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Ahmadiyya place of worship blasted to rubble. Criminal cases under Ahmadi-specific laws registered.
Ahmadis disallowed to bid for an official contract, on account of their faith
Unabashed tyranny sweeps District Kotli
Kotli; June, 2008: The authorities in Kotli, Azad Kashmir went insane this month to grotesquely violate Ahmadis’ human rights and their freedom of faith. Their primary targets were Ahmadiyya places of worship and the worshipers. They registered three criminal cases against a large component of Ahmadi population in three locations of the district. At Kotli itself, the FIR was left open to incriminate any Ahmadi and any number in the case, at any time. The ruthless behavior of the district administration and police indicated orders from higher authorities.
Ahmadis of Bhabhra Heelan had no mosque, so they undertook to build one. In order to avoid any objection from extremists they voluntarily took care not to build any niche or minaret, although the law does not forbid these. The land on which it was to be built was transferred from the forest department to the ‘revenue’, so as to comply with legal requirements. However, the police, to Ahmadis’ surprise, registered a case under Ahmadi-specific laws PPC 298B and 298C against 14 Ahmadi men in FIR No. 173 on June 5, 2008. A large contingent of police arrived at the site on June 6 and blasted away the under-construction place of worship with explosives. It is relevant to mention that having registered the case, the administration and the police did not wait for a court verdict, and proceeded to commit a grave violation of religious nature that any official body would be extremely hesitant. No words suffice to comment on this enormous crime committed by a law-enforcing body. (A video of the defiled sites is available.)
In the town of Kotli itself, Ahmadis had undertaken repairs and improvements in the structure of their mosque. The extremists made an issue out of it, and in collusion with the police had a case registered in FIR 171/08, under Ahmadi-specific PPC 298C on June 3, 2008. In fact it is entirely conceivable that the administration planned it that way. The FIR was maliciously left open, in that the accused were not named, so that any Ahmadi could be roped in subsequently. The ruse has caused fear among Ahmadi residents of Kotli city. This is the kind of model freedom, the Azad (Free) Kashmir government offers to the rest of Kashmir.
Ahmadiyya community has its membership in the village of Barali as well. They needed a house of worship and proceeded to build one sometimes back. They also took care not to build a niche nor a minaret. Here again the administration forcibly made them stop the construction. Now, they started building a mosque at an alternate location. They had built the pillars and put a roof on top, however Ahmadi-bashers intervened, and the police obligingly registered an FIR against 7 Ahmadis and proceeded to raid various homes for arrests. They arrested a teen-ager Naveed Ahmad son of Mr. Muhammad Nazir, who was not even named in the FIR. They subjected him to torture and included his name subsequently in the case as well. Two Ahmadis who came to the police station to inquire about the boy were subjected to third-rate humiliation practiced perhaps only by Pakistani police.
The attitude of the local administration is highly prejudiced and discriminatory. The Deputy Commissioner, Bashir Mughal, behaving like a petty tyrant, first refused to receive an Ahmadi delegation. Later when he talked to some Ahmadis, he was arrogant, threatening and even crude. This careerist told the visitors that Ahmadis were a bad people who did not obey the orders (to destroy their own places of worship). The police inspector SHO, Nisar Yousaf was callous enough to say, “If I were not in uniform, I would be the first to do Jihad against Ahmadis.” No comments!
During the month of June, officials of the district administration and police made repeated forays into local Ahmadiyya communities to harass and persecute them. At about midnight on 9/10 June night, a large contingent of police encircled the Ahmadiyya mosque at Kotli, cut off its telephone line and demanded entry. Ahmadi residents and those on duty did not open the door and indulged in fervent prayers to remain safe from the official raid and siege. The policemen did not retreat till early morning.
In all fairness, it would not be correct to put the blame primarily on mulla. The authorities, political as well as administrative, share the guilt of such criminal conduct, in the first place, as they wield the power. The following incident would prove it. Tenders were to be opened recently at District Headquarters Hospital, Kotli for provision of food to patients. Aamer Brothers, an Ahmadiyya company that is in this business since long, also bid for the contract. However the administration (vide Deputy Commissioner’s letter) refused to consider this bid “due to Firqa Ahmadiyya” (copy is provided at the Annex 1 to this report). A newspaper reported it as: “Noose tightened further against Qadianis. Food contract for District Hospital Kotli refused.”
