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Plight of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

Anti-Ahmadiyya Commitment of the Pakistani Establishment since 1984

Top political and religious leadership, motivated by selfish and personal reasons, has never made secret of their commitment to the anti-Ahmadiyya policy. In this drive, they have pressed into service other pillars of the State e.g. the judiciary, press, administration etc. Hereunder, we quote some extracts on record to support this

An Ahmadiyya mosque destroyed, with the connivance of authorities, at Mardan NWFP. The police arrested all the Ahmadi worshippers who had come there to pray on Eid festival.
We will Insha Allah (God willing) persevere in our efforts to ensure that the cancer of Qadianism is exterminated.
General Zia, President of Pakistan;
Message for the International Khatme Nabuwwat Conference, London;
4 August 1985: reprinted in 132 CONG. REC. E2458 July 17, 1986
Ahmadis offend me because they consider themselves Muslims…… Ordinance XX may violate Human Rights but I don't care.
Attributed to General Zia, by Dr. Parker of Humanitarian Law Project (NGO at United Nations) in her Commentary published at California, USA: December 1993
Government of Pakistan has taken various measures to deal with this problem (Ahmadiyya issue). I hope that the whole Muslim world will take similar steps to crush this curse with full force.
Mr. Junejo, the Prime Minister; Daily Nawai-Waqt, Karachi, 28 November 1985
In case a Muslim should join Ahmadiyya Community, such a person shall be an ‘apostate’ liable to suffer mandatory sentence of death.
Islamic Ideology Council’s advice to the Federal Government, in its Letter dated 10 November 1981
All those who renounce Islam should be forthwith dismissed from (government) Service.
Annual Report (1983-84) of the Islamic Ideology Council
Anyone who makes a claim of prophethood in any form and shape is a liar……and an Islamic Government… is (duty) bound to order that either he should enter the fold of Islam or he be killed.
Dr Mujeeb-ur-Rehman’s broadcast on official Pakistan Television on 16 November 1986
Only 12 Ahmadis were given appointments, as clerks and peons only, during 13 years period commencing from July 1977 to the end of November 1989.
Reply to a Question, in the Punjab Assembly by the Chic/Minister
Benazir has stated: “Qadianis were declared non-Muslim in my father's rule; how could I undo the great service my father did for Islam? My government will not give any concession to Qadianis.”
Ms Benazir, Prime Minister; quoted by Maulvi Deenpuri, Advisor to the Federal Government - Daily Jasarat, Karachi, 9 January 1989
On the Muslim festival of Eid, over 100 Ahmadis who gathered at the community’s place of worship in Mardan were taken into police custody after which their place of worship was demolished by a group of local people.
Amnesty International-1987 Report; page 257
The President’s Message was read out by Maulana Manzoor A Chinioti at the Anti-Ahmadiyya Khatme Nabuwwat (Finality of Prophethood) Seminar, held at London.
Press Report; The Daily Nawa i Waqt, Lahore, 11 August 1998
Surveillance of Qadianis Intensified all over the Country — Collection of Personal Data of Qadiani Government Officials Underway — Covert Monitoring of Qadiani Educational Institutions in Progress
Press Report headlines; The Daily Din, Lahore, 14 August 1998
It is Essential to Resist Qadianis in Every way.
Raja Zafrul Haq, Federal Minister for Religions Affairs: The Daily Jang, Lahore, 5 September 1997
Are Qadianis liable to be prosecuted under PPC 295-C (The Blasphemy Law) for calling themselves Muslim?
Important legal issue raised before the High Court. A Larger Bench will hear the Petition.
Lahore High Court: Reported in The Daily Nawai Waqt, 20 June 1988
Till such time that punishment of death for apostasy is not imposed, the evil of Qadianism cannot be uprooted.
Dr. Asrar Ahmad, religious mentor of Mian Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister: The Daily Din, 18 July 1998
Death is the penalty for those who do not believe in the finality of prophethood, and in Islamic countries it is a heinous crime. It is not necessary that the Government should take action, but on the contrary any Muslim can take the law in his own hands.
Deputy Attorney General (of Pakistan) in the Federal Shariat Court.
UNDOC E/CN. 4/1986/SR. 30 at P. 15
If by exposing the faiths and belief of the Qadiani Community hatred is created against them among the Muslims of this country, it is so much the better, because it will be instrumental in preventing the fitna (mischief).
The Advocate General of Punjab - before the Lahore High Court
Qadianis are Liable to Death sentence for putting on a Kalima badge.
Mr Nazir Ahmad Ghazi, Additional Advocate General of Punjab - to the Lahore High Court: The Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore, April 2, 1990

