Politics of Persecution
Gross violation of Ahmadiyya freedom of religion by the Government of Punjab
Fresh bans on Ahmadiyya publications and periodicals on recommendation of the Ulama Board
Lahore; January 20, 2016: Almost a year ago the Government of the Punjab banned various Ahmadiyya publications and some periodicals most unjustifiably. The community approached the high court for redress and it issued ‘stay orders’ concerning the daily and periodicals, so these have continued to be published. A report on this was included in our annual report for year 2015; it is available in Chapter 3B on pages 13 to 17 of that report.
Undeterred by the court orders and disregarding national commitment to international instruments and covenants on human rights and freedom of religion and belief, the provincial government has issued fresh orders to ban numerous Ahmadiyya books and almost all the periodicals – this time quoting the recommendations of the Ulama Board as the authority for taking this action of which any decent democratic government will avoid being accused. A set of six such letters has been issued by the Home Department on January 20, 2016.
These government letters of immense national and international gravity bear the signatures of only a section officer, the lowest official in the Punjab bureaucracy. These orders deserve some comments on their various aspects to highlight the enormity of this action.
While issuing orders on cancellation of declarations of various periodicals, the recommendation of the Mutahiddah Ulama Board Punjab has been quoted in original, in vernacular. We translate below the opening two lines of the recommendation concerning the Ahmadiyya children’s monthly Tashkhez-ul-Zahan (sic) of May 2014:
“In this magazine extracts of the Quran and Hadith and Sha‘ire Islam have been extensively used that is violation of the Constitution. Also in these there are texts that defile (Tauheen) the Quran, the Prophethood, the Companions and the (Prophet’s) Family, which is highly provocative to common Muslims….”
The mullas on the Board are wrong on both counts, and the Punjab authorities know it. The Constitution of Pakistan does not forbid anybody quoting extensively the Quran or Hadith. Also it is plain falsehood that the texts blaspheme or defile as alleged. The Ulama Board could not quote a single line in support of their grave accusation.
It is noteworthy that while the ulama could cite only one issue of the monthly, that also spuriously, the authorities have issued orders to the DCO to cancel the declaration of the monthly, thereby to stop its publication altogether. Similar orders have been issued for all other periodicals, including Ahmadi women’s magazine, the monthly Misbah.
One of the letters that bans Ahmadiyya publications gives the reason that the material therein “is treasonable and seditious in nature.” The book at Sr. No.1 is a biography of the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement, written by a community elder Pir Siraj ul Haq. The holy founder died approximately 40 years before Pakistan came into being and the author also died before the birth of this new state. How could the book be remotely ‘treasonable and seditious in nature’ to the state that was not even proposed at the time? It is nothing of the kind; it is only that mullas object to it and the provincial authorities simply do what the mulla tells them about Ahmadis. The politicians should not complain if the mulla shows no respect to them.
The secretary has further written in the Notification that the government ‘is pleased’ to ban these books and declares ‘every copy/version of said books to be forfeited.’ That gives a license to petty officials of the administration and the police to harass each and every Ahmadi family and disturb Ahmadi places of worships in the Punjab.
The signing section officer dutifully sent a copy of this letter to the chairman of the Ulama Board, of course as a token of his compliance with their wishes. He accorded ‘MOST IMMEDIATE” priority to this order unbecoming any modern democracy.
The Home Secretary sent a copy of this notification to various concerned ministries of the federation including the Army’s ISI. We are not aware of any redemptive or critical notice taken by the federal superiors, who should know better about the importance of religious freedom, human rights and good governance. Whither National Action Plan!
One of these MOST IMMEDIATE notifications signed by the section officer (Internal Security-III) bans all the contents of Rohani Khazain – the entire 86 books and booklets written by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Community. It is for a fair assessor to determine who is terrorizing whom in the Punjab.
It is also noteworthy that such orders have been issued only in the Punjab, and in no other province. Mian Shahbaz Sharif the chief minister of the Punjab is younger brother of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister.
