An anti-Ahmadi conference scheduled in Rabwah for September 7, 2012
Rabwah: As per newspaper reports, communalists scheduled a conference in Rabwah on September 7. At such occasions the organizers and participants come from outside and pose a serious threat to the peace and law and order of this town. Following is noteworthy in this context:
- These conferences promote nothing but hatred and communal discord.
- Their primary object is provocation and aggression.
- The participants are transported to Rabwah from other towns. Their expenses are paid, and they come for mischief and fun.
- For the duration of the rally, the business and even private schools close down in Rabwah. Women are advised to stay at home.
- The Ahmadi citizens have to remain on guard to defend themselves against any violence.
- Participants take out processions, shout slogans, make offensive speeches and gestures in public. They roam into residential areas and make provocative visits to Ahmadiyya worship places.
- The authorities shamelessly disallow Ahmadis to hold a conference in Rabwah, while they allow the outsiders to assemble in this town on questionable grounds.
The Director Public Affairs, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya, Rabwah wrote a letter to all the relevant authorities conveying his serious objection and reservations on this scheduled event and urged them to disallow it. “God forbid, if an infelicitous incident happens on account of this rally, its responsibility will surely lie with its participants and the administration. Last year too we made you a similar request to forestall the mischief of this event, but unfortunately nothing positive materialized,” he wrote.
End of Prophethood Day – in Rabwah and elsewhere in the country
September 7, 2012: On September 7, 1974, the national assembly, under the control of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority. This day has since been annually celebrated by mullas, and occasionally by People’s Party leaders. When striving for votes, they remind the religious lobby that it was they who took this historic decision.
This year also mullas converged on Rabwah to celebrate this day. They came here as a token of manifest provocation, which as majority they continue to claim as a right from all governments, military as well as democratic. They indulge in violations of civic and political norms, but the weak state lacks courage to deny them intrusion into Rabwah where the non-Ahmadis’ presence is less than 5% of the population.
Rabwah: A two-day rally was permitted here by the authorities. It was held in madrassa Jamia Usmania Khatme Nabuwwat, Muslim Colony. A large number of clerics turned up to address a small crowd. The organizers had invited leaders of Pakistan Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Pakistan Shariat Council, Tehrik Hurmat Rasul, Majlis Ahrar Islam, JUI, Jamaat Islami, JUP, Jamaat ud Dawa, Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Jamaat Ahle Hadith, Wafaq ul Madaras, JU Azad Kashmir, Tanzim Ahle Sunnat, Tehrik Madah Sahabah, Difa Pakistan Council etc. Some of these organizations are banned, while others comprise members who are former members of organizations banned for terrorist activities.
Here, we reproduce only a sample of what the speakers said on this occasion:
- Maulvi Ata ul Muhaiman Bokhari urged the audience not to go to Qadiani doctors for treatment. “Bhutto was right in declaring them Non-Muslims, Qadianis are the greatest mischief (fitna) of the present age”, he said.
- Qari Yaqub Sheikh said, “Whosoever claims Prophethood, will have his head cut through our Jihad.”
- Mulla Ilyas Chinioti said the Income Tax Department has levied a heavy tax on Qadianis. If they do not pay up, it will be considered defiance of the Pakistani constitution.
- Mulla Shabbir Usmani uttered abuse and insults against the founder of the Ahmadi community.
- Mulla Ahmad Siraj demanded that there should be a ban on referring to Qadianis as Ahmadis.
- Mulla Abdul Rahman Shah of the US said that the modern Satan had imposed pure cultural and doctrinal aggression on the Muslim Ummah; this has ushered in the most delicate period for the Ummah.
Qari Shabbir Usmani moved the following resolutions, inter alia, and had them passed in the conference:
- We condemn American drone attacks and Nato forces actions in FATA and our border violations by them. We express utmost grief and hurt over the killing of innocent persons by suicide bombers.
- Qadianis should be removed from all civil and military posts forthwith.
- A religion column should be added to CNICs, or different colour be allocated to Muslims’ cards and religious distinction as required by the constitution and law should be ensured.
- There should be an effective ban all over Pakistan on the Qadiani TV channel, MTA.
- Entry forms to all educational institutions should have an affidavit regarding the End of Prophethood and Kufr of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
- The school syllabus should contain lessons and material on Khatme Nabuwwat so that young generations are well-educated on the honour of the Prophet (Namus Risalat).
- Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya owes income tax of Rs one trillion, 46 billions, 320 million to the state for years 2011 and 2012. Qadianis offered to pay up Rs. 320 million. However, all must be recovered.
- All religious and Quranic epithets should be removed from Qadiani places of worship and secured by the authorities.
- A complete ban should be imposed on Ahmadiyya Youth, a terrorist organization (sic).
- The Nusrat Girls High School and the Girls College (in Rabwah) should be renamed Aisha Girls School and Fatima Girls College, as Nusrat was the name of Mirza’s wife.
- There should be a ban on Qadianis’ activities.
- Qadiani press in Chenab Nagar should be shut down. Permission given to them for publishing their periodicals should be withdrawn.
- Sharia should be imposed in Pakistan and the interest-based system should be outlawed.
- Umar Farooq, Deputy District Agriculture and Malik Zahur, Agriculture Assistant posted in Lalian should be transferred as they are Qadianis.
