The Society – 2005

2005

 

Arrest of the District President of Ahmadi Community Bhakkar

Haiderabad Thal, district Bhakkar: Dr Dilband Ali, the President of Ahmadiyya Community district Bhakkar and his two sons were arrested in a fabricated case, by the police on March 15, 2005. An FIR No. 61/05 was registered against them under PPC 436 at police station Haiderabad Thal. The victims face 5 years’ imprisonment under this law. Although the law invoked is not a religious law, the accusation and the follow-up were manifestly based on anti-Ahmadiyya prejudice.

One, Manzoor Hussain Kamboh claims to be a journalist for the anti-Ahmadiyya Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat (Association for the End of Prophethood), and writes occasionally for the local press of Bhakkar. He reported to the police on 14th November 2004 that some unknown person set his  hay on fire that resulted in loss of hay and damage to the store. He verbally told the police that he suspected Dr Dilband Ali, the Qadiani president and his sons to be responsible. The police undertook the necessary investigation, and finding no clue, took no action.

A few weeks later, Kamboh arranged for an anti-Ahmadiyya report to be published in the daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore. Armed with this press report he put pressure on the local police to arrest Dr Ali. The police arrested Dr Ali and one of his son, and Kamboh had the news of the arrest printed in bold type in the local daily Muamlah on March 2, 2005. As Dr Ali is a highly respected individual in the area, a large number of his sympathizers visited the police station and conveyed their dismay at the event. The police released the doctor and his son.

The release infuriated the Ahmadi-bashers. They had a joint statement published in the local daily on March 14, 2005; so the mediocre police arrested the father and his two sons once again. What are the criteria with the police to arrest a citizen or release him, is a mystery; it certainly has little to do with the culpability of the accused.

The accused were subsequently transferred to Mianwali prison. They applied to the court for release on bail. The anti-Ahmadi lobby tried to influence improperly the course of legal procedure. It did not succeed, and the accused were released on bail. They will have to face the trial, however. The incident is typical in how the mullah, the police and the yellow vernacular press coordinate their act to greatly harass and harm an Ahmadi notable.

 

Tribulations of an Ahmadi youth

Lahore: Nasim Ahmad son of Mr Sharif Ahmad, Ahmadi got involved in some religious discussion with his class-mates and was then fed something poisonous. His life was saved through prompt first-aid, but he became a patient of depression. In February 2005, he had to be admitted in the Fountain House. He was then discharged, had another bout of depression and was admitted there again.

On April 1, 2005 a few men and women of the area arrived at his home and conveyed to the parents that Nasim had accepted Islam. They accused the parents of wrongful confinement of their son. They also applied to the Sessions Court against the Manager of the Fountain House and the Police SHO of Islampura. At the court hearing, Nasim Ahmad did not support the accusations and the court dismissed the case. After the dismissal, outside the court, the Islamists threatened to snatch away the youth, so the police helped the family to reach home intact.  As the situation remained tense, the entire family had to shift.

 

Tribulations of an Ahmadi youth

Lahore: Nasim Ahmad son of Mr Sharif Ahmad, Ahmadi got involved in some religious discussion with his class-mates and was then fed something poisonous. His life was saved through prompt first-aid, but he became a patient of depression. In February 2005, he had to be admitted in the Fountain House. He was then discharged, had another bout of depression and was admitted there again.

On April 1, 2005 a few men and women of the area arrived at his home and conveyed to the parents that Nasim had accepted Islam. They accused the parents of wrongful confinement of their son. They also applied to the Sessions Court against the Manager of the Fountain House and the Police SHO of Islampura. At the court hearing, Nasim Ahmad did not support the accusations and the court dismissed the case. After the dismissal, outside the court, the Islamists threatened to snatch away the youth, so the police helped the family to reach home intact.  As the situation remained tense, the entire family had to shift.

 

Situation at Padeedan

Padeedan, District Naushero Feroz, Sindh: A letter written in Sindhi language and signed by 32 citizens of Padeedan was recently addressed to authorities. Its English translation is given below:

“Respected Sir,

We, the residents of Padeedan apply to you that Maulvi Abdul Haq Rajput, the Imam of the Padeedan Station mosque repeats on the (mosque) loudspeaker in every Friday sermon that Qadianis are infidels and deserve to be put to death. He makes the congregation raise their hands and swear by the Quran to support him so as to kill all the Mirzais residing here. He has repeated this call over the last three/four Fridays.

The Maulvi is creating a law and order situation by his message of hatred. His addresses will precipitate the problem of (communal) peace. When someone tells him not to spread hatred, he replies that his party JUI is a countrywide powerful party and is the only true party (in Faith); all the rest are false. “None can stop me. I am not afraid of President Musharraf, nor of the Prime Minister. It is a pious act to murder Mirzais. Whosoever undertakes it, will enter paradise”, he says. The youth are getting motivated by his propaganda, and a tragedy can happen any time. A serious law and order situation will thus confront the government, and mutual hatred will spread across (sections of) the society.

Islam teaches tolerance, forbearance and grace. This mullah should be constrained from making such speeches. It is learnt that a mullah has been invited from Multan for next Friday so as to add fuel to fire. If law and order is threatened, its entire responsibility will be upon Maulvi Abdul Haq.

You are also hereby informed that Maulvi Abdul Haq is on the payroll of Education Department as a guard in a mosque school. He gets paid by the government for doing no duty.

We hope that you will stop Maulvi Abdul Haq from his doings. He has developed even terrorist organization to kill Qadianis, and has collected funds for this purpose. We request you to remove him from the (official) post of the guard, and he should be forbidden to make hateful speeches. We shall be thankful to you. Residents of Padeedan.” (32 signatures)

 

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