An Ahmadiyya delegation called on Mr. Qamar uz Zaman, the Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs to apprise him of the events of Kotli.
It would be relevant to mention that Azad Kashmir is administered these days by prime minister Sardar Atiq-ur-Rahman. He considers a mulla-turned-politician Pir Atiq-ur-Rahman of the Khatme Nabuwwat faction as his spiritual mentor. Sardar Atiq’s father Sardar Qayyum boasts being the first to push a resolution in the Azad Kashmir Assembly to declare Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority.
The question arises as to: Does the Azad (Free) government uphold ‘freedom’ in the true and pure sense of the word, or does it consider itself ‘free’ to profane and outrage human rights and freedom of religion of its smaller communities?
History repeats itself after 19 years
Rabwah, June 7, 2008: It was on December 15, 1989 that the authorities charge-sheeted the entire population of Rabwah in FIR No. 367/89 at Police Station Rabwah under the Ahmadi-specific law PPC 298C. Now, almost 19 years later, they have done it again, having learnt no lesson from history.
This time, FIR No. 254/08 was registered on June 8, 2008 at Police Station Chenab Nagar under sections PPC 298C, 285 and 337H2. Again, the complainant is not a mulla, but the authorities themselves. The FIR accuses ‘residents of all neighborhoods of Chenab Nagar town’ of celebrating their Khilafat Jubilee by lighting up earthen lamps and putting up paper buntings etc. It mentions community officials overseeing the program. It mentions that these actions have hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims of Chenab Nagar and its suburbs. It records that the town limits of Chenab Nagar are the location where the crime was committed. Obviously, the entire population of Rabwah is targeted as the accused. The FIR claims that prima facie Sections PPC 298C, 285 and 337 H2 have been violated.
The FIR will enable the authorities to arrest any Ahmadi resident of Rabwah, including the community leadership, at any time. At the moment, the named Mr. Muhammad Younus has been arrested. The applied sections of the PPC expose all the accused to 3 years’ imprisonment.
The wording of the confidential (khufya خفیہ) report betrays that it has been carefully and deliberately drafted by some senior official and not by a head constable as indicated. The fact that it was registered more than a week after the occurrence, also supports this view.
At the time of 1989 FIR, the Punjab was ruled by Mian Nawaz Sharif. Now, it is ruled by Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
A copy of the recent FIR and its English translation is placed at Annex 2.
Professor Dr Asghar Ali Randhawa, Principal of Punjab Medical College rusticated 15 Ahmadi women students and 8 men students from the college as well as hostels on June 5, 2008. Four of the women students are in the final year of their studies.
As per essential details, a campaign was going on for the last one month against Ahmadi women students who were accused of preaching Ahmadiyyat. It is not far-fetched that an Ahmadi occasionally chooses to defend herself against the oft-repeated charge that “Ahmadis are the worst enemies of Islam and Pakistan.” At this college, the anti-Ahmadi campaign was supported by a warden of the hostel. Moreover the miscreants took to pasting highly slanderous and provocative anti-Ahmadiyya posters on walls. On May 28, 2008 they put up in the hostel a very outrageous and evil poster against the founder of Ahmadiyyat. An Ahmadi student took off one of these and showed it to the warden and requested her to restore some decency in the hostel. The warden’s reaction was negative and partial. Later, a number of male students joined the campaign. The issue came before the principal whom some parents of Ahmadi students met and requested to improve the hostel environment. The principal, at the excuse of security, told all Ahmadi women students to shift to one wing of the hostel, although their parents were not agreeable to this polarization.
As all this was an organized campaign, some extremist male students, mostly from the Islami Jamiat Talaba, the student wing of Jamaat Islami, increased their efforts to poison the college environment further. The college administration, rather than handling them firmly as done by the Punjab University last month, gave them a free hand. They started issuing threats to Ahmadi students. One of them even went to different class rooms and openly prompted others to undertake violence. They put up still more of the provocative posters on college walls.