What is reported above was repeated in a number of cities and towns in Pakistan. The vernacular press in the Punjab reported conferences, meetings etc in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Chiniot, Sialkot, Narowal, Pak Pattan, Chicha Watni etc.
The vernacular press published Special Editions on this day; the dailies Jang, Nawa-i-Waqt, Ausaf, Pakistan, Din, Express, and Khabrain were among these. The daily Pakistan, Express, and Din held Forum discussions at this occasion. The daily Nawa-i-Waqt published the following photos of the End of Prophethood ‘celebrities’. Socialist Bhutto’s company is noteworthy. The mullas eventually teamed up to have Mr. Bhutto hanged by an Islamist dictator.
In Islamabad, the Aalami Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat demanded an annual national holiday on September 7.
The daily Dunya reported on September 8, 2012 the statement of mulla Fazal Karim, MNA and Chairman of Sunni Ittehad Council: “Non-believers in the End of Prophethood are rebels of Islam and traitors to Pakistan.”
Ahmadis in Pakistan have turned to prayers in the face of these outbursts of obscurantism and reaction.
Still another Khatme Nabuwwat Conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; 4 and 5 October, 2012: Not content with a big End of Prophethood rally in Rabwah in September 2012, the mullas and politico-religious parties held here another major 2-day open air conference. It was a big occasion – approximately 10,000 participated. Almost all of them had come or were transported to Rabwah from outside. The authorities authorized holding this rally and provided the official support. What was stated at the occasion and passed as resolutions are noteworthy.
- Almost all the speakers used very spiteful language against Ahmadis and their elders.
- The first sign of love of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) is social boycott of Qadianis.
- Implement a boycott of all products produced by Qadianis.
- Mulla Ayub Saqib of Daska threatened that if the authorities do not demolish the minarets and niches of Qadiani places of worship in Sialkot, then Muslims would occupy these places.
- A small minority (Ahmadis) are indulging in poisonous propaganda abroad against the nuclear Pakistan as such they should be fired from all posts in the energy sector, said Qazi Ehsan Ahmad.
- Qadianis are the greatest enemies of Muslims.
- If Qadianis write the Kalima (Islamic creed) on their houses, have it removed.
- We shall tolerate no amendments in the Blasphemy laws.
Among a host of speakers who addressed the crowd following deserve special mention:
- Syed Munawwar Hassan, the Amir of Jamaat Islami came from Lahore. He said that it was time to promote the spirit of Jihad. The U.S. now stands defeated.
- Dr. A. Q. Khan (nicknamed The Merchant of Menace) addressed the rally through telephone. “Muslims are ready worldwide to stop the anti-Islam forces. We shall have to join hands to support the cause of End of Prophethood”, he said.
- Mulla Ata ur Rehman MNA, a brother of Maulvi Fazl ur Rehman (of JUI), also addressed the rally. “Conspiracy is developing to delete the word ‘Islamic’ from the name of the country. Other than a Muslim, no Jew, Christian or Hindu can be given the office of the President or Prime Minister in Pakistan”, he said.
- Maulvi Abdul Khabir Azad, the Khateeb of the Badshahi Mosque Lahore, who is a paid government servant was among the mullas who joined the rally.
- Mulla Aziz ur Rehman Jalandhri delivered the Friday sermon and stated that this government is an agent of the U.S. and the Jewish lobby.
According to the daily Al-Sharq, Lahore of October 6, 2012, following resolutions were adopted and demands made on the government by the rally, inter alia:
- The conference demands from the government that Mr. Mumtaz Qadri, the lover of the Prophet (who assassinated Governor Salman Taseer) should be released honourably. The President should announce the remittance of his punishment.
- This rally condemns the brutal treatment by the U.S. of Pakistani Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in incarceration, and demands that the government should fulfill its national obligations with regard to her release.
- The Sharia penalty (of death) for apostasy should be imposed as recommended by the Islamic Ideology Council.
- The madrassas must retain their autonomy. Unfair police cases against the Ulama and religious activists should be withdrawn, and they should be released forthwith.
- Admission forms to public and private educational institutes should contain certification regarding faith in the End of Prophethood and the apostasy of Mirza Qadiani.
- Qadiani terrorist organizations namely Khuddam ul Ahmadiyya, Tehrik Waqfe Jadid (sic), Ansarullah, Lajna Imailla (women’s association), Atfalul Ahmadiyya (children’s association) should be effectively banned and all their assets in the country and abroad should be confiscated.
- Anti-state activities of Qadianis should be put to a stop. A quota should be specified for their share in public services. Qadianis should be fired from all posts in the departments of Education, Health and Trade.
Logistics and miscellaneous
- Extensive security measures were adopted. The police provided full support.
- Various slogans were shouted in full throat including Qadianiat Murdah Bad (Death to Qadianiyat).
- Anti-Ahmadi books were on sale in a book stall.
- The rally had its Information center, Parking, Food and Water Supply, a Traffic Plan, Free Dispensary, etc.
- All the 10,000 participants were provided free food. All other expenses were also on the house; THE QUESTION: From where the mullas get the money for this extravaganza?
Mullas permitted sectarian activities in Rabwah
Rabwah; February 5, 2012: In view of the bitter experience of the past, the Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah wrote to the authorities to stop the rallies and processions planned by mullas in Rabwah at the occasion of 12 Rabiul Awwal, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.). At this occasion the mullas commonly use abusive language against elders of the Ahmadiyya community and create a serious law and order problem.
