Haveli Majoka, Sargodha; October 8, 2010: Three Ahmadis, Mr. Muhammad Qasim s/o Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Mr. Mazahir Ahmad s/o Mr. Ahmad Yar and Mr. Ahmad Yar s/o Mr. Muhammad have been charged here under PPC 298-C and 295-C on false accusation of preaching and blasphemy. Mr. Ahmad Yar is 85 years old and is of fragile health. A request for bail before arrest was made which was granted.
The SHO called both the parties on October 24, 2010. Mulla Akram Toofani came in a procession in support of the opponent party. They were proved liars during the investigation. A witness admitted that the incident did not happen in his presence. The other witness said that he had only heard about it and was not an eye-witness. At this the SHO asked the mulla as to what would be his reaction if he were in his place. To that the mulla had no answer; he only said, “Look, it’s a matter of blasphemy.” At this the SHO said, “Decision will be made on merit.”
Now the case is in the court. The opponent party comes to the court in the form of a procession to put pressure on the judge.
Sangla Hill: The daily Jang of October 4, 2010 reported proceedings of a Khatme Nabuwwat Conference held at Sangla Hill (Punjab). Pir Atiq ur Rahman, Minister of Auqaf in Azad Kashmir, the chief guest presided over this conference.
According to the daily Jang, it was urged at this conference to wage a Jihad against Qadianis till the last breath with the aim of Ahmadis’ extermination (khatima).
Following was also said/demanded at the conference, inter alia:
It is for consideration of the top leaders of the governments of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir whether it is appropriate for a minister from Azad Kashmir to come all the way to the central Punjab and play leading role in a conference that upholds the most obscure views on human rights and makes controversial and ill-considered comments on sensitive foreign issues with which Pakistan has to deal.
Dheroke, Toba Tek Singh; October 10, 2010: The local Ahmadiyya place of worship here was recently reconstructed. The Islamic creed Kalima was written on its outer wall; the same tiles with the Kalima on them were placed there again.
Munir, an opponent of the Ahmadiyya community, applied to the Assistant Commissioner that the Kalima should be effaced and a police case should be registered against the Ahmadi office bearers. The Patwari (local revenue official) and the Tehsildar (revenue officer of the Tehsil) wrote their reports in favour of the Ahmadis. The case was referred to DSP Gojra after the initial inquiry. The DSP called both the parties. The opponent party insisted that the Kalima be effaced. The Ahmadis conveyed to the DSP that Ahmadis will never remove the Kalima nor allow anyone else to do that; if the police and the administration want to do so, it’s up to them.
The police arrived in the village on October 16, 2010 at noon and brought along a laborer named Waris for this profane task. The police told him to remove the Kalima. He broke the tiles of the Kalima which fell on the ground. The police took away all the pieces with them. The DSP also told the Ahmadis not to construct minarets or a dome at the mosque. This was unlawful.
Chak No. 19 District Sargodha; October 31, 2010: Mr. Shahzad Warraich, Ahmadi, 42 years old, died on October 29, 2010 a natural death. His relatives buried him in Chak 19 graveyard where his elders are also buried. It is a common graveyard and the locals had no problems with Ahmadis buried there.
On October 31, police officials came over to the village and told the family of the deceased to remove the body from the graveyard. When told that the locals had no objection to the burial, the police said that some clerics in Sargodha had objected to the burial and the body must be removed in the interest of law and order. The situation caused great suffering and stress to the bereaved family. However, they had to comply with police orders. The body was exhumed on October 31 and buried in Chak No. 46, a few miles away.
Dozens of such disinterments have taken place since the promulgation of the infamous Ordinance XX of General Zia in 1984. Prior to that Ahmadis were buried in common graveyards of Muslims. Thousands of old graves of Ahmadi deceased remain in common graveyards all over the country.
Sargodha police is known for its ready capitulation to the mullah’s wishes even though the religious extremists and terrorists have caused repeated problems for the authorities in this city.
Qila Kallarwala, District Sialkot; October 12, 2010: Rana Manzoor Ahmad s/o Mr. Muhammad Tufail was entering his home after the dawn prayers in the mosque when two armed men attacked him. One of them fired at him, but the bullet got jammed in his pistol. So, Ahmad survived the attack. The attackers fled, but they have been recognized. They are locals. The local police have been informed of the incident.
