Religiously motivated murders
Ahmadi stabbed to death for his faith
Kot Abdul Malik, District Sheikhupura; March 1, 2016: An Ahmadi youth, Qamar ul Zia was murdered outside his house in broad day light in a religiously motivated attack. The Ahmadiyya central office released a press statement; its English translation is given below:
Kot Abdul Malik: An Ahmadi youth, Qamar ul Zia, stabbed to death outside his home in a religiously motivated attack.
Anti-Ahmadi hate campaign is underway in the area for a long time: Spokesperson Ahmadiyya community
Chenab Nagar (PR): Today, 1 March 2016, an Ahmadi man, Qamar ul Zia, was stabbed to death outside his house in Kot Abdul Malik, Sheikhupura, in a religiously motivated attack. He was bringing his kids back home from school when two unknown assailants attacked him with knives in broad daylight. He received multiple wounds and died on the spot. The deceased is survived by his father, wife and three young children. The eldest son is 8 years old and youngest daughter is only 2 years old.
Qamar ul Zia owned a mobile phone shop adjacent to his home and had been facing religion-based hostility for being an Ahmadi. In 2012 he was harassed by opponents of the community, after which on August 2012, he lodged a complaint in the Factory Area police station and was forced to leave his home for a short while. Instead of protecting his rights, the police, under pressure from certain religious groups, removed the inscription ‘Muhammad Ali’ (the name of his father) from the gate of his house and other Islamic inscriptions like Mash’Allah from his shop. He was also beaten in 2014 for being an Ahmadi.
Expressing his grief at this tragic murder, the spokesperson of Jama‘at Ahmadiyya, Mr. Salimuddin said that anti-Ahmadi hate literature, freely distributed throughout the country, gives rise to incidents like this. He said that according to the National Action Plan those responsible for inciting hatred were to be disciplined, but this does not happen when Ahmadis are targeted. He added that the murder of Qamar ul Zia was clear evidence of the failure of the authorities in protecting innocent Ahmadis in Pakistan. If those who had been agitating against the deceased had been dealt with firmly in the past then one precious human life could have been saved. He demanded that the assailants be pursued with the full force of the law and brought to justice.
Mr. Zia was a practicing Ahmadi and held important post in the Ahmadiyya youth organisation. Sometime ago he was subjected to grave manhandling by participants of an anti-Ahmadi procession.
According to a section of the media, this murder was in response to the state action of hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the governor’s killer.
Since promulgation of anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance of 1984 two hundred and fifty-six Ahmadis have been killed for their faith by their opponents.
Ahmadi murdered in Karachi where ‘operation’ underway for over two years
Following press release was issued by the Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah.
Karachi: An Ahmadi, Dawood Ahmad murdered outside his house due to religious hatred
Since (the Anti-Ahmadiyya) discriminatory laws in 1984 to-date 30 Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi alone.
Chenab Nagar: (PR) Mr. Dawood Ahmad S/o Haji Ghulam Muhiyuddin, 55, was shot dead in Gulzar Hijri, Karachi last night by unidentified assailants due to religious hatred. He was waiting for his friend outside his house when two unidentified men came on a motorbike; the man sitting behind disembarked and opened fire at him, and they fled thereafter. Three bullets hit him, one in the chest, two in the abdomen. The assailants also fired shots at Mr. Ahmad’s friend who had already reached there, as he hurried to help him. Both were rushed to the hospital. Mr. Dawood was critically injured due to the shots that damaged his entrails and liver and loss of blood due to the chest injury. He was operated upon but did not survive. His friend was also operated upon; he is now stable. The murdered victim is survived by his three sons; his wife died a few years ago. Mr. Ahmad was a noble, practicing Ahmadi who had no personal vendetta with anyone. He was target-killed solely for being an Ahmadi. Incidents of shooting Ahmadis have happened in this area in the past as well. His remains will be brought to Rabwah for burial.