Regrettably the authorities again allowed the mullas to converge on Rabwah. They did not fail to indulge in hateful activities to hurt the feelings of the local Ahmadi population. Essential details are given below.
A conference started in a nearby village Kot Wasawa at 10 a.m. People from outside Rabwah participated in it. Approximately 3000 participated. The speakers mostly targeted the Ahmadiyya community, instead of describing the character of the Holy Prophetsa to the audience. This conference lasted till 2:30 p.m. Thereafter they formed a procession and reached Evan-e-Mahmood, headquarters of the Ahmadiyya youth organization, through Aqsa Square using the main roads of Rabwah. There, mullas Kafeel Bukhari, Muhammad Mughira, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari spoke slander against the Ahmadiyya community. The rally ended at 5 p.m. at the bus stand.
As usual the mullas availed of the rally only to hurt the feelings of local Ahmadis. They disturbed the life of a whole town where they had no right to assemble. They spoke not on the theme of the anniversary but spread sectarian hatred and posed a threat to the law and order in Rabwah whose residents had to remain on guard and exercise vigil.
Plight of Rabwah
Rabwah (renamed ‘Chenab Nagar’ in official documents) is the Ahmadiyya center in Pakistan. Ninty-five percent of its population is Ahmadi. As the state has promulgated rules that deter Ahmadis’ participation in elections at all levels, the town council here comprises only non-Ahmadis who represent only 5% of the population who are not Ahmadis. Accordingly, the town is in a state of neglect by its city (step)fathers. It shares, indeed depicts the plight of its residents.
The unspeakable town – Rabwah
The daily Dawn, Lahore, of April 29, 2012: The National Bank of Pakistan, one of the leading banks in the country decided recently to advertize itself over the theme: “One Nation, One Bank” by paying tribute to the “UNSUNG HEROES of our Country”. The first such hero they chose was a “Young Prodigy”, Sitara Akbar, an 11-year old Ahmadi girl whose denominational identity was appropriately not mentioned. The big ad was placed by the bank on the front page of the Dawn and it introduced Miss Akbar along with her photo, in the following words:
“Extraordinary talent reveals through unusual willpower that can turn an ordinary child into a prodigy. Sitara Akbar of Chiniot set a world record by passing her O-level Chemistry Examination at the age of 9 and another by clearing several more O-level subjects at the age of 11. ‘My talents, my efforts and my achievements are all for my motherland.’ www.nbp.com.pk”
All very fair and laudable; however the mention of her hometown as Chiniot calls for a comment. Sitara Akbar is ‘of Rabwah’ (Chenab Nagar), not ‘of Chiniot’. What necessitated this deliberate change? The two towns are different entities, located on opposite sides of a big river Chenab, have their own municipalities, different origins, history and identity. The residents of Chiniot would not like to be called ‘of Rabwah’, while the residents of Rabwah take pride in being of Rabwah or even Chenab Nagar (a name imposed upon it by mullas and politicians in year 2000, against the wishes of its residents).
The management of the publicity department of the National Bank could have taken the deliberate decision of omitting the name Rabwah for some or all of the following reasons:
- Rabwah has been given so much hostile publicity by the mulla, the vernacular press and indirectly by the state that its mention would dilute the message of their ad to the extent of being unacceptable.
- The mention of the town will expose the denominational identity of the ‘Prodigy’, and it was considered advisable to hide it for security considerations.
- Faith-based prejudice is so widespread among a section of the society that a mention of Rabwah (or Chenab Nagar) will generate a negative response to the noble catchphrase of the NBP’s ad message.
Whatever the reason, the decision to omit the name of Rabwah reflects poorly on the demographic and human rights situation of this town otherwise eminent in many ways.
A press report on Rabwah
Rabwah; January 2012: The daily Aman, Faisalabad of January 3, 2012 published the following news story about the plight of Rabwah at the hand of the town administration, (translation):
Chenab Nagar receives step-motherly treatment. Mujeeb Khan
Neither the government of Punjab pays any attention to the sad state of this unfortunate multi-faith city nor does the so-called Tehsil Municipal Administration care.
Shady TMA officials are least concerned about the problems of its citizens who pay all their taxes.
The entire city immerses in darkness due to lack of streetlights; nobody takes notice.
Chenab Nagar (Special Correspondent): A protest meeting of the Quaid-e-Azam Forum under the chairmanship of Ch. Rahmat Ali was held the previous day in which the step-motherly attitude of the government of Punjab and the TMA Chiniot was condemned. Mr. Mujeeb Khan the president of social and welfare organization said that the Punjab government and the so-called TMA Chiniot are least bothered about the problems of this multi-faith city and do not keep their promise of providing relief and welfare to its residents. Prof. Waqar Hussain described the sad state of the city and said that except only one road in the posh area all roads were in a dilapidated state and have ditches which cause many accidents. People get injured everyday in these accidents and have to be hospitalized. Despite all this, the Punjab government and the shady TMA officials pay no attention to provide relief to its citizens who pay their taxes hundred percent. Ch. Rahmat Ali Bhatti said that the entire city remains in darkness due to absence of streetlights.
