such incidents happen almost every day, and the administration has always been duly informed. However, no action is taken nor any legal steps are taken. Sometimes Ahmadis can not even reach the threshold of administration and justice because they are blocked in the way by the opponents.
Respected sir! We Ahmadis are a peace loving people. We believe in religious tolerance and avoid all sorts of mischief and disorder. In the above mentioned situation you are requested to kindly take appropriate legal and administrative action. We offer the following suggestions for your kind consideration:
- i. Security and peace should be appropriately provided to Ahmadis.
- ii. At least two responsible and efficient policemen should be posted in Chak 562, especially at Zafarwal, permanently. They should act against those who interfere with travelling public. They should be on duty from 8:00 A.M. to 10 P.M. They should tell the people the purpose of their posting.
- iii. It is proposed that two such constables should also be appointed from Nankana Sahib. This duty may be shared between the staff of Nankana Sahib and Jaranwala for 15 days each. In case of an incident, they should report it to their respective police stations for action so as to prevent mischief and breach of peace in the area.
We hope that legal and administrative action will be taken promptly and appropriately.
Rao Mubashir Ahmad Khan
Amir Halqa Jamaat Ahmadiyya
Chak No. 591/GB, Ganga Pur
Tehsil Jaranwala, District Faisalabad
It was decent on the part of the Public Grievances Wing of PM Secretariat (Public) to acknowledge the receipt of this application and to ask the concerned officials for a report by 15 May, 2009.
We shall report the outcome in these pages subsequently.
Sectarianism rampant in Lahore
The capital of the Punjab is becoming a hotbed of sectarian hatred and religious extremism these days. The following will illustrate this assessment:
- The Imam of the mosque in Gulistan Colony spreads hate against Ahmadis. He prepares the youth for Jihad and takes pledges from them that they will sacrifice their lives in the fight against Ahmadiyyat. Hate-promoting stickers and literature originate here and are distributed all over Lahore.
- In Township, stickers are pasted on walls and doors of residential buildings especially where Ahmadis reside. These stickers contain slanderous language against Ahmadis. This campaign is undertaken by ‘Shuban-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat’. They also do wall-chalking, and boldly write their phone numbers. This also goes on in Guldasht, Town Do Gaij, Northern Cantt and Model Town neighborhoods.
- A man named Afzal owns a bakery in Rachna Town. He is very active in promoting hate against Ahmadis. He makes madrassah students use abusive language against Ahmadis. A few months ago he came to an Ahmadi’s medical store and beat him up there.
- The mosque in Karim Park, Ravi Road has also become a center of slanderous and abusive speeches against Ahmadis. The mulla uses diatribes and bad language that hurts badly. The same is done in a mosque in front of the gate of the Engineering University.
Punjab has a reputation for being relatively tolerant and open-minded. Upsurge in extremism since the Partition is on account of the official support to the proponents of obscurantism and bigotry.
A sectarian conference at Faisalabad
Faisalabad; April 5, 2009: Another Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conference, was held in Faisalabad. It was advertised through posters, pamphlets, ads and short messages on mobile phones. Approximately 6,000 attended it, most of them madrassah students. Some of these students came from other districts. On account of the inclement weather, the stage secretary took a pledge from the audience that they would not leave the conference and remain seated in case it rained. However, at about midnight when it started raining almost half the audience stood up to depart. The administration closed the exit gates. The sound system collapsed. People quarreled with the gate keepers and jumped over the wall. Interestingly the mullas who had taken pledges from the audience quickly took shelter under the tables and later got in to their vehicles to avoid getting soaked. The whole thing was a shambles. This conference was attended by Maulavi Khan Muhammad, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad (JUI), Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Ajmal Qadri, Mufti Zia Madni, Allah Wasaya, Ilyas Chinioti, Saleemullah Khan, Ahmad Mubarak the SSP Operations and others. Ahmad Mubarak, SSP Operations addressed the conference, however, as a police official his participation in such a conference was highly improper and unbecoming.
A rabid conference at the outskirts of Rabwah
Ahmad Nagar; March 23, 2009: A ‘Seerat-un-Nabi (SAW) Conference’ was recently held in Ahmad Nagar. The conference was dominated by speeches against Ahmadiyyat. They took a pledge from the audience to socially boycott Ahmadis, and encouraged them to register police cases against them if they say ‘Assalamo Alaikum’. They demanded the administration to handover the sealed Ahmadiyya mosque to them. “Otherwise we would occupy it ourselves,” they threatened.
