A fabricated complaint to the police, from Ahmad Nagar
Ahmad Nagar, District Chiniot; January/February 2011: Two non-Ahmadis, a butcher and a cleric from this small town sent an application against a dozen Ahmadis to the DPO asking for police action.
The butcher and the cleric wrote to the DPO that 12 (named) Ahmadis preach their creed in the open; they get drunk and display firearms to provoke the Muslims, bully Muslim men and women, and thus pose a threat to law and order of the town, etc. The application is a fabrication drafted by some crafty mulla.
The DPO, who reports to his superiors in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab, had to show due (in fact, undue) concern for a complaint received from the majority community, so he directed the SHO Chenab Nagar to “take action as per law and ensure both security and peace in the area.” However, only a year ago, the DCO Chiniot took the credit of handing over an Ahmadiyya mosque to non-Ahmadis, that was built by Ahmadis, on Ahmadi-owned land and used by Ahmadis for over 20 years. That DCO justified his shameful action on baseless grounds of ‘pre-empting the extreme law and order situation.’
The following were named in the application: Arshad S/o Allah Rakha, Jahangir S/o Jalil Khan; Ashraf S/o Allah Rakha; Asif S/o Afzal Butt; Junaid S/o (M Anwar Butt); Adnan Butt S/o (Ahmad Tariq Butt); Fazil Butt S/o Aslam Butt; Nazir Ahmad (Jeela) tailor master; Sarmad Butt S/o Idrees Butt; Mian Khalid S/o Allah Yar; Saleem ricksheywala; Hamid S/o Karim; Safiulla S/o Samiullah, and a few unidentified persons.
Subsequent to another fabricated complaint, the police registered a case of ‘theft’ against a respectable Ahmadi elder, Mr Malik Muhammad Rafiq, aged 70, and proceeded to arrest him.
Briefly, Mr. Rafiq purchased a plot of land in Ahmad Nagar from the Canal Department in 2002 when this Department had no further need of their dilapidated office on that plot. Subsequently, Mr. Rafiq demolished the office rooms and secured the plot with some construction and a four-wall. The plot is adjacent to Ahmadiyya main mosque in Ahmad Nagar. This makes it a crucial property for the party opposed to Ahmadis. And sure enough, Bashir Ahmad, a Patwari (revenue clerk) in league with an official of his department sent an application to the police to register a criminal case of theft of doors and windows against Mr. Rafiq, nine years after the sale of the property. The police, obligingly, registered the case and arrested the rightful owner.
Mr. Rafiq contacted the senior officials of the concerned department and requested intervention. They made their investigations and follow-up. In the meantime the police released Mr. Rafiq.
One is perpetually at risk if one is an Ahmadi in Pakistan, particularly in the Punjab, these days.
Religion pushed in service of personal vendetta
Muzaffarabad (AJ&K); December 2010: Three drivers employed by a company Neelum Jhelum Consultants (NJC) were discharged from service on disciplinary grounds. They sent an application to the Prime Minister AJ&K against Mr. Jamil Ahmad the General Manager Services of the NJC, an Ahmadi, accusing him of:-
- He has formed a Qadiani group, and preaches Qadianiat.
- He attempted to convert them.
- They protested, so he implicated them in false cases and dismissed them from service. He does that often to others too.
- He recruits Qadianis from all over Pakistan.
- These Qadianis help him to steal diesel; when they are caught, he helps them in their acquittal.
- Jamil Ahmad is harming the company, creating dissatisfaction, etc.
- Their (applicant’s) complaint should be redressed, and they should be restored in service.
The complainants were guided and helped by the anti-Ahmadiyya lobby in their efforts to malign Mr. Ahmad. They arranged them press support (The daily Mohasib; December 12, 2010).
The Prime Minister told his Chief Engineer to follow up the complaint. The Chief Engineer wrote to the Project Manager NJC to: ‘investigate the matter thoroughly and detail report in this regard may be submitted to this office at the earliest.’ He followed it up three days later by another letter to him, titled: Unwanted Activities by a Group. In this he referred to the ‘honorable Minister Religious Affairs AJ&K’s intimation that the Qadiani group was involved in undesirable activities’ etc. The Chief Engineer conveyed that this was an ‘extremely sensitive issue’ that was ‘creating sectarian violence’ and urged the Project Manager to ‘take prompt action’ against the group….
Thus, the Minister of Religious Affairs and the Chief Engineer conveyed their inclination and preference clearly to the NJC.
The Project Manager NJC was not a Kashmiri nor a Pakistani; he carried out an in-depth inquiry and conveyed to the Chief Engineer that:
ü The three ex-drivers had previously been also involved in subversive activities and insubordination at many occasions.
ü They indulged in misuse of service vehicles and used threatening language to the seniors at several times.
ü The DSP Security reported all this and had kept their office informed.
ü He had vetted himself Mr. Jamil Ahmad’s decision against these drivers. Their allegations are totally baseless and a contemptible effort to disgrace Mr. Ahmad.
ü And finally, it was requested to deal firmly with these drivers who are a constant menace for the project.
