If by exposing the faith and belief of the Qadiani Community hatred is created against them among the Muslims of this country, it is so much the better, because it will be instrumental in preventing the fitna (mischief).
The Advocate General of Punjab – before the Lahore High Court
Ahmadiyya Annual Press Report 2012
Rabwah; April 2013: The Press Section of Directorate of Public Affairs, Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan released here its annual press report for the year 2012. It is in Urdu.
Apart from presenting facts and figures regarding the ongoing anti-Ahmadi hatecampaign carried on by the vernacular press in Pakistan, the report accuses the media of indulging in unethical practices of promoting hatred against a marginalized community through slander and fabrication. “This media that beats the drum of freedom of expression refuses to publish any rebuttal that is sent to them to explain the reality,” says this report. If these newspapers do not have the courage to publish the Ahmadiyya view, is it licit for them to carry on one-sided propaganda against the Jamaat Ahmadiyya,” questions the report.
A few highlights from the report:
- The daily Ausaf (Chief Editor: Mehtab Khan) was in the lead in printing anti-Ahmadi news – 193 as compared to 129 in the runner-up the Nawa-i-Waqt (Chief Editor: MajeedNizami). The Nawa-i-Waqt however led by a mile in printing anti-Ahmadi op-eds – 56 as compared to the runner-up’s 37 in the daily Pakistan (Chief Editor: Mujeebur Rehman Shami). As for the news items only, the dailies Khabrain, Pakistan and Jang stood third, fourth and fifth respectively. In all, 1044 anti-Ahmadi news items were published by the vernacular dailies of Lahore. They published 215 op-eds, a big number by any standard.
- Entirely baseless and false conjectures of extremist mullas are reported in multiple column headlines by these newspapers. A few samples from this report are translated below:
- Qadiani lobby is active behind the Rimsha case: Qari ZawarBahadur (of JUP)
The Daily Express; Faisalabad, September 7, 2012
- Qadianis are enemies of Pakistan. The government should fire them from high posts rather than patronize them: Tajdar Khatme Nabuwwat Conference
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, September 11, 2012
- ChichaWatni: Qadianis torture a Muslim scholar. They chopped his beard with a dagger.
The daily Khabrain; Lahore, August 26, 2012
- It is leniency that Qadianis have been declared a non-Muslim minority; in fact they are apostates, Wajib ul Qatl (must be put to death): Maulana Amir Hamza
The daily Khabrain; Lahore, July 2, 2012
- The apostate Wajib ul Qatl (must be put to death) Qadianis should be expelled from the country: JUI
The daily Khabrain; Lahore, August 3, 2012
- The government should forbid Qadianis to call and write themselves as ‘Ahmadi’: Ahmad Siraj
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, September 7, 2012
- Sharia punishment of apostasy (allegedly death) should be imposed on Qadianis and the appearance of their places of worship should be altered: Khatme Nabuwwat Conference
The daily Jang; Lahore, May 5, 2012
- Qadianism is cancer for the country and Islam: Mufti Munibur Rehman
(Note: This Mufti is on state pay-roll)
The daily Din; Lahore, September 4, 2012
- Qadianis are spreading revolt in Baluchistan: Abdulla Sialvi
The daily Pakistan; Lahore, April 1, 2012
- The desecration of (120 Ahmadi) graves in Lahore is a Qadiani conspiracy to defame Pakistan.
The daily Insaf; Lahore, December 7, 2012
- Those who have any dealings with Qadianis are not fit to be called Muslims: Ashraf Jalali
The daily Waqt; Lahore, September 8, 2012
- Qadianis are conspiring against Pakistan and its nuclear program: Irfan Mahmud
The daily Insaf; Lahore, March 29, 2012
- Qadianis enrolled in Israeli forces are busy in attacks inside Islamic countries: Abdul Karim
The daily Ausaf; Lahore, December 13, 2012
- Qadianis are agents of Jews and Christians: Maulana Munawwar Hasan (of JI)
The daily Din; Lahore, March 27, 2012
This Report carries photo-images of all the above news head-lines. It carries also photo-images of some anti-Ahmadi op-eds in the dailies Jang, Nawa-i-Waqt, Jinnah and Pakistan.
All this reminds one of the alertsounded by the International Humanist and Ethical Union to the United Nations HRC in 2010:“Need we remind the Council and the government of Pakistan that it was government and media support for expressions of hatred that led to the Nazi Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda.”