It is relevant to mention that recent ban of a newspaper in Turkey made headlines all over the world; here they expect to get away with banning half a dozen Ahmadiyya periodicals, the community newspaper, and all the religious texts, and still claim:
“PM vows to protect rights of all religious communities.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that all religious communities living in Pakistan enjoy equal rights and vowed to safeguard them.”
The daily Dawn, Lahore November 12, 2015
‘End of Prophethood’ in KPK schools syllabi – a regressive and loaded move
Peshawar: The daily Islam published the following story in its issue of October 28, 2016:
KP: Decision taken to include End of Prophethood subject in syllabi
Instructions issued to move on priority basis, in the light of recommendations of the Ulama
“Peshawar: (Special correspondent) A high level meeting was held on Tuesday in the Assembly Secretariat under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker of KPK Provincial Assembly to formally include Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) in syllabi. In addition to a delegation of the leading ulama led by Sheikh Anwar ul Haq, Qaisar Alam Additional Secretary, Rafiq Khattak Director Education, officials of the KPK Text Book Board and other officials attended the meeting. The issue of formally adding the subject of KN in syllabi was deliberated upon.
“At this occasion the Ulama Karam elaborately explained the KN dogma in the light of Quran and Hadith, and emphasized the need of educating the school children and the future generations on the importance of End of Prophethood so as to follow the teachings and example of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
“The officials of the Education Department told the participants that the Department was already involved in consultations with the Ulama of all the denominations on this issue. The participants were told that a ‘summary’ was ready to teach the recitation of the Quran to primary classes and its translation to secondary classes. This will soon be sent to the Chief Minister KPK for approval.
“Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker directed the officials of Education Department and the Text Book Board to take actions on priority basis on the recommendations of the Ulama Karam on this issue of including the End of Prophethood in syllabi and submit an early report.
“The Speaker thanked the ulama in providing guidance and making recommendations to the government on this important and essential change to school syllabus.”
End of Prophethood is often mentioned in our reports, particularly with reference to law and order. It would be appropriate to briefly but clearly explain here the tenet of End of Prophethood [Khatme Nabuwwat (KN)] and the implications of its inclusion in school syllabi.
The non-Ahmadi mulla propagates in general public that the faith in KN requires the belief that Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet and there will be no Prophet after him, of any kind, ever, till the end of times.
Ahmadis also believe in Khatme Nabuwwat and Muhammad (PBUH) to be the last Prophet; however, according to them, the Prophethood that ended was of the law-bearing type and that which would introduce a new religion or a new Law (Shariah) or a new Scripture.
In fact, non-Ahmadi clerics’ belief in KN is also conditional, in that they believe that Prophet Isa was lifted physically to the sky before his crucifixion and will descend in latter days as a Muslim prophet and Messiah to reform the Ummah and the mankind. Ahmadis believe the ascent and descent of Isa (Jesus) to be metaphoric.
Accordingly, both the communities, Ahmadis as well as non-Ahmadis, believe in the advent in Islam of at least one Prophet after Muhammad (PBUH); the difference lies, in reality, about the identity of this Promised Messiah. As for the End of Prophethood, there is essentially little difference between Ahmadis and the mainstream Muslims. The founder of Ahmadiyyat placed it on record: “Maselah Khatme Nabuwwat par asal mein un ki hamari niza‘ lafzi hei” i.e. on the issue of End of Prophethood the dispute between us and them is, in fact, only in semantics.
Non-Ahmadi mulla finds the KN the most convenient tool to incite the common Muslim against Ahmadiyyat. He succeeded repeatedly in precipitating large scale and small scale anti-Ahmadi riots over this issue in Pakistan, after the Partition. Eventually, based on this issue, he got the Ahmadis declared Non-Muslims in the Parliament in 1974 during the rule of Mr. Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto. Later, under General Zia and subsequent regimes various affidavits were introduced for applicants for passports, national identity cards, voter-lists etc. for all those who claimed to be Muslims, and ‘unconditional faith in the absolute and unqualified faith in the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad’ was made a requirement, notwithstanding the common Islamic belief in the advent of a Messiah, the Prophet in Islam.