Pabbi, Peshawar; October 8, 2010: Dr. Bashir Ahmad s/o Hakeem Fazal Muhammad was kidnapped on October 8, 2010. He was in his clinic when four armed men kidnapped him at the time of evening prayers. An FIR has been registered in the local police station but he has not been traced to-date.
Township, Lahore; September 20, 2010: Syed Farrukh Hafeez, Ahmadi runs a school, The House of Scholars in Ichra, Lahore. This school is serving the local residents of the area for the last twenty-two years and enjoys a good reputation. He is the General Secretary of Private Schools Welfare Association.
He received a threatening phone call of about twenty minutes in which the caller posed himself as a representative of ‘Royal news TV’. The caller told him that parents of the students have complained that Hafeez is a Qadiani (Ahmadi) and teaches Qadianiat in the school. He did not mention the names of those parents. He further threatened, “You do not know media persons; when we pursue someone we pursue him to the end. Call me back in 15 minutes, otherwise a news strip will be placed on Royal news TV against you. Today only the news strip will be shown, while a documentary will be televised tomorrow.” After a few hours he learnt that a news strip had been placed on the Royal: “The principal of House of Scholars, Farrukh Shah is preaching Qadianiat in the school. All religious and intellectual organizations are requested to act against him.”
Now Mr. Hafeez is feeling unsafe. His life could be at risk on the basis of the baseless and false news. This is the result of scandalous and irresponsible behavior of the media people. It shows how obscurantism has been instilled in the society by the media. Mr. Hafeez is facing severe hostility in the area.
Lahore: Here is a case where an Ahmadi applicant for admission to M.Sc. (Zoology) class was denied the opportunity by government officials, only for his faith.
Mr. Yasir Ayaz who had obtained a B.Sc. degree in high grade, applied for admission to the 2010-12 session of M.Sc. (Zoology) in Government College of Science, Wahadat Road, Lahore. The session had 10 seats for men.
Ayaz, on the basis of his academic record was selected for an interview. He was well-placed among these candidates because he was at the top among them in total marks in B.Sc. (463 marks) and third in the subject (126 marks). He was sure of the admission.
When called before the Board for interview he was asked a few questions which were not related to the subject. However, when they asked for his residential town, he told them that it was Rabwah. At this he was told that the interview was over and he could leave.
Later, when the merit list was posted, his name was not there. He looked up the waiting list of general merit, but his name was not there either. He felt very disturbed and approached the office where he was plainly told that he had been found ineligible. He was told this by the head of the Admission Committee.
It is relevant to mention that two of his non-Ahmadi friends who had obtained fewer marks in the B.Sc. overall as well as in the subject have been admitted to the college.
Professor Dr. Pervez Parwazi, an Ahmadi, is a scholar of the Urdu language and is renowned for his articles and books on autobiographies. He spent his life mostly in Pakistan, but now he resides abroad.
In his article in the weekly Lahore of October 9, 2010 he reviewed an autobiography ‘Man, mein thak giya hoon’ written by Mr. Waqar bin Ilahi, a former high official in the Ministry of Education in Pakistan.
Dr Parwazi refers to a repeated gripe of the author that Pakistani scholars who go abroad for education or on appointment do not return to the country. “Is morality of no value to them”, Waqar questions on page 308 of his book. This sentence has prompted Dr Parwazi to reply, based on personal experience. We place it on record. He wrote:
Rabwah; October 14 and 15, 2010: Mullas of the Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, Multan held their two days annual conference in Rabwah, 260 kilometers away from their center in Multan.
This sectarian conference is now permitted regularly despite the declared state policy and assessment that intensive sectarian activities breed extremism which leads to terrorism. The mulla undertakes all the trouble and expense to hold this conference in Rabwah as a token of supremacy over and provocation against the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan. It also shows defiance and clout against the liberal content of the state and society body politic. In a religious garb, this occasion provides the mulla an opportunity to air his views on national and international politics. The speakers freely speak against the accepted norms of human rights and freedom of faith and make demands which would put one to shame if made in international forums. It is relevant to mention here that the real difference in the belief of End of Prophethood between Ahmadis and non-Ahmadis is only in detail and nuance, but it is blown out of all proportions by the mulla for reasons outside the realm of pure religion.
