Politics of Persecution – 2002

2002

Threats by clerics

Islamabad; February 20, 2002: Mullahs are using their old technique to scare the government away from any reformatory steps in the field of religion. They threaten dire consequences; although, time and again, it has been proved that the Mullah can be checked if the government takes bold steps that are just and firm. The daily JANG, Rawalpindi, of February 20, 2002 published the following headline:

Amendments to Constitutional Provisions regarding Qadianis will be Powerfully Resisted.

Resolution adopted in the Joint Session of Jamiat Ahle Sunnat and JUP

Mullah knows the psyche of the rulers. If they are amenable to threats, the mullah likes to reap his harvest without putting in much effort. Subsequent events proved him right.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman’s intentions

Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the MMA’s general secretary and its ex-nominee for the slot of prime minister has repeatedly stated that MMA would implement the Sharia in the country. In answer to the question, which Sharia, he has a simple but coded answer that is loaded with grave consequences: “as per recommendations of the Islamic Ideology Council,” he says. This Council, that was fortified by the Zia regime, and has constitutional status, has given its numerous recommendations, most of which, if implemented, will radically change the laws and administration of the country and will have far-reaching consequences for the people of Pakistan. In fact, some of its recommendations are too disturbing to be open to public scrutiny. One candid recommendation is death penalty for apostasy. MMA and religious extremists have demanded all along that this recommendation be implemented. Their aim is to victimize Ahmadis to the extreme.

The daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore reported in fine print on November 14, 2002 that Maulana Fazlur Rahman had a one-to-one meeting with Maulana Khan Muhammad, the Chief Amir of (anti-Ahmadiyya) Majlis Tahaffuz Khatame Nabuwwat, whom he met at Khanqah Sarajia at Kundian on his way to his hometown, Dera Ismail Khan.

 

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