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In this book, the author deals with an issue that has lamentably marked humankind's religious history. Relying on a wide range of interviews he conducted throughtout Pakistan, Antonio R. Gualtieri relates the tragic experience of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Their right to define themselves as Muslims has been denied by the Govt. of Pakistan acting in collusion with orthodox Islamic teachers. Ahmadis have been beaten and murdered. They have been jailed, hounded from jobs and schools, their mosques sealed or vandalized, for professing to be Muslims and following Islamic practices. This book records their testimony of Harassment and persecution resulting from their loyalty to their understanding of God and HIS revelation.
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Home Facts & Figures Chronology of Important Events
Chronology of Important Events
(Relevant to the Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan)
This chronology provides events till December 2008.
Feb 13, 1835 - 
May 26, 1908
The Promised Messiah (Peace be on him)
Apr 23, 1889
First Bai`at. Ahmadiyya Jamaat founded
Dec. 1891
First Jalsa Salana (Annual Ahmadiyya Convention)
Aug. 1897
A fabricated ‘attempted murder’ charge by Padri Martin Clark against the Promised Messiah. Case dismissed as false by Captain William M. Douglas, the Deputy Commissioner.
June 20, 1901
Martyrdom of Hadrat Maulvi Abdur Rahman, Ahmadi in Afghanistan
July 14, 1903
Martyrdom of Hadrat Sahibzada Syed Abdul Latif in Kabul by stoning to death in the presence of the king and his court
May 27, 1908
Hadrat Hakim Maulvi Nur-ud-Din elected Khalifatul Masih I
Mar 13, 1914
Khalifatul Masih I passed away
Mar 14, 1914
Hadrat Mirza Bashir-ud-Din Mahmud Ahmad elected Khalifatul Masih II
Aug. 31, 1924
Martyrdom of Hadrat Maulvi Nematulla, Ahmadi in Afghanistan
July 25, 1931
Khalifatul Masih II elected President of All India Kashmir Committee
1931
Chaudhry Muhammad Zafrulla Khan presided over All India Muslim League Session
1934
Powerful agitation by Ahrar against Jama`at Ahmadiyya in India
Nov 23, 1934
Tehrik Jadid established to accelerate propagation of Islam in all parts of the world
Aug 11, 1947
Mr. Jinnah’s famous speech in the Constituent Assembly that a Pakistani’s religion would have nothing to do with the business of the state.
August 1947
Independence of India, and creation of Pakistan
Aug 31, 1947
Khalifatul Masih II migrated from Qadian to Lahore
April 1948
Rabwah — new headquarters of Ahmadiyya community founded
Aug 19, 1948
Major Dr Mahmood Ahmed is lynched by a mob led by mullas at Quetta. Those responsible were not punished.
Dec. 10, 1948
UN adopts and proclaims Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Mar. 12, 1949
Objectives Resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly of Pakistan
1950
Ahmadis were murdered for their faith at Charsaddah, Okara, Rawalpindi and Mansehra
1952/53
Ahrar agitation against Jama`at Ahmadiyya in western Pakistan
March/April 1953
Extensive anti-Ahmadiyya riots in the Punjab. Ahmadis murdered at Lahore, the provincial capital. Large scale loot, arson and harassment all over the province.
Mar. 10, 1954
Murderous assault on Khalifatul Masih II at Rabwah
Apr. 10, 1954
Report of the Court of Inquiry issued on Punjab Disturbances of 1953
Mar 23, 1956
First Constitution of Pakistan
Mar. 27, 1958
General Ayub, the army chief took over as President of Pakistan
1962
Ayub’s Constitution
Sep. 1965
Indo-Pakistan War
Nov. 08, 1965
Hadrat Khalifatul Masih II passed away; Hadrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad elected Khalifatul Masih III.
Dec. 16, 1966
UN adapted ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights); Pakistan is not signatory
Mar. 25, 1969 -
Dec. 21, 1971
Ayub deposed; General Yahya Khan’s Martial Law
December 1971
India - Pakistan War. Bangla Desh established.
Dec. 21, 1971 -
July 05, 1977
Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto in power
1972
Ahmadiyya schools and colleges nationalized
Apr. 12, 1973
The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan
May 30 till
October 1974
Anti-Ahmadiyya riots and agitation all over the country that resulted in killings, assaults, loot, arson, attack on mosques, arrests of victims by the police, disinterment, social boycott etc on large scale. 13 Ahmadis were killed at Gujranwala alone.
Sep 07, 1974
Second Amendment to the Constitution declares Ahmadis as Not-Muslims for the purpose of the Constitution and law.
Oct 05, 1974
Anti-Ahmadi riots in Sargodha. Throughout the day rioters indulged in destruction, loot, arson, assaults etc. Hanif Ramay, the chief minister was present in the city. He inspected the damage in the evening.
1975
Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe
July 05, 1977 -
Aug. 17, 1988
Z. A. Bhutto overthrown; General Zia in power.
1978
American Convention on Human Rights
1978
Separate Electorates, on the basis of religion, instituted by Zia. Ahmadis may participate only as non-Muslims and are disallowed to vote for general candidates. They were thereby excluded entirely from national politics at all levels including the local councils.