Rabwah citizens deprived of drinking water
Rabwah: The daily Waqt printed the following report on May 12, 2012 (translation):
Drinking water supply missing for the last seven days
Chenab Nagar (Waqt correspondent): The citizens of Rabwah face great hardships on account of the non-availability of drinking water for the past seven days. The water supply has become scarce due to severity of hot weather and unannounced power outages. The ground water is not potable. Therefore, citizens have to line up at water-filter plants with buckets and canisters in hand. In some areas water has remained interrupted for 15 days, therefore residents have to buy sub-standard polluted water for drinking. The water scarcity keeps on mounting due to unscheduled outages. As such water tankers on payment become available but after many days of waiting. Water supply staff stated that often electricity is available for only one hour at night, how can they meet the demand with only one hour’s run of the motors. The water crisis is the outcome of outings. Residents have demanded the administration to prepare an effective plan to restore water supply to the town.
A recollection of happenings at the office of the daily Al-Fazl
Rabwah: This town, being the headquarters of the Jama‘at Ahmadiyya, is home to many periodicals and the daily Al-Fazl published by the community. Ahmadiyya press and its staff have suffered a great deal during the past quarter of a century of Ahmadis’ persecution in Pakistan. There were times when the Al-Fazl was barred from publication for years. The editors, publishers and printers of Ahmadi periodicals had to face criminal charges on religious grounds in scores of cases. The restrictions still continue in various ways, relaxing occasionally, tightening again, without warning.
What happened in 1980s and 1990s to the Ahmadiyya press is becoming history and its witnesses have grown old and some even died. Recently Mirza Mohammad Iqbal who was on the staff of the daily Al-Fazl from 1990 to 1998 wrote an article in this daily, under the above title; it was published in its issue of June 18, 2012. We reproduce here an extract from this article as a statement of an eye-witness of that era (translation):
“Let me now mention here a few painful and distressing events that I shared (in those days). President Ziaul Haq issued the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance XX in 1984 out of personal religious prejudice and hatred and in compliance with the demand of anti-Ahmadi ulama. I was a witness to its implementation (in the press section). Qazi Munir Ahmad was the printer, Agha Saifulla the publisher and manager, while Mr. Nasim Saifi was the editor of the daily Al-Fazl. All these three gentlemen were made to face criminal charges repeatedly at the hand of police. Obviously they were under great stress all the time, and they had to go into hiding to avoid arrest. The police, often in plain clothes, would raid the Al-Fazl office and their residences and succeeded in arresting them. The policemen were not mindful of their (old) age, nor of the sanctity of the month of Ramadan. In short, after their arrest these elderly gentlemen would be locked up in the local police station or driven to the cells in Chiniot. I myself remember seeing these three respected personalities behind bars in Chiniot lock-ups, during the holy month of Ramadan. Their only crime, according to (the poet) Akbar Allahabadi, was:
My rivals have reported to the police station,
Akbar talks of God in this age and time.
“Having suffered a great deal of hardships and persecution for four years, Mr. Saifi (the editor of Al-Fazl) died on March 19, 1999, while the other two elderly gentlemen succeeded in fleeing abroad, by the grace of Allah.”
In February, 2012 the government of the Punjab ordered a ban on the monthly Misbah, the Ahmadi women’s magazine and issued a show cause notice to the daily Al-Fazl. A judge, on appeal, issued a ‘stay’ order. Difficulties however remain in delivering these publications through the national post. Damocles sword still hangs over the Ahmadiyya press.
Military operation in Rabwah demanded
Lahore; October 5, 2012: The daily Waqt, Lahore published the following three-column headline with a story based on proceedings of the 31st Annual Khatme Nabuwwat Conference held in Rabwah:
Military operation should be undertaken in Chenab Nagar: Khatme Nabuwwat Conference
The story included the following, inter alia:
- Qadianis are guilty of textual and translation alteration of the Holy Quran.
- Qadianis should be fired from all offices related to energy.
- Qadiani (arbitration) courts and the apostasy set-up in Chenab Nagar must be closed down.
- Qadianis should be forbidden the use of Quranic verses and Islamic terminology.
- The Kalima (Islamic creed), minarets and niches in Qadiani places of worship all over the country should be removed.
- Those arrested during the Honour of the Prophet campaign must be released forthwith.
- A military operation should be undertaken in Chenab Nagar, as in FATA.
Whither human rights, freedom of faith and the tolerance taught by Islam!
Authorities’ neglect of Rabwah
Lahore; December 3, 2012: The daily Waqt, Lahore published the following story sent by its reporter:
Chenab Nagar is neglected in development schemes
Chenab Nagar (Waqt correspondent): TMA Chiniot, behaving like a step-mother, neglected Chenab Nagar entirely in the development schemes prepared for 2012/2013. As per details the TMA has planned 152 development schemes for the financial year 2012-13. However, entirely neglecting Chenab Nagar, a city of 80,000 inhabitants, they have issued tender notices for development works in Bhawana, Lalian, Chiniot and numerous villages. This city is spread over four square kilometers and lakhs of rupees are received from here by the TMA as its grant from the Excise and Taxation department etc. In this context, Mian Zahid the president of Traders Association, Mr. Basharat Kahlon the vice-president, Mr. Khalil Ahmad and Naeem Ahmad Abid a social worker stated that this city adds millions in foreign exchange (to the state kitty) but it has been neglected in development schemes while its infrastructure is in a deplorable state. They demanded from the higher authorities that the tender notices should be cancelled and Chenab Nagar should be appropriately included in the development schemes of 2012-2013 with due regard to its population, size, and foreign exchange earnings.
