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Banglah Tando Adam; District Sanghar: Mr Zulfiquar Ali of District Gujranwala, Punjab joined the Ahmadiyya Community approximately two years ago. He got married to Ms Fatima of Banglah Tando Adam, District Sanghar, Sindh on December 15, 2003. The bride was even otherwise a relation of his.
Four months later, his father-in-law invited the couple to visit him. On arrival, he questioned the groom about his faith. He then arranged for a large group of rabid mullahs to persuade forcefully and harass the poor fellow to change his beliefs. The young man refused to bend under the pressure, so they approached the police. The police, as they are, welcomed the opportunity to fall upon the victim, and booked him under some of the most serious clauses of the Penal Code. They registered the criminal case not only under the Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298C but also under the Hadood Ordinance 10(3). The police added PPC 420 as if with a vengeance and to further tighten the noose. If the court upholds the frivolous charges, the newly married young man, charged with rape and adultery, could end up in prison for 25 years and get whipped with 30 lashes in public. The mullah considers marriage between an Ahmadi and a non-Ahmadi not valid according to his interpretation of Sharia, so he calls their marital relationship adultery.
Rabwah: Although some other towns and neighborhoods elsewhere also complain occasionally of shortage of drinking water and electric power breakdowns, the problem at Rabwah, the Ahmadiyya headquarters in Pakistan is more acute and serious. This is mostly because of total absence of Ahmadiyya say in the local government of their own town. The daily Alfazal had the following to report in its issue of April 12, 2004 :
Islamabad; April 7, 2004: The government, rather than attending to the problems faced by the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan due to the draconian laws that make its life unbearable, spends its energies in vigilance against Ahmadis who seek relief from the prevailing tyranny and persecution. The Ministry of Interior issued an Immediate letter this month to the provinces, titled: QADIANIS SEEK POLITICAL ASYLUM FOR OTHER COUNTRIES IN UNHCR OFFICE BEIJING. The letter requires the Home Secretaries to see the flight of Ahmadis in the light of false plea of so-called human right violations and some criminal and anti-social elements (taking) chance for their escape from punishment by courts of laws. According to the letter the flight is comfortable for Qadianis going to China to develop them economically and remain in close contact with their families in Pakistan. The Ministry seems unaware that the flight time between Karachi and Beijing is approximately six hours. The letter directs the provincial governments to keep a vigilant eye with regard to the activities of Qadianis, monitor their activities as false propaganda of violation of human rights/deprivation of minorities from their basic rights damages our prestige abroad.
Would it not be more sensible and fruitful for the government to do away with ludicrous applications of the Hadood Ordinance and the like (as reported earlier at the beginning of this report) and the notorious discriminatory laws like the Anti-Ahmadiyya PPC 298B and 298C, than activate home secretaries of provinces to indulge in wasteful witch-hunts, that will again damage our prestige abroad?
The letter of Ministry of Interior is No. 4/25/2004-Poll. I (2). It is dated 7th April 2004, and is given the high priority ranking of Immediate.
Gangapur Chak 591/GB, District Faisalabad: Faisalabad is a major city of Pakistan and is one of those districts where anti-Ahmadi activists have struck a number of times in the past. There is also a considerable presence of Ahmadis in the district, and they make sure that district authorities are kept informed of the opponents activities that endanger communal peace. Nonetheless, it has often happened that the authorities, under the dubious pretext of political and religious compulsions, failed to take preventive action. Encouraged by the official inaction, anti-Ahmadiyya operatives undertook all kinds of excesses while their gangsters committed murders. The history of Ahmadis persecution in this district is significant and recurrent.
There is a pattern in the activism of Ahmadi-bashers. Under the guidance of some mullah of the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, they choose a target and start agitating. Initially the agitation does not appear to be of particular concern, so the authorities do not attend to it. They even let it simmer, but then it gains momentum. Soon the authorities find that the agitation has gained political and religious mass, so they consider it a hot potato and adopt a laissez-faire attitude. Situation then goes out of hand, and results in some grievous loss to the Ahmadiyya Community. Recent developments in Chak 591/GB are a case in point, potentially.