1979
Dr Abdus Salam, an Ahmadi awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
Apr 04, 1979
Bhutto hanged at 02:04 at the age of 51 years 3 months
1980
Federal Shariat Court set up
1980’s
Periodical murders of Ahmadis only for their faith, in Sindh
1980
Religion column introduced in Pakistani passport. An applicant claiming to be a Muslim had to declare his faith in the End of Prophethood, and also deny the claim of the founder of Ahmadiyyat. In addition he had to declare, “I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani to be an imposter nabi.”
Nov 10, 1981
Islamic Ideology Council advised the Federal Government that a Muslim joining Ahmadiyya Community should suffer mandatory punishment of death for apostasy
Nov 25, 1981
UN adopts Declaration on the Elimination of All forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Belief
1981
The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights
June 09, 1982
Demise of Hadrat Khalifatul Masih III
June 10, 1982
Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad elected Khalifatul Masih IV
1982
PPC 295-B added to the Penal Code; imprisonment for life prescribed for defiling the Holy Qur’an.
1983/1984
1983-84 Report of the Islamic Ideology Council recommended that all those who renounce Islam should be dismissed forthwith from government service.
Apr 26, 1984
Anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX promulgated by Zia. Sections 298-B and 298-C added to the Penal Code. The Ordinance severely restricted Ahmadis’ freedom of religion, and prescribed imprisonment and fine for its violation.
Apr 30, 1984
Khalifatul Masih IV departed from Pakistan to the United Kingdom for being unable to perform here his functions as the Supreme Head of the Community
Dec 12, 1984
Sahiwal Mosque case. Messrs. Naimuddin and Ilyas Munir were later sentenced to death, while four others were given life imprisonment by a martial law court.
December 1984
Permission not granted to hold the traditional Annual Ahmadiyya Conference at Rabwah. It has been withheld ever since in Pakistan. Annual rallies (Ijtema`s) of auxiliary organizations have been denied likewise.
December 1984
Ahmadiyya daily Al-Fazl is ordered to close down publication. The restriction remained in force for four years. Other periodicals also faced restrictions. At one stage the editor of Al-Fazl was implicated in 40 cases, while the printer was booked in 92 cases. Ahmadiyya periodicals are not allowed to use terms like Amen, Inshallah etc.
February 1985
Forty-one Ahmadis arrested from their Drigh Rd mosque in Karachi; Raja Nasir Ahmad, the community president was also arrested.
Mar 23, 1985 -
May 29, 1988
Mr. Junejo as Prime Minister
Feb - May 1985
Scores of Ahmadis arrested often daily in Kunri and Tharparker, for showing adherence to the Kalima, (Islamic creed). (Ghaus Ali Shah was C. M. in Sindh)
May 23, 1985
Declaration of the Ahmadiyya Daily Alfazal cancelled; its press sealed by authorities (Chief Minister - Mian Nawaz Sharif)
Aug 4-6, 1985
Statement by Gen. Zia, the President: “We will Inshallah persevere in our effort to ensure that the cancer of Qadianism is exterminated”. Three thousand five hundred Ahmadis booked under the notorious Ordinance XX till end of 2006. In addition, the entire Ahmadi population of Rabwah was charged in 1989.
Aug 27, 1985
Report by the UN Sub-Committee on prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in its 38th Session. Resolution 1985/21 (Ahmadi/Pakistan specific)
Sep 09, 1985
Mohammad Idrees, an Ahmadi tailor at Peshawar was arrested for displaying the Islamic creed in his shop. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined Rs. 10000/-.
Nov 28, 1985
“Government of Pakistan has taken various measures to deal with this problem (the Ahmadiyya issue). I hope that the whole Muslim world will take similar steps to crush this curse with full force” , said Mr. Junejo.
Dec 30, 1985
Ordinance XX incorporated and Separate Electorate introduced through the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
Objectives Resolution made a substantive part of the Constitution through the insertion of Art. 2 A and modified by dropping the word “freely” from “to profess and practice religion…”.
Dec 30, 1985
Martial Law lifted
January 1986
Thousands of police and paramilitary force assemble to enforce exhumation of a deceased Ahmadi, Sardar Amir Muhammad Qaisrani, to comply with clerics’ demand. Since the promulgation of Ordinance XX twenty-six Ahmadi dead have been exhumed after their burial (till 2006).
March 1986
26 Ahmadis arrested at Sargodha in Kalima case
Mar 03, 1986
Martial Law court awarded Death sentence to Messrs Qureshi Rafi Ahmad and Nasir Ahmad, Ahmadis, in the Sukkur Case.
May 1986
Federal Government received updated lists from the provincial governments of all Ahmadis who held key posts in the Government. (Key post not defined)
May 09, 1986
A mob attacked the Ahmadiyya mosque at Quetta. The police did not disperse them. The Deputy Commissioner had the mosque sealed and arrested all the Ahmadis present.
Aug 17, 1986
All Ahmadi men offering Eid prayers at their mosque in Mardan arrested by the police. Mob led by mullas attacked the mosque, set fire to it and destroyed it completely (Arbab Jehangir was the Chief Minister). Since the promulgation of Ordinance XX twenty Ahmadiyya mosques were destroyed till 31. 12. 2006.
Oct 05, 1986
Committee established by the NWFP Assembly to look into the appointment of Ahmadis to high posts in the province
July 17, 1986
Congressman Tony P Hall introduced Resolution 370 concerning the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, in the House of Representatives of the United States
Oct 05, 1986
Blasphemy law promulgated. Section 295C added to PPC. Death Penalty or life Imprisonment for defiling the name of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). By the end of 2006, two hundred and twenty nine Ahmadis were falsely implicated under this law on fabricated accusations.