This conference at Rabwah has great potential for mischief. It is a threat to law and order, and the authorities know it. This year also the Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter to all the concerned local, provincial and federal authorities urging them to disallow this conference in Rabwah by outsiders. However, the rulers have adopted the policy of ‘business as usual’, and thus they found it convenient to allow the mulla the indiscretion which he now claims as a right.
The organizers of the conference invited leaders of political parties that are religion-based. This year Munawwar Hasan, the Jamaat Islami chief participated. They invited other well-known clerics who thrive on sectarian politics. Mostly Deobandi and Wahabi mullas and a few Brelvis participated. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Mohibullah, Azizur Rahman Jalandhri, Allah Wasaya, Zahid ur Rashdi, Shahabuddin, Hanif Jalandhry, Salimullah, Alam Tariq etc were among the participants; most of them are forbidden to leave their districts during Muharram when the governments shows zero tolerance to any threat to law and order.
As always, the speakers indulged in abusive and foul rhetoric against the founder and leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. The language they use is not fit for mention in this report. According to press reports, they raised piercing (falak shigaf) slogans: Long live the Sovereign of End of Prophethood; Death to Qadianiat. They even spoke against Dr Abdus Salam, the only Nobel Laureate from Pakistan, who was a scientist. How he was relevant to the end of prophethood, only the eloquent mulla could tell.
The participating mullas, despite their assurances to authorities, did not desist from attempts to provoke the local Ahmadi population. On October 15, a few dozen of them climbed up the hills of Darul Yuman, an Ahmadiyya neighbourhood, and shouted bad words. In groups, they made sorties after the morning service, to head for the Ahmadiyya graveyard and the bazaar, but were told by the police to go back. In the past, such people vandalized the graves and tombstones in Bahishti Maqbarah, a graveyard of special reverence for Ahmadis.
At about 21:30 on October 14, a group of clerics took to slogan raisings and headed for the junior Ahmadiyya seminary and the city centre. The police had to be firm with them to force them to retreat. The next morning they assembled at the Bahishti Maqbara, and had to be driven away by the Elite Force. At about mid-day some of the mullas went to Ahmad Nagar, a suburb of Rabwah, and urged the shopkeepers to remove Ahmadiyya products from their shops. They demanded from Ahmadi traders to display notices outside their business locations that they were Qadianis so that Muslim clients know their identity. These miscreants were reportedly from Sargodha, but they were in contact with the conference management in the Muslim Colony in Rabwah. Ahmadis reported the mischief to the police who effectively persuaded the intruders to leave. The police did a good job in preventing an ugly incident, but the question remains, why a Multan-based sectarian outfit is allowed to hold a conference in Rabwah where it has almost zero following.
In these conferences, the mulla is free to say what he likes, regardless of facts. Later, the press-release by the publicity men repeats the rhetoric for public consumption in the country. For example, following statements were fed to the vernacular press and published:
This report is based mostly on stories published in the vernacular pres, in particular from the daily Jang of October 15, the Khabrain of October 16 and the Ausaf of October 15 and 16. The mulla made the following demands, inter alia:
Note: In all there were 20 such resolutions. This will give some idea of the so-called ‘implementation of Islam and Shariah’ proposed and demanded by the mullah, who is quite unmindful of Muslim minorities that inhabit more than 100 countries of the world.
Apart from the above, the speakers indulged in other issues in this End of the Prophethood conference, for example:
The attendance varied from session to session, the largest was on Friday — approximately 7000. The audience had been transported from out of Rabwah in buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws. The press reported that the organizers had requisitioned services of competent teams to provide meals that were lavishly served in Binori Park. All this must have cost money, in millions. Who provides the funds?
