Eighty-six Ahmadis died and more than 120 were injured in the Lahore attacks of May 28, 2010. Since then an organized anti-Ahmadiyya campaign has been waged. Khatme Nabuwwat conferences and open-air meetings have been held in various towns, in which highly provocative and slanderous language has been used, in the fair name of Islam, against the founder and leaders of the Jamaat and the audience have been encouraged to commit murder and arson in the name of Jihad for alleged cases of blasphemy. Provocative literature is being produced and distributed. Fatwas of Wajib-ul-Qatl (obligation to kill) are in vogue. Fabricated police cases have been registered against Ahmadis. Threats of dire consequences have been conveyed in letters. Anti-Ahmadiyya banners have been put up at public locations. A campaign to implement an anti-Ahmadiyya boycott is being fought in various institutions including places of education.
Mirpur Khas, Sindh; July 10, 2010: The Additional Session Judge of Mirpur Khas, Zareena Abbasi, sentenced Mr. Tahir Ahmad to three years in prison, for wearing a T-shirt on which the Kalima (Islamic creed) was written. The case was registered in 1999. The youth was prosecuted for 11 years. Over the years, he has spent long periods in prison which has had adverse affect on his mental health. The incident which led to his arrest is mentioned below.
Mr. Tahir Ahmad Nadeem received a T-shirt from a relative in the U.S. The Kalima (Islamic creed) was beautifully written on its front. He put it on and went to the town. There, mullas and some gangsters noticed his shirt and attacked him. They grabbed him, beat him up, tore off his shirt and kept it with them. Later in the day, the police raided his house and arrested him. They responded to the threats of the mulla, who threatened to create a law and order situation, close down the city and burn the Ahmadiyya mosque. Rather than arresting those who endangered the peace, the administration arrested the victim and charged him under section PPC 295-A. If upheld in a court, the youth could have ended up in prison for 10 years. Sher Khan, the DSP reported to the mullas that the police had accepted their demand and a criminal case had been registered.
At the insistence of the mulla, the police again raided the residence of the victim in search of similar garments. None were found. However, the inspector took away two copies of the Holy Quran saying that it was illegal for Ahmadis to keep the Quran at their homes. During the night, the police beat up the youth severely and obtained some inconsequential community information from him. The police pushed their cowardly and shameful act further by taking steps to refer the victim’s case to an Anti-Terrorist Court.
Thereafter, at some stage the police applied the more serious PPC 295-C (the Blasphemy law) to the case and added the Ahmadi-specific PPC 298-C.
The judge held that the accused used no derogatory remark in respect of the Holy Prophet, but held him guilty of posing as a Muslim. So under the PPC 298-C she awarded the youth the maximum penalty. The accused will receive the benefit for the period he remained in jail, during the trial.
A young man, who was in normal physical and mental health, has been destroyed by the joint efforts of the mulla, the state and the society.
Faisalabad: It was reported last month that at the insistence of extremist mullas, the police detained an Ahmadi on false accusation of distributing the daily Alfazl, an Ahmadiyya publication, to non-Ahmadi homes. It has since been learnt that the case was registered against Mr. Asghar Ali of Mustafa Abad under Ahmadi-specific PPC 298-C, on June 29, 2010 in FIR No. 633/2010 in Police Station Batala Colony, Faisalabad.
Mr. Ali was arrested, but a court released him on bail a few days later. He will now face the charges in a court.
Faisalabad continues to be a tinder box due to sectarian and inter-religious tensions. The police remain soft towards the extremists; this encourages them to undertake aggression and violence against other groups, which escalates the tension. In this particular case also, the police, rather than being tough with religious thugs, placated them by registering a case against an innocent man, on the basis of fabricated evidence. This attitude of the authorities leads eventually to the type of violence in which two Christians were murdered in court premises in Faisalabad a few days ago.
Lahore; July 15, 2010: A man came to the Shalamar Town in a rickshaw and got off near the Ahmadiyya mosque. Reportedly he walked away without paying the fare. When the driver asked for the fare he ran away. The driver told the constable standing nearby that the man was wearing a jacket under his clothes. The policeman ran after him, but could not catch him. A loaded magazine fell from the suspect’s pocket while running; the police took it under possession. The police raided the whole area but could not find him.