There have been numerous reports from all over Pakistan that here and there ‘pious’ teachers and lecturers, on their own initiative, took up the KN issue in their classes and harangued their students to hate and malign Ahmadis. KN is used as the key to open the anti-Ahmadiyya floodgate of hatred, animosity and social unrest. We are sure that the proposed change in school syllabi in KP will actually not teach KN as a dogma, but will pollute young minds against their fellow Ahmadi students. Soon afterwards, the step forward will be that of rubbishing other religions and beliefs in class rooms, resulting in still more damage to the social fabric. The disease will spread fast to other provinces in Pakistan.
Finally, the political sponsor of this move in KP is Mr. Asad Qaisar, the Speaker; he is a member of Imran Khan’s PTI. This issue was not a part of PTI’s election manifesto either. This proposal also violates the spirit of the National Action Plan that aims at fighting extremism and sectarianism that has harmed the KPK the most in past decades.
We have learnt that the KN has been added in school syllabi in KPK.
Ulama’s influence over the government of Punjab – a glimpse
Lahore; October 2, 2016: The daily Insaf, a right wing daily published a three-column report on a meeting between the higher echelon of the Punjab government and the ulama led by Maulvi Tahir Ashrafi. The report is brief and tailored suitably, but it does reveal the nature of the government-mulla interaction.
First we quote extracts from the daily’s report:
“Tahir Ashrafi expressed exasperation with the provincial government. The provincial minister looked helpless.
“Qadianis are non-Muslims; no one has banned their periodicals. Provincial law minister’s troubles multiply; leaves the meeting after promises to meet the demands of the respected Ulama.
“According to confirmed reports, the meeting was called at … on behalf of the Chief Minister.
“…The situation turned dour when Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmud Ashrafi the central Chairman of the Pakistan Ulama Council and president of the Wafaq al Masajid turned to Pir Amin al Hasnat Shah (the Minister of State of Religious Affairs) and the provincial Minister of Auqaf (Mian Ata Maneka) and said, “We have no problem with you, nor do we have anything to do with you; you people are like us. We need to talk to people like the Home Secretary, the IG Police, and Rana Sanaullah Khan, the provincial law minister, who can attend to our problems; they are not here: So what is the point in wasting the time of the respected ulama?”
“…Ashrafi openly and profusely criticized the government policies and said that on many occasions he had offered his services at the request of the government of Punjab for unity among Muslims and inter-religion tolerance, and would do so in future as well, but what did he get in return; his brother was booked in a criminal case… Banned organizations are free to operate, while Qadianis, who are non-Muslims, are free to publish their periodicals and none has been proscribed. Madrassahs are ready to get registered and join the main stream, but obstacles hinder the follow-up.
“…Later Rana Sanaullah joined the meeting; he promised to solve the various problems faced by the Ulama, and then departed.”
It is relevant to mention that this provincial government has instituted an Ulama Board that makes the most vile and unjust recommendations to the Home Department who, without further inquiry, implements them. For example, all the written works of the Founder of the Ahmadiyya community have been banned. Despite such senseless compliance with the most condemnable wishes of the Ulama, Maulvi Tahir Ashrafi demands greater ‘co-operation’.
Also, Ashrafi’s complaint about a criminal case against his brother is noteworthy. Hasan Muawiya, his brother, is an energetic anti-Ahmadi activist and many Ahmadis, living a long way from Lahore suffer from his sectarian raids. He is frequently involved in other criminal activities. Now that the authorities have finally taken him to task, Ashrafi is out to rescue him by dint of his influence with authorities. He should better spare some time to discipline and educate this mobster who is a committed public enemy.
Ashrafi’s complaint to ban Ahmadiyya periodicals on the grounds that ‘Ahmadis are non-Muslims’ is strange and moronic. His demand has no legal, logical or social basis. Also, he must have been informed by the provincial authorities that they did ban these periodicals, but the court has given a stay order. His persistence in making this absurd demand is unbecoming to his position as Chairman Pakistan Ulama Council.