Hakim Manzoor was the treasurer in the local main mosque of non-Ahmadis. For some reason, they removed him and appointed in his place the father of Rao Abdul Waheed who is the Na'ib Nazim of the local union council. Rao Abdul Waheed is related to the president of the local Ahmadiyya Community. So, here was a link that Hakim Manzoor and his patrons could exploit to redress their political situation. And they have done so vigorously. The space in this report does not permit a detailed description of all the developments; only a brief mention is made here.
Hakim Manzoor sought support from the Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, and after a meeting with them, demanded that the new Working Committee of the mosque undertake an oath regarding the Finality of Prophethood. This turned their internal politics into a communal issue. Those who did not like the new treasurer and nurtured old political grudges linked their dispute with Ahmadiyya issue and raised the level of conflict. They used the local one-room library for their purpose. They started distributing anti-Ahmadiyya hate literature. They urged the villagers to implement social boycott of Ahmadis. They even told them to stop drinking Shezan mango juice, as an Ahmadi family owns the company that produces the brand.
At the end of last month, there was the by-election for the local Nazim. Ahmadis cannot compete, nor can they cast their votes; still Ahmadiyyat was made one of the major election issues, and the anti-Ahmadiyya lobby asked for and received full support from their sponsors and mentors at the district level. But the voters rejected their candidate. They lost face and their temper.
Thereafter, this gang turned their guns on Mr Khalid Mahmud who had become a convert to Ahmadiyyat one year ago. They put tremendous religious and social pressure on him to recant. He resisted for a few weeks, but could not bear up with coercion and threats, and apparently recanted. But who knows his real beliefs?
The agitation now goes on from the mosque and the library. They claim support from Faisalabad city and far-away Multan, headquarters town of the Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat. They distribute provocative literature and hold open-air meetings. Ahmadis are keeping their friends and liberal elements informed of the developments, and hope that the mischief of the mullah and the unprincipled political panderers will not turn into a storm.
Rawalpindi: Mr Rizwan Munir Ahmad is working as a radiographer in a hospital. Some times ago Ahmadi-bashers got him implicated in a case and got him fired. Eventually, he was reinstated by the orders of the Supreme Court. However, it seems that the gang is still active against him, because in the first week of April, someone telephoned him and threatened him with harm. The caller told him that within a few days he would get something concrete.
Mr Ahmad reported the incident to his District Amir and requested for his prayers.
Naushero Feroz (Sind): MMA may be cautions at the top so as not to disturb the apple cart in their own interest, but continue to show their true colors in the street. Recently they toured some areas in Sindh and gave free vent to their obscurantist and anti-Ahmadiyya feelings. They addressed conferences at Moro, Naushero Feroz and Sukkur also. According to a report from Naushero Feroz, they held their open-air conference till 11:00 pm, and used vulgar and highly provocative language against Ahmadis. A report in the daily Jang of Karachi on April 20, 2004 was given the following headlines:
The press release added the following points:
Mustafa Abad, Lahore: Mullah Muhammad Hussain of Tehrik Khatme Nabuwwat has become hyperactive in his drive against Ahmadiyyat. Distributing hate literature and pasting posters is a part of his activity. The stickers boldly give the address of their origin as: Tehrik Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat - Markazi Jame Masjid Hanafia Farooqia, Gulistan Colony, Mustafa Abad, Lahore.
Two specimens are given below for the reader to draw his own conclusions.
(Translation) How the one, who drinks Shezan (mango juice) bottled by Qadianis, the blasphemers of the Prophet, will dare ask for the Holy Fountain Drink from the Doomsday Intercessor (Muhammad the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of God be on him,) at the Doomsday Assemblage?
(Translation) O Mussalman, if you (suddenly) die while shaking hand with a Qadiani, what will be your doom?
The poster concerning the holy founder of the Ahmadiyya Community is too foul and nauseating to be reproduced here. It defies description. However, the authorities conveniently overlook this enormity.
Islamabad: The Amir Jamaat Ahmadiyya Islamabad received an anonymous letter on April 1, 2004. Its translation is given below:
Gambat, District Khairpur (Sind): The secretary of the Ahmadiyya Community, District Khairpur has reported difficulties for Ahmadis of Gambat. A mullah Siddique, who is an activist of defunct Sipah Sahaba (SSP), is leading the mischief. Ahmadis are having difficulties with authorities and are also facing threats of murder.