The mulla demanded that the Kalima (Islamic creed), Quranic verses and other writings should be removed from the walls of Ahmadiyya mosque in Ahmad Nagar. They announced a plan to take out a procession in the coming days to that end. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti and others hurled threats against Ahmadi officials by name. Mulla Allah Yar Arshad severely criticized the security arrangements in Rabwah and the holding of a consultative meeting in Rabwah of Ahmadi delegates.
Rabwah faces threat of terrorism
Rabwah: In the middle of April, Rabwah faced credible threat from terrorists, and the whole town was put on alert. Educational institutions were closed down and security was tightened in mosques etc. The daily Ausaf of April 14 reported this as below:
Chenab Nagar: Four suspected terrorists arrested. Man seeking an edict in favour of suicide attack escaped.
Four individuals posing as knife-sharpeners arrested following a report from citizens.
They carried thousands in cash, three SIMs each, cell-phones. They are residents of Butgram and can speak Pashto, Urdu and Punjabi. A young man entered the quarters of Maulana Allah Yar Arshad. He sought edict concerning blowing up Qadiani center….
The accused fled on arrival of the residents. City is gripped with fear and tension. Suicide attacks are not permissible in Islam – Maulana Allah Yar
The community elders have advised the residents to be vigilant against acts of terrorism. Friday congregational prayers will now be held in each residential area rather than in the central mosque.
Legal notice to scuttle Ahmadi’s business
Sahiwal: Mr. Altaf Ahmad, an Ahmadi owns a gift shop in Sahiwal. He lives with his family in the upper storey of his store. He sells different types of gift items including decorated inscriptions of Quranic verses and Islamic symbols. Recently he was sent a legal notice by Abdul Hakeem who is an activist of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat organization. He sent this notice through Noor Muhammad Sial, Advocate. The notice states, inter alia:
‘As your sign board displays Islamic terminology and your shop stocks inscriptions of Islamic terms and Quranic verses, it injures the feelings of general Muslims. It may provoke them to disturb the peace. You are obviously violating the law and you deserve harsh punishment. You are directed to remove all such items from your shop within eight days, otherwise legal action will be taken against you.’
Mr. Ahmad has been greatly disturbed by the notice. His non-Ahmadi friends have told him that his shop had been discussed in the Khatme-Nabuwwat Conference held in Chicha Watni, a nearby town. The speakers agitated the audience against his business and his person. Needless to say, Mr. Ahmad is most worried.
Taliban active against Ahmadis in Multan
Multan: A group claiming to be ‘Taliban, Group No. 15, Multan’ have sent a threatening letter to Mr. Munawwar Ahmad, the president of the district Ahmadiyya community. It is translated below:
“You are a non-Muslim Qadiani. You are converting Muslim children in your school into Qadianis. We have received many complaints against you. If you wish to stay alive, shut down your school and go abroad, otherwise we will be forced to act. Shahid Mahmud, your colleague, despite being a Muslim is helping you. If he does not desist from that, he will also be dispatched to the Hereafter.”
Taliban Group 15, Multan
Mr. Munawwar has reported the threat to the police. They have provided some police presence at his school. Mr. Munawwar has taken steps to improve his personal security.
In addition to the above, these ‘Taliban’ have targeted three Ahmadis, Messrs Junaid Waqas, Murid Hussain and Naveed Ahmad. They have threatened them repeatedly with harm. A few days ago they attacked Junaid Waqas on his neck with an iron pipe and fled away on a motor-cycle. Mr. Murid Hussain had to move to Lodhran in the face of these threats. Naveed Ahmad is often threatened through telephone calls.
Threat at Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi: A group claiming to belong to the Lashkar Jhangvi, an organization banned for its involvement in terrorism, has sent threats to Ahmadis in the Rawalpindi area. Khawja Abdul Quddus and Mr. Mahmud Chughtai received threatening messages on their cell phones. Mr. Kamran Minhas of Scheme III received the following letter by post (Translation):
“It has been confirmed that you are a Qadiani, and are involved in the spreading of Qadianism in Pakistan. You force poor Muslims to convert, and are therefore an enemy of our faith. Do not forget that you can not escape our wrath. We are watching you all the time. Wait for your death.
