Politics of Persecution – 2014

Baseless and brutish application of anti-Ahmadi laws in Sindh

Khuda Abad, District Badin; July 24, 2014:             A case was registered in Police Station Tando Bhago against five Ahmadis, Mr. Muhammad Idrees Gurgaiz, Mr. Muhammad Abbas Gurgaiz, Mr. Muhammad Khan Gurgaiz, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Gurgaiz and the local Ahmadi missionary with FIR No. 96/14 under PPC 298-C on July 24, 2014.

The case was registered by the police on the call of the press secretary of JUI (a politico-religious party) Muhammad Ramzan. Ramzan claimed that Ahmadis consider their place of worship a mosque; they say Azan to call worshippers to prayers; they teach the Holy Quran there, etc. According to this accuser, he went to the Ahmadiyya mosque and saw the accused offering prayers therein; thereafter the missionary made a speech wherein he invited Muslims to join them and avail many facilities and assistance – rubbish, of course.

The registration of this frivolous case is indicative of the non-professionalism of the district police, loose guidance from the provincial capital, subservience to the clerics, and co-operation with a politico-religious party based in KPK, that agrees with the Taliban’s understanding of Islam. This party and its mullas who have taken charge of many mosques in Sindh have defaced the tolerant and mild Sufi Islam for which the Sindhi society was known.

The daily Dawn published this news on July 26, 2014.

Thanks to a judge who did not take long to understand that the case was shallow, and granted bail to the accused.


Jamaat Islami shows the way

Chiniot:           Jamaat Islami (JI) is one of the leading politico-religious parties in Pakistan. It is canny, indulges in subterfuge, changes its colours as and when required and has a standing among the right-wing academia although faltering. There is however little doubt that Maududi, the founding Amir of this Jamaat, was among the top proponents of the aggressive and violent version of Islam in the past century. His religious vision is the light house for many in Taliban, Al Qaeda, even the IS. Jamaat Islami is a coalition ruling party these days in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Imran Khan’s PTI.

On the Ahmadiyya issue JI plays its card astutely. Its Amirs participate in the Khatme Nabuwwat rallies only rarely, however someone from his top team is often there to show solidarity.

The JI’s District Amir of Chiniot, Muhammad Islam, came out openly on the Ahmadiyya issue to place on record that, despite JI’s role in the governance, they fully endorse the anti-Ahmadi stance of the extreme right and the state. The daily Pakistan published his statement in its issue of October 18, 2014 (translated extract):

“Qadianis, Lahories, Mirzais who also call themselves Ahmadi, are infidels, apostates and outside the pale of Islam.

They continue to rebel against the constitution and the law for the past 40 years.

… The government should ensure its writ over them and take steps to make them submit to the 1973 constitution, otherwise people have a right to undertake a movement against the government…. No chief justice has ever taken a suo moto action against the rulers and held them accountable for taking no action against Qadianis and Lahories not submitting to the constitution. Why are they spared from payment of income-tax (sic)? Why their Auqaf (endowments etc.) are not regulated as non-Muslim Auqaf? Why their illegal allotments have not been cancelled? Why have they not been relieved of key posts? Why have they not been punished for preaching apostasy?”

Quite an outburst – from leader of a party that rules in KPK, and has pretentions to be the sole party to bring peace, prosperity and Islam to Pakistan. And Mr. Imran (PTI) is in coalition with this party!


Mulla Tooti of Lahore on a mischief visit to Rabwah

Rabwah; March 2014:           Mulla Hasan Muawiya aka Tooti is a full time anti-Ahmadi activist and remains busy in brewing serious mischief against Ahmadis. He is a brother of the notable Maulvi Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of the Pakistan Ulama Council. In collusion with authorities, Tooti organized police raids in Lahore on Ahmadiyya centers of worship, printing presses etc. and managed to get police cases registered against innocent Ahmadis. As a result some of the victims remained in prison for weeks and months awaiting release on bail. Tooti has apparently widened his sphere of action and visited Rabwah on March 5, 2014 on some malignant mission. In this he was supported by mulla Ilyas Chinioti MPA (PML-N). A brief narrative of his ominous visit is in order.

Tooti, accompanied by a few other mullas, arrived in Rabwah from Lahore in the afternoon of March 5, 2014, and landed in the house of one Ahmad Saifulla. Ahmad Saifulla’s father was murdered couple of years ago by some unidentified killer. This family, initially Ahmadi, was estranged from the community, and have been highjacked by anti-Ahmadi clerics for their own ends.

Subsequent to the arrival of these mullas from Lahore, numerous other clerics from Chiniot and suburbs joined them. Ahmadis informed the police of the visitors; they in turn gave the news to security agencies. These officials contacted the visitors to know the purpose of their visit.

The visitors spent the night in the house. They were provided with logistic support from madrassa Jamia Arabia owned by mulla Ilyas Chinioti, MPA (PML-N).

The next day these clerics undertook recce of the neighborhood. They focussed their attention on the nearby Ahmadiyya mosque. They also made enquiries about the Ahmadiyya daily Alfazl. They even went to the daily’s office, but were denied entry into the premises.

Later this team shifted to mulla Ilyas Chinioti’s madrassa. Two mullas in company of Tooti were identified as Hafiz Allah Bux of Khushab and Umair Khalid of Sialkot.

Tooti has expressed his plans to take ‘on rent’ the house of Mr. Ahmad Saifulla. A few days later there was a press report (The daily Insaf; Lahore, March 18, 2014) that a madrassa has been established in that house. Obviously, Tooti and his colleagues plan to use this house in Rabwah as a hub of perpetual mischief against the local Ahmadi community. Apart from mischief what else these mullas can offer to the society!


