October 17, 2011: Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad S/O Mr. Akbar Shah has been kidnapped by unknown men. He was riding his motor bike with his children to drop them at the school. When he reached the University Road, men riding a car intercepted him and forced him into the car. The kidnappers have not contacted the family yet.
Mr. Ahmad is 60 years old. He has three sons and three daughters. Mr. Mushtaq is a close relative of Dr. Bashir Ahmad who was kidnapped two years ago.
October 29, 2011: Dr. Shah Muhammad, an ex-president of Ahmadiyya community Kotli, AJK and his son Mr. Fahad Javed were kidnapped on October 29, 2011. He was returning home after having dinner at his relatives’ place at 11 p.m. but did not reach home which was not far away. The next day, the police told his family that his car had been found near Deena, Jhelum, but Dr. Muhammad and his son could not be traced.
September 27, 2011: Dr. Naseem Ahmad and his wife were returning home after closing their clinic at 9:30 p.m. They saw a car which blocked the road ahead of them. Two men came out of the car, one of them dragged Dr. Ahmad out of his car while the other aimed his pistol at his wife. His wife acted with courage and grabbed his pistol. The shots missed. Hearing the noise some people gathered at the scene. The kidnappers lost their nerve and fled the scene. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured. Dr. Ahmad received only minor injuries.
Nawab Shah; October 1, 2011: Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Bhatti is an Ahmadi who sells watches and small electrical gadgets on a cart in Nawab Shah. To his bad luck, a boy came to his cart and picked up a piece of newspaper lying on the ground near his cart, on which some verses of the Holy Quran were written. He told Mr. Bhatti that he had desecrated these verses of the Holy Quran. Mr. Bhatti tried to take that paper from him, but he created hue and cry and gathered a lot of people and accused Mr. Bhatti of blasphemy. People attacked him but he managed to escape and went home. Mr. Bhatti’s younger brother was attending his cart in the afternoon when the police came and detained him.
Later, the provoked mob set Mr. Bhatti’s cart on fire. All his valuable merchandise was destroyed depriving him of livelihood. Mr. Bhatti is now unable to make a living in Nawab Shah and is thinking of moving elsewhere.
October 5, 2011: Mr. Waqas bin Saad is a worker of the Ahmadiyya community in Latifabad, Hyderabad. Someone dropped a threatening note in his mail box, which conveyed: “We have decided to go to paradise. Either you should become a Muslim or risk your life”
A few days later Mr. Saad further received a threatening call from an unknown caller and then received an SMS, which conveyed: “How far will you hide in your house? Recant! There is still some time, otherwise arrange a coffin in which you will be buried.”
Mr. Saad has been advised to remain vigilant. The police and the administration have been informed about the threats.
October 8, 2011: It was reported last month that a convert to Ahmadiyyat, Mr. Dilawar Hussain was murdered in broad day-light while on duty in a school. His non-Ahmadi relatives are angry about it and are unjustifiably blaming the Ahmadiyya community for his death. Mr. Dilawar Hussain joined Ahmadiyyat through an Ahmadi fellow, Mr. Abdul Khaliq. Now he is a target of his angry relatives. Mr. Dilawar’s brother-in-law who is also a nephew of Mr. Abdul Khaliq phoned him from a mobile number 0300-4195513 and threatened him. He blamed Mr. Khaliq for the tragedy and told him that he was furious and would kill him upon seeing him.
Mr. Khaliq feels very disturbed over this threat.
Mr Daud Ahmad and Mr Tahir Mahmud are brothers; they reside and have their business in Okara city. They have been receiving threats on phone for the last six months. However in the past few weeks, the frequency and the severity of threats has gone up considerably. It is noteworthy that the miscreants make these calls from a phone which is indicated at the receiving end as ‘Unknown’ or ‘No number’; this facility ordinarily is available only to official security personnel.
The brothers have reported the matter to the police.