From: Lashkar Jhangvi”
Anti-Ahmadi conference at Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi; March 30, 2009: A Khatme Nabuwwat convention was held at Jamia Islamia, a Deobandi madrassah at Kashmir Road, Sadr, Rawalpindi on March 30. The chief guest was mulla Allah Wasaya. Mufti Saeed ur Rahman presided over the session. The speaker spoke freely against Ahmadiyyat and stressed the need for a major drive against it. He urged participation in the forthcoming conference at Badshahi Mosque at Lahore on April 11. It was mentioned that the anti-Qadiani activity at Bhaun (District Chakwal) is proceeding at the desired pace. They urged that the Friday sermon on April 3, be devoted to the Qadianis in all the Deobandi mosques in District Rawalpindi. Major Deobandi mosques in Rawalpindi are located at the following locations: Ar-Rahman Mosque, Banni; Jamia Masjid Islamia, Sadr; Amir Muavia Masjid, Kohati Bazaar; Jame Masjid, Akal Garh; Jame Masjid, Asghar Mal Chowk.
Burial problem contrived
Chak 565/GB; District Faisalabad: An Ahmadi woman died in the Chak on 16 April 2009. She was buried in the Ahmadiyya graveyard. However, there was more to follow when a few days later the police told her relatives to report to the police post at 4 P.M. on April 25.
A delegation of Ahmadis went to the police post and told the inspector that Ahmadis had buried their dead in that graveyard during the past 100 years. The graveyards of the two communities were distinctly separate.
The opponents however took their plea to the Area Magistrate who heard the case on 27 April. He ordered the police SHO and the Patwari (revenue clerk) to visit the site and submit a report.
Ahmadis presented copy of the land record to the officials.
Ahmadis behind bars
- Mr. Muhammad Iqbal was imprisoned for life in a fabricated case of blasphemy. He was arrested in March 2004, and is now incarcerated in the Central Jail, Faisalabad. An appeal lies with the Lahore High Court against the decision of the Sessions Court. It is registered as Criminal Appeal No. 89/2005. He is now in the sixth year of his imprisonment.
- Three Ahmadis namely Messrs Basharat, Nasir Ahmad and Muhammad Idrees along with 7 others of Chak Sikandar were arrested in September 2003 on a false charge of murdering a cleric, as alleged by the opponents of the Jamaat. The police, after due investigation found no evidence against the accused. Yet these men still faced a ‘complaint trial’ for a crime they did not commit. Based on the unreliable testimony of the two alleged ‘eye-witnesses’ (who were proven false in the court), the court acquitted seven of the accused, but on the evidence of the same two liars, it sentenced these three innocent Ahmadis to death. They are being held on death row at a prison in Jehlum, while their appeal lies with the Lahore High Court. They are now in the sixth year of their incarceration. Their appeal to the Lahore High Court is registered as Criminal Appeal No. 616/2005 dated 26 April 2005.
- Dr. Muhammad Asghar of Nankana was arrested on a fabricated charge of blasphemy in June 2008. The judge rejected his plea for bail. The police investigation found him innocent. Subsequently his plea for bail has been rejected by the High Court – and the Supreme Court.
- Rana Khalil Ahmad of Kunri (Sindh), an elderly and disabled gentleman, is detained for allegedly writing a letter to a cleric.
- Mr. Rashid Iqbal of Kunri (Sindh) is facing a fabricated accusation under the blasphemy law. He was arrested and refused release on bail.
- Four school-going children and Mr. Mubashir Ahmad were charged in Layyah for blasphemy on 28th January, 2009 and put behind bars without any initial inquiry or witnesses.
From the press
Qadiani dead (disinterred and) buried in Chenab Nagar at the orders of the court.
The daily Jang, Lahore; April 11, 2009
Sargodha: Four accused of preaching Qadianiat arrested. Case registered.
The daily Khabrain, Lahore; April 04, 2009
Ahmadiyya appeal for recovery of the Govt Talim ul Islam College is rejected (by a judge).
The daily Jang, Lahore; April 02, 2009
80 Acres of land recovered from Qadianis is handed over to Talim ul Islam College.
The occupation was undone by police on court’s order.
The Daily Express, Faisalabad; April 9, 2009
‘Death only punishment for blasphemy’ – Supreme Court
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 22, 2009
Maulana Sufi Muhammad was a member of Jamaat Islami. Qazi Hussain Ahmad
The daily Musawat, Lahore; April 26, 2009
JI, JUI-F, PTI condemn army operation in Dir
The daily News, Lahore; April 28, 2009
The Shariah of Taliban is not acceptable. Altaf Hussain
The daily Awaz, Lahore; April 14, 2009
Nizam-e-Adl best possible available option: Wali
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 1, 2009
Religion being used to further evil designs: Ulama Council
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 16, 2009
Altaf blames NWFP Govt for Charsadda attack.