A loaded H.R. story of 1980 – worth placing on record here
Rabwah: The daily Alfazl dated October 11, 2012 published an article written by Mr. Bashir Ahmad Rafiq, with title: Good Words about Chaudhary Zahur Ahmad Bajwa – my mentor, my friend. Mr. Rafiq is a former Imam of the Fazl Mosque in London, while Mr. Bajwa was a Director of Public Affairs of the Ahmadiyya Worldwide Jamaat in 1980s. The narrated incident is indicative of the Ahmadis’ human rights situation in 1980 when General Zia was in power, Mr. Bhutto had been hanged a year before and the notorious Ordinance XX was still four years in the future. The narrative translated below is an extract from this article.
“In 1980, … I built a comfortable house in Rabwah, and shifted to it. Mr. Bajwa would occasionally visit me and we had coffee together. This continued for long. It was in those days that someone knocked at my door; I opened it and found a respectable-looking visitor there. He introduced himself as the Assistant Commissioner of the sub-district that included Rabwah. I took him inside. He told me that he had never been to England. “Someone told me that a man lives here who had stayed in England for long, and this moved me to visit you and get some information about England”, he said. Subsequently every time the commissioner would come to Rabwah, he visited me at home. Once he brought his family along. Mr. Bajwa was the Director of (Ahmadiyya) Public Affairs (Nazir Amur Aama) in those days, and I kept him informed of these visits to avoid any misunderstanding. Mr. Bajwa himself had invited the commissioner to his place couple of times, and asked me to come along as well. The commissioner was impressed by Mr. Bajwa’s personality and hospitality.
“(Then) In those days, there was suddenly a police raid on Mr. Bajwa’s residence and he was arrested. The FIR had been registered in the name of the Assistant Commissioner. It was mentioned therein that forbidden literature had been recovered from Mr. Bajwa’s home. This was a very unusual incident. Mr. Bajwa was not only the Director of Public Affairs, but also hailed from a noble land-owning family of Sargodha. He had a vast property and was a man of influence in the area. All his brothers held high posts in civil and military.
“The news of Mr. Bajwa’s arrest spread like wild fire. All his friends were upset. I was very concerned that this man was behind bars on a false charge, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who, as the eldest son, was a favourite of his parents, who after receiving high education had dedicated his life to the service of the community, and who had played a distinguished role for years in bringing good name to Islam and Pakistan in England. How was he spending his time in prison, how was he bearing up with the difficulties of lock-up, I wondered.
“Mr. Bajwa was released on bail after a while. He was given a great reception on return to Rabwah. The very next day, Mr. Bajwa came to my home. Over coffee, he described his experiences of incarceration. Before leaving he said, “Mr. Majoka, the Assistant Commissioner is a friend of both of us, but he is more intimate with you. Ask him sometimes as to why he had this fabricated case registered against me.” I agreed to meet the commissioner in the next day or two and find out the reality of the case.
“A few days later I called on the A.C. at his bungalow in Chiniot. He was sitting in his lawn in company. He stood up, received me, and having got me seated, asked his cronies to leave as he had important business with his visitor. After all had gone, he said to me, “Mr. Rafiq, I know the purpose of your visit, but before you say something please listen to me. One day, I received a written out FIR. It stated that I had raided Mr. Bajwa’s house and recovered banned literature. I was astonished to read the FIR. I had carried out no raid, Mr. Bajwa was my mentor and friend, how could I lie so blatantly against him? So, I proceeded to see the Commissioner, Jhang. The Commissioner told me that those orders had come from high authorities, so I had to sign the FIR and arrest Mr. Bajwa or consider myself fired. That made me think. I was at a loss. Eventually I decided that I had to save my job even at the cost of a good friend. So I signed the FIR and arrested Mr. Bajwa the next day.” Having said that Mr. Majoka said, “Mr. Rafiq, since that day, ashamed, I had not the courage to visit Rabwah. I am very ashamed from Mr. Bajwa. Please ask him to forgive me. I decided to violate my conscience only to save my job”.
“I took leave and told the whole story to Mr. Bajwa.”
Two-day provocative conference in Rabwah by anti-Ahmadiyya mullas
Rabwah; October 13 and 14, 2010: Mullas of the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, (an anti-Ahmadiyya organization) held their two-day annual conference in Rabwah instead of holding it at their headquarters in Multan which is 260 kilometers away from here.
Such conferences are permitted regularly in Rabwah where the non-Ahmadis population is only 5% of the total.
This conference at Rabwah poses a great threat to the law and order of the town. The administration allowed the conference despite the fact that the Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter to all the concerned local, provincial and federal authorities requesting them to disallow this sectarian conference in Rabwah by outsiders.
Mullas from all over Pakistan gather here annually. Mostly Deobandi and Wahabi mullas and a few Brelvis participated. Mulla Ata-ur-Rahman of JUP (brother of Maulvi Fazlur Rahman) also attended the conference. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Mohibullah, Azizur Rahman Jalandhri, Allah Wasaya, Zahid ur Rashdi, Ahmad Mian Hamadi, Mufti Muhammad Hassan, Alam Tariq (of the banned SSP) etc were among the speakers; most of them are otherwise forbidden to leave their districts during Muharram when the government shows zero tolerance to any threat to law and order.
As usual, the speakers made abusive and slanderous speeches against the founder and leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. They spoke even against Ch. Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, an Ahmadi and the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan, who was very close and dear to the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan.