On June 4, the miscreants abducted 4 Ahmadi students from the hostel and subjected them to physical torture. They took in a mulla to help them with religious slander. They made a video tape of the manhandling of their victims. They forcibly undertook search of Ahmadi students’ rooms and belongings, and even stole what they wanted. This went on for hours. An attempt was made to inform the principal of what was going on but he was reported to be sleeping. So the police were informed but they decided not to intervene. Eventually, the parents of the students whose lives were now at risk, managed to wake up the principal whose intervention secured the release of the abductees.
The drop scene of this sordid drama occurred on June 5 when the miscreants went on strike, surrounded the principal’s office and demanded rustication of all the Ahmadi students. The principal held a session of the Disciplinary Committee and issued orders to rusticate all the 23 Ahmadi students. The committee did not send for any Ahmadi student, pressed no charges, heard nothing in defense from any one, and rusticated en-masse all of them. This action was immoral, illegal, unsupportable — pure tyranny. These doctors and professors behaved more like a bunch of mullas and policemen who, when they suspect one Ahmadi of violating the Ahmadi-specific law, proceed to charge a score in the FIR and arrest them all. If any Ahmadi student was at fault, she should have been disciplined weeks ago; however it is obvious that by June 5 the principal got unduly and overly scared of the extremists and became a tool in their hands to do their bid. His conduct was then no longer that of a principal.
The decision was vindictive, arbitrary and malicious. No action was taken against a single individual from the agitating miscreants. The fact that all Ahmadi students were put to harm is indicative of the gross lack of genuine and fair inquiry into the case. Teachers are expected to treat students somewhat like parents, but the PMC professors behaved more like a brutal enemy.
This is a case of blatant violation of human rights, mass terror, stark discrimination, religious vendetta and abominable social harm. Its vulgarity is beyond description. Its harm to the affected is immense. Years of their academic work and expense would be lost affecting their entire careers and future lives.
The Punjab is governed these days by PML (N) of Mian Brothers at Lahore. Ahmadis feel that the ghost of General Zia is back again and is prowling ‘the land of the pure’.
A copy of the Office Order issued by the principal is enclosed at the Annex 3.
At the end of the month here is no news yet of restoration of the 23 Ahmadi students expelled from the PMC, Faisalabad. The principal, advised by higher authorities, appointed a fresh 5-member committee to look into the case. The committee sent for Ahmadi students and recorded their verbal and written statements.
As the expulsion of all Ahmadi students was arbitrary and highly improper, the appropriate action should have been to first restore all the rusticated students. Any fresh committee should have comprised of fair and high-level professors from outside the PMC, so that it could function without pressure from local students and the staff who were the aggressive party in the dispute and its subsequent handling. The committee should have critically examined militant and criminal conduct of the agitating students and held them accountable. During the latest questioning, the committee asked Ahmadi students written statements on their religion, and warned them of being legally responsible for what they write. There are indications that the present committee is finding it convenient to be partial and even hostile to the victims.
This college has the dubious distinction of having a malicious religion column in its ‘admission form’ that restricts the applicants to declare themselves either Muslim or Non-Muslim (no option of conveying that one is an Ahmadi). It is well-known that no Ahmadi would call himself a non-Muslim. Now some Ahmadis are being questioned for writing themselves Muslim.
In a statement to the press, the prestigious and representative Pakistan Medical Association, Faisalabad, through its General Secretary Dr. Rai Qamar uz Zaman, members Executive Committee Dr. Akmal Hussain, Dr. Azhar Awan and Dr. Saeed Akhtar Tariq, termed PMC Principal’s decision to rusticate all Ahmadi students extremely regrettable (Daily Express of June 18, 2008).
Sectarian and politico-religious organizations are being given undue coverage in the vernacular press for their anti-Ahmadi propaganda. Some of these bodies are extremists who are essentially only a few, while others exist only on paper. They have demanded, rather unabashedly:
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), the Jamaat Islami, Anjuman Talaba Islam, Shaban Ahrar, Khatme Nabuwwat organization etc would like to make some political capital out of the situation. A firm response from the authorities should defuse the issue, as happened at the Punjab University last month.