Mr. Saleemuddin, the spokesman of Jamaat Ahmadiyya strongly condemned this distressing incident and expressed deep grief. He said, “Mischievous and baseless propaganda is going on all over the country against Ahmadis; this is the basic reason of such grievous incidents. It was announced in the National Action Plan that action would be taken against the promoters but it is sad to say that elements who promote hate against Ahmadis are not only free but are busy spreading hateful propaganda openly without any fear. Thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi and not a single murderer has been brought to justice till now. Consequently extremist elements feel encouraged.” He demanded of the administration that Dawood’s killers be arrested immediately and brought to justice.
Asian Human Rights Commission’s candid statement
The AHRC released the following (IMMEDIATE) statement on 27 May, 2016 after the murder of Mr. Dawood Ahmad in Karachi two days earlier. The commission minced no words and said almost all that was relevant in principle on the issue, (extracts):
PAKISTAN: Investigation failure leads to the killings of Ahmadis
According to media reports, Mr. Dawood was waiting for a friend outside his house when two men came on a motorbike and opened fire on him and fled. Three bullets hit him: one in the chest and two in the abdomen. He was injured critically and was rushed to hospital, but he did not survive.
Since 1984, thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi. To date not a single murderer has been brought to justice. The State, in order to appease its allies, i.e. the religious fundamentalist and political religious party does not investigate murder cases of Ahmadi victims.
The investigation and prosecution are non-existent when it comes to the murder of an Ahmadi because the State is prejudiced and biased against the community. The beleaguered community is left high and dry; even the Judiciary maintains a deafening silence on the injustice. Fearing a backlash from fundamentalists, no judge dares speak in defence of an Ahmadi. Religious sentiments are allowed to colour State policies so much so that the minorities, particularly Ahmadi no longer feel safe in the country.
The failure of the State is not only in failing to provide protection to religious minority groups, but it is also in providing patronage to such killings by not investigating the killings. The personnel in the police and other law enforcement agencies are themselves so biased that they avoid investigating Ahmadi murders.
The nascent and ineffective National Action Plan was devised primarily to curb religious hatred and fundamentalism; however increasing incidents of targeted attacks on minorities has showcased the manifest loopholes in the plan. The elements who have promoted hate against Ahmadis do not only roam free; they continue to be busy spreading hateful propaganda, without any fear of State action. Pakistani authorities have so far shown no interest in curbing the activities of these groups.
Years of institutionalized discrimination against the Ahmadiya Community and its persistent vilification have led to extreme apathy, where even the mass murder of Ahmadis in Lahore on 28 May 2010 failed to elicit any kind of public outrage. The murder of an Ahmadi is in fact praised and encouraged by the so-called guardians of Islam, and the murderer is extolled and revered. In a country where murderers are celebrated and Ahmadi Noble prize winner Dr. Abdus Salam is vilified, it is only natural that society’s fault lines deepen each day.
The utter disregard for the rule of law and complete impunity to law enforcement agencies is a recipe for disaster for Pakistan’s minorities especially Ahmadi Community, who, despite having the constitutional guarantee of state protection, are left to fend for themselves. State bias and prejudice is apparent in the judicial and administrative attitude towards the Ahmadi; they are made to suffer incessantly for their beliefs and denied promotion and jobs in State departments. They are not even allowed to openly profess their beliefs; their properties and even graves are not exempted from being vandalized by the unruly fundamentalist. The State does not intervene to protect the life or property of an Ahmadi, despite its obligation to protect its citizens.
It’s been 40 years since Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims through an amendment in the Constitution, which resulted in wide scale persecution and victimization of the sect. Nowhere in the world does any minority suffer such persecution at the State level. Ahmadi’s, despite playing a pivotal role in the politics of the country since its inception have been alienated, their political representation has been reduced to nil. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the Community to profess its religious belief with freedom and without fear despite the constitutional guarantee under Article 20, which stipulates:
Subject to law, public order and morality:
(a) Every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice, and propagate his religion; and
(b) Every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.”