In these conferences, the mullas are free to say what they like, regardless of facts. Later, the press-release by their publicity men repeats the rhetoric for public consumption in the country. For example, the following statements were published in the vernacular press:
- Pakistani government should reply ‘Do More’ with ‘No More’.
- European countries should also declare Qadianis a non-Muslim minority.
- The country’s security is at risk by Qadiani network, not by Haqqani network.
- Mumtaz Qadri (murderer of Governor Taseer) is not the name of an individual; he represents the religious emotions of the Muslim world.
- Friendship of Qadianis is more dangerous than their animosity.
- Qadianis are destroying the pillars of Islam in the whole world under the guise of Islam.
- Qadianis are liars and hell-bound.
- The only cure for Qadianis: Al-Jihad, Al-Jihad
- The future of Pakistan is linked with Khatme Nabuwwat.
This report is based mostly on stories published in the vernacular press, in particular from the daily Jang of October 14 and the Nawai Waqt of October 14 and 15. The mullas made the following demands, inter alia:
- All Qadianis should be dismissed from the armed forces.
- All literature published in Chenab Nagar should be confiscated forthwith.
- Qadianis should be forbidden to use the Islamic creed (Kalima) and other Islamic epithets.
- Qadianis should be removed without delay from government services like CBR (Revenue), embassies and education.
- Minarets and niches in Qadiani places of worship should be demolished.
- Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
- Qadiani students declare themselves Muslims on the entry forms of educational institutes, which is against the law. Action should be taken against them.
- The declaration about the ‘End of Prophethood’ should be included in the application forms for national identity cards.
- All auxiliary organizations of Qadianis should be banned.
- Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
- All barriers (installed for security purposes) should be removed from Chenab Nagar (Rabwah).
- The Islamists (Islamian) of Pakistan will powerfully resist any change to the blasphemy laws.
- Shariah penalty for apostasy (death, according to the mulla) should be implemented.
- The respected ulama are urged to deliver Friday Sermons in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism once every month.
- Mumtaz Qadri should be set free respectfully.
One can get a fair idea of the motives of these mullas in the light of above demands.
The maximum attendance was recorded on Friday – approximately 8000. The audience were transported from out of Rabwah in buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws. Meals were served lavishly. One wonders about the source of funds for all these huge anti-Ahmadiyya rallies.
Such conferences are a great disturbance for Ahmadis in Rabwah. As precautionary measures the schools were closed, women were advised to remain at home, markets remained closed, and hundreds of citizens remained alert to defend the town and its people against a possible attack by participants of this conference. The authorities also had to remain vigilant. The state and society were exposed to great risk by allowing the mullas to assemble at Rabwah where they have no rational claim to converge.
Following mullas participated:
Akram Toofani, Abdul Latif Ashrafi, Muhammad Amjad Madni, Mumtaz Ahmad Kalpar, Muhammad Ismail Shujjabadi, Qazi Ihsan Ahmad, Ziauddin Azad, Azizur Rahman Sani, Faqirullah Akhtar, Abdul Hakeem Naumani, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Muhammad Hussain Nasir, Tajammul Hussain, Muhammad Ishaq Saqi, Muhammad Tayyab Farooqi, Muhammad Zahid Waseem, Mufti Muhammad Khalid Mir, Abdul Naeem, Muhammad Arif, Ghulam Mustafa, Ghulam Rasool Deen Poori, Abdul Sattar Haidri, Abdul Sattar Gormani, Abdul Khaliq, Muhammad Khubaib, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Wahab Jalandhri, Abdul Razzaq Mujahid, etc.
Hostile rallies in Rabwah
Rabwah; February 16, 2011: Rabwah has always been in the crosswire of the mullas. They are at liberty to provoke 95% of the town’s population. They regularly hold conferences in Rabwah, take out processions through the main markets and make hateful speeches using provocative language against the Ahmadiyya community. Mullas from outside Rabwah participate in these conferences and disturb the peace of the city.
One such occasion is 12 Rabiul Awwal (the birthday of the Holy Prophetsa). Mullas now take out several processions in Rabwah every year on this day. Ahmadis request the authorities to stop them from such activities, but to no avail. This year again Ahmadiyya central office wrote to the authorities to prohibit such rallies, but they allowed the mullas to once again gather in Rabwah and threaten the peace of the town. A report of these processions is placed below.
The first procession on February 16, 2011 started from Masjid Bukhari at 09:00 hr. Approximately 300 men from the Muslim Colony and Chiniot participated in it. This procession used the main road of Rabwah and reached Aqsa Square. Qari Muhammad Yameen addressed the participants there. On their way back to the Bus Stop they halted in front of Aiwan-e-Mahmood and Mulla Ghulam Mustafa addressed the crowd. Thereafter it stopped in front of the Post Office and Mulla Masood Sarwari and Mulla Hafiz Umair addressed them.
The second procession was led by the son of Maulvi Mushtaq of Khichian. They gathered at the Bus Stop and held a conference there which lasted three hours. Approximately 700 people participated in the conference. Afterwards at 13:00 hr. they went to the Aqsa Square in the form of a procession and dispersed. This procession comprised seven tractor trolleys, one bus, four cars, forty motorcycles and five rickshaws.