The goons of IJT have tried to spread the unrest to other colleges. Agitation was reported at the Rawalpindi Medical College, where three Ahmadi female students were locked up after mid-night in their rooms. The next day Ahmadi students residing in the hostel had to spend the night outside to remain safe and secure against the mischief of miscreants. Even Ahmadi professors were advised by the administration to stay away from the campus. Unrest was reported at UET Taxila also. There were disconcerting news from Nishtar Medical College, Multan, as well.
As some student bodies and their political mentors plan and threaten a law and order situation, it is only reasonable and practical for the authorities to deal with them as a ‘law and order issue’ and not a religious issue. A firm response would cool them down faster than some weak-hearted unprincipled seniors imagine and fear.
On July 2, 2008 Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued a “press release” on this issue in which “It calls upon the provincial and federal governments both to intervene immediately to protect the wronged students and deal firmly with hate-preachers and disrupters of peace because much more than the career of Ahmadi students is at stake.” Copy of the HRCP’s press release is provided at Annex 4.
Rawalpindi, June 2008: Rawalpindi, Medical College was in resonance with the Medical College, Faisalabad in harassment of its Ahmadi students. A social boycott of three Ahmadi female students was underway for a few weeks in the girls’ hostel. On June 6, the three left the hostel and shifted to the residences of their relatives. Later they shifted back to the hostel assuming that the situation was back to normal. It was not; at midnight on June 11, non-Ahmadi students shut them up in rooms, locked them from outside and shouted slogans. They were subsequently rescued and shifted elsewhere.
In view of the situation, male Ahmadi students also moved from the hostel to a community guest house to avoid unrest. The next day some agitating students groups prepared an application to the principal demanding that Ahmadi students should be rusticated like those at Faisalabad. On June 13, they put up posters all over the college stating that it is intolerable to them that Qadiani students study in this college; further they stressed that the transfer of Ahmadi students from Faisalabad to Rawalpindi will not be permitted.
Professor Dr Farooq, an Ahmadi was advised by his Head of the Department to go home for the day on account of the prevailing tension. The local daily Jang printed a headline: We shall not allow admission in Rawalpindi Medical College of any student guilty of blasphemy.
Bahawalpur: The Islami Jamiat Talabah at the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur promptly took up the relay stick from the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad. They distributed anti-Ahmadi leaflets and folders that contained intensive hate message. In this they were helped by the mullas from local madrassahs, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Majlis Tahaffuz Namus Rasalat and Khatme Nabuwwat. They have adopted the policy of mixing fabrication, blasphemy and trade in a clever way and inject it in their youth. Their mass produced leaflets co-relate Ahmadiyyat, the Danish cartoons, imported goods etc. by some queer logic, and deliver a message of hate and rejection.
As summer holidays are about to begin, Ahmadi students have gone home to avoid unrest.
Five Ahmadis booked under a religious law and other laws
Ahmadi told to miss weekly congregational prayer
Kotri, Sindh; June 2008: Kotri witnessed intense harassment and uncontrolled agitation by extremists against Ahmadis last month. The authorities decided not to dissuade the mulla from taking law in his own hands; instead proceeded to victimize Ahmadis further with help from religious law.
Kotri has a sizeable Ahmadi community. Its membership is nearly a thousand. They are mostly living in Labor Colony of the SITE area. However, they are not allowed there to have a place of worship, on account of opposition by the religious lobby, so they make do with prayer centers etc. A few mullas find it professionally lucrative to maintain a live sectarian front against Ahmadis at all times. In this they have enjoyed general support from the local police in the past. This makes life troublesome for Ahmadi residents of the Colony.
Recently, Ahmadis decided to construct a facility to congregate and worship together. The private structure was planned not to have a niche or minaret. The mulla blamed Ahmadis of building a madrassah, which is a false accusation. Mullah Rashid harangued the public in his Friday sermon, and went as far as telling Ahmadis to leave the town. He gave them June 8 as the deadline. He told his acolytes to accomplish this expulsion of the ‘infidels’ this time, as it was now or never. Ahmadis informed the police but they decided to take no action.
Thereafter, madrassah hooligans started roaming around in streets, throwing stones at Ahmadis houses and called them bad names. As a complaint to the local police proved fruitless, Ahmadi leaders contacted senior officials to take the necessary preventive measures.