1987
The International Commission of Jurists report on Ahmadis’ situation in Pakistan in ‘Pakistan: Human Rights after Martial Law’
January 1987
Report by Karen Parker of Human Rights Advocates Inc. (an NGO at the UN) on Ahmadis in Pakistan
Aug 17, 1988
Zia perished in a plane crash
Dec 02, 1988 -
Aug 06, 90
Benazir Bhutto as the Prime Minister (first time)
Mar 21, 1989
District Magistrate Jhang banned Centenary celebrations in Rabwah, including distribution of sweets and service of food. Rabwah is targeted for years by the state and clerics, and remains vulnerable in many ways.
1989
Concluding Document of the Vienna Meeting of States of CSCE (Europe)
1989
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Apr 12, 1989
Nankana anti-Ahmadi riots. (Mr. Nawaz Sharif was the Chief Minister)
Apr 23, 1989
Cabinet Secretariat directs all Ministries and Divisions to provide information on all Ahmadis working in the government.
July 16, 1989
Chak Sikandar anti-Ahmadi riots
July 31, 1989
Pakistan Air Force accuses an Ahmadi, Cpl. Tech. Mubashir Ahmad of apostasy, and dismisses him declaring him ineligible for any other state service in Pakistan. Numerous Ahmadis have suffered this fate since 1984.
Nov 10, 1989
Berlin Wall demolished
July 1989
The book ‘Persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and Their Response’ published in the UK
Oct 29, 1989
An Ahmadi, Rana Karamatullah is sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at Mansehrah for greeting a Muslim with Salamo-Alaikum
Dec 15, 1989
Entire Ahmadi population of Rabwah cited as accused in an FIR (NR 367) of PS Rabwah, under PPC 298C
1990
Document of the Copenhagen Meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension of CSCE (Europe)
Jan 28, 1990
Engineer Mahmood Ahmad Shams sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment by Magistrate M.H. Baloch for offering prayers like a Muslim
Mar 20, 1990
Nasir-ud-Din, an Ahmadi student at the Engineering University, Lahore is murdered in the hostel lawn by the goons of Islami Jami`at Talabah. Ahmadi students have faced great difficulties at campuses and hostels for years. Ahmadi members of faculties have also suffered persecution in many ways.
May 21, 1990
Assistant Director Education of Faisalabad Division issued instructions forbidding Ahmadi students the study of the Holy Qur’an and undertaking Islamic Studies as a subject
July 20, 1990
Mr. Shakoor (Bhai) was sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment by Magistrate for wearing a ring with Quranic verse that meant, “Is God not sufficient for His servant?”
Aug 06, 1990 -
Nov 06, 1990
G.M. Jatoi as the Caretaker Prime Minister
Nov 11, 1990 -
Apr/July 18, 1993
Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister (first time)
Jan 15, 1991
US and Allies at war against Iraq
May 09, 1991
The Advocate General of the Punjab, Maqbul Ilahi Malik conveyed to the Lahore High Court the official position that: “It is an offence for a Qadiani to impart the teaching of Qadianism to his own children. … When a Qadiani repeats the writings of Mirza Qadiani, it is an offence under Section 295-C, the penalty under which is death.”
1991
Authorities banned the book ‘A Man of God’ written by lain Adamson, a British writer, on the life of Hadrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the Khalifa-tul-Masih IV
1991
Khalifatul Masih IV attended the 100th Jalsa Salana at Qadian, India
Dec 05, 1991
Messrs Khan Muhammad and Rafiq Ahmad Naeem, Ahmadis of D G Khan were arrested for translating the Holy Qur’an in Seraiki. They were charged under the dreaded Blasphemy laws. They were not granted bail till they approached the Supreme Court and had stayed behind bars for months.
1992
In Section PPC 295C, the words ‘imprisonment for life’ deleted by Federal Shariat Court.
July 27, 1992
The police registered a case under Ahmadi-specific law against Mr. Muhammad Sadiq of District Lodhran on report that his name was Islamic, which hurt the feelings of the Muslims complainant.
Aug 05, 1992
Mr. Nasir Ahmad of Nankana was arrested for using Islamic greetings and epithets on the wedding invitation card of his daughter, on May 15, 1992 (Ghulam Haider Whyne the Chief Minister). Judge Nazir Akhtar of Lahore High Court rejected his application for bail and wrote that the accused had thus violated the Blasphemy law.
December 1993
A Commentary by Karen Parker of Humanitarian Law Project on the ‘Ahmadi Case at the Supreme Court’
1993
Pakistan Supreme Court ruling upholds Ordinance XX (Zaheeruddin Vs State Case)
The apex court also ruled that: “when an Ahmadi or Ahmadis display in public, on a placard, a badge, or a poster, or write on walls, or ceremonial gates or buntings, the Kalima (Islamic creed) or chant other Shaare Islam, it would amount to defiling the name of the Holy Prophet (Pbuh).”
July 20, 1993
General Comment No.22 adopted by the UN Human Rights Committee (ICCPR)
July 18, 1993 -
Oct 19, 1993
Mr. Moin Qureshi as the Caretaker Prime Minister
Oct 19, 1993 -
Nov 05, 1996
Ms. Benazir Bhutto as the Prime Minister (second time)
Feb 10, 1994
Magistrate forbids Ahmadis to hold sports event at Rabwah. Tournaments etc have not been allowed ever since.
