The Judiciary – 2002



Mr Saggon of Khangarh

Mr Mushtaq Ahmad Saggon, an Ahmadi, was charged under the anti-Ahmadiyya law PPC 298C on August 31, 2002 and was arrested by the police. The magistrate, Mr Shafiq Bokhari did not attend to his request for bail for a whole week and decided to reject it on September 11, 2002. Eventually the plea for bail reached the High Court.

The judge at the High Court appeared to be more interested in matters of belief and faith than those of the law. Rather than granting bail, he ordered the presiding magistrate to decide the case expeditiously within three months. Normally in Pakistan, such speed and expediency is demanded of Anti-terrorism Special Courts or in cases where public interest requires firm and rapid process to punish those who are accused of heinous crimes against society. The learned judge’s keen desire to dispense an expeditious verdict in this case is suspect.

The Sessions Judge understood the message from above, and rejected the accused’s plea for bail, on December 17, 2002.

Mr Saggon is now in his fifth month of incarceration without being found guilty.


Harassment of Ahmadis

Rahim Yar Khan: Three Ahmadi families reside in Muslim Colony (near Gulmarg Stop), Rahim Yar Khan. These people joined Ahmadiyya Community 15 years ago, however opposition to their conversion is still simmering. It flared up in January.

A few miscreants of the neighborhood created disturbance making a false accusation against them that Ahmadis had set the Holy Quran on fire. Thereafter they made a complaint to the police that Ahmadis defile the Quran and they preach their faith. The police sent for them and told them that the complainants have proposed that Ahmadis should undertake in writing that: “We shall not preach any more; if we do that, we will have to sell our houses and migrate elsewhere”.

These developments were disturbing to the affected Ahmadis families. An accusation of burning a copy of the Quran may mean a protracted trial in court, or worse –  imprisonment for life.


Warrant of arrest against Supreme Head of the Ahmadiyya Community

Karachi: According to a press report, published in the daily Ausaf, Islamabad, of May 29, 2002, Additional District and Session Judge South (Karachi), Faruq Ali Channa, issued Warrant of Arrest of Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Community. According to the report, this action was taken on the request of Maulana Ahmad Mian Hamadi, of Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatame Nabuwwat (Organisation for Protection of the End of Prophethood), according to whom the 1973 constitution does not permit printing any views such as held by the accused nor can the Qadianis pose as Muslims.

The obliging judge issued the warrant of arrest against the Head of Ahmadiyya Community who lives in exile in London.


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