On June 12 night, the extremist element formed a gang and started throwing stones at Ahmadis’ homes. They fabricated a story that while they had taken out a peaceful procession an Ahmadi had fired at them. This crowd not only damaged Ahmadi homes, it undertook loot as well. They broke open the home of Mr. Mobashir Ahmad, Ahmadi, and stole cash, jewellary and other items worth Rs. 60,000/-. They also looted tools and equipment from an Ahmadi welder’s shop and put the rest of the items on fire. This went on till late at night in the presence of the police who did not intervene. Ahmadis contacted the District Police Officer who expressed the excuse of shortage of manpower. The next morning the police registered a criminal case against 6 Ahmadis under PPC 324, 295A, 147, 148, 149. These clauses expose them to imprisonment of up to 10 years. Among the accused is Mr. Mobashir also whose house was looted. The police registered no case against the rioters and their leaders despite a formal complaint by Ahmadis. The complaint was thereby sent to the Sessions, but the designated judge is on leave till June 30, so it was deposited with the High Court. The police however arrested all the six Ahmadis named in the FIR.
The miscreants occupied an Ahmadi widow Ms Nusrat Perveen’s house. It was, however, recovered subsequently.
Ahmadis contacted the Inspector General of Police, Sindh. He issued some instructions to the DPO, but asked Ahmadis not to offer their obligatory Friday prayers in their Centre on June 13. Ahmadis complied.
On June 21, the extremists put up posters in Kotri: “Stop selling and buying from Qadianis - OTHERWISE…” Muslims of the Labor Colony, Kotri.
Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, the Interior Minister of Sindh was informed of the situation by Ahmadis. Sindh is ruled by the Peoples Party these days.
Chak No.4 Bhagwanpur, Nankana Sahib; June 20, 2008: The police registered a case under the Blasphemy law Section PPC 295C against 6 named and 10 unnamed Ahmadis on June 20, 2008 in FIR 351/08 of Police Station Nankana Sadar in the Punjab. The FIR accuses Ahmadis of tearing posters from a wall, that supported the End of Prophethood and condemned Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani.
The story of the incident is false and fabricated.
The named Ahmadi accused are: 1) Dr Asghar Abdur Rahman, 2) Khalid, 3) Nadeem, 4) Rashid, 5) Zafar and 6) Iqbal Akbar.
The police arrested Dr Asghar, and have carried out raids to arrest others.
The FIR is malicious, fabricated and a team effort of the mulla and the police. It is a monstrosity. If the Government of Punjab is serious about arresting the misuse of the Blasphemy law, it should immediately release all those arrested, support bail before arrest plea, and appoint a suitable officer of the rank of SP to carry out an impartial investigation of the case.
Khanpur, District Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab; June 23, 2008: The police registered a case against 8 Ahmadis at police station Khanpur Sadr, FIR No. 378/8 on June 23, 2008 under PPC 298B.
The FIR accuses Ahmadis of building a ‘mosque-type place of worship’, writing Muhammad and Allah on it, writing on the tombstones ‘Mazar Sharif’ etc.
The accused are Messrs 1) Irshad, 2) Zulfiquar, 3) Abid, 4) Khalid, 5) Azam, 6) Mustafa, 7) Khushi and 8) Chaudhry Basharat. If declared guilty they could be imprisoned for three years.
If this FIR is valid and justifiable then similar FIRs can be registered against at least a million Ahmadis all over Pakistan now. They will have to build a thousand prisons more to detain all the Ahmadis.
The government of Punjab should look into the working of the Rahim Yar Khan’s police department, and also review the kind of policy directives and messages that it conveys to the administration and the police in the field. After all, the Takht-e-Lahore تخت لاہور (throne of Lahore) is ultimately responsible for all that goes on in the province.
The five accused who had been arrested subsequent to the murder of 8 Ahmadis of Mong, District Mandi Bahauddin, were acquitted by an Anti-terrorism Court at Gujranwala, Punjab on June 7, 2008. It would be recalled that approximately two and half years ago, a group of extremists attacked Ahmadi worshippers on October 7, 2005 at the morning congregational prayers in their mosque at about 05:15, sprayed bullets from behind, and scored eight dead and 20 injured. The incident received condemnation from all over.