Chak UCC, Sheikhupura; July 13, 2010: Four men equipped with firearms arrived in the village on foot. They went to the Ahmadiyya guest house, took their positions and started firing. Automatic rifles were used and the firing was intense. They targeted the residence of Mr. Mubashir Ahmad, president of the local Ahmadiyya community. They fired a rocket into his house but fortunately it did not explode. They retreated in response to the firing undertaken in defence. They left the village under cover of intensive firing. A loud explosion also rocked the village.
Fortunately no one was killed. There were bullet holes on the gate and on the walls of Mr. Mubashir’s house and the guest house. Empty cartridges were found from various locations, and the police took these away.
Rabwah; July 2, 2010: The authorities have conveyed to Ahmadis that Rabwah could be a priority target of terrorists, so they should take appropriate and effective security measures. As such the residents are on high alert and have undertaken essential measures like raising outer walls and installing road barriers. However, as the Ahmadi public is not trained adequately in the art of defence, this poses a problem.
On July 2, 2010 a resident mulla accompanied by two others and a woman in a car, came across a road-block. He took offence at this, and was very harsh with the duty personnel. At this, a young man, fired at the car to show that he was serious about defense. No one was harmed, but the car was hit at the front. Two or three other youth on duty also fired in the air in sympathy. At this the police arrived.
The community officials took serious notice of this incident and relieved the young man and his superior from their duties.
The mullas made a great hue and cry over the incident. The police responded with their usual imbalance to the mullas’ protest and booked initially as many as 11 Ahmadis including the president of the Ahmadiyya community of Rabwah, who had been abroad for weeks on leave. He was abroad on the day of the incident.
The police registered the case under PPCs 109, 148/149, 324/427 at Police Station Chenab Nagar.
Mr. Ejaz Ahmad was arrested. His plea for bail was rejected by the magistrate.
Chak Mangla, Sargodha; July 17, 2010: The Kalima (Islamic creed) was written on the outside wall of the Ahmadiyya mosque in Chak Mangla. The police arrived there in the dark hours of 17 July and erased it. Earlier, the police had forced an Ahmadi to remove from the mosque interior a plate on which the Kalima was written.
Rabwah; July 18, 2010: A note conveying serious threat was thrown inside an Ahmadiyya mosque in Darul Fadl, Rabwah. Translation:
Leaders of Khatme Nabuwwat faction claim to be religious and non-violent. This message, however, confirms that they promote violence and terror.
Chiniot; July 21, 2010: The daily Aman, Faisalabad reported the following:
The course had earlier been advertised as a Counter-Qadianiat and Counter-Christianity course. Recently the police undertook a major operation at the Chiniot railway station and arrested some of the ‘students’ who had arrived from Sindh posing as participants. Obviously the authorities would not have moved unless they had reliable information that these ‘students’ had come with other motives in mind.
Allama Abdul Rasheed Bilal recently vented his sectarian prejudice, and the daily Islam, Multan published this in its issue of June 19, 2010. The translation is given below:
Qadianis are apostates, heretics and must be killed. Allama Abdur Rasheed Bilal
Mian Nawaz Sharif’s statement calling Qadianis brothers proves his ignorance of Islamic teachings. Interview with the daily Islam
Wasandewali (Special Correspondent): Mirzais are apostates and heretics; their punishment according to the Shariah is death, because they call themselves Muslims, while it is the collective understanding in the Ummah (Muslim community) that one who denies Khatme Nabuwwat is not a Muslim. It is also kufr (infidelity) to ask a proof from the claimant of prophethood. As such Ahmadis could never be brothers to Muslims. Mian Nawaz Sharif’s statement calling Mirzais brothers proves his ignorance of Islamic teachings. He should visit some religious institution or a Khatme Nabuwwat office and seek guidance in Islamic teachings, the dogma of Khatme Nabuwwat and other tenets, for success in this world and the hereafter. Allama Abdur Rasheed Bilal shared these thoughts with daily ‘Islam’ in a sitting. Khalid Mahmood Zia, Hafeez-ur-Rahman, Liaquat Ali, Maulvi Muhammad Sufian, Maulana Umar Farooq Mahar and others were also present.
