3 Ahmadis booked and arrested
KallarAbadi, District Gujranwala; June 1, 2014: A number of Ahmadi households are there in KallarAbadi neighborhood of Gujranwala. On May 27, they celebrated a religious day in their prayer center, and held a seminar.
An ill-wisher reported the event to the police and persuaded them to register a criminal case under PPC 298-C, an anti-Ahmadi law. The police raided the prayer center and arrested the caretaker, Mr. Mubashir Ahmad. Thereafter they registered a case and named three Ahmadis, (1) Mr. Mubashir Ahmad (2) Mr. Khalid Mehmood and (3) Mr. Javaid Ahmad in the FIR.
It is learnt that the ‘complainant’ belongs to a Butt family who have a property dispute with the Ahmadi who owns the prayer center.
The case was registered in Police Station Baghbanpura, Gujranwala with FIR Nr. 547/14 on June 1, 2014 under PPC 298-C.
Initially Mr. Mubashir Ahmad, the caretaker of the prayer centre was arrested. The other two, Mr. Khalid Mahmud and Javaid Ahmad were arrested when they approached a court for bail before arrest. The post-arrest bail of Mubashir Ahmad was also denied.
A bail petition was then moved by the latter two detainees before Mr. ZamirHussain Shah, Judicial Magistrate. He dismissed the petition under the ‘rule of consistency’ that the case of these two was no different than the first one. In fact he should have examined the case of the first one also and released all the three on bail.
Thereafter a plea for bail was made before the Sessions Court. It was heard on July 9. The prosecuting attorney took the line that the three accused had committed ‘blasphemy’ hence their plea should be rejected. This was absurd as the accused had not even been charged under a blasphemy clause but an anti-Ahmadi clause.
The sessions judge found it convenient to reject their plea. The accused had to approach the High Court to obtain bail in a case which would be thrown out in a fair court of law.
The three remained in prison.
Booked and arrested – for what?
AlamGarh, District Gujrat; November 27, 2014: The locals in this village had been indulging for weeks in anti-Ahmadi activities like distribution of hate literature etc. Ahmadis had kept the police informed. Then the miscreants put up sectarian banners as well.
The police came to know of this development and proceeded to register a case under mild 16-MPO against three men and detained them.
In reaction, anti-Ahmadi elements took out a procession and proceeded to the police station where they threatened the police of violence. The police got intimidated and booked three Ahmadis in a counter FIR.
This case was registered under the anti-Ahmadi law PPC 298-C on November 27, 2014 in PS Daulat Nagar against Mr. Munir Ahmad, Mr. Faisal Ahmad and Mr. Salim Ahmad, Ahmadis, in FIR 358/14, and the police arrested them. In view of the volatile situation, they were shifted to a jail in Gujrat city. If declared guilty, they could be imprisoned for three years and fined any amount.
A delegation of Ahmadis accompanied by a group of upright local non-Ahmadis met the DPO who assured them fair proceedings.
Two days later the sectarian bigots took out a rally, shouted slogans against Ahmadis and indulged in provocative and hateful rhetoric.
Religion used as tool for persecution
Haveli Lakha, District Okara; March 14, 2014: A police case was registered against Mr. Muhammad Yar and his son-in-law MianWaheedul Hassan on March 14, 2014 under anti-Ahmadi clause PPC 298-C with FIR no. 224 in police station Haveli Lakha. Mr. Muhammad Yar is the president of the local Ahmadiyya community.
Mr. Yar’s family, comprising Ahmadis as well as non-Ahmadis, is politically strong in the village. They have links with more influential higher groups; but there are competing groups as well. Political rivalry led to confrontation and the police got involved. The opposing party found it convenient to invoke the anti-Ahmadi clause 298-C of the penal code against the Ahmadis only and other clauses against both non-Ahmadis and Ahmadis.
Mr. Yar was implicated earlier too in a false police case under PPC 298-C in 2006. Later he was acquitted in that case.
The police registered another FIR no. 228 under ATA 7 and PPC 324, 148 and 149 against Mr. Anas, Afzal alias Baggi, Ghulam Ali and three unknown persons. Mr. Anas Ahmad is an Ahmadi and a son of Mr. Muhammad Yar.