In a statement issued from London, he said the attack proved that the so-called peace agreement between the ANP government and barbaric Taliban was not for peace and security but for terrorism, murder and mayhem.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 16, 2009
20 Barelvi organizations announced launching a movement against terrorism. Ahle-Sunnah has reservations over the Nizam Adl enforced in Swat. They should be taken in confidence. Muhammad Khan Qadri
The Daily Express, Faisalabad; April 11, 2009
(Afzal) Khan Lala (of ANP) was quite candid in declaring (to the HRCP) that Taliban phenomenon was created inside Pakistan by former interior minister Maj Gen Naseerullah Babar (of PPP) and at the time of its creation, Pakistanis, Saudis, Afghanis, the United Arab Emirates were backing it.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 4, 2009
General (Kiyani) says victory against terrorism and militancy will be achieved ‘at all costs.’
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 25, 2009
Jaffaria Alliance against NAR (Nizam-e-Adl Regulation).
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 25, 2009
Taliban take over a possibility, says US
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 27, 2009
Human Rights situation worsens in 2008, says HRCP report
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 7, 2009
The hostage Mr. Soleliki of UN is freed.
The daily Ausaf, Lahore; April 5, 2009
Advani vows to build temple on Babri Mosque site.
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 21, 2009
If the US does not stop its drone attacks, Nato’s supply line should be cut. Fazlur Rahman
The daily Ausaf, Lahore; April 4, 2009
Qadianiat is attack of the Western Satan on Muslims. Farid Paracha (of JI)
The daily Aman, Faisalabad; April 11, 2009
There are only two options with Qadianis; convert to Islam or proclaim loyalty to the constitution like decent citizens. Maulana Alam Tariq
The daily Jang, Lahore; April 13, 2009
We have to invigorate the movement to enforce Shariah in the country; this will lead to the extinction of Qadianiat. Ulama
The daily Din, Lahore; April 13, 2009
Qadianis places of worship should be closed down from our areas. Citizens
The daily Ummat, Lahore; April 21, 2009
Threat of terrorism: Educational institutions remain closed in Chenab Nagar.
The daily Aman, Faisalabad; April 11, 2009
Tehsil Chowk at Chiniot is renamed as ‘Khatme Nabuwwat Chowk’
The daily Waqt, Lahore; April 26, 2009
(Rabwah): Government Nusrat Girls School building is crumbling. Students and teachers are at risk. Numerous accidents have occurred due to falling debris from roofs.
The daily Ausaf, Lahore; April 28, 2009
Chenab Nagar: The roads, streets and squares get dilapidated due continuous rain. Sewage is mixing with drinking water supplied to homes.
The Daily Express, Faisalabad; April 10, 2009
Flogging in Swat outrages nation. Video captures girl’s agony.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 04, 2009
Taliban have accepted the responsibility of whipping a girl in Swat.
The daily Din, Lahore; April 14, 2009
Bloodbath in Chakwal
Teenager blows himself up at Imam Bargah; 26 killed, over 40 injured.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 06, 2009
‘Toy bomb’ kills 11 children (in Lower Dir)
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 25, 2009
27 killed in Hangu suicide attack
55 policemen, soldiers wounded as bomber rams explosives-laden vehicle into military convoy passing by a security check-post.
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 19, 2009
Six security men die in Islamabad bombing
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 05, 2009
Mehsud claims credit for Islamabad carnage
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 06, 2009
Taliban shave men’s head for listening to music
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 27, 2009
Pro-Taliban slogan on church walls leads to clash (at Karachi)
The daily News, Lahore; April 23, 2009
Taliban stop NADRA office from working
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 04, 2009
Militants occupy another emerald mine in Swat valley
The daily News International, Lahore; April 02, 2009
Militants blow up Muqam’s house
The daily News International, Lahore; April 02, 2009
Swat Taliban move to gain foothold in Buner
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 09, 2009
Taliban vow to capture Islamabad
The daily Nations, Lahore; April 09, 2009
Taliban stop troop deployment (in Swat). Malakand Commissioner Muhammad Javed confirmed the report and said the convey had returned.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 26, 2009
Taliban step into Shangla as Buner showdown looms
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 24, 2009
Shariah for Malakand as Zardari signs law. Sufi, Swat Taliban welcome move.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 14, 2009
Opposers of Nizam-e-Adl in the Parliament will be declared Non-Muslims. Amir Izzat, Muslim Khan (of TNSM)
The daily Pakistan, Lahore; April 13, 2009
Implementation of Nizam Adl in Swat is an initial step towards establishment of (Islamic) state. Critics ferment trouble (Fasadis)
The Daily Express, Lahore; April 20, 2009
HRCP raps NA for backing Adl regulation. Militants enjoy immunity from law: TNSM. Mutahidda sees ‘an attempt to legalize Talibanization’.