The Asian Human Rights Commission urges the government to fulfill its duty to protect the minorities, including the Ahmadi, as per the country’s laws and its constitution. The AHRC also urges the government to immediately arrest the murderers of Dawood Ahmad.
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Ahmadi doctor shot dead in Attock for his faith
Rabwah; June 4, 2016: Ahmadiyya central office in Pakistan issued the following press release:
Attock: Homeopathic practitioner, Dr Hameed Ahmad killed outside his home in a religiously motivated attack
Two Ahmadis killed for their faith in the last ten days
Chenab Nagar (PR). Yesterday, 4 June 2016, Dr. Hameed Ahmad, a 63-year old homeopathic practitioner was killed outside his home in Darul Salam Colony, Attock, by unknown assailants. According to reports, the deceased was returning home from his clinic after the midday prayer. When he arrived at the gate of his house unknown assailants approached him on a motorcycle and opened fire. One of the shots struck him in the head causing him to die on the spot. After the assault the attackers managed to make a swift getaway.
Dr. Hameed Ahmad had been facing threats and intimidation for some time now on account of being an Ahmadi. Almost a year and half ago his clinic survived an attempted arson attack. Despite all this he remained committed to his work until the very end and was recognized by all who knew him as a decent and upright man. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.
Expressing his grief at this tragic murder, the spokesperson of Jama’at Ahmadiyya, Salim ud Din said:
“I am shocked and saddened at the news of Dr Hameed Ahmad’s murder. This is a pain that Jama’at Ahmadiyya has long had to get used to. Only recently on May 25, another Ahmadi, Mr. Daud Ahmad, was killed in a similar targeted attack in Karachi. It is a cause of great concern to us that in the space of ten days, two innocent Ahmadis have been gunned down outside their homes. It seems that members of the community are again in the crosshairs of extremist groups. On the one hand the authorities speak of good governance, and on the other nothing is done to safeguard the rights of Ahmadis in Pakistan. Hate-speech against Ahmadis has become a matter of routine in the country and enables tragic events like this to take place. The National Action Plan (NAP) was meant to crackdown on hate-crimes but it seems that this isn’t the case when it comes to Ahmadis. I call on the authorities to apprehend Dr. Hameed Ahmad’s killers as quickly as possible and send out a clear message that attacks such as this will not be tolerated and dealt with in the harshest terms.
Later, Ahmadiyya director of public affairs wrote a letter to all the concerned authorities and informed them of the circumstances in which this murder took place. He urged them to do the needful to stop this routine killing of Ahmadis.
Another Ahmadi shot dead in Karachi in a month
Karachi; June 20, 2016: The daily The News posted the following report on the news. com.pak/print/129357/-second-Ahmadiyya-
Karachi: A member of the Ahmadiyya Community – a practicing homeopathic doctor was shot dead in a targeted attack on his clinic in the city’s Malir district late on Monday night.
Dr. Chaudhry Abdul Khaliq, aged between 40 to 50, was fatally targeted by unknown assailants at his clinic in Ali Town, Sikandar Goth within the Sachal police limits.
District Malir SSP Rao Anwaar said Dr. Khaliq, a resident of Metroville-II, was attending to patients when two attackers entered his clinic, asked specifically for Dr. Khaliq and shot him once in the head at close range. No one else was hurt in the attack which was carried out with a pistol, according to the officer.
The SSP added that none of the witnesses managed to get a glimpse of the attackers’ faces as the area was without electricity at the time of the shooting.
Since the victim had been shot in the head, his chances of survival were extremely slim and he had passed away by the time he was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
As per SSP Anwaar, initial investigations revealed that Dr Khaliq was not facing any specific threats and the murder was mostly likely a sectarian hit. A case was reported and investigations were underway.
In messages posted on Twitter after the condemnable attack, spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya community, Saleem ud Din, pointed out that this was the second such attack on the community in Karachi in less than a month.