April 3 was the hearing date in the court for their release on bail. Approximately 30 mullas gathered inside the court room at the time of hearing. The judge expelled all the mullas from the court and postponed the hearing. After an hour approximately 30 lawyers appeared in the court in support of the opponent party to pressurize the judge. Mian Muhammad Yar requested for another date on account of his lawyer’s illness.
April 5 was given as the fresh date for hearing. At this occasion the judge rejected the plea for bail, ordered the arrest of the two Ahmadi accused and sent them to prison.
Severe persecution and harassment of an Ahmadi family
TatleAali, District Gujranwala:The family of Rana Muhammad Ilyas, deceased, is having a very rough time from relatives motivated by religious prejudice. It deserves a place on record.
RanaIlyas along with his wife and children joined the Ahmadiyya community in 2006. He was a resident of TatleAali where he had some property comprising a house, three shops and special plots. His relatives were very hostile to his change of denomination. They themselves belonged to extremist and banned organizations. They opposed him tooth and nail, to the extent that RanaIlyas had to shift his residence to Gujranwala city.
His absence from the town where his properties were located made it easy for his brothers etc to occupy them or to obstruct their sale to other parties. RanaIlyas had to approach the courts to exercise his rights. The stress of events became unbearable and he had a heart attack in November 2012. He was taken to hospital where he expired. He was buried in the Ahmadiyya graveyard.
RanaIlyas`s death provided further incentive and facility to his hostile relatives to harm his widow and children. They prepared fake transfer deals of properties to claim them. Abu Bakr, a nephew who is a policeman, sent an application to a magistrate that RanaIlyas had been poisoned to death by his own sons; so his dead body should be disinterred and medically reexamined. This policeman is quite an `operator`. He succeeded in taking a magistrate, escorted by police, to the grave to disinter the dead body of RanaIlyas who had died more than a year ago. Fortunately the opponents could not pinpoint the grave or produce any witnesses, so the magistrate postponed the proceedings. A judge intervened and issued a stay order against disinterment.
RanaIlyas`s brothers run a madrassa, one of them is an Imam of a mosque, a nephew RanaFaizan has links with LashkarJhangvi, a banned organisation, while RanaShamshad is a police tout. Abu Bakr is himself a policeman. All these have formed a gang who, motivated by religious prejudice and bigotry, as also by greed continue to zealously harass the deceased Ahmadi`s family. Their aim is to implicate the victims in some police case and get them behind bars.
Evil eyes on another Ahmadiyya mosque
Raipur, District Sialkot: Here is story of an Ahmadiyya mosque that illustrates the nature of threat posed to Ahmadiyya places of worship by the society and the state.
Ahmadiyya mosque in Raipur is located in a 6-acre farm where there are approximately 100 mango trees. One Muhammad Afzal coveted this property and fraudulently got the land transferred to his name. In year 2007, he sought police support and went to a court to claim possession of this property. The judge rejected his plea. Thereafter, Afzal had a police case registered against the village folk to maintain his bogus claim controversial.
Afzal solicited support of an influential RanaShafiqPasruri, agitated the issue again and put up posters in neighbouring villages, titled: “Let’s go to Raipur and take possession of the Muslims’ mosque held by Qadianis.” The police intervened and referred the case to a magistrate.
Afzal had been pushing the courts to decide in his favour. On May 28, a magistrate ordered sealing of the mosque on the absurd plea of ‘threat to peace’. Ahmadis appealed against this decision. The judge cancelled the magistrate’s orders. The police wrongfully approached the judge to revise his order in view of ‘law and order’. This non-issue became hot and simmering – as desired by the unscrupulous land grabber.
Reports from Lahore
Rachna Town; April 24, 2014: Mr. Bakhtiar Ahmad Butt is facing uncommon and unpleasant religion-based interest from his neighbours. There is a non-Ahmadiyya mosque in front of his house. Despite knowing that Mr. Butt is an Ahmadi, his neighbours frequently urged him to offer his prayers in their mosque.
Mr. Butt was returning home on April 24, 2014 when some of his neighbours stopped him in front of the mosque and forced him into the mosque. They harassed him there. They asked him whether he was a Muslim and to recite the Kalima. When he recited the Kalima, one of them shouted, “Congratulations, Mr. Butt has embraced Islam.” Mr. Butt was then released.
Mr. Butt reported the incident to his community elders. He was advised to exercise caution.