This is how Mr. Ahmad got off the hook that was flung through the Prime Minister’s office. The mulla and the vernacular press had helped spinning the yarn. Not all Ahmadis are lucky to have foreign bosses.
The mullas and drivers invested still more time, effort and money to push the anti-Ahmadiyya argument. They held a Khatme Nabuwwat conference in the capital Muzaffarabad on March 6, 2011, and therein mentioned Mr. Jamil Ahmad at length. They used foul language against Ahmadis and agitated the audience. The vernacular press spared plenty of space to report the news of the conference and published an op-ed titled: Qadianis promote apostasy in Muzaffarbad and the government is a silent spectator.
A major mischief brews against Ahmadiyya central mosque in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi; September 1, 2011: A man came over to the gate at the Ahmadiyya center in Rawalpindi at about 20:30 and attempted entry. He was stopped and interrogated to which his answers were unsatisfactory. So he turned back and went towards the Holy Family Hospital. The suspect was carrying a bag. When close to the hospital he took out something from the bag and threw it towards the washrooms. He left his bag there, and he was picked up from there by a vehicle.
Ahmadis reported the incident to the police.
The suspect’s visit to the Ahmadiyya centre and then to the Holy Family Hospital smells of some conspiracy hatched to implicate first the Ahmadis, failing that, the Christians. Fortunately the nefarious plan failed, and came to naught.
A few days later, mullas held a rally close to the Holy Family Hospital, and spoke against the Ahmadiyya presence in their own centre.
Religious bigots have targeted the Ahmadiyya mosque here, in their perpetual drive to destroy, seal, occupy, take over or deny the use of Ahmadiyya places of worship. In this they are often helped by the authorities. Since the promulgation of the infamous Ordinance XX more than 120 such cases have been recorded. The latest target in this vicious drive is the Aiwan-i-Tauhid, the central place of worship of Ahmadis, located in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.
Some mullas supported by a few immoderate traders launched a campaign to deprive Ahmadis the opportunity to worship in Aiwan-i-Tauhid. They approached the authorities for this purpose and conveyed to them that their feelings were hurt by Ahmadis’ worship at that location, and threatened that if Ahmadis were not restricted from using the building for their religious activities, they would themselves stop the Ahmadis from doing so.
These clerics sought the help and guidance from Mulla Charagh Din of Madrassa Sirajia Nizamia who sometimes ago had led a violent campaign against Ahmadiyya place of worship in his area and had succeeded in having it closed down with the help of authorities.
The Aiwan-i-Tauhid site was acquired by the Ahmadiyya central office in 1997 and got it registered. It has been used ever since for prayers. The government does not tax it for being a place of worship.
The authorities, however, took notices of the mullas’ application. They sent for Ahmadi elders to explain their position to the police. This was done. The city administration carried out its own investigation.
The campaigning clerics are skillful in mischief, agitation, politics and litigation. A grave conspiracy got underway to deprive Ahmadis of their freedom of worship – even worse might be on the cards. Ahmadis turned to prayers. The issue is still alive.
Harassment of an Ahmadi family in Nawab Shah
Nawab Shah, Sindh; July 2011: Mr. Samar Ahmad Dhari is an Ahmadi notable settled here since long. Recently a family of Jamali clan took up residence on rent close to their house. The new comers are a well-to-do family who employ men as house-hold staff. Some of these are aggressive bigots who started taking undue interest in the religious life of Dhari family and their servants.
Soon there were incidents of interventions, threats and false accusations, against the Ahmadis. Mr. Dhari tried to report to the police but could not contact the Superintendent. So a local landlord was requested to intervene. He heard both the sides and decided that the new-comers owed an apology to the Dharis. He also told the former to dismiss some of their staff who had fomented the mischief.
A social boycott
Khushalabad, District Kotli; January 2011: Mr. Muhammad Imtiaz Khan faced an effective social boycott from his clan when he disclosed to them that he had joined Ahmadiyyat. Fifty-nine persons representing their families signed a document imposing a complete boycott against him. Mr. Khan had to leave his home and shift elsewhere.
Social boycott of those who offered funeral prayers of their father
Sial Sharif, Sargodha; July 2011: An elderly Ahmadi died in village Kot Easa Shah. His funeral prayers were offered by a large number of Ahmadis who came over from other locations. His three sons, who were rather lax in their religious commitment to Ahmadiyyat, also joined the prayers. Later, when they went to offer their daily prayers at the local non-Ahmadiyya mosque, as was their practice, some people expressed their doubts on their status as Muslims. A group among them thereafter referred the issue to a religious center in Sial Sharif and asked for a fatwa about such people.
The Mufti responded with a severe edict. He declared, (extracts):
“Anyone who doubts that Mirzais/Qadianis are Kafir (infidel) is himself a Kafir…. Anyone who offers funeral prayers for a Kafir gets expelled from Islam…. These people (who offered prayers for the Ahmadi) are no longer Muslim; their total boycott is ordained by the Quran…. Have nothing to do with these people who transgressed, otherwise you will be counted among them, and you will have no Helper. Signature and stamp of the Mufti”
The three sons of the deceased then faced social boycott in the village, however they boldly weathered the storm, and understood the merit of their father’s confession.