On May 25, Dawood Ahmad, 55, was fatally injured when unknown assailants shot at him outside his house near Metroville, Block-2 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
The statement highlighted that yesterday’s attack was also in the same district and that Dr Khaliq’s clinic and home were in the same locality as Dawood Ahmad’s.
…This is the 2nd incident in same area of same nature. All in a month’s time. Many Ahmadis have been targeted for their faith in this specific locality and authorities are well aware (sic) about it. Yet there is no action, said Saleem ud Din in his messages on Twitter.
Dr. Khaliq, he further shared, has left behind a widow, a daughter and two sons.
A report compiled and published by the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya (JA) in April this year, shed light on the significant increase in hate propaganda against the community over the past one year.
As per the data released, to-date, 323 Ahmadis had so far survived murder attempts, 27 of their worship places had been demolished, 32 sealed, 16 illegally appropriated and 39 graves of Ahmadis have been desecrated and bodies of 65 have been refused burial in mixed cemeteries.
Still another Ahmadi murdered for his faith in Karachi
Karachi; November 27, 2016: Mr. Sajid Mahmud was shot dead in Karachi in Gulzar Hijri neighborhood. It is the third such murder since May this year. Ahmadiyya central office in Rabwah issued the following press release on this occasion.
An Ahmadi, Sheikh Sajid Mahmud killed for his faith outside his home.
Third target-killing in this area this year: Spokesman
Chenab Nagar (PR): Unidentified persons target-killed Sheikh Sajid Mahmud, an Ahmadi, for his faith on 22 November in Gulshan Kaniz Fatima, Gulzar Hijri, Karachi. He was 55.
Sheikh Mahmud had a business of spare parts for flour mills. He came out in the evening, after the Maghreb prayer to board his car when 4 persons on two motor cycles, waiting outside for him, opened fire. One bullet hit him from the right in his ribs and came out from his left. Another bullet hit him in the leg. He was rushed to a hospital but he died before the doctors attended to him. His dead body is being taken to Rabwah for burial.
Sheikh Mahmud had no personal vendetta with anybody. He was killed only for being an Ahmadi. This year he is the third Ahmadi killed for his faith in Gulzar Hijri. Earlier, Mr. Daud Ahmad was murdered in this neighborhood on May 25, 2016 and Chaudhry Khaleeq Ahmad on June 20, 2016.
Mr. Saleemuddin, the spokesman of Jamaat Ahmadiyya strongly condemned this brutal murder. “Murder of a third Ahmadi within a year in this neighborhood is indicative of planned action against Ahmadis,” he said. A hate campaign goes on against Ahmadis in Pakistan including Karachi, and Ahmadis are being targeted. He expressed the concern that as per National Action Plan, hate speech and hate propaganda were to be disallowed but it is regretted that violence and boycott are preached against Ahmadis, and authorities let this pass. The spokesman demanded that the murderers of the victim be arrested without delay and those committing crimes against Ahmadis be brought to justice. “Peace-loving patriotic Ahmadis should be provided protection,” he said.
It is relevant to add that Mr Mahmud was a very decent person and very mild in character. He has left behind a widow, a grown up son and daughter.
It is surprising that law enforcing authorities have not been able to identify the murderous gang who do not hide their identity nor their sectarian hate towards Ahmadis in the name of End of Prophethood.
Confession of an Ahmadi’s murderer
Kot Abdul Malik, District Sheikhupura; March 29, 2016: An Ahmadi, Mr. Qamaruz Zia was stabbed to death by Muhammad Waqas in broad daylight on March 1, 2016.
Waqas was presented to the District Police Officer on March 29, 2016. Mr. Zia’s younger brother Mr. Mazhar Ali was also present at the occasion.