Months later, authorities arrested the main culprit and subsequently four others who had helped him. They belonged to the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The case was brought before an Anti-terrorism Court. The authorities and the prosecution claimed that they had a tight case and expected a verdict of guilty. The judge, however, for his own reasons acquitted them all.
It will not be out of place to mention here judicial handling of another rare case wherein murderer of an Ahmadi was arrested and put on trial. A mulla Imtiaz Hussain Shah, helped by one Rafaqat Ali got hold of an Ahmadi Mr. Abdul Waheed in a bazaar of Faisalabad on November 14, 2002. While Rafaqat Ali held the victim, the mulla stabbed him to death in broad daylight at about 10:30. The next day Imtiaz Shah surrendered to the police and proudly admitted to having murdered the Kafir. The Anti-terrorism Court tried the two accomplices, sentenced Imtiaz Shah to death and kindly acquitted his helper. While Imtiaz Shah appealed to the High Court for a review, the brother of the deceased Ahmadi appealed against the acquittal of the accomplice. The High Court, very mercifully, maintained the acquittal of Rafaqat, and reduced the sentence of the convicted murderer to only 7 years’ imprisonment. This was not heard of ever in a case of this type, so the aggrieved party approached the Supreme Court for review of the High Court decision. At the apex court, the Chief Justice refused to listen to the arguments of the victim’s advocate and most summarily announced the dismissal of the petitions vide the shortest-ever order in the most serious cases involving a death sentence. The murderer is thereby going to be at large again in a few months’ time. It is not surprising that such judicial attitude towards murder of an Ahmadi encourages incidents like that at Mong.
Since the promulgation of the notorious anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance 89 Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith.
Jatoi, District Muzaffargarh: There is a small Ahmadiyya Community at Jatoi. Sectarian elements helped by the local police have put them under great pressure, and plan to have them implicated somehow in some case under Ahmadi-specific law or a religious law.
Early this month Ahmadis of Jatoi were targeted with insults, threats and police action at local level. They contacted their district Amir who sought a meeting with DPO Muzaffargarh. Although the DPO heard their plea but he was expressly unsympathetic, and the following weeks proved that he had not moved a finger to provide any relief.
Masjid Bilal and Jamia Farooquia mosque are the centers of anti-Ahmadi planning and agitation. Mullas held a Jalsa at the former on May 30 and made hate speeches at the occasion. These mullas are supported by a senior mulla called Ghazi Rashid who is a functionary of Majlis Khatme Nabuwwat. Ghazi Rashid has appropriated to himself the title of Ghazi, as sometimes ago, a man, instigated by him, murdered a person accused of blasphemy, in courts premises. This so-called Ghazi has now targeted Ahmadis of Jatoi for future achievements.
The local press, the daily Islam, provides the needed press coverage to fabricated accusations of preaching and other activities (its issue of June 2, 2008). Another Jalsa was held at Masjid Farooquia on June 6, where they raised anti-Ahmadi slogans. Ghazi Rashid incited the participants to violence, but somehow they postponed it to some other date. They conspired to enlist support from the local police.
Sure enough, the SHO sent for the Ahmadis and accused them of various religious offences as advised by the mulla. Ahmadis insisted that they had violated no law. However, as the SHO police had been briefed by clerics, he demanded a written undertaking from the leading Ahmadis that:
This demand was highly improper, even unlawful; it amounted to deliberate violation of the Constitution by the SHO. Apparently he has not been trained to uphold the Constitution and the law. Ahmadis expressed their inability to give these undertakings. The SHO attempted intimidation and even uttered a veiled threat. Ahmadis resisted these unfair demands politely, but eventually agreed to given in writing that being law-abiding citizens they would not violate the law. Unnecessary but unavoidable.
The opposing clerics have lately undertaken harassment tactics. They blocked the locks of Ahmadis’ shops with chemical compound. They attempted to snatch personal mail of an Ahmadi from his hand, so as to use the same as evidence in registration of a religious police case. Ahmadis have become careful and have asked their mail-senders not to send any mail to their normal addresses by the official postal service, as the same could end up in the hands of their ill-wishers.
Ahmadis of Jatoi feel that they are the target of a planned conspiracy to get them implicated in some criminal case based on religion to get them arrested. Their freedom is resting on a delicate balance. They are exercising great caution, and they regularly pray to God for protection.