Rana Sanaullah, in our opinion, need not make promises to solve problems of the ulama; in fact they themselves are the problem, and most of the problems faced by the country are a product of the activities of the clerics who rather than acting like genuine ulama karam, act like sectarian extremists, religious thugs, mouth-frothing fanatics and members of the bigot-brigade.
P.S. Subsequent to the above report, we have come across a handout issued anonymously titled: Thanks to all friends; our enemies should know that we neither get upset nor are afraid. It is mentioned therein that Hasan Muawiya, the brother of Ashrafi has been set free – thanks to the Chief Minister and the Chief of the Army Staff (sic). “ We remain determined that we shall continue our efforts at all levels in support of Unity of Allah, the Prophethood and End of Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad, the Arab (PBUH), and the honour of his companions, and his Family,” conveyed the pamphlet.
Pakistan Minority (Ahmadis) Victimized in Name of Fighting Extremism
September 07, 2016: Ayesha Tanzeen of Voice of America (VOA) produced a program on the current state of Ahmadis’ situation in Pakistan, and VOA has made it available on its website: http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-religious-minority-suffers-discrimination-for-fighting-extremism/3496946.html. It is professional, interesting, factual, balanced and updated. It is recommended reading and viewing.
A mulla on state pay-role indulges in open anti-Ahmadiyya slander
Faisalabad: The daily Dunya published the following report in its issue of December 10, 2016 (extract):
Dr Abdus Salam was an enemy of Pakistan and Islam: Zahid Qasmi
Faisalabad (city reporter): Sahibzadah Zahid Mahmud Qasmi, the Central Secretary General of Pakistan Ulama Council and member of the Islamic Ideology Council, while addressing a Friday gathering in the central Jame Mosque Gol, stated that Dr Abdul Salam spent his entire life in enmity to Pakistan and Islam… . Mr. Nawaz Sharif the Prime Minister has approved naming the National Center of the Quaid-i-Azam University after Dr Abdus Salam; this is not correct per law nor is it Sharia-wise. The government should revise its decision….
It is very relevant to mention that in his capacity as Member of CII Zahid Qasmi is paid from public funds; also the Pakistan Ulama Council enjoys official support in many ways. In the above-mentioned statement he has directly opposed the evaluation of the Prime Minister on the role and position of Dr. Salam on the issue of his services to Pakistan. As Qasimi has openly indulged in lying and slander, he is not fit to hold the above-mentioned high positions. He should resign; otherwise he should be fired by competent authority for bringing discredit to the two Councils.
NAP not visible in Baluchistan in Ahmadiyya context
Liaquat Rd, Sibi; November 2016: Sheikh Mahmud Ahmad, an Ahmadi resident had to close down his business and flee from his town along with his family due to brazen and flagrant opposition mounted by the local Khatme Nabuwwat faction – despite the official National Action Plan.
Sheikh Mahmud had a sizable Shoes Store in the Liaquat Bazar. Six months ago, someone opened a small shop close by to sell religious items like prayer mats, rosaries etc. Mulla Ataulla of a Khatme Nabuwwat organization took to sitting there often and indulge in anti-Ahmadi propaganda. He would meet shop-keepers and local influentials to incite them against Ahmadis in general, and Sh. Mahmud in particular. He put up hateful stickers on most shops including the one owned by Mahmud. On November 18, he organized an anti-Ahmadi rally and presided over it. He invited tribal leaders to his conference which started at about 7
p.m. and lasted till 11 p.m. The speakers spoke slander and hateful bad-mouthing against the founder of Ahmadiyyat, that could incite a common man to violent action.
Three days after the conference, Sheikh Mahmood left his shop to buy a household item from another shop a few yards away. He was keeping an eye on his own shop as well. He saw a man, with covered face, come to his store and take a secret look. He was there for a few minutes, when a motor-cycle rider appeared from the next street, took him up and sped away. Mahmud hurried to close his shop and went home.