There, Waqas confessed to the murder of Mr. Zia. “After the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, Zia said to me, ‘If your Prophet was powerful enough why did he not save Qadri’; at this I got incited and killed him”, Waqas stated. DPO asked him if there was anybody else present when Zia said that. Waqas replied in the negative. “Did you inform anyone of Zia’s remarks?” to this also Waqas replied in negative. “I was alone at the time of killing and I did it on my own and raised slogans after the act of murder that I had killed a Mirzai”, he asserted. DPO asked him if he was ashamed of his act? He replied, “I am proud of my act that I have killed a blasphemer.”
Waqas also revealed that he undertook a court marriage which was not successful, and that he had no children.
In fact Mr. Zia did not make the alleged comments; the killer told a lie. Also he was not alone at the time of the assault, but was accompanied by another fellow who held the victim while Waqas stabbed him.
DPO remarked that the accused deserved to be hanged, and sent him to prison. He also expressed the opinion that the accused wanted to take advantage of the prevailing religiosity in the country.
A few sympathizers of the killer came to the DPO’s office to monitor the inquiry.
Ahmadi shot dead
Rabwah; January 11, 2016: Mr. Bilal Ahmad was shot dead by unknown pillion riders here.
He closed his shop and was on his way home at approximately 9 p.m. Some unknown pillion riders opened fire at him and fled. Three bullets hit Mr. Ahmad in his head, shoulder and back. He was taken immediately to Allied Hospital Faisalabad but did not survive the injuries.
Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesperson Mr. Saleemuddin said that attacking a non-controversial Ahmadi man with such barbarity was shocking, adding that the motive behind the cold-blooded murder was not yet clear.
Evil in the name of religion – sans frontieˋre
Ahmadi murdered by Pakistan-origin Khatme Nabuwwat activist in Glasgow, UK
Glasgow/Muzaffarabad AJK/Lahore: It is learnt that Mr Asad Shah, a Pakistan origin Ahmadi living in Glasgow was stabbed to death on March 24, 2016. The police arrested one Mr. Tanweer Ahmad of Bradford who admitted to having committed the murder.
Later, in a statement released by his attorney, Tanweer stated that he had killed Asad Shah for his claim to be a prophet and for being a blasphemer. A false accusation, of course.
Mr Shah was an Ahmadi, much-loved in his community and liked greatly by his customers and contacts. Every year he would print out his own Christmas cards with personal messages for customers and neighbors.
The daily Adalat, published from Muzaffarabad, London and Islamabad, carried the following in its issues of April 6 and 7, 2016 (extracts):
My life be a sacrifice for the honour of the Prophet: A lover of the Prophet (pbuh) from Mirpur dispatched to hell in Scotland a claimant to prophecy.
The cursed (maloon) Asad Qadiani was a news agent. Ghazi Tanweer Qadri killed the cursed man in his store by stabbing him 30 times…. The admired (killer) hails from village Pothi in Mirpur (AJK).
Mirpur (Staff Reporter): A lover of the Prophet, the lion-hearted youth, resident of Saint (sharif) Pothi Khari in the suburbs of Mirpur, Tanweer Qadri dispatched to hell in Scotland a claimant to prophethood, cursed Christian (sic) after entering his shop by stabbing him 30 times. The cursed Qadiani had claimed to be a prophet…. The cursed believed and practiced Christian heretic (mushrikanah) beliefs. British establishment accorded him great protocol…. However, the British police arrested this lover of the Prophet and put him in a lock-up…. April 6, 2016
On April 7, 2016, the same daily Adalat published the following news under three column headlines (extracts):
The cursed Asad Qadiani was a blasphemer. I am neither sorry nor ashamed over the murder: Ghazi (warrior) Tanweer Qadri’s statement in the court.
The cursed Asad Qadiani was a false claimant to prophecy and a blasphemer; his murder was perfectly licit and rewarding (ain thawab).
That is the normal end of blasphemers. We’ll continue to dispatch such blasphemers.
Campaign against me in the English media is entirely improper; Ghazi Tanweer Atari Qadri’s statement in the court.