Larkana; June 6, 2008: Mullas used the holy day of Friday to promote hatred against Ahmadis in the city. They held an open air conference for the purpose. Announcement for the conference was made throughout the city in advance, telling the population: “Qadianis are on the move. Join us to confront them.” An Ahmadiyya delegation called on the police chief and requested intervention. He sent for the two parties and advised restraint.
The opponents, however, held their conference anyway, wherein they were profuse in their slander and provocation. However no physical harm was undertaken by the participants.
Chak No.5, District Badin: Twelve Ahmadis of the village were booked under Ahmadi-specific law and PPC 295-A, a religious law on May 21, 2008. Bail before arrest for 10 accused was arranged with the sessions court. It was due for confirmation on June 3; however, a large number of miscreants assembled at the court on that day, so the court postponed the confirmation proceedings to June 28, 2008.
Chak No. 5, District Badin: It was reported last month that the district authorities of Badin committed on outrage against Ahmadiyya community by sealing their mosque as a result of a spurious complaint by opposition clerics. Now a copy of the magistrate’s order has become available after a great deal of effort on part of the aggrieved party; it is attached as Annex 5 to this report. It may please be seen how facile and leisurely the administration finds the depravity of sealing an Ahmadiyya place of worship. It is not difficult at all any where in Pakistan to muster a few mullas or persons to object to the existence of an Ahmadiyya mosque, and even produce some witnesses who are always available on rent to support some false allegations. It may be seen that the Special Judicial Magistrate was prompt to order immediate ‘attachment of said prayer place’ and forbid the worship, but decided to examine the appeals/claims a month later. It is no wonder that a research organization “Foreign Policy and Fund for Peace” recently declared Pakistan to be among ten of the world’s ‘dysfunctional states’ among Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Chad etc (The Dawn; June 25, 2008). What a company to keep! One hopes that those who govern Sindh these days, Pakistan Peoples Party, read their daily newspapers, and have sense enough to feel the gravity of problems that need priority attention in their province.
In a recent high level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the COAS among others, “The participants were unanimous in concluding that terrorism and extremism are the greatest challenge to Pakistan’s national security” (The Dawn; June 26, 2008). The functionaries of the government of Sindh are either unaware of this, or they think otherwise.
Kabirwala, District Khanewal: Malik Altaf Hussain, Ahmadi, an octogenarian was arrested in March this year on a fictitious charge of defiling the Qur’an, reported by the local madrassah people.
The opposition, the area notables, the police officials were all approached and explained that the accusation was spurious; however they did not relent, and the follow-up continued. Such response at low-level surprises none, but Ahmadis were disappointed when even at the Sessions level the defendant’s plea for bail was rejected by the higher court on May 14, 2008. How the judge justified that to himself concerning such a grave charge against a man in his 80’s, remains a puzzle.
The old man approached the high court subsequently. The LHC mercifully granted the bail on June 25. Come to think of it: one cannot get a bail except at the High Court level for a ‘crime’ that one has no intention to commit.
The venerable old man had to remain over three months in prison in the extreme weather before he could come out. Thank God, he survived the ordeal.
A four-page pamphlet, colored green has been printed and is being circulated by the Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat. Its title is “Muslims, Listen to the cry of the Green Dome”. The pamphlet carries no print line, no address, and no name of the author. It is pure hate literature — of the worst kind.
The pamphlet is full of rhetoric, false propaganda, misquotations and incitement to violence. It urges its readers to apply a complete social boycott against Ahmadis. It exhorts Muslims not to buy from or sell anything to Ahmadis. It lists major businesses owned by Ahmadis in general and at Lahore in particular. It ends up with: “These are all the well-known Qadiani businesses. Boycott totally all these as also others in your area, and forbid others to avoid these cursed dealings.”