District Sheikhupura: It was reported last month that Mr Dilawar Hussain, an Ahmadi school teacher was murdered in his school on October 1, 2011. The Director Public Affairs of the Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter to concerned political, administrative and police authorities informing them of the attack and conveyed the following additional information:
In the meantime it has been learnt from Kot Abdul Malik of the same district that the mulla of the Ahle-Sunnat mosque declared Ahmadis to be Wajib ul Qatl in his Friday sermon of October 28, 2011 and urged his audience and the government to undertake the killings.
Rawalpindi: Religious bigots have targeted the Ahmadiyya mosque here, in their perpetual drive to destroy, seal, occupy, take over or deny the use of Ahmadiyya places of worship. In this they are often helped by the authorities. Since the promulgation of the infamous Ordinance XX more than 120 such cases have been recorded. The latest target in this vicious drive is the Aiwan-i-Tauhid, the central place of worship of Ahmadis, located in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.
Some mullas supported by a few immoderate traders have launched a campaign to deprive Ahmadis the opportunity to worship in Aiwan-i-Tauhid. They have approached the authorities for this purpose and conveyed to them that their feelings are hurt by Ahmadis’ worship at that location, and have threatened that if Ahmadis are not restricted from using the building for their religious activities, they will themselves stop the Ahmadis from doing so.
These clerics have sought the help and guidance from Mulla Charagh Din of Madrassa Sirajia Nizamia who sometimes ago had led a violent campaign against Ahmadiyya place of worship in his area and had succeeded in having it closed down with the help of authorities.
The Aiwan-i-Tauhid site was acquired by the Ahmadiyya central office in 1997 and got it registered. It has been used ever since for prayers. The government does not tax it for being a place of worship.
The authorities have, however, taken notices of the mullas’ application. They sent for Ahmadi elders to explain their position to the police. This was done. The city administration has carried out its own investigation.
The campaigning clerics are skillful in mischief, agitation, politics and litigation. A grave conspiracy is underway to deprive Ahmadis of their freedom of worship – even worse may be on the cards. Ahmadis have turned to prayers.
A few days ago mullas held a rally in the Satellite Town on this issue. They held a press conference too. Last month they sent a man on suspect mission to enter the Aiwan-i-Tauhid. He was intercepted at the gate and disallowed entry.
Rabwah; October 13 and 14, 2010: Mullas of the Alami Majlis Tahaffuz Khatme Nabuwwat, (an anti-Ahmadiyya organization) held their two-day annual conference in Rabwah instead of holding it at their headquarters in Multan which is 260 kilometers away from here.
Such conferences are permitted regularly in Rabwah where the non-Ahmadis population is only 5% of the total.
This conference at Rabwah poses great threat to the law and order of the town. The administration allowed the conference despite the fact that the Ahmadiyya central office wrote a letter to all the concerned local, provincial and federal authorities requesting them to disallow this sectarian conference in Rabwah by outsiders.
Mullas from all over Pakistan gather here annually. Mostly Deobandi and Wahabi mullas and a few Brelvis participated. Mulla Ata-ur-Rahman of JUP (brother of Maulvi Fazlur Rahman) also attended the conference. Maulvi Muhammad Hussain, Mohibullah, Azizur Rahman Jalandhri, Allah Wasaya, Zahid ur Rashdi, Ahmad Mian Hamadi, Mufti Muhammad Hassan, Alam Tariq (of the banned SSP) etc were among the speakers; most of them are otherwise forbidden to leave their districts during Muharram when the governments shows zero tolerance to any threat to law and order.
As usual, the speakers made abusive and slanderous speeches against the founder and leaders of the Ahmadiyya community. They spoke even against Ch. Muhammad Zafrullah Khan, an Ahmadi and the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan, who was very close and dear to the Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan.
In these conferences, the mullas are free to say what they like, regardless of facts. Later, the press-release by their publicity men repeats the rhetoric for public consumption in the country. For example, the following statements were published in the vernacular press:
This report is based mostly on stories published in the vernacular press, in particular from the daily Jang of October 14 and the Nawai Waqt of October 14 and 15. The mullas made the following demands, inter alia:
One can get a fair idea of the motives of these mullas in the light of above demands.