Mirpur (Staff Reporter): The pride of the Umma and the lover of the Prophet, Ghazi Tanweer Atari Qadri who dispatched the cursed Asad Qadiani to hell, put forth in a statement that he murdered the blasphemer Asad Shah, deliberately and knowingly (hosh o hawas mein)….
Surely there are laws in the UK and in Pakistan to discipline such newspapers who bend backward to support and promote heinous crimes.
Khatme Nabuwwat Academy in the UK and this Khatme Nabuwwat (KN) group is known to have promoted extremism and even violence on the issue in that country. Soon after the incident, hateful anti-Ahmadi pamphlets were recovered from the Stockwell Green Mosque in south London. They were placed in the open so as to make it convenient for the visitors to take one or many.
The UK Khatme Nabuwwat organization routinely invites mullas from Pakistan to address their annual conventions. Mulla Ilyas Chinioti and mulla Allah Wasaya who are reputed to be rabidly anti-Ahmadi were among the invitees. The Khatme Nabuwwat parent organizations in Pakistan, the MTKN and IMTK have constantly propagated, in speech and print, that Ahmadis are Wajib ul qatl (must be killed) as per Sharia (their version).
Face book profile of Tanweer Qadri places him in the same category as Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Governor Salman Taseer. Both have now been given the title of being a Ghazi (holy warrior). Dawat-e-Islami appears to be the favorite organization of these two killers. Tanweer liked the Madani Chanel TV that is run by Dawat-e-Islami in the UK. Dawat-e-Islami believes that punishment for Blasphemy is death.
It is learnt that the murder of Mr. Shah has sent shockwaves across Britain. Extremism and terrorism seem to have been successfully exported from Pakistan to northern latitudes.
In Pakistan, some decent and discerning intellectuals have taken due notice of this ghastly crime and made an arguable assessment of its nature and consequences. Syed Mujahid Ali wrote an op-ed in the daily Mashriq of April 14, 2016 and expressed the following opinion (translation of extracts):
Op-ed: Are we really like that!
There is concern and unrest in the UK and all over the world over the murder of an Ahmadi in Glasgow by a Muslim activist. The murderer Tanweer Ahmad’s statement has added to the unrest. He claims to have killed Asad Shah for his faith. Soon afterwards, recovery of anti-Ahmadi pamphlets from a South London mosque was reported in the press worldwide. This pamphlet exhorted that an Ahmadi who does not revert to Islam within three days should be given death punishment. Although the pamphlets does not exhort one to murder, but it is reasonable to assume that when sentiments and feelings are agitated to that level on the basis of religion, some people, like Tanweer Ahmad, will surely take law in their hand after a group is declared Wajib ul Qatl (worthy of death), as a result of prejudice and hate against its belief system.
This situation is serious and difficult as this issue has spilled over from Pakistan to Britain where a large number of Pakistani Muslims and Ahmadis reside….
We ought to accept that Tanweer Ahmad and Mumtaz Qadri are not to be blamed (entirely); it is the religious leaders and missionaries who lead them to this are responsible. Muslims, as a group, should understand that if they tolerate such leaders they will continue to be condemned worldwide, and their problems will grow and become complex. The right wing elements that were only a few racist youth, have become a political force on account of Muslims’ imprudence. Their presence has grown by 10 – 20% in the parliaments of Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Australia etc….
Hateful anti-Ahmadi pamphlets have been recovered in hundreds in the UK from South London’s Stockwell Green Mosque. These were placed openly for easy access. Mr Taha Qureshi, the mosque spokesman denied having ever seen those pamphlets and also denied any link with Khatme Nabuwwat organization. He said that someone maliciously put these pamphlets there. Journalists soon discovered that Khatme Nabuwwat is a registered organization with the Charity Commission, whose office is shown as in this very mosque. Not only this, four men of this organization are in the management team of trustees of the Stockwell Green Mosque. As such the management of this mosque knows that they indulge in illegal activities by distribution of these hateful pamphlets. After the exposure, now they seek support in lies and falsehood. These lies not only blacken the face of managers of this mosque but also of all the Muslims worldwide. It was binding on Taha Qureshi, as a trustee or spokesman of this mosque, to admit his wrong-doing as a good Muslim and announce repentance and promise never to do it again. But these people have gotten used to hypocrisy, although no religion teaches this nor any law permits this, nor such a person can be called civilized or decent.
