Ahmadis under duress again in Chak Sikandar
Chak Sikandar, District Gujrat; July 2013: Chak Sikandar is the village that has been mentioned in dispatches over the decades for anti-Ahmadi activism of its mullas. It was the scene of blood-stained anti-Ahmadi riots in 1989 when Mr. Nawaz Sharif was the Chief Minister in the Punjab. A mulla, Muhammad Amir, was the main miscreant there; but as he was wielding a political clout he had wronged numerous other parties as well. Someone killed him in 2003. His relatives found it convenient to fabricate an accusation against Ahmadis for the murder. The trial judge, under pressure from clerics, awarded death sentence to three Ahmadis in 2005. The condemned Ahmadis, although innocent of the crime, remained in prison for almost eight years before they were acquitted by the High Court.
Tauqir Hasan, son of the same mulla Amir, had a criminal case registered against 9 named and 26 unnamed persons with the Kharian police in FIR 324 under PPC 365 and 511 on July 30, 2013. Four of the named accused are Ahmadis, namely Messrs Laiq Ahmad, Tahir Ahmad, Amjad and Asjad; the other five are non-Ahmadis. The accused were granted temporary bail by a court.
Subsequent to the incident, an Ahmadi, Usman Basharat son of Mr. Basharat Ahmad, with his mother and sister in company, riding a motor bike was returning from Kharian when the opposition party intercepted them on the outskirts of the village, snatched their bike, damaged it and dumped it in the nearby nullah. They misbehaved with the family and divested them of Rs. 15,000/-.
The administration moved to restore calm and some stability.
Update: Subsequently, on August 20, a magistrate cancelled temporary bails of the 9 accused and they were arrested. Three days later, eight of the nine accused were presented in the court; about the ninth it was stated that he, on oath, had given an undertaking to the police that ‘he will henceforth never support Qadianis’. As such the police forgave him and set him free, for which they had no powers. “If the police themselves can take such actions, what is the point of having courts,” the attorney argued. At this, the judge accepted the bail applications ofall the accused and released them.
Mischief of a mulla in a school
Peelovains, District Khushab; October 7, 2013: Mulla Noor Muhammad and his uncle tried to get a blasphemy case registered, with the support of other mullas but could not succeed. On the pressure of mullas, the police inspector, however, registered a case under PPC 337 and 452 against Mr. Khizar Hayat and Mr. Azhar Mahmood for beating the mulla. Details of this case are available in Chapter 9.
Ahmadi booked under anti-Ahmadi law
Peeru Chak, District Sialkot; December 20, 2013: Mr. Muzaffar Ahmad Dogar S/O Mr. Bashir Ahmad was booked by the police in FIR No. 618 in Police Station Mootrah on December 20, 2013 under clause PPC 298-C.
The accusation against Mr. Dogar is based on personal vendetta. One Mustaq Ahmad, owner of a piece of land next to Mr. Dogar’s farm, developed a dispute with him on ‘right of passage’ and the litigation reached the level of the High Court. The High Court decided in favour of Mr. Dogar. This annoyed Mushtaq Ahmad who then sought mullas’ help.
Almost a week ago, three men approached Mr. Dogar and threatened him with harm. The latter informed the police. However, the opposite party, supported by mullas filed an accusation with police that Mr. Dogar recited the Kalima and claimed to be a Muslimin their presence. This was a fabrication.
The police detained Mr. Dogar, and told him that a case had been registered against him.
Agitation against Ahmadiyya worship place in Lahore
November/December, 2013: The anti-Ahmadi sectarian lobby led by the Khatme Nabuwwat leadership has targeted Ahmadiyya mosques in the last two or three year. There are hundreds of Ahmadiyya mosques all over the country and almost all have minarets and niches. Most were built before the anti-Ahmadi ordinance came into being. Even this ordinance does not forbid minarets and niches in Ahmadiyya mosques. The anti-Ahmadi lobby still agitates over these, as these provide the lobby almost unlimited scope for perpetual agitation all across the country. The case of the central Ahmadiyya mosque in Lahore is one such location.
Advocate M Badr Alam, on the pay roll of the Khatme Nabuwwat organisation in Lahore, applied in May 2012 to the DCO that the minaret and the dome in the Ahmadiyya mosque Dar-uz-Zikr be demolished. Later he asked for the intervention of Lahore High Court. The DCO told the court that these were constructed under the rules with the approval of the city government. The case rested there.
This case was put up again in November this year before Justice Yasar Ali Khan. He read the earlier reports and said that as the DCO had changed, the new DCO should give his own report.
At this, an Ahmadiyya delegation called on the DCO and defended its position. The Legal Advisor of the DCO however insisted that as per decision of another judge, Ahmadis are not to build the minarets, dome and niche in their place of worship. The delegation explained to him that the judge never ordered their demolition, and the two cases, the one before the judge and this one regarding Dar-uz-Zikr are different in nature, hence the judgment of one does not apply to the other.
This case came up for hearing before Justice Khan again on December 2, 2013. The DCO’s legal advisor requested the judge to send the case to the provincial and federal governments for a solution. Badr Alam insisted thatthe judgment should be given there and then. The judge however sent the file to the Chief Justice to appoint another judge to hear the case.