1994
Ahmadis of Data, District Mansehrah suffer social boycott, intimidation, attack on graveyard, and threats of murder. The administration booked and detained Ahmadis. Such societal and administrative maltreatment was dispensed to Ahmadis at numerous locations in the country over the years.
1995
‘Islamic’ military coup attempt quashed
Apr 09, 1995
Ch. Riaz Ahmad and Dr. Rashid Ahmad are attacked by a mob, in police presence, at the courts premises of Shab Qadr (NWFP). Riaz is stoned to death, his dead body stripped and dragged through the streets by rope. Dr. Rashid, with serious injuries is taken to hospital. No arrests were made, however the police booked the Ahmadi convert whom the two Ahmadis had come to provide support (Aftab Sherpao was the Chief Minister). Eighty three Ahmadis murdered for their faith from April 1984 to 31. 12. 2006.
1995
Comment on the anti-Ahmadiyya Ordinance XX by Charles Kennedy and R. B. Rais in ‘Pakistan: 1995’ published in the U.S. by Westview Press Inc.
Jan 10, 1995
Hafiz Suhail, an Ahmadi student of a Dental College was beaten up by other students for availing 20 marks for admission eligibility as a Hafiz of the Qur’an. The principal referred the case to the Ministry that ruled that the marks were available only to Muslim applicants. That was the end of his Dental studies.
July 01, 1995
Nazeer Ahmad, Ahmadi is expelled from District Loralai by the Order of District Magistrate, in response to mullas’ demand. Many such expulsions took place in Baluchistan (Zulfiquar Magsi was the Chief Minister).
Nov 17, 1996
A Sessions Judge rejected bail application of Mr. Iqbal Ahmad who had been charged under the Hudood Ordinance for allegedly committing adultery with his own wife because she was a non-Ahmadi. Iqbal remained incarcerated.
Feb 17, 1997 -
Oct 12, 1999
Mr. Nawaz Sharif took over as Prime Minister (second time)
Feb 24, 1997
In a press article, Senator Tarar (later President) opposed the appointment of any Ahmadi as judge of a High Court and argued: “As there are only 4088 registered Qadiani voters in the Punjab, for each Qadiani judge the Muslims should have 7008 judges at the Lahore High Court.” To conclude, he threatened Her cheh bada bad (i.e. let the hell let loose).
June 19, 1997
Mr. Atiq Bajwa, a former president of the Vehari Community was murdered. 18 bullet wounds were found on his body.
1997
Anti-terrorism Act promulgated. Mr. Ghulam Mustafa of D G Khan was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment under this law for saying that the advent of Imam Mahdi had taken place. Many Ahmadis were dishonestly subjected to its provisions under PPC 295-A for accusations that were not even remotely concerned with terrorism.
Sep 03, 1997
Mulla Hamadi got Complaint No. 4 of 1997 registered with Civil Judge, Tando Adam against Khalifatul Masih IV and Mr. Kanwar Idrees for the former writing a letter to the latter wherein Divine blessings were invoked for the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The mulla demanded trial under the blasphemy clauses. Later, a senior judge ruled that prima facie case existed to justify a trial (Liaquat Jatoi was the Chief Minister). Hadrat Khalifatul Masih IV was implicated by the state in 16 other such spurious cases based on religion.
Sep 05, 1997
Raja Zafarul Haq, federal minister of religious affairs told a visiting delegation of mullas: “Qadianis are enemies of both Pakistan and Islam; they are worse than Jews.”
Dec 02, 1997
Three Ahmadis of Sheikhupura sentenced to imprisonment for life, after nine years of prosecution on false charge of Blasphemy. A higher court, later found them innocent.
1998
International Religion Freedom Act of 1998 passed in the US
Mar 07, 1998
The daily Pakistan reported President Tarar’s reception of the Khatme Nabuwwat Movement’s delegation led by Maulvi Hafeez Makki. Members included Maulvi Chinioti and some delegates from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Apr 21, 1998
Mr. Waheed Ahmad of Golarchi sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by an anti-terrorist court for allegedly filling incorrectly the Census Data Form of a supplicant.
June 1998
Authorities proceeded to forcibly root up the Ahmadiyya center in Swat. The administration, police, the mulla, the so-called Khidmat Committee and the yellow press carried out a co-ordinated attack on Ahmadiyya presence in the area, and did extensive damage.
Aug 12-15, 1998
Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Aug 26, 1998
A mob 1000 strong attacked the Ahmadiyya mosque at Naukot and destroyed it. The police arrested 15 defendants, charged 17 under the Blasphemy law and referred them to the Anti-terrorism court. None of the attackers was detained.
1998
Nawaz Sharif proposed 15th Amendment — to enforce Sharia
Nov 27, 1998
Maulvi Manzoor Chinioti disclosed that Mr. Tarar the president and Raja Zafarul Haq the federal minister were members of the Advisory Council of Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat.
Dec 12, 1998
Name of Rabwah changed to ‘Nawan Qadian’, then to Chenab Nagar on 4 February 1999 by Punjab Provincial Assembly against the wishes of the residents. (Shahbaz Sharif was the Chief Minister.)