The freedom enjoyed by sectarian groups and the press to promote bloodshed is indeed impressive. Such reports in the press motivate religious zealots to indulge in suicidal terrorism. And the authorities permit this! This amounts to directly supporting sectarian terrorism.
Qasur; June 14, 2010: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in the mosque Hasan bin Ali (a Deobandi mosque) after the evening prayers. Mullas indulged in highly slanderous language against Ahmadis. This conference was jointly convened by three sects, Deobandi, Barelvi and Ahle Hadith. They announced the formation of a United Khatme Nabuwwat organization.
Such is the level of rabid rhetoric in these conferences, and the state only maintains a record of this, oblivious of the consequences of its inaction.
Faisalabad; June 27, 2010: Those who do not wish to see peace in the country turn to cities like Faisalabad to keep the sectarian and factional fires smoldering in the name of Tahaffuz Namus Rasalat i.e. safeguarding the honor of Prophethood.
The Jamaat Islami took out a big procession in this city on June 27. Approximately 5000 participated. One thousand motorcycles and 600 cars were also there. The Jamaat used its organizational skill to make the event a success. They established small camps in various neighborhoods to urge the people to participate. Transport was arranged to bring people to the site of the rally. Anti-Ahmadi banners were on display. One wonders, what relevance Ahmadiyyat had to the theme of the rally. Syed Munawwar Hasan, the Amir Jamaat Islami addressed the audience. He said:
“It is licit and obligatory to kill enemies of the faith and those who oppose the honor of the Prophet. Implement a boycott of western propaganda and Qadiani beliefs. We will push him out of the country who is against Islam. Expose conspirators who are pro-West; they are Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death). Walk in step with the Amir of Jamaat Islami. We shall accept even death in the way of servitude to the Prophet and love for him. Chop off the heads of those who defile the Prophet (PBUH). God will accept your offer and sacrifice; Islam supports that (course of action). We are the true guardians of Islam. We shall confront the enemies of Islam and the Prophet.”
Opponents of Ahmadiyyat have recently become very active. Hardly a day passes when they do not attempt to disturb peace, or harm Ahmadis. Mullas address open-air meetings and conferences to agitate people against Ahmadis whom they declare to be Wajib-ul-Qatl (must be put to death). They use foul language against the Jamaat, fabricate lies, indulge in slander, and issue hateful pamphlets, posters and stickers. They put up banners at public crossings etc, and the authorities do not remove them. A few sample reports are included below.
The Education Department should take notice of what goes on in Dar Arqam School.
Thereafter these youngsters form the pool from where volunteers can become available for sectarian terrorism.
Musawala, District Sialkot
Kamonkay, district Gujranwala
Kamonkay is not far from Muridkay, a well-known hub of militancy.
Drigh Road, Karachi
Kohlo Tarar, District Hafizabad
Toba Tek Singh
Mullas of the Deobandi mosque also indulged in anti-Ahmadiyya rhetoric and slander. They instigated the people to socially boycott Ahmadis. Deobandi mullas openly used abusive language against the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya community and urged a boycott of Ahmadi students. They also associated Ahmadis with the caricatures on Facebook.
Mirpur Khas, Sindh: The Ahmadis of Mirpur Khas are facing more animosity after the carnage of 28th May in Lahore. Those who are living in rented properties have been told to vacate them by their landlords. Some landlords have already served notices to Ahmadis.
Mr. Siddique Ahmad Bhatti owns a grocery shop in the town. A youth came to his shop in his absence and asked the attendant for the business card. The visitor wrote a figure of 5,000 at the back of the card and came back later to demand that much amount from Mr. Bhatti, who refused to pay. At this he threatened him with grave consequences. Other shopkeepers intervened in favour of Mr. Bhatti; later a Pathan shopkeeper led the visitor away. The brother of that youth has links with the Sipah Sahaba, a banned organization for its terrorist activities.
Chak Sikandar; July 18, 2010: A conference in ‘Memory of the martyrs of Khatme Nabuwwat’ was held here on July 18. It is held annually on 16 July in memory of a youth, Ahmad Khan, who was killed on 16 July 1989 during the anti-Ahmadiyya riots. The fact is that he was killed in a dispute over the distribution of stolen items taken from an Ahmadi’s house. A section of the rioters killed Ahmad Khan and falsely implicated Ahmadis in his murder. This helped them in obtaining the release of some of their colleagues who had been arrested for the murder of Ahmadis.