The mullas, their attorneys, the administration, the judiciary would do well to read the obvious purport of the law of the land given in PPC 295:
“295: Injuring or defiling place of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class. Whoever destroys or defiles any place of worship, or any object held by any class of persons, with the intent of thereby insulting the religion that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term that may extend to two years, or with fine or with both.”
Terrorists holed up in Lahore
It is learnt from reliable sources that a number of suspected terrorists have been taken in custody in Lahore and other areas. They had plans to attack minorities’ places of worship and Ahmadiyya mosques.
As per sources, the terrorists had collected all the required information about a church near the Anarkali bazaar and an Ahmadiyya mosque. Abduction and attack on the Ahmadi Amir was also on their action list. These people received their instructions from North Waziristan.
Search operation was carried out in numerous areas of Lahore on October 14. A number of men suspected of terrorism were detained and shifted to unknown locations for investigation. Lahore has been divided into areas which face different categories of terrorist threat. Garhi Shahu and Mughalpura where Ahmadi centers and mosques are located are among the Category A locations. (It is relevant to mention that at these two sites, extremist elements have openly agitated in the past – often with official support).
The daily Dawn of November 13, 2013 published some details of the TTP plans in Lahore, quoting official sources.
Export of sectarian and political animosity and violence to far off lands like South Africa
Cape Town/Lahore: Maulvi Zahid-ur-Rashidi, a top-level cleric of Khatme Nabuwwat movement (KN) from Gujranwala, attended a KN conference called jointly by the Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa and the International Khatme Nabuwwat Movement led by Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki (based in Saudi Arabia), in Cape Town. He wrote two articles on its proceedings in the daily Pakistan and was indiscreet enough to unabashedly mention details of a sensitive issue that is loaded with awful implications for Pakistan – the Shia-Sunni conflict. His article of 7 December 2013 discloses self-incriminating discourse at the conference held in the sacred name of Khatme Nabuwwat.
Mulla Rashidi has written that he and two other leading Pakistani ulama spoke there on “the theme of the promotion and aggression undertaken by Shias in the Islamic world (Aalam Islam). So the International Khatme Nabuwwat will have to work on this front as well…. (T)his aggression is ever becoming severe especially in the Middle East…. I am fully conscious of the need of action in this regard. (T)his task should not be undertaken as a secondary project, but we should form a Front, a separate Forum. …” he quoted from his own address.
From the above it is obvious that:
- The International Khatme Nabuwwat movement would like to dig deep in the coffers of petro-dollars to avail of the Syrian conflict and the resulting widening of the Shia-Sunni rift.
- It plans to involve in it in ‘action’ mode the Sunni diaspora, especially in countries where the KN movement has bases like UK, the Middle East, India, Bangladesh, South Africa etc. (These were named in the conference.)
- The KN is not a movement committed merely to the dogma of End of Prophethood, as it poses to be; it is a cover organization for political ends, national as well as international, of the extremist elements.
It is noteworthy that according to Rashidi’s report Maulana Muhammad Ahmad Ludhianvi, the chief of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (former SSP, now banned for terrorism) wasalso among those who participated in the Cape Town conference and addressed it. Another mulla well-known for his sectarian activism, who also went there was Ilyas Chinioti, now a PML-N MPA. A number of other mullas also went to South Africa, who are normally gagged or banned entry in other districts during the month of Muharram in Pakistan for their rabid hostility to Shias.
Pakistan needs export surely, but not the extremism and terrorism of its religious bigots.
Note: India was represented in Cape Town by none other than the top cleric of the main Deoband madrassa, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, its rector. Khatme Nabuwwat types, former SSP leaders, Deobandis etc – it was a toxic mix in this South African conference.
Who is M. Hasan Muawiyaaka Tooti?
Lahore: Muhammad Hasan Muawiya aka Tooti is a leading anti-Ahmadi activist in Lahore for the last three years. He is a mulla, son of a mulla, brother of a leading mulla who is paid from public treasury, Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi member of the Council of Islamic Ideology and chairman of the All Pakistan Ulema Council. Tooti is member and spokesman of the Lahore-based Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Lawyers Forum that succeeded last year in enforcing ban on juices and soft drinks produced by Shezan Ltd whose majority shares are owned by an Ahmadi family.
An outline of Tooti’s activities and achievements of the last two years will throw some light in how the anti-Ahmadiyya activists, extremist elements, some lawyers from the civil society, the police, the administration, politicians, mullas, the vernacular press etc indulge in highly objectionable and harmful activity against human rights and freedom of faith of marginalized sections of society. This gives some idea too of the plight of Ahmadi community in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab.
- On August 31, 2011 Mr. Aziz ur Rehman, an Ahmadi was having a meal with his friends in a restaurant in Baghbanpura, Lahore. Tooti arrived there with a group of buddies and roughed up the Ahmadi. These rowdies noisily assembled a crowd and accused Ahmadis of blasphemy and declared them to be Wajibul Qatl (must be put to death). The Ahmadi could have lost his life that evening, but escaped fortunately.