1998
Mr. Kanwar Idrees, Ahmadi, a former caretaker minister in Sindh faced trial under the Blasphemy law for receiving a letter in which blessings had been invoked on the Holy Prophet of Islam.
Apr 30, 1999
Sahibzada Mirza Masroor Ahmad Nazir A`la, Lt. Col. Ayaz Local President of Rabwah and two others arrested under PPC 295-B
1999
Ahmadi community of Bhauru village suffered persecution at the hand of authorities, the mulla and the local opponents. They were subjected to police action, false charges, official tyranny, threats of Jihad, arrests, and persistent agitation for months.
1999
Commission on Human Rights; Resolution on the implementation of the Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief.
Apr 14, 1999
Sahibzadah Mirza Ghulam Qadir, nephew of Hadrat Khalifa-tul-Masih IV, was abducted by a band of religious terrorists and murdered at Chenab bridge, Rabwah
May 1999
The book ‘Plight of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan’ is published in the UK
Mar 20, 1999
Anti-terrorism Judge Fakhri sentenced Mr. Ghulam Mustafa, an Ahmadi religious teacher in D.G. Khan to a total of 13 years’ imprisonment and Rs. 100,000/- fine for saying that advent of Imam Mahdi had taken place and for posing as a Muslim.
Mar 06, 1999
Commissioner Islamabad banned the book ‘Revelation Rationality Knowledge and Truth’ written by Hadrat Khalifatul Masih IV
Oct 12, 1999
Nawaz Sharif removed and arrested. General Musharraf took over.
Nov 20, 1999
Only five weeks after the General took over, the Chief Secretary of the Punjab issued a directive to all Commissioners that, the government being mindful of the status of Ahmadis as Non-Muslims, “due regard and respect should be accorded to the religious sentiments, beliefs and sensitivities of fellow Muslims”. He wrote that it was a state policy.
Dec 15, 1999
An unruly mob attacked and destroyed in police presence under-construction residential extension of Dr Nawaz, the community president in District Okara. They looted the house and set it on fire. The police arrested the victim and his two sons. No case was registered against the rioters. Dr Nawaz’s family could not return home for years and suffered the dislocation greatly.
Dec 30, 1999
Mulla Ghulam Murtaza made slanderous and highly provocative remarks against the Promised Messiah on PTV, the state-owned television
1999
Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Nusrat of Mirpur Khas (Sindh) faced prosecution for 11 years under Ahmadi-specific laws. He had to visit Sanghar repeatedly, reported to courts and authorities at Shahdadpur, Karachi and Tando Adam on scores of occasions and he made 27 trips to the court at Hyderabad. In all, he traveled 98,840 kilometers by road and rail. Traveling third class by public transport in Pakistan is often very tough-going.
Aug 28, 2000
Millennium Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual leaders
Sep 09, 2000
Four Ahmadis of Mianwali were declared Not Guilty by the judge of the blasphemy charge for which they were denied bail even up to the Supreme Court level. These innocent remained in prison for four years on a false charge. The judge censored the accusers for having “made the sentiment of the Muslims as tool for the worldly benefit and aim….”
2000
In a handout a mulla demanded: “Ahmadi apostates be given an ultimatum of three days to revert to Islam of the other 1100 million Muslims worldwide; Ahmadis who do not become Muslims within three days should then be made to stand in lines and their killing should start and continue till all Ahmadis are killed, and not stopped till these apostates have been killed”. The mulla gave his address in the handout, but authorities took no action against him.
Oct 30, 2000
Ghatialian massacre of Ahmadis. Five killed, including a non-Ahmadi who offered prayers at the Ahmadiyya mosque.
Nov 10, 2000
Takht Hazara massacre of Ahmadis. Five Ahmadis killed. Fanatics damaged fittings and equipment of the Ahmadiyya mosque, and then set it on fire.
2000
During the first year of Gen Musharraf’s regime more Ahmadis were murdered than in any previous year of the preceding quarter century. 166 Ahmadis were booked on religious grounds, prison population of Ahmadis rose to 45, the highest in the decade, and 20 Ahmadis were pushed to Anti-terrorism special courts.
Aug 27, 2000
Judge Nazir Akhtar of Lahore High Court stated that Ghazi Ilm Din law was available to deal with apostates. He thus openly encouraged terrorism against Ahmadis.
Dec 2000
to Mar 2001
Local Bodies polls. Rules forbid Ahmadis’ participation
Aug 26, 2001
Ahmadiyya mosque at Syedwala destroyed by a mob in police presence. The police detained 28 Ahmadi men, but not even one of the attackers. Later, the authorities refused Ahmadis permission to rebuild the mosque.
Since 1984 twenty Ahmadiyya mosques have been destroyed by the opponents, 25 sealed by authorities, 11 set on fire, 14 forcibly occupied and 35 disallowed construction till December 2006.
Sep 11, 2001
9/11 attacks at New York & Washington
Oct 07, 2001
Bombing of Afghanistan by the US resulting in collapse of the Taliban regime
Nov 23-25, 2001
International Consultative Conference on School Education in Relation with Freedom of Religion and Belief, Tolerance and Non-discrimination, at Madrid
Dec 10, 2001
Mr. Nazir Ahmad and Mr. Allah Rakhio each sentenced to a total of 118 years’ imprisonment under the blasphemy law and Anti-terrorism law. They had only pulled down a dilapidated one-room mud mosque on their land and built a new one instead (Muhammad Mian Soomro was the governor).