From the Archives
The Head of the Pakistani Ahmadiyya Community and Three Others Arrested in a False Case
Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Chief Executive of the Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan, and Lt. Colonel (Retd) Ayaz Mahmud Khan, the General President of the Ahmadiyya Community of Rabwah alongwith Messers Muhammad Hussain and Muhammad Akbar were refused Bail before Arrest in a false religious accusation, and were arrested at Chiniot on April 30, 1999. Later, they were shifted to the District Jail Jhang. Their plea of Bail after Arrest was heard by Magistrate Khawja Zafar Iqbal on May 4, 1999 at Chiniot and was rejected. Now an appeal against this decision has been made with the Additional Session Judge. The Court has notified May 6 as the next date of hearing. In the meantime, the accused remain in prison.

The background of this case would be of interest although it is bizarre and evil. A few weeks ago, a Resolution was moved in the Punjab Assembly to change the name of Rabwah town that has its identity internationally recognized as the headquarters town of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat. At the wish of the ‘movers’ of the Resolution, the town was renamed Nawan Qadian. Thereafter they realized that the new name might not sufficiently hurt the ‘Qadianis’, so they agitated again to further change the name. Accordingly, the town was given another new name, Chanab Nagar. Even then, the Ahmadiyya Community did not react fiercely to this outrage. The anti-Ahmadiyya lobby, dismayed at the lack of reaction, contrived another plan to stoke the fire. They arranged someone to efface with black paint the newly written nameplates of Chanab Nagar. Having done so, one of them who is facing numerous charges and investigations by the police, got registered a criminal case under MPO 16 against Lt. Colonel (Retd) Ayaz Mahmood Khan, the General President of the Ahmadiyya Community, Rabwah on the grounds that the paint brush must have been applied at his instructions.

The next day, Maulvi Ilyas, a son of Maulvi Manzoor Chinioti, the mulla MPA from Chiniot, got registered another case with the police that one of the over-painted signboards carried two verses of the Quran. Accordingly, another case under PPC 295 B was registered against the Chief Executive and the General President on grounds that the act must have happened under their orders (Copy of FIR and its English translation is enclosed). It is pertinent to mention that the FIR and the complaint made no mention of those who used the brush nor any witnesses were indicated. The High Court was immediately moved by the accused to grant ‘Bail before Arrest’. The High Court granted it provisionally and directed them to approach the Session Judge at Jhang. The Session Judge passed the case on to the Additional Session Judge, Jhang who in turn referred it over to the ASJ, Chiniot. Chiniot happens to be the constituency of Mulla Manzoor Chinioti MPA. This town is a hub of anti-Ahmadiyya agitation. Here, Mullas try to influence court decisions through processions and crowds. Ahmadis lawyers have been subjected to assault in the past. It was under these circumstances that a plea for confirmation of bail for the accused was moved. The result was no different than expected. The bail was refused by the Additional Session Judge, Mr Rao Sultan Ali Tahir; and Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Head of Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan and Lt. Col. Ayaz and the other two accused were arrested. Later they were shifted to the District Jail Jhang.

On May 4, 1999 Khawja Zafar Iqbal, Magistrate heard the plea of Bail after the Arrest. A dozen of mullas were present at the occasion. Beside other points, the defense took also the plea that Maulvi Manzoor Chinioti is a virulent opponent of the Ahmadiyya Community and is a habitual liar on record. The prosecution advocate stated that the past was no longer relevant and the present case was important in the sense that it would set the pace and tone of future legislation.

The charge under PPC 295 B invites imprisonment for life. Human Rights situation has taken a grave turn for Ahmadis in this country.

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