Syed Munawwar Hasan of Jamaat Islami volunteered to attend and speak. He said, “Imperialists are threatening the people, the army, the geographical frontiers of Pakistan through drone attacks under the excuse of Taliban and militants. The Qadiani Fitna is creation of anti-jihad and imperialist forces. Hidden forces are destabilizing Pakistan in the manner of Afghanistan on behest of Qadianis to meet nefarious foreign objectives.” He also talked of American defeat in Afghanistan, Blackwater, drone attacks and Dr Aafia. The JI chief did not stay back for Friday congregation, and went back after midnight with his supporting and security squad of 12 vehicles and 35 motor-cyclists.
This and other such conferences cause a great deal of concern to Ahmadis of Rabwah. As precautionary measures the schools were closed, women were advised to restrict their outings, the bazaar was shut down, and hundreds of citizens remained alert to defend the town and its people against a possible attack by unwelcome visitors. The authorities also had to remain vigilant. The state and society were exposed to great risk by allowing the mulla to unnecessarily congregate at Rabwah where they have no rational claim to assemble.
Following mullas also participated:
Akram Toofani, Yaqoob Rabbani, Ismail Shujaabadi, Aziz ur Rehman Thani, Sattar Taunsavi, Sattar Gurmani, Muhammad Irshad, Rauf Chishti, Masud Ahmad, Abdul Haq Bashir, Khalil Ahmad Bandialvi, Kafayat ullah, Ehsanullah, Haq Nawaz, Zubair Zaheer, Shabbir Usmani, Mufti Muhammad, Saeed Ludhianwi, Ilyas Ghuman, Manzur Rajput, Rashad, Fazal Darkhawsti, Kafayatullah, Majid Siddiqui, Ashraf Ali, Ahmad Hamadi, Hamid Haqqani, Khadim Dhilon, Muhammad Yusuf, Haq Bashir, Ghulam Mustafa, Ishaq Saqi, Faqir Akhtar, Naeem Rahmani, Rashid Sial, Hussain Nasir, and Nazar Usmani.
Lahore; October 5, 2010: At last some news about the three Ahmadis unjustly sentenced to death, and awaiting a hearing of their appeal by the high court in their eighth year of imprisonment.
It may be recalled that three Ahmadis Mr. Basharat Ahmad, Mr. Nasir Ahmad and Mr. Muhammad Idrees along with 7 others of Chak Sikandar were arrested in September 2003 on a false charge of murdering a cleric. The police, after due investigation found no evidence against the accused. Yet they faced a ‘complaint trial’ for a crime they did not commit. On account of the unreliable testimony of two alleged ‘eye-witnesses’ (who were discredited in the court), seven of the accused were acquitted, but on the same evidence these three innocent Ahmadis were sentenced to death. They are being held on death row at a prison in Jhelum, while their appeal lies with the Lahore High Court.
On October 5, 2010, two honorable judges of the High Court took up the case. There, the accusers told the court that they had appealed against the 7 Ahmadis already acquitted; no notice has been issued to those. At this the court issued notices to those seven, and no progress was made on the appeal made by the three Ahmadis condemned to death.
The court office is expected to give a date of hearing after the notice has been served. Eighth year in prison – justice delayed is … .
Ahmad Nagar, Chiniot; October, 2010: Noman Ahmad Cheema s/o Mr. Mubarak Ahmad Cheema faced severe hostility and persecution at Government High School Ahmad Nagar, District Chiniot. He is a student of 6th class. One of his teachers, Qari Abdur Razzaq constantly harassed him and urged him to declare himself a Muslim. He beat him up also. The young boy felt greatly disturbed. His mother complained to the principal of the school, but in vain. The boy suffered physical and mental torture. His mother had to stop sending him to school, and is looking for alternate arrangement for her son’s education.
Lahore; October 5, 2010: The vernacular press has played a condemnable role in the persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan. It joins hand with the mulla in his vicious sectarian drive against Ahmadiyyat. Mounting a propaganda campaign against the few Ahmadis who are still serving in government offices is one such field where the Urdu press offers ample space to the mulla.
The daily Din, Lahore published a news story on October 5, 2010 against an Ahmadi police official, Mr. Wasim Kausar who enjoys good reputation for his efficiency and integrity in his department. The report is indicative of the way the press plays the questionable role.
