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A chronicle and a critique of the legislative and the judicial events leading to a gradual denial and erosion of religious freedom to Ahmadis in Pakistan. This work is intended to provide an insight into the background of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ahmadis' case.
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Plight of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

Ahmadi Martyrs - Slain in Pakistan for their Faith
April 26, 1984 to April 1999

O ye who believe, seek the help of Allah through steadfastness and prayer; surely, Allah is with the steadfast. Say not of those who are killed in the cause of Allah they are dead; they are not dead but alive; only you perceive it not. We will surely try you with somewhat of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and fruits; then give glad tidings to the steadfast, who when a misfortune overtakes them do not lose heart, but say: Surely, to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return. (Quran, Chapter 2: 154-157)

After promulgation of the notorious Ordinance, mullas had a free hand to preach violence against Ahmadis. They openly preach that to kill an Ahmadi is an act of great merit and it brings Divine reward. The official view of the State was expressed by the Deputy Attorney General to the Federal Shariat Court in these words: Death is the penalty of 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. (UN DOC E/CN.4/1986/SR.30 at p. I5). In this situation, mullas and villains planned and struck at will. Ahmadis were murdered only for their faith, often by hired assassins whom they did not even know. At occasions, murders were committed for personal reasons, knowing that authorities would not follow up murder of an Ahmadi. It was a rare occasion that an assassin was apprehended by the police. None was ever hanged for killing an Ahmadi. Mr. Nazir Ahmad, Ahmadi, was abducted and hacked to death by a gang of five on October 27, 1997 at Dhoneki, Wazirabad. The police apprehended the murderers and they admitted to the press that they had killed the Qadiani and were proud of their act. A few months later, the court found them ‘Not Guilty’ of murder and set them free.

Hereunder, a brief mention is made of those who were slain only or primarily for their faith. Those who were murdered from April 1984 to July 1989, are not mentioned here as they were mentioned in the 1989 Publication (Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and their Response).

MR. ABDUL QUDDOOS, Murdered on: 28 September 1989 At: Nawab Shah

Mr Quddoos practiced medicine. When he was returning from a visit to a patient, he was intercepted by a gang of three who shot him dead at close range.

Mr NASEER ALAVI, Murdered on: 16/17 November 1990 At: Daur, district Nawab Shah

Mr Alavi was an Ahmadi full of faith and zeal. Extremists threatened him with murder. These were no empty threats. They shot him dead at night at his home.

RANA RIAZ AHMAD, Murdered on: 5 February 1994 At: Lahore

Ten gangsters arrived in the afternoon of February 2, and tried to abduct Rana Abdus Sattar, father of the martyr. Rana Riaz intervened to rescue his father, but the attackers opened fire. He was hit in the head. Three days later, he died in the hospital.

MR SALEEM AHMAD PAL, Murdered on: 10 Noember 1994 At: Karachi

An anti-Ahmadiyya agitation erupted in Manzur Colony. Earlier they had murdered an Ahmadi there. A fortnight later they went for Mr Pal, and shot him dead when he was proceeding to the mosque for evening prayers after closing his store for the day. He received five bullet injuries.

MR RIAZ AHMAD, Murdered on: 9 April 1995 At: Shabqadar, district Mardan

Chaudhry Riaz Ahmad was present at the courts' premises to stand bail for another Ahmadi, when a violent mob attacked him in the presence of police. They stoned him to death, and dragged his dead body in the streets. The police just watched.

MR. ATIQ AHMAD BAJWA, Murdered on: 19 June 1997 At: Vehari

Mr. Bajwa, was driving to his farm outside Vehari, when a pillion rider stopped his vehicle and shot him dead. Mr. Bajwah, who was ex-Amir of district Vehari, had 17 bullet wounds on his body.

MR. MUZAFFAR AHMAD SHARMA, Murdered on: 12 December 1997 At: Shikarpur

Mr. Sharma was escorting a visiting family to the railway station when a motor cyclist shot him from behind. He fell down and was removed to the hospital where he died. Mr. Sharma was acting as the Regional Amir at the time.

SAHIBZADA MIRZA GHULAM QADIR AHMAD, Murdered on: 14 April 1999 At: Rabwah/Chiniot bridge

The Sahibzada was abducted from his farm by four ‘proclaimed offenders’ of the extremist Lashkare Jhangvi group who had made a heinous plan. When at the bridge, they got stuck in a traffic jam. The victim struggled to be free, but they shot him. He was rushed to the hospital where he died. He was highly qualified in computer science and had dedicated his life to the service of the Jamaat. He was 37. He left behind a widow and four children.

Murdered on: 4 August 1998
At: Vehari

Malik Naseer arrived at the mosque to offer his Morning Prayer. When he got out of his car, he was shot dead by an extremist.

Murdered on: 19 December 1994
At: Anwarabad, district Larkana

A few men dressed as paramilitary Rangers arrived and told Mr. Abro to accompany them to their Major. Having traveled some distance on the jeep, the anarchists opened fire at Mr. Abro and his accompanying son. Mr. Anwar Abro died on the spot while the son, Mr. Zahur Ahmad was seriously injured.