Dec 31, 2001
Fourteen Ahmadis of Naukot, Sindh who unsuccessfully tried to defend their mosque were in their fourth year of detention. Not even one of the attackers spent a day in prison.
Jan 12, 2002
General Musharraf’s policy speech against religious extremism
Jan 15, 2002
Restoration of Joint Electorate in Pakistan by Gen Musharraf except for Ahmadis
February 2002
During the President’s visit to the U.S. when asked if Ahmadis would be allowed to become part of the main stream through Joint Electorate, he replied that he had not thought of that so far as he had so many bullets to bite.
June 17, 2002
Chief Executive’s Order No. 15 created a Supplementary List of electoral rolls for Ahmadis as non-Muslims
2002
The government introduced a declaration to be signed by every pilgrim to Makkah; it included inter alia a statement by him that: “…Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was a cunning and deceitful (IMPOSTER) person [sic].”
Sep 09, 2002
Polls/Elections
Sep 21, 2002
Three Ahmadis of Lodhran were charged under Ahmadi-specific law and a blasphemy law in April 1994. As the prosecution went on for years, one of the accused died and another fled the country. Mr. Hameedullah Bajwah, a former president of the Ahmadiyya Community of District Lodhran suffered the court trial for more than eight years. Eventually he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment by Qamar Ejaz, the senior civil judge. As the charges were trash, the Sessions Judge eventually acquitted him.
Nov 23, 2002 -
June 28, 2004
Mr. Zafrulla Jamali as Prime Minister
Feb 25, 2003
Mian Iqbal Ahmad, President of Ahmadiyya community District Rajanpur murdered for his faith in his office
March 2003
Iraq War
Apr 19, 2003
Khalifatul Masih IV passed away
Apr 22, 2003
Khalifatul Masih V elected
June 27, 2003
The Government of Punjab issued a Top Priority Registered letter titled: LETTER RECEIVED FROM MAULVI FAQIR MOHAMMAD, and ordered three Faisalabad schools owned by Ahmadis “to expose themselves as Qadiani writing in plain handwriting on the school boards, …” (Pervaiz Ilahi was the Chief Minister).
July 02, 2003
Mr. Hafizur Rahman wrote column in the daily Dawn on “The minorities in our midst” wherein he described Ahmadis’ situation: “As for the other significant minority, the Ahmadis, they don’t count. They are not even second-class citizens but something much lower, yet to be properly categorized.”
Sep 04, 2003
Chak Sikandar murder case. Mass arrests of Ahmadis.
September 2003
’Enlightened Moderation’ declared as Gen Musharraf’s policy; but no relief whatsoever provided to Ahmadis.
2003
In this year, declared as that of ‘sustainable democracy’, among hundreds of senators, MNAs and MPAs there was not a single Ahmadi - nor a councilor, even in Rabwah.
December 2003
Two attacks on President Musharraf’s life
June 28, 2004
Jamali made to step down as prime minister
June 29, 2004 -
Aug 27, 2004
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain as Prime Minister (interim)
August 2004
Ahmadiyya property in Rabwah usurped by authorities - the case of Police Chowki mosque.
Aug 28, 2004
Shaukat Aziz took over as Prime Minister
October 2004
Promulgation of amended but useless procedure of SP level investigation into Blasphemy accusations
Oct 02, 2004
Thirteen Ahmadis including three women booked under Ahmadi-specific law for writing Islamic terms on wedding invitation cards, in Sindh. The police arrested the groom and his father (Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim).
Nov 29, 2004
Mr. Muhammad Iqbal of District Faisalabad sentenced to imprisonment for life on fabricated charge of blasphemy
Dec 15, 2004
Pak Resolution at the UN on Promotion of Religious and Cultural Understanding, Harmony and Cooperation. Only two weeks earlier, a Faisalabad court had sentenced an Ahmadi to life imprisonment on fabricated charge of blasphemy.
Dec 22, 2004
PNHRC (Pakistan National Human Rights Commission) proposed
Mar 24, 2005
The cabinet approved restoration of Religion column in Machine Readable Passports
Apr 21, 2005
Three Ahmadis of Chak Sikandar sentenced to death on false accusation of murder
June 17, 2005
13 Ahmadis of Bahawalpur charged falsely of Blasphemy (Chief Minister Pervaiz Ilahi)
July 2005
Local Bodies Polls - Separate lists for Ahmadis
Aug 05, 2005
Raids on Ahmadiyya Press in Rabwah; 11 booked
September 2005
Two hateful anti-Ahmadi conferences in Rabwah. These are permitted and held now every year.
Sep 16, 2005
The daily Jang published the following fatwa of mulla Saeed Jalalpuri regarding Ahmadis who do not recant: “implement the penalty of Apostasy and cleanse the earth of their poisonous effects”. The government took no action against the daily nor the instigator. The vernacular press all along played a leading role in promoting hatred and intolerance against Ahmadis. The dailies Nawa-i-Waqt, Jang, Pakistan and Khabrain lead this hate campaign.
Oct 07, 2005
8 Ahmadis killed at Mong, District Mandi Bahauddin, in the mosque at morning prayers
Oct 08, 2005
The great earthquake in Azad Kashmir and NWFP
Nov 12, 2005
Mansur Hussain, Ahmadi of District Hafizabad awarded life term unjustly under PPC 295-B for defiling the Quran. “It is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that accused acted in ill will and willfully”, wrote the judge.