- In November 2012 the wife of Mr. Munawwar Ahmad Sindhi died in Baghbanpura. Her funeral prayer was scheduled at 10 p.m. Tooti arrived there at the head of a procession alongwith media reporters. As a result, the funeral prayer and its location had to be confidentially shifted to 5 a.m. at a site 10 kilometers away, out of town.
- On January 1, 2013 Mr. Abid Chughtai, the president of a local Ahmadiyya community in Lahore, arrived home to find that the police had removed a marble plate from there. It carried attributive names of God. Tooti was the prime mover behind this sacrilege.
- Tooti had a criminal case registered with police on September 6, 2012 under a blasphemy clause PPC 295-A against Mr. Chughtai (mentioned above). The complainant was none else than Hasan Muawiya. He accused the victim of wearing a ring with inscription: “Is Allah not sufficient for His servant” (tr).
- Rana Tufail, an adversary of Ahmadis made a ‘complaint’ to the administration last year against the Ahmadi graveyard in Model Town, Lahore that ‘Qadianis had written Islamic Sh‘air on tombstones; these should be effaced.’ Tooti presented himself repeatedly as a witness to the case before the police and in the court. In January 2013, ‘unknown’ miscreants entered the graveyard at night and defiled 120 graves by destroying or damaging their tombstones.
- Tooti had a criminal case registered with the police in P.S. Samanabad, Lahore on January 16, 2013 against a 16-years old boy Atif Ahmad for being in possession of Ahmadiyya publications, and hadhim arrested. The entire family felt threatened and had to go into hiding. This reminds one of Taliban rule in Afghanistan where a few Australians faced arrest and prosecution for being in possession of Bibles.
- On January 7, 2013 a police case was registered against the owner of Black Arrow Press in Lahore and three others under PPC 295-B, 298-C and 24-A in P.S. Islampura Lahore. The accused were arrested. PPC 295-B carries penalty of imprisonment for life. The accused were arrested and remained in prison for months. The press has been sealed by the authorities. This story is mentioned in detail in chapter 3B. Tooti again was the prime-mover behind this mischief.
- Then on April 10, 2013, an Ahmadi boy Khalid Ishfaq was on his way to deliver the Ahmadiyya daily Al-Fazl to an Ahmadi’s residence. Tooti, accompanied by his gang chased the lad and snatched the Al-Fazl from him; and subsequently had a criminal case registered with the police against 6 persons including the editor and publisher of the daily under PPC 295-B, 298-C and ATA 11W an anti-terrorism clause. This case was also sponsored by Hasan Muawiya. It is described in detail in chapter 3B. Two of the accused are still behind bars.
- Tooti was a ring-leader in the vicious case of raid against an Ahmadiyya place of worship in Gulshan-e-Ravi, Lahore. It resulted in arrest of 7 worshippers and sealing of the worship center. The details can be read in chapter 7.
- Encouraged by his successes, Tooti is now expanding his area of operations and Ahmadis outside Lahore are also targeted. The editor and publisher of the daily Al-Fazl that is published in a town 150 kilometers away is a case in point.
Tooti reminds one, in a way, of Boston Bombers, especially Tamerlan who was ‘very religious’, didn’t smoke or drink; he went only for the innocent folk. But there is a big difference; Tamerlan kept away from most people, while Tooti enjoys the cooperation of the police, the mullas, the bigots – he leads a big gang in broad daylight.
It is for consideration, how half-wittedly the Pakistani society, whose majority claims to be traditionally moderate, has permitted itself to be high-jacked by religious thugs. They have none else but their political leaders, judiciary, administration, police and indeed themselves to blame. One wonders what Najam Sethi, the caretaker chief minister of the Punjab known for his moderate ideas was doing in April/May this year! Dancing to the tune of mullas?
More on mulla Hasan Muawiya alias Tooti
Lahore; May 7, 2013: Four Ahmadi youths were standing outside the court where the case of four arrested Ahmadis was being heard. Hasan Muawiya came to them and snatched their mobile phones and accused them of photographing him. He also slapped one of the Ahmadi youths and told the police to arrest them as his life was in danger because of them. Muawiya also stated that he was receiving threatening phone calls from Pakistan and UK. The compliant police took the Ahmadi youths to the police station.
Later two Ahmadi lawyers and a few Ahmadis went to the police station to rescue the Ahmadi youths. Mr. Ahmad Mahmood Khan was in the delegation. Mulla Muawiya called Mr. Khan and told him to remove the ring on which a Quranic verse was inscribed. The former handed over the ring to another Ahmadi lawyer. At this the mulla and his accomplices made hue and cry and demanded of the police to register an FIR against Mr. Khan. When the SHO was unable to resist the pressure of the mullas he referred the matter to the ASP. The ASP asked the mullas to submit an application against Mr. Khan. He also ordered that a report be registered against 4 Ahmadi youths, and told Mr. Khan to give an undertaking that if any harm was done to the mullas he would be responsible. The mullas submitted an application against Mr. Khan that a case under 298-C be registered against him.