Under the circumstances, Sh. Mahmud felt it unacceptably unsafe for him and his family to stay on there, and he quit the town.
A former prime minister makes history in hate speech
Kotli, AJK; April 30, 2016: In a rally taken out by Pakistan Peoples Party in Kotli AJK, Raja Pervez Ashraf, a former prime minister indulged in hate-speech against Ahmadis and harangued the crowd in Punjabi as follows:
“Pakistan Peoples Party da dosto koi muqablah nahin kar sakda, koi nahin kar sak riha. Jay Islam di khidmat kiti, te Shaheed Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto di hakumat ney kiti siraf; nawway saal purana masela, Qadianian da masela, jinnahn nein rasul maqbul salellaho ilehe wasallam di nabuwat noon challenge keeta, onhan da moohn band keeta, onhan di gardan marori, aur is fitna noon dafan kar ditta.”
Translation: Friends, none can compete with Pakistan Peoples Party; none is succeeding in that. If anyone served the cause of Islam, it was only the government of Martyr Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto – ninety-year old issue, the issue of Qadianis who had challenged the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him), (the PPP government) shut them up, twisted their neck and buried this mischief (fitna) (forever).
This speech was aired on ARY News TV channel as well on April 30, 2016.
Mr. Bilawal Bhutto, and other leaders were also present at the occasion, but none had the sagacity and the courage to censure this statement in front of the audience.
Later, the gravity of this statement was sensed by a sensitive few and they uploaded it on U Tube. It went viral. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto, PPP Chairman then took notice and tweeted the following in response:
Politicians have no right to comment or question peoples’ faith. History has taught us politicization of faith has lethal consequences for all.
Bilawal took a principled stand even though it was against the decision of his grandfather, that has become highly controversial as it later morphed into the evil of anti-Ahmadiyya laws. Bilawal’s action, although delayed, deserves acclaim.
As for the Raja – some people never learn, even after 40 years of negative consequences of such an action, including the hanging of the wrong-doer.
Raja, the prime minister, lost his job within seven months when the Supreme Court ordered his arrest for alleged corruption. Even when he was in power, NAB had issued his arrest warrants on 20 April 2012.
A report from Islamabad – End of Prophethood Conference
Islamabad: The daily Dunya reported in its issue of August 26, 2016 on a Worldwide Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) Conference in Golra Sharif, a village on the outskirts of the capital. We reproduce below a few portions from this report.
Those who attended included JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal (PML-N), Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafur Hydari, Deputy Speaker NA Murtaza Abbasi, Captain ® M Safdar (PML-N), Mufti Hanif Qureshi, Maulana G M Chisiti etc. Pir Syed Ghulam Moeenul Haq Gilani presided.
Maulana Fazlur Rahman (JUI-F) said that the entire Ummah is united to safeguard the faith in End of Prophethood. It is the basis of our belief. Terrorism has nothing to do with Muslims; in fact Muslims are the targets of terrorism at the world level, he said.
Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that the faith remains deficient without belief in the end of prophethood.
The Deputy Chairman Senate urged ban on Qadianis’ activities. No Muslim will succumb to a compromise on Khatme Nabuwwat. Terrorism should not be linked with Islam and Muslims, he said.
Other speakers stated that it is a matter of bliss to sacrifice their lives for the honour of the Prophet.
Pir Gilani, in the chair, urged the government of Pakistan to include the procedure of declaration of the applicant’s faith in the end of prophethood, for passport as done for the National Identity Card (sic). Khatme Nabuwwat should be added to the curriculum with the help of literature produced by Hazrat Pir Mehr Ali Shah. No sacrifice shall be spared in defense of the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat, he said.
The Joint Declaration included: 1. No sacrifice be spared to protect the belief in Khatme Nabuwwat; 2. Qadiani activities should be banned and they should be fired from all key posts; 3. Qadianis are Non-Muslim with whom it is forbidden to enter into spousal relationship; they cannot be permitted to use Islamic epithets and practices; in this regard constitutional provisions should be strictly applied; 4. The dogma of End of Prophethood should be made part of academic syllabi; etc.