December 2005
The government advertised auction of residential plots in Rabwah on the riverside, and made it conditional that Ahmadis are not eligible to bid, nor the buyers would sell it later to an Ahmadi.
Jan 05, 2006
Khalifatul Masih V and four others charged under PPC 295-C, the blasphemy law
June 24, 2006
Jhando Sahi (Distt. Sialkot) anti-Ahmadi riots in police presence, involving arson and loot. Ahmadiyya mosque destroyed. Entire Ahmadi population forced to flee.
Sep 05, 2006
Government signs peace deal with Taliban-backed tribal insurgents
Sep 09, 2006
Raid on the Ahmadiyya daily Al-Fazal; Mr. Sultan Dogar, the printer was arrested, and he and others were charged under the Anti-terrorism Act and Ahmadi-specific laws.
2006
Even 10 years after the government announced its policy of denationalization of educational institutions forcibly taken over by the state earlier, Ahmadiyya schools and colleges have not been returned to the Community.
Jan 27, 2007
Two Ahmadi children of Khushab, aged 8 and 11 booked by orders of Intelligence Bureau for subscribing to Ahmadiyya children’s magazine
Mar 01, 2007
Mr. Muhammad Ashraf shot dead by an assailant (ex Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police), while having breakfast at about 08:00 at a restaurant. He died on the spot.
Mar 09, 2007
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is made Non-Functional by the President. Start of anti-Musharraf agitation. Supreme Court reinstated the CJ and set aside the Presidential Reference on July 20, 2007.
Apr 22, 2007
Ahmadiyya cemetery fence at Handu Gujjar, Lahore razed by the police in pre-dawn operation, as demanded by mullas (Pervaiz Ilahi is the chief minister)
May 08, 2007
Mullas of the MMA propose death for apostasy in a Bill. The National Assembly accepts the Bill for consideration by its Standing Committee.
Jan to July 2007
Revolt of the clerics of Lal Masjid and Jamias Hafsa and Fareedia of Islamabad. Operation Silence/Sunrise. Its backlash, through suicide attacks.
2007
Rabwah has remained afflicted for years to neglect by the local government. Acute shortage of water, frequent electric outages, bad roads, unpaved and unlit streets, clogged and overflowing drainage, poor sanitation, neglected schools, illegal blasting in nearby stone quarries causing permanent damage to environments etc, and no representation of the residents in the town council make Rabwah ‘A town unlike any other in the world.’ The UK Parliamentary Human Rights Group mission that visited Rabwah in October 2006 published a Report and gave it the title, “RABWAH: A PLACE FOR MARTYRS?”
Sep 05, 2007
Police interrupted and stopped construction of a near-complete Ahmadiyya Mosque in Chowk Data Zaidka, Qil’a Kallarwala; Pasroor
Sep 21, 2007
Dr Hameedullah of Steel Town, Karachi was abducted and then shot dead on the way home from his clinic.
Sep 26, 2007
Professor Dr. Mobashir Ahmad of Clifton, Karachi was shot dead by unknown assailants in the evening, outside his clinic located in Manzoor Colony.
Oct 05, 2007
Local President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at Qambar Ali Khan, District Larkana, suffer injuries when opponents attacked Ahmadiyya Mosque after Friday Prayers.
Dec 07, 2007
Mr Humayan Waqar, an Ahmadi trader was shot dead by an unknown assassin at about 22:30 at his garments store in the Stadium in Sheikhupura, Punjab.
Dec 06, 2007
Police registered a criminal case against 21 Ahmadis under the Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298-C and PPC-506, in FIR 285/2007 at Police Station Qamber Ali Khan, District Larkana. Eleven of the accused were named and five were arrested.
Dec 15, 2007
Nine Ahmadis booked under blasphemy laws for building niche and writing Kalima in Ahmadiyya Mosque in Thekrianwala, District Faisalabad, Punjab.
Jan 05, 2008
Mr. Manzur Ahmad, an Ahmadi businessman implicated in false case under PPC 295-A at Police Station Sangla Hill Sadr in Marh Bloachan, District Nankana, Pakistan.
Feb 24, 2008
Mr. Basharat Ahmad Mughal, local president of Manzoor Colony, Karachi fell prey to the bullet of unknown gunmen on his way to offer Fajr dawn prayers in Ahmadiyya Mosque.
Mar 03, 2008
Malik Altaf Hussain, an octogenarian Ahmadi was charged under PPC 295B for allegedly defiling the Holy Quran, and was arrested.
Mar 19, 2008
Dr. Mohammad Sarwar Khan of Sungo Bara, Peshawar, fell to assassins’ bullets at his village near Peshawar at about 8 P.M.
Apr/May, 2008
Four Ahmadis booked under ant-Ahmadiyya laws at Goth Ahmadiyya, District Mirpur Sindh. Another Ahmadi seriously wounded in a failed murder attempt.
May 9, 2008
An Ahmadi Mr. Nasir Ahmad of Bhitai Colony, Kotri, Sindh booked and arrested under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for allegedly marrying a Muslim widow.
May 21, 2008
Place of worship sealed by order of District Co-ordination Officer. 12 Ahmadis booked under blasphemy, anti-Ahmadiyya and other laws, 3 arrested and four detained without charge in Chak No.5, District Badin, Sindh.