Some groups of Muslims in Britain are under the influence of Khatme Nabuwwat organization. They remain ever active in promoting hatred against Ahmadis. The pamphlets that were recovered from the (Stockwell Green) mosque are reported to have been distributed among Muslims in universities, shops and restaurants.
There are numerous terrorist groups in the world who justify killing and violence through a particular interpretation of Islam. But their aims are political. However these types of campaigns against minorities like Ahmadis create conditions that have a wider impact on social environment. Simpletons like Mumtaz Qadri and Tanweer Ahmad get misguided and commit heinous crimes like murder. Thus spreading hate against other beliefs and groups becomes as serious a crime as terrorism – its effect is deeper and more dangerous.
A Report from the weekly Economist of London, from Bradford
London: A Muslim extremist committed to his version of the Khatme Nabuwwat (end of prophethood) travelled to Glasgow on March 24, 2016 and stabbed to death an Ahmadi shop-keeper there in broad daylight.
Subsequent investigations and follow-up resulted in recovery of anti-Ahmadi hate literature compiled by a self-styled Khatme Nabuwwat activist mulla, from the Stockwell Green mosque in south London.
The weekly The Economist published a report on this incident on May 21, 2016, (extracts):
The murder of an Ahmadi – Preparing for the worst
THERE are few signs of life at the Stockwell Green mosque in south London at the moment. The gates are padlocked and the telephones have been disconnected. And some hope it will stay that way.
The weeks since have led to some self-examination among Muslims. But to prevent another atrocity, outsiders say the bigotry that might have contributed to it now has to be tackled head-on, beginning with the Stockwell mosque.
Yet it is now clear that the sectarianism of Pakistan has pursued them to Britain, particularly in the form of the Khatme Nubuwwat movement, with which the Stockwell Green mosque is associated. The purpose of the movement (meaning “finality of the Prophethood”), which one official says started in Britain in 1983, is to refute the claims of the Ahmadiya, and to inform all Muslims that they are in fact “traitors to Islam”, as the Khatme Nubuwwat Academy’s website reminds everyone. The same website helpfully lists all the fatwas against the Ahmadi in Urdu, English and Arabic. Readers learn that the “dangerous” Ahmadiya (called by a derogatory term) are a “destructive” sect with a “filthy agenda” that helps Zionism. Muslims are urged not to have anything to do with them.
… To this end, it has suspended the Stockwell Green mosque’s membership of the MCB and has set up a panel to investigate whether it was inciting hatred. …
This response is too lame for some, however. One activist, Sadaf Ahmed, has launched a petition for the government to conduct an official investigation into the activities of Khatme Nubuwwat. She points out that the group’s speakers travel freely to Britain to vilify the Ahmadis. Qari Hanif Qureshi, a hate preacher who called for the death of Salmaan Taseer, an ex-governor of Punjab who challenged Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and was murdered for it in 2011, spoke on May 4th at Luton mosque. Ms Ahmed argues that “If we replace the word Ahmadi in any of the Khatme Nubuwwat’s speeches or literature with Jew or Muslim or Hindu, we’d be disgusted at their hateful rhetoric.”
The fact that the Muslims have voluntarily padlocked this mosque also shows how effective the British police are. It also betrays the guilt and crime of the Khatme Nabuwwat linked board members of this mosque. If the authorities in Pakistan were half as efficient, serious about their responsibilities and effective as their British peers, the mullas will rush for their holes and never dare came out to threaten the society.