JI clerics harass an Ahmadi

Bacheki, District Nankana; November/December 2014:                 Ahmad Ali joined the Ahmadi community sometimes back, when he was in Lahore. He apparently did not realise the implications of the switch-over, and was still raw to stick to his new belief in the face of severe opposition.

More recently when he returned to Bacheki, his change of denomination got disclosed to the local Jamaat Islami clerics. They took it as a challenge and put great pressure on him to revert to the main stream. He did that. The mullas made him recite the Kalima (his Kalima as an Ahmadi was no different) and re-solemnized his Nikah with his wife. They distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion.

Ahmad Ali was now fully in JI’s lap. The mullas made him report against Mr. Bashir Nisar, a local Ahmadi teacher, to the authorities. Ali accused Nisar of preaching him Ahmadiyyat, providing him literature and taking him to Lahore, and a number of other fabrications. An FIR with police against Mr. Nisar is also on the cards. Nisar has received chilling threats from the sectarian extremists.


Maulana Fazlur Rahman (JUI) calls on the Amir of International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement, in Saudi Arabia

Makka:           The daily Mashriq, Lahore published the following in its issue of January 17, 2014:

“Maulana Fazl ur Rahman’s meeting with Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki the Chief Amir of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement, in Makka Mukarrama

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Amir of JUI called on Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki the Chief Amir of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement at his residence in Makka Mukarrama. They held in-depth discussions on the present situation in the Muslim World (Aalam e Islam). They restated their resolve to hound the Qadianiat. Maulana Muhammad Makki the Sheikh of the Holy Kaaba, Maulana Dr. Saeed Ahmad Inayatulla, Malik Muhammad Makki, Sahibzada Muhammad Umar, Maulana Qari Sohail Ahmad, Maulana Abdur Rauf, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir and others also attended the meeting. At that occasion Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki stated that the Muslim Ummah should join hands to safeguard the dogma of ‘end of prophethood’ and the honour of the Prophethood and the Respected Companions; also action should be taken to block all mischief (fitna) and disbelief.”

In our report for the month of December 2013 we mentioned that Abdul Hafeez Makki organized an ‘end of prophethood’ conference in South Africa which was attended by a big Pakistani delegation who spoke openly to take up a major role in the Shia-Sunni conflict in the Muslim world. According to a recent press report, the Fazlur Rehman’s JUI has joined the PML-N led government in Islamabad.

Three days after the above press reports of the daily Mashriq, the daily Ausaf, Lahore published the following news story on January 20, 2014 (extracts):

“The US and Qadianis are committed to destroy this country. The authorities should set an example (Nishane Ibrat) with the terrorists: International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement

“The target-killing of the Ulama in Karachi, Peshawar and Sargodha is a great tragedy. The government should look for the real motives behind terrorism: Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki

“Chiniot: (District reporter) The top leaders of the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement, Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki, Maulana Dr. Ahmad Ali Siraj (Kuwait), Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Chinioti (PML-N), Maulana Qari Shabbir Ahmad Usmani, Maulana Zahid Mahmud Qasimi and Maulana Muhammad Qadri said in a joint statement… (the headline above, etc.) Some lobbies are active behind the scene that could be under the remote control of Qadianis. The US and its allies are anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan; they do not wish to see any peace in Pakistan. They, in fact, intend to push Pakistan into a civil war after break down of law and order engineered through the Qadiani lobby. They will never succeed in this. …”

It appears that the mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction and other factions are preparing and adjusting their positions to fill their pockets with petro-dollars released to handle the expected change in the national and regional political and military situation.


Use of religion to promote political interest

Chiniot; December 20, 2013:             Maulvi Ilyas Chinioti delivered a Friday sermon in the Jame Masjid Siddique Akbar in Mohalla Garha, Chiniot. This mulla is a full time political activist of PML-N and is an MPA from this constituency.

In his sermon he condemned the penalty of death awarded to Mulla Abdul Qadir in Bangladesh. Mulla Qadir was found guilty of multiple murders, violence and rape in the 1971 turbulence that resulted in the break-up of Pakistan. Chinioti, in the name of Pakistani people (Awam), demanded that the Bangladesh government apologize to the relatives of Mulla Qadir and pay them indemnity.

He also mentioned that the government was considering return of nationalized educational institutions to their Ahmadi owners. “We demand that this should not be done, as the majority of students in those institutions are not Qadianis. Moreover Qadianis are enemies of both Islam and Pakistan. They have yet to accept the state of Pakistan. They are conspiring against it all the time. The Respected Ulama and the Mussalmans will never tolerate it (the return of schools and colleges),” he said.


Mulla Ilyas Chinioti (MPA) indicts the Chief Minister

Lahore:           The daily Insaf, of Lahore published a report as news-item on March 27, 2014, based on an interview with mulla Ilyas Chinioti, a PML-N MPA from Chiniot. The interview was conducted by two journalists, Iqbal Nasir and Zia Sarohi, while Iqbal Shahzad did the photography.

Mulla Chinioti availed the occasion to pay tribute to his own political career and that of his father, mulla Manzoor Chinioti. He eulogized his services to the people and took personal credit for all that the government had undertaken in Chiniot and its adjoining area in recent years.

Chinioti did not fail to hit out at Ahmadis and implicated the provincial chief minister in his malicious sectarian designs. Translated extracts:

  • As for Qadianis, we demand that they should be forced to comply with the constitution of Pakistan. They should be registered as Non-Muslims in passports and national identity cards as per the affidavits provided (in the application forms) and the Anti-Qadiani Ordinance of April 26, 1984. Also Qadiani religious assets (auqaf) should be taken over by the (official) Non-Muslim Auqaf.
  • Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of the Punjab has promised to support us on the issue of Qadianis.