May 25, 2008
Authorities prohibit Ahmadis to celebrate Khilafat Centenary in Rabwah on 27th May. An Ahmadi arrested for selling Centenary badges.
May 27, 2008
Two Ahmadis Mr. Muhammad Farooq Jajja and Mr. Muhammad Ehsan were booked and arrested by the police under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for celebrating the Khilafat Jubilee in their mosque at Kot Momin, District Sargodha
May 27, 2008
Mr. Rab Nawaz and Mr. Nadeem Ahmad were charged under the Ahmadi-specific for preaching at Police Station Sadr, Dera Ghazi Khan. Mr. Rab Nawaz was arrested.
May 30, 2008
Subedar Mushtaq Ahmad, a 75-years old Ahmadi, retired army JCO was sent for and arrested by the police under ant-Ahmadiyya laws for preaching at Chicha Watni, District Sahiwal, Punjab.
May, 2008
Saudi Government refuse job visas to Ahmadis.
Jun 03, 2008
Police registered an open against Ahmadis under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for repairing and improving structure of Ahmadiyya Mosque.
Jun 05, 2008
14 Ahmadis booked under anti-Ahmadiyya laws at Bhabhra Heelan, Kotli, Azad Kashmir. Next day authorities used explosives to blast under construction Ahmadiyya Mosque.
Jun --, 2008
7 Ahmadis booked under anti-Ahmadiyya laws at Barali, Azad Kashmir for trying to build a Mosque. Later Police arrested a teen-ager Naveed Ahmad son of Mr. Muhammad Nazir, who was not even named in the FIR, and subsequently added his name.
Jun 05, 2008
All 23 Ahmadi including 15 female students rusticated from Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad on religious grounds.
Jun 07, 2008
The accused assassins, arrested for the murder of 8 Ahmadis in Mong in October 2005, were acquitted by the anti-terrorism judge at Gujranwala.
Jun 08, 2008
Entire population of Rabwah charged under anti-Ahmadiyya and other criminal laws for celebrating khilafat centenary.
Jun 09, 2008
Indonesian Government issues Joint Ministerial Decree banning Jamaat Ahmadiyya from preaching.
Jun 12, 2008
Anti-Ahmadiyya riot in Kotri, Sindh — 60 houses/shops affected. Mob led by mullas looted valuables and damaged properties.
Jun 13, 2008
Police registered a case under various criminal charges including blasphemy laws and arrested 6 Ahmadis at Kotri, Sindh.
Jun 20, 2008
Police arrested Dr Asghar; charged him alongwith 15 other Ahmadis under Ahmadi-specific laws in Chak No.4 Bhagwanpur, Nankana Sahib, Punjab
Jun 23, 2008
Police registered a case against 8 Ahmadis at Khanpur Sadr, Punjab, under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for allegedly building a ‘mosque-type place of worship’, writing Muhammad and Allah on it, writing on the tombstones ‘Mazar Sharif’ etc.
Aug 9, 2008
Religious bigots attacked Ahmadiyya Mosque in Shah Rukne Alam, Multan and tried to set it on fire. They damaged some vehicles belonging to Ahmadis.
Aug 12, 2008
Accepting the demands of anti-Ahmadiyyya elements, authorities sealed Ahmadiyya Mosque located in Shah Rukne Alam, Multan.
Aug 15, 2008
Access to Ahmadiyya website www.thepersecution.org blocked in Pakistan under instructions from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.
Sep 05, 2008
Ten Ahmadis booked and arrested under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for using ‘Islamic’ terminology at Rabwah.
Sep 07, 2008
Mullas urged viewers to ‘kill blasphemers and apostates as a religious duty’ in Geo TV’s religious programme “Alim Online” hosted by Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain.
Sep 08, 2008
Dr Abdul Mannan Siddiqui, District President of Jamaat Ahmadiyya, Mirpur Khas, Sindh, murdered in his Hospital by two assailants. His Ahmadi bodyguard was seriously injured in attack.
Sep 09, 2008
Seth Muhammad Yousuf, the District Amir of the Ahmadiyya community in Nawab Shah (Sindh) was killed in broad daylight in the local bazaar.
Sep 13, 2008
Sheikh Saeed Ahmad, was the target of an attack by religious zealots on September 1, 2008 at approximately 11.00 P.M. in Manzoor Colony, Karachi. He passed away on September 13th, 2008.
Sep 14, 2008
Police booked and arrested two Ahmadis under blasphemy laws in Kunri, Sindh.
Oct 11, 2008
In Rabwah, at the demand of the extremists, the authorities booked and arrested another 8 Ahmadis under anti-Ahmadiyya laws.
Oct 29, 2008
Dr Muhammad Aslam, District President of Ahmadiyya community in Haripur, NWFP, suffered injuries when an assailant attacked him with a dagger.
Nov 08, 2008
Two Ahmadis including local President of community arrested under anti-Ahmadiyya laws for “using a house for community worship” in R.A. Bazaar, Rawalpindi.
Nov 18, 2008
Unknown pillion riders murdered Mr. Muhammad Ghazanfar Chattha, an Ahmadi community official, in Burewala.
Nov 21, 2008
Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered that the perpetual warrants of arrest issued against the accused of the famous 24-years old case of the Ahmadis of Sahiwal.
Dec, 2008
Government of Pakistan refuses to permit Jamaat Ahmadiyya to hold its Annual Congregation (Jalsa Salana) for the last 25th consecutive year.

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