The maximum attendance was recorded on Friday — approximately 8000. The audience had been transported from out of Rabwah in buses, wagons, cars and rickshaws. Meals were served lavishly. One wonders about the source of funds for all these huge anti-Ahmadiyya rallies.
Such conferences are a great disturbance for Ahmadis in Rabwah. As precautionary measures the schools were closed, women were advised to remain at home, markets remained closed, and hundreds of citizens remained alert to defend the town and its people against a possible attack by participants of this conference. The authorities also had to remain vigilant. The state and society were exposed to great risk by allowing the mullas to assemble at Rabwah where they have no rational claim to converge.
Following mullas participated:
Akram Toofani, Abdul Latif Ashrafi, Muhammad Amjad Madni, Mumtaz Ahmad Kalpar, Muhammad Ismail Shujjabadi, Qazi Ihsan Ahmad, Ziauddin Azad, Azizur Rahman Sani, Faqirullah Akhtar, Abdul Hakeem Naumani, Muhammad Ali Siddiqui, Muhammad Hussain Nasir, Tajammul Hussain, Muhammad Ishaq Saqi, Muhammad Tayyub Farooqi, Muhammad Zahid Waseem, Mufti Muhammad Khalid Mir, Abdul Naeem, Muhammad Arif, Ghulam Mustafa, Ghulam Rasool Deen Poori, Abdul Sattar Haidri, Abdul Sattar Gormani, Abdul Khaliq, Muhammad Khubaib, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Wahab Jalandhri, Abdul Razzaq Mujahid, etc.
Shahdara, Lahore: Mr Muhammad Asif Buttar, of Islampura, Shahdara, Lahore reported the following to community elders, and sought advice:
This area is the same location where an Ahmadi murdered last year and another, Mr Basheer Ahmad, was attacked last month. He was hit by four bullets in the neck, shoulder and stomach. Abu Bakr and his patron MNA are well-known to the police and the administration.
Revenue Society, Johar Town, Lahore; October 8, 2011: Mr. Faisal Yazdani saw a partly burnt copy of the Holy Quran on the wall of his house. He took it from there and disposed it in an appropriate manner. Disposal of Quran can be a very sensitive matter. Many fabricated cases have been registered against Ahmadis in the past on the basis of alleged desecration of the holy book. This is the third incident of this type in the recent past.
October 6, 2011: A Khatme Nabuwwat conference was held in Sargodha on October 6, 2011. This year this conference was extensively advertised through banners and posters. Last year ten thousand men attended this conference; this year attendance was expected to be twice as many, but it was half the previous year’s numbers. This conference has become a big business. Rs. 500 to 1000 were charged from all the shopkeepers. Some traders were given the task of producing banners and posters.
The rally started at 10 p.m. and lasted till the dawn prayers. Majority of the audience were madrassah students. As usual, it was an anti-Ahmadiyya conference. Mr. Shakeel Ahmad, an Ahmadi trader and owner of Zafar Book Depot received three SMS on his mobile phone, in which he was threatened of murder. The police were informed about it. A heavy contingent of police remained vigilant during the conference.
23 October, 2011: An anti-Ahmadiyya conference was held here by Sunni Ittehad Council. The daily Ausaf of October 24, 2011 published its report; extracts:
A Khatme Nabuwwat Conference has been announced in Kaniawali mosque for October 24, 2011. It will be presided by Qari Deen Muhammad Saqib who belongs to Deobandi faction and is an active member of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba. Ahmadis felt very concerned over this program. A conference of the same type was held here ten years ago in 2000, and the next day several Ahmadi worshipers were murdered during their dawn prayers. Ahmadis were advised to take extra precautions to ensure their security.
September 18, 2011: Pachnand has been mentioned frequently in these monthly reports. The mullas, supported by local politicians and the Jamaat Islami continue with their anti-Ahmadiyya campaign. They held a Khatme Nabuwwat rally at the local Lorry Adda on September 18, 2011.