Thereafter, a shrine was built upon his grave. People from different villages come here every year and participate in this conference and indulge in provocation against Ahmadis. This year the date of the conference was shifted to 18 July because July 16 fell on Friday. It was highly publicized and people were invited to participate in great numbers, through banners and ads.
It is now two months after the attack on Lahore mosques. Important information obtained from different sources is listed below:
|The two terrorists, captured by Ahmadis and delivered to the police, disclosed very important information to the security and intelligence agencies, which led to scores of arrests.|
|Mullas of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction, Ahrar-i-Islam and other groups reacted aggressively to the wave of general sympathy for Ahmadis, and heightened their anti-Ahmadiyya hostility.|
|The Jamaat-i-Islami has threatened anti-Ahmadiyya agitations similar to those of 1953.|
|A doctor (working in a state hospital) who is a former Nazim of Islami Jamiat Talaba, was detained by security agencies. He admitted playing a role in the Lahore attacks.|
|Ahmadi leaders of foreign branches of Jamaat UK, Canada, Norway, Germany, Netherlands and Sweden etc visited Lahore to offer their condolences to the bereaved families and to express solidarity with the Pakistani community.|
|According to a press release from London, Khalifa tul Masih V said in an address in the UK Annual Ahmadiyya Conference, “Those who persecute us had hoped and expected that after the Lahore attacks we would become scared and fearful. But in the wake of that tragedy our true spirit has emerged, that we are not scared of anyone or anything except God Almighty.”|
|Pakistan is in the grip of successive crises like devastating floods, a major air disaster, terrorist attack on Data Darbar, sectarian murders, Wikileaks, spate of target-killings, political instability etc.|
It is rare that those involved in heinous crimes like terrorism get arrested; however, those who are detained, obtain acquittal from courts for inadequate and lax prosecution. For instance:
Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Mushtaq Baig was killed in a suicide attack. The involved accused were set free because of a lack of evidence.
Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010
Hajral Ullah, the accused of attack on the Manawan (police) center acquitted.
The daily Jang; Lahore, June 20, 2010
Religious scholar freed in Swat
The daily News; Lahore, June 30, 2010
The accused involved in the (terrorist) attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team were also released for want of evidence.
Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010
When the Chief Justice Lahore High Court ordered release on bail of Dr. Usman who was accused of attack on the GHQ, there was a roar of slogans in the courtroom: Khawaja Sharif (the CJ) - Zinda Bad; Nawaz Sharif - Zinda Bad; Azad Adalia (Free Judiciary) - Zinda Bad; Tehrik Taliban - Zinda Bad.
Monthly Nia Zamana; June 2010
Man acquitted in (Marriot) hotel attack case
The daily Dawn; Lahore, June 8, 2010
Anti-terrorism court orders release of Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz (in Peshawar)
The daily Jang, Lahore; August 4, 2010
Note: Compare the above to a recent decision by the Additional Session Judge of Mirpur Sindh whereby she sentenced Mr. Tahir Ahmad, Ahmadi to three years’ imprisonment for wearing a T-shirt on which the Kalima (Islamic creed) was written. The authorities prosecuted the victim for 11 years, and won the case.
Three Ahmadis; Mr. Basharat, Mr. Nasir Ahmad and Mr. Muhammad Idrees along with 7 others of Chak Sikandar were arrested in September 2003 on a false charge of murdering a cleric. The police, after due investigation found no evidence against the accused. Yet they faced a ‘complaint trial’ for a crime they did not commit. Based on the unreliable testimony of the two alleged ‘eye-witnesses’ (who were discredited in court), seven of the accused were acquitted, but on the same evidence these three innocent Ahmadis were sentenced to death. They are being held on death row at a prison in Jehlum, while their appeal lies with the Lahore High Court. They are now in the seventh year of their incarceration. Their appeal to the Lahore High Court is registered as Criminal Appeal No. 616/2005 dated 26 April 2005.
Mr. Ejaz Ahmad was arrested on July 2, 2010 in Rabwah while performing security duty. The magistrate denied him bail.