The third procession was led by Majlis Ahrar. A conference was held in the mosque of Majlis Ahrar in Kot Wasawa, in Rabwah at 10 a.m. This continued for five hours and approximately three thousand participated. They took the form of a procession and reached in front of the Aiwan-e-Mahmood via Aqsa Square. There Mulla Mughaira, Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema and Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. They used highly slanderous and provocative language against the Ahmadiyya leaders. They also criticized the government regarding Raymond Davis and Aasia Bibi. They demanded from the government more vigorous anti-Ahmadiyya measures. This procession ended at the Bus Stop at 17:30 hr. It used the main roads of Rabwah and comprised 10 buses, 18 coasters, 30 cars, five tractor trolleys and 40 rickshaws.
All markets in Rabwah remained closed due to these un-welcome guests, and all Ahmadis remained vigilant against any unforeseen development. Women were advised to stay at home. Men were directed to stay clear of the procession.
Another Khatme Nabuwwat conference
Rabwah/Faisalabad; May 2011: The Director Public Affairs, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya wrote the following self-explanatory letter to authorities (translation from Urdu original):
Subject: Khatme Nabuwwat Conference of 12 May in Saleemi Chowk, Faisalabad
Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat Faisalabad has announced holding a conference, in Al-Fath Ground, Saleemi Chowk, Faisalabad on May 12, 2011. A propaganda drive is on in the district for maximum participation. Big banners and posters have been displayed in conspicuous locations.
Past experience shows that such programs are meant to target Ahmadis and to urge the common man to take extreme action against members of the Ahmadiyya community. Hatred and prejudice is spread in the sacred name of religion by indulging in fabricated and filthy accusations. Holding this conference on May 12, in these sensitive times, may precipitate extremist action.
In fact, accusations against Ahmadis have no basis; an Ahmadi cannot even think of committing such outrages. Every Ahmadi, by the grace of Allah extends the utmost respect to the Holy Prophet of Islam. This respect is the basic and essential part of every Ahmadi’s faith.
Although, every decent Pakistani dislikes such nefarious and provocative activities and condemns them, some miscreants would like to promote their selfish aims through conspiracies in the name of religion.
In the past, we have forewarned the authorities on such occasions repeatedly, however, unfortunately, no action is taken against these miscreants. This results in serious incidents against members of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Since the promulgation of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance in 1984, 205 Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith on account of these discriminatory laws and religious hatred. Such murders continue to take place. Many Ahmadis have been injured in murderous attacks. Authorities are requested to take notice and effective action in the stated circumstances.
Director Public Affairs
Another provocative conference to be held in Rabwah by mullas
Rabwah: The Director of Public Affairs, Ahmadiyya headquarters wrote the following letter to federal and provincial authorities on August 18, 2011 (translation):
Nazarat Umoor E Aama
Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Rabwah (Pakistan)
Ph: 047-6212459 Fax: 047-6215459 E-mail: email@example.com
Subject: Appropriate action regarding Khatme Nabuwwat Conference to be held on September 07, 2011 in Muslim Colony Chenab Nagar/Rabwah
I wish to draw your attention to an important and sensitive issue. According to press reports, anti-Ahmadi elements have announced a program to hold a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in Chenab Nagar/Rabwah on September 07, 2011.
Ahmadis in Rabwah, where 95% of the population is Ahmadi, are not allowed to hold their annual conferences and other programs, but their opponents are regularly facilitated to transport vigilantes from outside to Rabwah, hold conferences, take out processions, abuse Ahmadi leaders on loudspeakers, indulge in insulting acts, make mischief and create a threat to law and order.
Such a conference is again planned this year for September 07, 2011 which raises a threat to law and order in this town. As in the past, it is most likely that many incoming participants will be from organizations that are otherwise banned by the government of Pakistan. These bands emerge from the Muslim Colony, loiter through the residential areas, and attempt provocation near Ahmadiyya places of worship. All this can lead to some nasty incident. This conference also provides an opportunity for this kind of undesired happening.
In view of the grave situation prevailing in the country, it would be appropriate to disallow this conference, and provide no official support to its sponsors. However, if decided otherwise, the participants should be made to use only main roads, refrain from eve-teasing, slogan-raising, improper use of sound amplifiers and posing a threat to the town’s law and order through hateful sectarian speeches.
God forbid, if there is a disturbing incident, the responsibility will be that of the participants of the conference and the authorities. Last year also, you were requested likewise to disallow the conference but unfortunately we received no positive response.
We hope that you will take appropriate action to maintain peace in the town. This delicate issue deserves your priority attention and action.
Director Public Affairs
Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) District Chiniot
PS. The authorization was not revoked. Report of this conference is given below.
Anti-Ahmadiyya annual conference in Rabwah
Rabwah; September 7, 2011: A one-day ‘International Khatme Nabuwwat Conference’ was held at Jamia Usmania, Muslim Colony, Rabwah. This conference is held annually. Mullas avail this occasion for slander, provocation and making brazen demands.
This conference was allowed by the authorities despite a request by the residents of Rabwah to disallow it. It started at 12:00 p.m. on September 7 and lasted till 3:15 a.m. next day. Five sessions were held in all. The attendance initially was 200 – 300, however in the last session it rose to 1400.