The rally was extensively advertised through banners and posters. It was shown to be held on the occasion of the graduation of (a few) madrassa students, but in fact, the aim was to use the occasion to spread anti-Ahmadi hatred and to incite the participants to implement a social boycott of Ahmadis. Approximately 400 men participated.
The rally was attended by an ex MPA of PML(N), Mulla Abdus Sattar of JI, Mulla Ata Ullah Bindialvi and other clerics. They used venomous language against Ahmadis and urged the audience to implement a social boycott against them.
The social environment is polluted against the Ahmadiyya community in that area and Ahmadi children are facing problems in schools.
The Asian Human Rights Commission posted the following report on its website on October 7, 2011.
The daily Mashriq reported the same story in its issue of October 10, 2011. It reported also that a teacher singled out an Ahmadi student in refusal to coach her in ‘tuition’ on payment. This resulted in her failure to pass the exam. The same daily remarked in an op-ed on October 11, 2011 the following:
Ms. Ayesha Rashid, an Ahmadi has circulated a comment on internet, with the title: Shadows of Endless Nights. It sums up well the situation faced by Ahmadi students and teachers in Pakistan. It is reproduced as Annex to this report.
G-10 and G-11 are the sectors of Islamabad where mostly flats and students’ hostels are located. Members of Tablighi Jamaat instigate the youth against Ahmadis after prayers in the mosques there. After the incident of the murder of Governor Taseer, some youth of Sector E-9 in Islamabad were reported to have said that they would like to kill Ahmadis. This is the sector where officials of security agencies reside.
A debate took place in Bahria University on the subject of death sentence to Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of Governor Taseer. Students, male and female, of post-graduate level took part in it. It is a pity that very few students spoke in favour of the judicial decree, while majority of them spoke in defence of Mumtaz Qadri. Many of them expressed their conviction that they would have themselves killed such a ‘blasphemer’.
October 2011: Prof. Mahmood Ahmad is the district president of the Ahmadiyya community in Kotli, AJK. He teaches in the post-graduate college in Kotli. He noticed anti-Ahmadiyya inscription on the classroom board, rostrum and found a few pieces of papers with inscription like “Qadiani Infidels (Kafir)”, etc. He ignored these hate messages, held the class and left the classroom. Mr. Tasawwar Ahmad, his son attends the same class. His class-mates harassed him and called him an infidel. Later they beat him in the classroom on October 3, 2011. He received many injuries.
Sectarian hatred is now engulfing the next generation of Pakistan, and Ahmadis are the prime target.
Sectarian bigots have distributed hate-filled handbills in various school, colleges and madrassas in Hasilpur. The handbill contains abuse and filth against the founder of Ahmadiyyat, a fabricated story, lies, and a call to curse him 10 times in the morning and evening every day. Its publisher’s name is given as Masood Akhtar Naz M.A.(Ed), LL.B, Retd Headmaster.
The handbill is titled: A cure equally effective for rich and poor. It urges its readers to extend the following curse: “Countless curses on Mirza Qadiani – A hundred thousand curses on Mirzais”. The reader is exhorted to have no social or business dealing with any Ahmadi and to implement a complete boycott of all Ahmadis in all aspects of life. In return it promises care from all ailments, solution to all problems, removal of all hardships, release from prison, peace at home, clearance of all loans and victory in all court cases etc.
This hand-bill is near the ultimate in hate-promotion, falsehood, provocation and deception. Apparently, little action has been taken by the authorities against its publisher and distributors.
October 30, 2011: The situation for Ahmadis is not good for Ahmadis in Hafizabad these days. People have been urged to implement social boycott of Ahmadis. A mulla from Kot Shah Alam came here three months ago and has been very active in agitating the people against the Ahmadiyya community. He has scheduled a big anti-Ahmadiyya rally on October 30, 2011.