One, Rafiq Mahmood of Bagor, West Java put it this way in his review:
Pakistan could thereby lose its leading position to Indonesia in imposing a state version of Islamism, and undertaking blatant interference in personal religion of its Ahmadi citizens. The latest Ahmadi-specific Indonesian law, Joint Ministerial Decree of June 9, 2008 could prove worse than General Zia’s notorious Ordinance XX of 1984 in restricting religious freedom of Ahmadis, as it threatens Ahmadis with 5 years’ imprisonment and also penalties extent to the organization and legal body. There is no reason to think that the Indonesian authorities will implement their bad law with any less vigilance than their Pakistani counterparts. The potential for evil in the Indonesian proclamation is higher than the Pakistani precedent.
The language of the Indonesian decree is unabashedly more hypocritical. The law starts off with the Preamble: “Taking into consideration: (a) that the right to freedom of religion is a human right that cannot be diminished under any circumstances that every person has the freedom to hold their religion and to worship according to their religion and faith,…” etc, but by some queer reasoning it ends up by the Decree that:
It is a fact of life that every religion practiced in Indonesia and in the world has many different interpretations, and the manner in which their adherents conduct their ‘activities’ varies enormously. Often, members of a family, living under the same roof, understand and practice their common religion differently. Indonesian state has been led by its politicians and clerics to a quicksand of religious and political absurdity and insanity. A fair description of the present Indonesian political and social scene, in the context of Ahmadiyya issue, was undertaken by a researcher Adnan Morgan who writes for Western Resistance and Spiro news and has contributed to various publications including the Guardian and New Scientist. Some extracts from his article are given below:
Mr. Morgan’s well-researched article is available at www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.315/pub_detail.asp and here Indonesia — A Civil War Between Islamists And Moderates?
First Information Report, about a cognizable offence under Section 154 of Penal Code
No: 254 - Police Station: Chenab Nagar - District Jhang -Date & Time of Occurance: 28/29 May 2008
Note: Under the report, there should be the signature, seal or thumb impression of the informer, while the recording officer of the FIR should sign as a token of attestation.
Confidential Diary concerning Celebration of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat Khilafat Centenary on night 28/29 May 2008. Police Station Chenab Nagar, District Jhang
Sir, I submit that I was on duty at night 28/29 May 08 in Chenab Nagar town for the expected program of the Centenary Celebration of Jamaat Ahmadiyya Khilafat. I was patrolling on duty in the town of Chenab Nagar. After about 8 p.m. residents of all Mohallahs of Chenab Nagar had full illumination by lighting earthen lamps at their homes and offices of Jamaat Ahmadiyya; (they) launched the centenary celebrations of Jamaat Ahmadiyya’s Khilafat by hoisting paper buntings at their homes and offices of Jamaat Ahmadiyya. Mr Yunus son of Mirza Ahmad Bux, caste Mughal, address 9/1 Darus Sadar Gharbi Chenab Nagar was selling badges and papers caps at his shop near Gulshan Ahmadiyya nursery. On the caps was written: “Greetings over the Khilafat Centenary. I am an incarnation of God’s power. And after I am gone there will be some other persons who will be the manifestation of the second power. God has promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will, surely, make them Khalifa in the earth”. Moreover, tyres were put on fire at hills near Babul Abwab, Darul Yuman and Darun Nasar. Fire crackers and aerial fire was set off in various mohallahs. The youth raised slogans of Khilafat Ahmadiyya, Zinda Bad; Naara Takbir, Allaho Akbar, in their mohallahs. This action of theirs hurt the religious feelings of Muslims of Chenab Nagar and suburbs. Responsible community officials of Jamaat Ahmadiyya oversaw the entire program by moving about in vehicles. The diary is hereby dispatched. Signature in Urdu: Muhamamd Yunus 468 HC Police Post Chenab Nagar on 29 May 2008. Certified by 1/SHO Police Station Chenab Nagar, signed in English Nasir Abbas dated 29 May 2008. Action by police: Confidential diary written by Muhammad Yunus 468 HC regarding centenary celebration of Khilafat Jamaat Ahmadiyya by Nasir Abbas I/SHO P.S. Chenab Nagar received and reproduced verbatim above. As the confidential diary points to events that prima facie point to violation of PPC 285, 298-C, 337 H2 the FIR is prepared accordingly. Copy of the police file is sent by hand of Zahur Ahmad 279C to Aftab Ahmad Inspector Incharge Investigation.
Muhammad Aslam 1169 HC, DO Police Station Chenab Nagar 7.6.08