Twenty-two mullas addressed this rally. They all spoke against the Ahmadiyya community. They promoted hatred, animosity and used obnoxious language against the leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. The sessions were chaired by Maulvi Abdul Hafeez Makki from Saudi Arabia and Ahmad Ali Siraj from Kuwait. Some of the prominent clerics who addressed the crowd:
- Maulvi Muhammad Kafayat Ullah, MPA KP
- Ghulam Fareed Paracha, General Secretary Jamaat Islami
- Maulvi Zahidul Rashidi
- Qari Shabbir Usmani, Faisalabad
- Maulvi Ataul Muhaiman Bukhari, Multan
- Qari Zawar Bahadur, General Secretary JUP
- Maulvi Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Lahore
- Maulvi Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti, MPA Chiniot
- Maulvi Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, SSP, Jhang
This conference was given great publicity in the vernacular press.
The resolutions adopted were those that violated accepted norms of human rights and international covenants. They included the following, inter alia:
- A ban should be imposed on Qadianis’ activities.
- Add column of ‘Religion’ to the national identity card.
- Block the Qadiani MTA (TV channel).
- Implement Sharia as proposed by the Islamic Ideology Council.
- Change the name of Nusrat Jehan Girls College and School to Aisha Siddiqua, as Nusrat Jehan was the name of the wife of the Mirza (Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian).
Note: These institutions were built and established by Ahmadis, but were nationalized by Z.A. Bhutto regime.
- The respected Ulama are urged to issue weekly statements in support of Khatme Nabuwwat and against Qadianism.
- Quranic inscriptions written on Qadiani places of worship should be expunged.
- Entry forms to educational institutions should have an affidavit concerning Khatme Nabuwwat and denouncement of the founder of Ahmadiyya community.
- Government should bind Qadianis not to use the title of Islam.
- The school syllabus should include the subject of End of Prophethood.
- Qadiani religious endowments should be taken over by the state.
- Ban the Qadiani newspapers and magazines.
- Dismiss all Qadianis from the government services and the army.
Ahmadis of Rabwah had to take appropriate precautions. They closed down the bazaar, the educational institutions and asked their women to remain at home. The law enforcement agencies also remained vigilant.
Plight of Rabwah
The pun is, “Rabwah has its city fathers, but they are all step-fathers”. The reason lies in the fact that its Ahmadi population, which is 95% of the whole, is unable to cast their votes in electing the members of the town council. As such there is little motivation for the town councilors to attend to their problems. Perhaps Rabwah is the only such town in the world.
Rabwah suffers criminal neglect from those in authority
The daily Pakistan, Lahore published the following story in its issue of August 4, 2011:
Chenab Nagar: Electric and gas outages in Ramadan commence
Chenab Nagar: (Correspondent) At the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan, electricity, drinking water and gas are no longer available to the people who thereby face tremendous hardship. The minister responsible for water and power had announced that electricity will remain available at the times of Sehri and Aftaar (closing and opening of the fast), however WAPDA follow-up has made the people yell in protest. On the second day of Ramadan WAPDA ‘improved’ the load-shedding record in that in some neighborhoods there was no gas and no drinking water at the time of Sehri and Aftaar. People had to pick up buckets and look for water from door to door. There was no water in mosques for ablution; the worshippers protested vehemently. Residents screamed on account of electric load-shedding that lasted two to three hours at a stretch. Those who were fasting sought refuge from heat, under shade of roadside trees. They cursed the rulers and expressed the view that rulers who torture the people in the holy month of Ramadan will not be forgiven by Allah.
Rabwah at risk
Rabwah; October 2011: The authorities intimated that there is a possibility of another terrorist attack on Ahmadis, and Rabwah to be a probable target. The local police have been instructed by a higher authority to be vigilant. The residents have tightened their self-protection measures.
Encroachments and illegal intrusions – a serious problem in Rabwah
Rabwah: The daily Aman, Faisalabad reported on the problem of illegal intrusions and trespass in Rabwah in its issue of November 21, 2011. Translation of this news story is given below:
Illegal occupants abound in streets of Chenab Nagar; citizens suffer.
Cart pushing vendors occupy public space with support of political influentials.
The DCO Chiniot should undertake clean-up operation under his supervision, regardless of creed, denomination or political affiliation.
Chenab Nagar (Correspondent): Illegal occupants have constructed encroachments on major roads here like the Aqsa Road, Railway Road, College Road and Rajeki Road, and thereby the residents suffer greatly. Cart pushers, who come from outside locations, come here to sell their commodities and occupy road spaces; they are supported by politically influential persons. A number of local social, welfare and religious leaders and lawyers, professors and journalists have written applications to the officials of Tehsil Municipal Administration reminding them of honest performance of their duties, but the corrupt and dishonest staff take no notice. Therefore, victims who are injured in accidents caused by these encroachments, had to complain to Mian Shahbaz Sharif the Chief Minister, Mr Tahir Hussain the Divisional Commissioner and Dr Irshad Ahmad, the DCO Chiniot that the above mentioned roads and the Rahmat Bazar Mandi should be cleared of illegal encroachments. It is a human right of the suffering residents. They have also requested action against the corrupt officials of the TMA who facilitate these encroachments. The applicants, namely Mr Ghulam Sarwar Saif, advocate, Mr Aamar Munir advocate, Mr Mujeeb Khan advocate, Mr. Waqas Khan advocate, Prof. Waqar Hussain, Prof Rayan Ahmad Syed, Mr Zahid Mahmud Mirza the chairman of the Traders Association have all demanded the vacation of encroachments on permanent basis. To achieve this it is essential to appoint a regular Chief Officer and an Overseer. The citizens have demanded that the DCO Chiniot should undertake a clean-up operation under his personal charge, sans consideration of creed, denomination and political affiliation.