Township; May 25, 2014:Mr. Tahir Ahmad Mubashir, the local Ahmadiyya missionary dropped his wife at a relative`s place. At about 1 p.m. when she was returning home, a young man started following her and remarked, “Those who are friends with Mirzais (Ahmadis) are traitors to the Master (Aaqa).” The lady picked up pace and reached the main road. Here the stalker turned about and disappeared.
Township:The daughter-in-law of Mrs. AzarRasheed went to the market. She stopped by a shoemaker`s shop to get her shoe repaired. A mulla was sitting there. When he saw an Ahmadi woman, he asked the shoemaker to visit the mosque to learn what is to befall Mirzais (Ahmadis).
A few days later, her twelve year old grandson went out to buy some rice. On the way, a mulla stopped him and asked him why he hadn`t come for the prayers. The boy replied that he would deliver the rice at home and then go to the mosque. At the shop, another mulla sitting there told the shopkeeper to attend to the boy quickly as he wanted to speak to him. The mulla asked the boy if he knew the `Kalima`. The boy replied, “Yes I do” and recited the ‘Kalima’. When he was about to leave, the shopkeeper told the mulla that the boy was a ‘Mirzai’. At this the mulla replied, “Why wasn`t I told about this before, I wouldn`t have let him go.” On hearing this, the boy, who was still nearby, ran back home.
Guldasht; June 2014: Ms. BushraWadud, widow of an Ahmadi martyr Mr. Abdul Wadud, lives in Guldasht Town, Lahore. She faced hateful behaviour in the local bazaar.
Ms. Wadud went out to buy a few school items for her children and visited Farhan Stationary. She noticed that the shopkeeper had stocked numerous anti-Ahmadi publications and had displayed hate-promoting stickers in the shop. The shopkeeper, perhaps recognizing her as an Ahmadi, offered her a calendar issued by a KhatmeNabuwwat organization. She looked at it, returned it to the mulla and came back.
A few days later she went there again. There was another customer at the shop at the time. The shopkeeper, noticing her, started telling the customer, “Our people are asleep while the Ummah is in great danger. The threat is not from Jews, Christians nor from Hindus, it is from the QadianiJamaat. They have installed their own prophet and are deceiving the people by following Islam. They recite the Kalima of Muhammad, but in fact they adore Ahmad. It is a sin to call their place of worship a mosque. They are good at planning and implementation.”
Ms. Wadud hurriedly did her shopping and beat the retreat.
Expelled from banquet, for faith
Nankana; October 12, 2014: Mr. Nasir Ahmad Mubashir is an Ahmadi school teacher in Nankana. His non-Ahmadi colleague, Mr. MushtaqSajid, invited him to the wedding banquet of his two sons. On the evening of October 12, 2014 Mr. Mubashir arrived at the venue. A teacher, Mr. Shaheen, an active member of MajlisKhatmeNabuwwat, was also present there. He became furious on seeing Mr. Mubashir there and raised objection at the invitation to an Ahmadi. He also incited other guests over the issue. At this the host took Mr. Mubashir aside and asked him bluntly to leave before situation got worse. Mr. Mubashir quit the banquet.
Religion made to serve personal gain
Sahiwal: Mr. MustansarSalik, Ahmadi had rented his house to someone. Later Salik gave him a notice to vacate the house. He was reluctant to leave. Someone advised him to allege that Salik had preached Ahmadiyyat to him. On this basis he sought help from the neighborhood to assemble as a procession and mount a raid on Salik’s home. In this he could not succeed.
This tenant then wrote to the police that the landlord had preached Ahmadiyyat to him and told him to convert or vacate the house; he is also not willing to return Rs. 5000/- paid to him in advance. He also managed to invite a team from a TV channel to come to the site to support him through propaganda. They contacted Mr. Salik and the police and put pressure on them.
At this, the police and the neighbors advised the Ahmadi to pay his way out from the predicament. Mr. Salik paid Rs. 20,000 to the tenant and the advance to have his house vacated.
The police yield to mullas in District Sheikhupura
Sheikhupura; August 8, 2014: Mr. Mubaraz Ahmad, an Ahmadi youth was walking on Jandiala Road when he was intercepted by two non-Ahmadi youth near the M.C. High School.
“O Mirzai, you appear to be very stiff-necked,” taunted one of the two. Mubaraz replied back. This resulted in a petty quarrel. However, the provokers thereafter contacted local mullas who assembled a crowd of approximately 50 men and led them to Mubaraz’s house. Mubaraz’s brother informed the police, who dispersed the crowd on arrival.