- Whither the official assertion that sectarianism leads to extremism which ends up in terrorism?
- Whither the implementation of NAP, if not on the outskirts of the capital?
- To what extent political hypocrisy is helpful or harmful to national well-being and progress?
The true colours of Jamaat Islami on display
Rabwah; June 2016: Jamaat Islami (JI) is one of the leading politico-religious parties in the country. Its founder, Maududi, was among the pioneer modern Islamists who favoured the use of violence in the cause of religion and establishment of an Islamic state. However, compulsions of politics and ground realities have later compelled the JI to soften its public image through rhetoric and statements which are rarely translated into real action. In fact, the JI never misses an opportunity to hit out against the peace-promoting Jamaat Ahmadiyya. A recent report from Chiniot/Rabwah would illustrate.
The daily The Express Tribune published the following report in its issue of June 8, 2016 (extracts):
Anti-Ahmadi campaigners demand Ramazan bazaar’s relocation
A Ramazan Bazaar set up in Chenab Nagar has attracted attention of some self-described anti-Ahmadiyya campaigners who persuaded the district administration to relocate it once and are now threatening public agitation if the facility isn’t shifted away from land owned by Jamaat Ahmadiyya.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Chaudhry Islam (District Chief JI), one of the two men spearheading the campaign against the bazaar, said he was mobilizing the public to press the administration to move the bazaar to a place where only Muslims could benefit from it. “The plot where the bazaar is located is owned by the Ahmadis. This is against the injunctions of Islam (sic),” he said. “Ramazan has nothing to do with Ahmadis. Only Muslims should benefit from such facilities”, he said.
…He said the bazaar had been shifted from the plot closer to the Ahmadi community’s neighbourhood because of their warnings that they would construct a mosque on the plot if it was used for the purpose.
… He (Mr. Saleemuddin, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya spokesperson) said the Jamaat had no objection if the facility was shifted to some other place. He said Ahmadis comprised 98 percent of the population in Chenab Nagar. Around 20 plots owned by Ahmadis had been illegally occupied by people supported by anti-Ahmadi clerics.
DCO Shaukat Khichi said there was no mass opposition to the decision to set up the bazaar at its current location. He said Chaudhry Islam and Zulfiqar Ahmad were not residents of the area. “They are just two trouble markers. They want to defame me because I took action against them for blackmailing the administration of a sugar mill,” he said. He said he would take action against the men if there was an imminent threat.
The DCO said he had received no complaint against the bazaar’s location from any resident of the area. He said there were eight other Ramazan Bazaars in the district.
On the relocation of the bazaar, he said he had to do so under pressure from some clerics. He said the bazaar was now fully operational in a tent set up at the current location.
The DCO said there was no restriction on people of other faiths to shop at the Ramazan Bazaars. “Christian citizens in the neighbourhood too shop at Ramazan Bazaar. There is no reason why Ahmadis should not.”
We may add that Chaudhry Islam is wrong in claiming that it is against injunctions of Islam that the plot of the Ramazan Bazaar should not be owned by Ahmadis. He could be referring to a Sharia devised by himself. He is also wrong in asserting that Ramazan has nothing to do with Ahmadis. He knows very well that Ahmadis observe the rituals of Ramazan – perhaps more than members of JI. Here, we may quote from a relevant edict of Maududi: “Truthfulness and veracity are among the most important principles of Islam, and falsehood is considered an extreme evil; however demands of day-to-day life are such that telling a lie is not only permitted, at times it is even required.” (Tarjaman-ul-Quran, May 1958). The Amir JI Chiniot is copiously availing his mentor’s shady fatwa.
JI has chosen to remain ignorant of United Nations UDHR Article 21(2) which asserts that everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country. Ramazan bazaar is a public service.
In 2007, Jamaat Islami was among the leaders of political religious parties who moved a bill with the National Assembly proposing penalty of death for apostasy. The bill specified that denying the finality of prophethood would also be considered apostasy.