Militants in Punjab allying Taliban: NYT
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 15, 2009
Munawwar Hasan takes oath (as the Amir of Jamaat Islami)
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hasan said the Muslims would continue resisting the US doctrine till the last drop of their blood and would never accept America hegemony in the world.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 06, 2009
NWFP may quit federation, warns Fazal
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 0, 2009
Democracy is an invention of the English. Denial of Shariat-e-Mohammadi would be considered Rebellion. Women will not be appointed judges. Sufi Muhammad
The daily Awaz, Lahore; April 17, 2009
JI slams secular lobby for debunking Nizam-e-Adl
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 16, 2009
Now weapons should be set aside – Sufi Muhammad
President Zardari has done the deed which government of Ulama could not accomplish. Taliban
The daily Jang, Lahore; April 06, 2009
Violence in Balochistan after 3 Baloch leaders killed.
Baloch political parties decide to observe three-day mourning.
The Daily Times, Lahore; April 10, 2009
9 more killed as Balochistan reels in riots for 3rd day.
The daily News, Lahore; April 12, 2009
SC grants bail to Maulana Aziz (of Lal Masjid)
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 16, 2009
50 Afghans found dead in truck container…. the police, who opened the container, found 50 bodies and 60 unconscious Afghans.
Talking to Dawn, one of the victims, Mulook Khan, said, “We wanted to go to Europe to escape joblessness and extreme poverty in many parts of Afghanistan.
The daily Dawn, Lahore; April 15, 2009
Op-ed: The grainy footage of a 17-years old girl being publicly flogged in Swat has brought home for many the reality of the living hell that is today’s Pakistan…. The state has failed the people of Pakistan and stands guilty by association…. Some religious groups have condemned the incident, but the head of the Jamaat-i-Islami repeatedly evaded the issue in an interview with a television channel. He asked what is ‘so special’ about the girl’s flogging that it deserves so much hue and cry, conflating the incident with the completely unrelated issue of drone attacks.
The Editorial in the Dawn, Lahore; April 11, 2009
Op-ed: This is a situation of our own making. And we have our own unwise narrow policies to blame. This being the case, we are the ones who should be finding a solution. A durable solution can only be found when we acknowledge our past mistakes, clean up the Augean stables inherited by the state, take our citizens on board and call the war on militancy ‘our war’ and then fight it single-mindedly, all the while helping the internally displaced.
Dr Tariq Rahman in the daily Dawn, Lahore; April 2, 2009
Op-ed: March of the Taliban
…..Can you even believe any of this? What is happening to this country of ours; how long will we live in denial; when will we realize that if we don’t act now it will all be over; that the Taliban will simply take over the state using the shock and awe that comes from killing wantonly and cruelly.
Kamran Shafi in the daily Dawn, Lahore; April 4, 2009
Op-ed: Changing tide?
The security establishment needs to once and for all rid itself of the notion that there is a role for non-state actors in our national security policy. Perhaps more than anything else feeding the national confusion on the military problem is the continuing belief that not all militants are bad, that some are controllable and that some are simply uninterested in ever turning their guns on the Pakistani state. But reality suggests otherwise…”
The Editorial in the Dawn, Lahore; April 30, 2009
Op-ed: The concept of justice in state and religion
(A dialogue with Javed Ahmad Ghamdi)
Wherever religion has given a law, it is certainly based on justice. And if people of other religions think that a particular law should not apply on them, then their opinion should be heeded. The public law of USA is equally applicable on Muslims and non-Muslims. That is why every law should be adjudged on merit.
The daily News, Lahore; April 09, 2009
Op-ed: Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto
It was shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto who drove the last nail in the coffin of Qadianiat.
Khushnud Ali Khan in the Special issue of the daily Jinnah, Lahore; April 4, 2009
Op-ed: Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto
The foremost achievements of Mr. Bhutto were the preparation of the 1973 Constitution and the declaration of Qadianis as Non-Muslims.
Special Edition – Ausaf; April 4, 2009
Op-ed: Mujahid Khatme Nabuwwat – Zulfiquar Ali
You people are making me declare Qadianis a non-Muslim minority, but I thereby see the hangman’s noose around my neck – attributed to Mr. Bhutto in a feature article by Mateen Khalid.
The daily Pakistan, Lahore; April 04, 2009