The DIN report is mostly a fabrication. The reporter did not make the effort to find out even the correct name of the targeted official.
Karachi; October, 2010: Mr. Fayyaz Laghari, CCPO Karachi claimed in a press conference that the police had arrested two terrorists, Naseem Haider alias Firaun and Asif Rasheed alias Dumba. They belong to the banned Laskar-e-Jhangvi. They admitted to the target killing of several prominent personalities and doctors, including an Ahmadi doctor Mr. Najam-ul-Hasan who was murdered on August 17, 2010. They also disclosed that they had plans to attack an Ahmadiyya mosque in the next few days.
Chak 32/2R, District Okara; October 2010: There are only two Ahmadi families in this village. They live in harmony with the village community. The mulla, however, recently attempted to destroy the peace of the village at an occasion which otherwise called for compassion and goodwill.
Rana Masud Ahmad, a local Ahmadi died on October 4, 2010. His death was announced on a loudspeaker from a local facility as well as the village mosque where non-Ahmadis worship. As is the custom, the village folk came and offered condolences and sympathy to the bereaved family. The funeral prayer for the deceased was held at home and some non-Ahmadis also joined the occasion. It was a smooth farewell to the departed soul – till the mulla took notice.
The mulla decided to speak on the event in his Friday sermon, four days later. He spoke on the subject of Ahmadiyyat and Ahmadis in a very negative tone. He was slanderous and abusive. He told the worshippers that the announcement should have conveyed that so-and-so Qadiani, a dog, had died. He called the deceased a Kafir, and gave the edict that those who had offered his funeral prayers had also become Kafir and their marriage bonds stand broken.
When the news of this sermon reached, Ahmadis felt very disturbed. Rana Mubashir Ahmad, an elderly Ahmadi had a meeting with the members of the local Mosque Committee and protested over the mulla’s conduct. The members agreed that the mulla had acted in violation of Islamic teachings of tolerance and sympathy on such occasions. They said that they will hold the mulla accountable for his bad behaviour.
Later they told the Ahmadis that the mulla was taken to task, and he had apologized to them. Some of the village elders were of the opinion that he should have apologized on the loudspeaker.
Sargodha: The daily Nawa-i-Waqt reported on October 8, 2010 that the Aalami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat held its 3rd annual conference in Sargodha. The press report, which is often drafted by the organizers of those conferences, is conveniently reproduced without much change by the vernacular press. A reading of the text shows that the mullas spoke on many themes but not the Khatme Nabuwwat.
According the report, the Ulama Karam stated:
The mullas who participated, were:
Aziz ur Rehman Jalandhari, Sher Ali, Nasir Khakwani, Hanif Jalandhri, Ilyas Chinioti, Amjad Khan, Alam Tariq, Allah Wasaya, Abdul Karim Nadeem, Kafayatullah etc. Some of them belong to the defunct organizations, while almost all of them are those who are banned to move to other districts during the Muharram season.
Lahore: The daily Ausaf of Lahore in its issue of October 17, 2010 published an article “The problems of District Chiniot” written by Rana Abrar Hussain Chand. Although this daily attempts to take the lead in anti-Ahmadiyya propaganda, its correspondent could not ignore the plight of Rabwah in the said article. Excerpt:
Note: The above is only a part statement on the plight of Rabwah’s civic situation.
Kotli, Azad Kashmir; October, 2010: Kotli has been often mentioned in our monthly reports. The opponents destroyed the gate of the Ahmadiyya mosque last month. Ironically, a police case under PPC 506 was registered against an Ahmadi, Mr. Ameer Qaiser Dawood. Although his bail before arrest was obtained, he was sent behind bars on September 30, 2010. He was released the next day. He feels threatened, but the police and administration hesitate to act against the agitators. His two daughters are doing a computer course in the I.T. Centre. When they were returning home on September 28, 2010, two unknown persons in a car intercepted them in an open market and threatened them with murder. Again on October 2, 2010, when they were returning home, two motor-cyclists called them ‘Mirzai Kafir (infidels)’, abused them on the main road and sped away.
Mr. Dawood’s family is living in great fear. The local police was requested to provide protection but no action has been taken by them.