October 13, 2011: Anti-Ahmadiyya elements have sent a letter to the District Co-ordination Officer accusing Ahmadis of the unrest in the area and demanded that Ahmadis be stopped from practicing their religion in the village. They have demanded that the minarets be removed from the Ahmadiyya mosque and that Ahmadis be banned from burial in the common graveyard.
Ahmadiyya delegation met the administration, rebutted all the charges, and proposed answers to the communal issues.
A women’s conference was also held in Dahranwali, Hafizabad on October 14, 2011 in which anti-Ahmadiyya hate speeches were made.
Dahranwali is the location where 10 Ahmadi students and one teacher were expelled from local schools last month, for their faith only.
Goleki, District Gujrat: One, Sarfraz Ahmad, an anti-Ahmadi fanatic was murdered by unknown assassins on October 20, 2011 at about 08:15 while going to his job in company of another man. The complainant named seven men as involved in the murder. The fabricated list includes an Ahmadi who is behind bars (in some personal case) and another Ahmadi who is away residing in Switzerland.
It is true that the deceased was a local leader in the anti-Ahmadiyya activities in Goleki, but Ahmadis are not involved in his murder.
It is worth mentioning that in a somewhat similar case an anti-Ahmadi mulla and his son were murdered in Chak Sikandar by unknown killers seven years ago. His brother named 10 Ahmadis falsely as the killers. The court acquitted seven of the accused but sentenced three to death. These three remained in prison for seven years, and were acquitted by the High Court on appeal. In the meantime the real culprits got away scot free.
Rabwah: The authorities have intimated that there is a possibility of another terrorist attack on Ahmadis, and Rabwah to be a probable target. The local police have been instructed by higher authority to be vigilant. The residents have tightened their self-protection measures.
Lathianwala, District Faisalabad; October 10, 2011: Activists of Sunni Tehrik, an extremist politico-religious organization, have been very active against Ahmadis in Faisalabad area for the past few years. They maintain a running feud against Ahmadis and make life very difficult for them. They think it helps them politically.
In September, last year, there was an exchange of firing between the two parties; the Ahmadis decided to defend themselves against perpetual harassment. During the exchange, a passerby was mortally wounded. Ahmadis insisted that it was not their bullet that killed the man. The police, however, entertained the complaint lodged by the Sunni Tehrik, unjustifiably booked seven Ahmadis and arrested four of them. They arrested none from the Sunni Tehrik.
The four Ahmadis who did not kill the passer-by were denied bail and remained in prison for almost a year during the trial held in an anti-terrorist court. Eventually the good judge acquitted them all, and the four detainees were released. They should not have been in prison in the first place, as there was no evidence of their guilt, with the police.
Lahore: Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Governor Salman Taseer deserves a closer look to understand the psychology of extremists and their supporters.
On October 1, 2011, a judge awarded him death sentence on two counts, and fine. In response to the plea of the defence that Qadri acted under religious conviction, the judge decreed, “No one can be given a license to kill”.
This sentence has aroused a great deal of protest and passion among some people, in favour of Qadri. Most Islamist parties, whether political or apolitical condemned the judgment, took out protest rallies and processions and demanded his acquittal. They urged the people to rise in revolt against the prevailing system of justice.
The judge Mr Pervez Ali Shah, has been facilitated to leave the country and live in Saudi Arabia, according to a press report.
Some mullas availed of the occasion to harangue the participants of these rallies, against the Ahmadiyya Community. Qari Zawar Bahadur asserted in a rally in Faisalabad on October 9, 2011 that as the penalty of blasphemy is nothing but death, Ahmadis should be put to death, or a law should be enforced to disallow them residence in this country. Another mulla fabricated the fantasy that the trial judge was an Ahmadi.
Mumtaz Qadri admitted in the court that he had killed the governor. His statement makes interesting reading. A few extracts are translated below from the summary published in the daily Ausaf, Lahore of October 2, 2011:
Organizations that showed concern in favour of Mr Qadri were: Tehrik Islam, Jamia Rizvia Ziaul Aloom, Shabab Islami, ATI, Dawwat Islami, Sunni Tehrik etc.