MIAN MUHAMMAD SADIQ, Murdered on: 8 November 1996 At: Chak Chattha

Mian Sadiq was a devoted Ahmadi. The opponents decided to eliminate him. On a Friday, at about 11 a.m. when Mian Sadiq was proceeding to Chak Chattha to offer his prayers, he was shot dead.

PROFESSOR DR NASIM BABAR, Murdered on: 9 October 1994 At: Islamabad

Professor Babar was residing in the residential area of the QA University at Islamabad. Someone rang the door bell at about 10.15 p.m. When Dr Babar opened the door, the assassin killed him with a burst of klashinkof. His brutal murder was widely condemned by the intelligensia. Dr Babar was well known as a research scientist.

MR ABDUR RAHMAN BAJWA, Murdered on: 28 October 1994 At: Manzur Colony, Karachi

Anti-Ahmadiyya extremists stopped him in the street and fired eight bullets at him. Mr. Bajwa died on the spot. He was a member of the local Executive Committee of the Jamaat.

MR NAZIR AHMAD, Murdered on: 27 October 1997 At: Dhoneki, district Gujranwala

Mr Nazir was a medical practitioner. At about 10.45 p.m. when he was attending to a patient, four armed extremists entered his clinic and took him away forcibly. Three days later, his dead body was recovered from a nearby watercourse. He had been shot dead and then hacked to pieces. Murderers were arrested subsequently and they proudly confessed to a journalist of committing the murder. A few months later, the court declared them 'Not guilty' and set them free.

Murdered on: 1 December 1998
At: Wazirabad

Malik Ejaz was at his cement store when at about 0930 hrs. an activist of the Khatame Nabuwwat came and shot him with a pistol. Malik Ejaz was rushed to the hospital where he expired. He was a secretary of the Wazirabad Jamaat.

MR. AYUB AZAM, Murdered on: 7 July 1998 At: Wah Cantt

Mr. Azam was walking home at about 8.30 p.m. when three persons approached him and asked his name and if he was an Ahmadi. Having established his identity, they shot him twice and ran away. Mr. Azam was rushed to the hospital where he expired a few minutes later.

MR. NAZIR AHMAD BUGGIO, Murdered on: 10 October 1998 At: Nawab Shah

Someone knocked at his door at dawn. Mr. Buggio opened the door to find a bearded man who shot him twice through the chest and fled. Mr. Buggio died a few moments later.

Murdered on: 2 August 1989
At: Qazi Ahmad, Nawab Shah

Dr Qadeer was at his clinic when at about 4 p.m. an unknown person came and shot him dead on the spot.

Murdered on: 16 December 1992
At: Jalhan, district Gujranwala

Mr. Ashraf joined Ahmadiyyat in 1984. He was a good and a hospitable man. Two strangers contacted him and got him to agree to an overnight stay. At night, they shot him dead, and escaped.

Murdered on: 5/6 February 1994
At: Lahore

Mr. Khan was a grandson of Ch Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, ex-President & Judge of the International Court and President of the 17th Session of the UN General Assembly. He was found murdered at his residence of which the door was found locked from outside.

Murdered on: 30 August 1994
At: Faisalabad

A gang opened fire at a small group of Ahmadis. He was one of the two Ahmadis killed.

Murdered on: 30 August 1994
At: Faisalabad

A gang opened fire at a small group of Ahmadis. He was one of the two Ahmadis killed.

Murdered on: 31 October 1994
At: Larkana

Mr. Dilshad joined Ahmadiyyat in July 1993. His conversion annoyed the opponents who shot him in the back in the afternoon when he was proceeding home. He was taken to a hospital where he breathed his last.

Murdered on: 17 January 1990
At: Sheikhupura

Mr. Khokhar was a practicing Ahmadi. He received death threat by letter on October 20, 1989, Three months later, when he was cycling back home from the courts, he was attacked and slain by two persons with knives.

Died on: 3 May 1995
At: Shikarpur

Mr. Sharma, a well-known Ahmadi was attacked with clubs and axes. He was left behind as dead. However, he survived with severe wounds on his body. He was treated at various places but his internal head wounds and the leg never recovered. He died of these afflictions eventually on May 3, 1995.

From the Archives
Eight Ahmadis Booked & Arrested, Bails Rejected; Ahmadiyya Mosque Sealed By Authorities
Chak 32 South District Sargodha 1 January 1997: A few Ahmadis were repairing the Ahmadiyya Mosque of Chak 32 South, District Sargodha. The opponents filed a case against eight of them under sections 506 & 298-C PPC.

Ahmadis were accused of building ‘Mehrab’ in their place of worship which resembled Islamic mosques, and of preaching their faith. The complainants demanded that Ahmadis be prosecuted under 295-A, 298-C & 506 PPC. The police, after investigations, reported that there were grounds to prosecute Ahmadis under 298-C & 506 PPC. Two of them were arrested by the police on 2 January 1997. Interim bail was secured on 4 January, for four Ahmadis. The date of 12 January 1997 was given for confirmation of temporary bail of six Ahmadis, however it was rejected by the Session Court. They were also placed behind bars, and on 22 January they were released after the magistrate granted them bail. Two Ahmadis arrested earlier were granted bail on 13 January after staying two weeks in prison.

Ahmadiyya mosque of the village was sealed by authorities under orders of Magistrate Liaqat Ali Chatha.

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