Politics of Persecution – 1998


Guess, who is at the helm?

The Daily ‘ Pakistan’ in its issue of 7 March 1998, reported the meeting of the President with the delegation of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement (Finality of Prophethood) led by Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makkee. The delegation presented him a 10-point plan. The President appreciated the efforts of the Movement and urged them to work for the unity of Muslims from the Khatame Nabuwwat Movement’s platform. The Movement’s Secretary General, Maulana Manzoor Chinioti, was also present at the occasion alongwith some delegates from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

During those very days Maulvi Chinioti addressed a meeting at Masjid Omar Farooq in Metroville area of Korangi Town, Karachi and spoke venomously against the Ahmadiyya Community. He referred to Mr. Tarar and said: ‘ He is from ‘ Harakat-ul-Ansar’ (a well known religious organization involved in violence and terror); we have expectations from him.’

On 11 August 1998, the Daily Nawa-i-Waqt reported in some detail the proceedings of the (Anti-Ahmadiyya) Khatame Nabuwwat seminar held at London. It was reported that Maulana Chinioti represented there the President of Pakistan, Mr. Rafiq Tarar, and read out the President’s message in the seminar.


The 15th amendment

The government has moved the Sharia Bill (CA15) and got it passed, as a first step, by the National Assembly. If the Constitution is finally amended as proposed, the Sharia shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution, any law or judgement of any court. The Sharia, of course, will be what the Government considers to be Sharia. Its wishes, therefore will over-ride all existing guarantees and protection provided by the Constitution. The CA15, is therefore a highly dangerous proposal which if enacted will open a floodgate of abuse of human rights of all in general, and of minorities in particular.


PPP joins the gang despite its own woes

Pakistan Peoples Party, the main opposition political party in Pakistan complains of the high handedness of the government and is vocal against its own deprivation of justice and fair play, but it is ironical that on the Ahmadiyya issue it does not mind even taking the lead in depriving Ahmadis of their human rights. In this policy, it is guided only by its greed for a larger vote bank. The resolution for changing the name of Rabwah, according to press reports, was moved by Said Minhais, the leader of the PPP in the Punjab Assembly.

On another occasion in July 1998, Mr. N D Khan, an ex-Federal Minister in PPP government attended and addressed an anti-Ahmadiyya Conference arranged by Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat at Gulshan Hadeed, Karachi.  Mr. Khan recalled the great services Mr. Bhutto had rendered to the nation by declaring Qadianis a non-Muslim minority. He also praised the courage and steadfastness of Ms Benazir Bhutto, in that she did not yield to the international pressure to repeal the Blasphemy Law. He also offered the services of PPP for the Khatme Nabuwwat (Finality of Prophethood) campaign. What a way for a self proclaimed progressive party to improve its vote bank!


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