The next day, the DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) sent for the elders of the two parties. Ahmadis were represented by three community officials, while the mullas decided to come in strength to overbear the police. Eleven of them turned up, including Ilyas Kashmiri, Amir Muawiya and RiazWattoo. The banned SipahSahaba also melded into the KhatmeNabuwwat Movement, so their mullas were also present in the large delegation. They are consistently aggressive and intimidating to the authorities who prefer to take no action against these bullies.
On hearing both the parties, the DSP voiced his opinion that the incident was little more than a quarrel among a few young men, so no formal action was required.
However at this stage, the mullas raised a two-month old issue concerning Mr. Atif Abbas, the elder brother of Mubaraz, who had been falsely accused of blasphemy. “He had torn one of our posters and urinated on it,” they said. This was, of course, nonsense and a lie. They, however, insisted on pursuing the case, and the discussion went on for five hours. Eventually, the DSP decided that Mr. Abbas should be expelled from the city for one year; if he returns he should be charged under PPC 295-C, the blasphemy clause, which carries penalty of death.
Mr. Abbas accordingly left the town and went to reside with his close relatives in a distant town. He was punished summarily in this crude manner for a crime he did not commit.
Anti-Ahmadiyya activism in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi; September, 2014: Following incidents happened in Rawalpindi.
- Ahmadi residents of F-Block of Satellite Town faced social boycott. The shopkeepers refused to sell them anything. They pasted stickers in their shops: “No dealing of any kind here with Qadianis.” This area is close to Aiwan-e-Tauheed (the Ahmadiyya prayer centre) where the administration stopped Ahmadis from offering Friday prayers after the agitation led by Sharjeel Mir and rabid mullas a year ago. Similar stickers were pasted in shops in the Main Market of Rawalpindi.
- The Khatib delivered a Friday sermon in Masjid Bilal in Akal Garh. He used filthy language against the Ahmadiyya community and left no stone unturned to incite the public against Ahmadis. The only Ahmadi family living in the vicinity had to move elsewhere.
Attacks in Layyah
Two reports were received from District Layyah where four school-going boys were charged under the blasphemy law sometime back.
Chak no. 455 TDA; January 4, 2014:Someone added poison to the feed of the cattle of Mr. NaseemBhatti, the president of the local Ahmadiyya community. As a result three precious cows died while rest of the animals became ill. This caused a big financial loss to Mr. Bhatti.
In another incident, four armed men jumped over the wall of Mr. AtaulQadoos’s house at 1 a.m. He was holding two portfolios in the local Ahmadiyya community. They harassed the family members of Mr. Qadoos. The children created hue and cry that forced the robbers to flee. Mr. Qadoos got injured in the incident.
These incidents were reported to the local police station. The police were of the opinion that anti-Ahmadiyya activists were involved.
Badomalhi, District Narowal; June 2014: A group that calls itself Sherane Islam Narowal (Lions of Islam, Narowal) decided to hold an End of Prophethood conference in Badomalhi on June 21, 2014. They pasted publicity posters all over the town for that purpose.
Some unidentified person tore away one of these posters, ostensibly to generate mischief. The organizers accused an Ahmadi, Mr. Abdul Shakoor to have done that. He was employed as a watchman in the bazaar. Mr. Shakoor stated that he had neither torn the poster nor seen anyone doing that.
The anti-Ahmadi lobby did not accept Mr. Shakoor’s plea and held a meeting on 27 June 2014 at 3 p.m. at the work-place of Haji Zafar, a member of AhleSunnat party. Ahmadis also attended the meeting. Without having established the culpability of Mr. Shakoor, the opponents demanded that Mr. Shakoor should be punished and beaten up with a shoe (an insult). Ahmadis, of course, did not agree nor allowed implementation of the penalty on the poor fellow who was prepared to swear on oath his innocence.
Eventually, the opponents took the position that they will not let Mr. Shakoor swear on the Holy Quran, nor should he recite the Kalima in their presence, however if he held the photo of Mirza Sahib (the founder of the Ahmadi community) in one hand and made the statement, that would be considered by them.
Ahmadis normally do not undertake a procedure like the one proposed, however in the interest of communal peace, Mr. Shakoor did as demanded and stated that he did not tear down the poster.
The mischief thus subsided – at least for the time being.