Jamaat Islami is governing the KPK these days in league with Tehrik-i-Insaf.
Declaration of Nizam-e-Mustafa Conference of Islamist political parties
Lahore; April 3, 2016: The daily Ausaf reported a conference in Lahore in which religious parties decided to launch once again Nizam Mustafa campaign. They issued a joint declaration including the following, inter alia (extracts):
- Muslim women, Millat Islamia Pakistan and religious leadership, in view of the federation and Punjab government’s activities intended to liberalize the society to the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the martyr and the lover of the Prophet, condemn strongly once again all these actions.
- Nizame Mustafa Conference shall not permit the government to make any amendments to the blasphemy laws nor shall allow any Qadiani conspiracies to succeed against the dogma of End of Prophethood (Khatme Nabuwwat)
- Operation against madrassas, in the guise of war on terror, should cease.
- This conference condemns judicial murders in Bangladesh of Jamaat Islami leaders and also condemns government of Pakistan’s questionable silence.
- Nizame Mustafa campaign shall be launched in Rawalpindi. Conferences will be held in Rawalpindi, Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Gilgit. A million-march to Islamabad will follow.
The Ausaf reported participation of the following leaders, among others in this conference held at Mansura, the JI headquarters:
Siraj ul Haq (JI), Liaquat Baloch (JI), Fazlur Rehman (JUI), Hafiz Saeed (JuD), Samiul Haq (JUI-S), Qari Yaqub (JUI-S), Abul Khair, etc
A bizarre league of 7 religious parties in Baluchistan
Quetta; August 1, 2016: The daily Insaf Lahore reported the following (extracts):
7 religious parties in Baluchistan from a new league, IMAM
Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani will be head of the Ittehad Millat Islamia Mahaz while Maulana M Abu Turab of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith its general secretary.
….As per sources, the IMAM shall comprise JUI, JI, Majlis Wahdat ul Muslimeen, JUP, JUI(S), M JAH and Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat. The decision was taken in a joint session presided by Maulana MK Sheerani, Chairman CII of JUI-F. The general secretary Maulana Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith was also taken from the CII. The next meeting of the IMAM is scheduled on August 25, when the aims and objects of the IMAM will be discussed.
It is well known that all these parties have no love lost among themselves. Each one has its own political aim that clashes with those of others. Their alliance is often temporary and always a convenience for specific objectives. Sharing of funds becomes easy this way. Ahle Hadith are ideologically close to the Salafi and Wahhabi movement strong in the oil kingdom. The formation of IMAM, under the presidency of official CII will serve the interest of all the seven parties formed by clerics of different sects.
Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat always claims special privileges for posing as a non-political body, however participation in a group composed of parties fully committed to politics, amply betrays political content of the TKN.
MPAs assured Ahmadis will not teach Arabic
Lahore; December 1, 2016: The daily The Express Tribune reported at some length Punjab Assembly proceedings in which a Parliamentary Secretary assured MPAs that Ahmadi teachers will not teach Arabic and Islamic Studies to the students. Extracts:
“She assured the provincial assembly’s opposition and treasury on Wednesday that no Ahmadi teacher would be appointed to teach the subjects of Islamic studies or Arabic language.
“The assurance was given by Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Joice Rufan Julius after PTI leader Mehmoodur Rasheed got up from the proceedings and left the house in protest.
“…Jamaat-e-Islami parliamentary leader Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar stood up and pointed out that there was no legal provision to stop Ahmadis from being appointed as teachers for Arabic or Islamic Studies. (He wanted a law to enforce that. Ed.)… .
“PTI leader Mehmoodur Rasheed stood up and said the government must give assurances that no Ahmadi would teach Islamiat or Arabic. Julius assured that only Muslims taught Arabic and Islamiat… .
“Arif Abbasi, another opposition member, told the speaker that this important matter could not be “bulldozed”. He announced a boycott of proceedings and left the hall.
“Iqbal sent ministers Khawaja Salman Rafique and Sheikh Alaudin to convince the protesting members to come back to the house.”