Branded an Ahmadi, hakim is expelled from district

Published: November 3, 2011

Police denies expulsion, claims to have closed the clinic to avoid unrest.

HARIPUR: 

A hakim accused of being an Ahmadi and proselytising was expelled from Haripur on Wednesday. The police, however, denied expelling Sheikh Arif from the district and said he had decided to leave himself.

Chased out or left voluntarily?

Haripur police officials said that local ulema, accompanied by officials of a local intelligence agency, visited Arif’s clinic some days back and found Quranic verses painted on its shutter along with a picture of one of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed’s companions.

When they asked Arif why he had painted the picture of an Ahmadi over Quranic verses, he initially said the picture was his ancestor’s but later confessed that he had made a mistake.

The ulema accused him of violating the law that restricted Ahmadis from openly preaching their religion. They demanded a complete ban on his business and his expulsion from the district.

A delegation of the ulema met District Police Officer (DPO) Haripur Muhammad Ali Gandapur, who, according to them, ordered an inquiry against the hakim and expelled him from the district.

Deputy Superintendent Police Raja Abdul Saboor rejected the ulemas’ claim and said the decision to leave was his own.

An inquiry into the allegations against the hakim is yet to be completed, he said.

“Since there was some indication of violation of section 298C of the Pakistan Penal Code (which prohibits Ahmadis from behaving as Muslims), the police has asked the dispensers to close the clinic to avoid unrest,” he added.

Proving otherwise

Talking to The Express Tribune Arif rejected the allegation, “I’m a Barelvi Muslim. I consider [Ahmadis] unbelievers,” he said.

“I met DPO Haripur and took an oath declaring that I was not an Ahmadi and that the painting was copied from a picture on a book on traditional medicine,” he said.

He added that the DPO asked him to avoid Haripur unless he was called for an inquiry.

Arif said he was a qualified hakim and some of his business rivals had conspired to malign him. “The police have arrested two of my staff members.”

The terrified 60-year-old hakim sent two religious decrees issued by Jamia Ashrafia and a mosque Arif frequented for prayers in Lahore, acknowledging that he was not an Ahmadi. He also claimed to have contacted religious scholars to prove his innocence.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • John B
    Nov 3, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Even if he is an Ahmadi, he has nothing to be ashamed of. After all, there are atheists in Pakistan. Did they not violate the Hadith and have become apostate.

    What next, the punjabi Muslim is better than Sindhi Muslim? Repeal the second constitution amendment. Islam means?

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  • Fuad
    Nov 3, 2011 - 1:10PM

    He should be punished anyway.Who knows, he may be a secret Ahmadi!

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  • Mani
    Nov 3, 2011 - 1:35PM

    There is no such thing as a “qualified hakim”

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  • Aryabhat
    Nov 3, 2011 - 1:51PM

    “Islam is a religion of peace”!

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  • M M Malik
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Zafarulla Khan, once the president of All India Muslim League (1930?) and the first foreign minister of Pakistan and a close associate of Jinnah was also a companion of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. His services for the Kashmir cause and Arab Muslims are unprecedented.

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  • R.A
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:46PM

    A question to the Muhafizeen-e-Khatamenabuwat
    How many non believers were thrown out of Madina
    by Khatam-un-Nabiyeen (S A W S ) only bacause of
    their believes.?
    Is this when you ask Muslims to follow the footsteps
    of Holy Prophet (S A W S ) ?
    Holy Prophet (S A W S ) was Rahmatulilalameen
    If you do not like his teachings you are free not to
    accept it.
    Don't become hypocrites which is worse than non believers.
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  • As
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Fuad ppl like u shud be punished and expelled out of the country for such negative thoughts. The guy is a muslim. It has nothing to do whatsoever with his profession

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  • AaK
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Tactics, but y TRIBUNE always give importance to news related to this specific religion (not cast)?

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  • R.A
    Nov 3, 2011 - 4:33PM

    @ Fuad

    I would like to remind you an incident
    A companion of Holy Prophet SAWS once said
    he cofronted a non believer during a battle
    and when he was going to kill him he recited
    Kalima and said I become Muslim do not
    kill me, but I still killed him because his
    Kalima was only for the fear of death
    The answer by Holy Prophet ( S A W S ) was
    DID YOU TEAR APART HIS HEART TO BE SURE
    WHAT YOU WILL DO IF HIS KALIMA STOOD
    BETWEEN YOU AND DOOR TO JANNAT
    Believe it or not it is your choice
    BUT THIS IS THE TRUE ISLAM
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  • A.T
    Nov 3, 2011 - 6:34PM

    O fundamentalists and arrogantly extremist individuals of pakistan, if you claim to be of the chosen and rightly guided ones, perhaps TRY (atleast) to follow Prophet (pbuh) teachings under the true light beware of the consequnces, for you will not be saved on the day of judgement just because you THOUGHT you were defending and propogating Islam, meanwhile committing atrocious crimes against humanity. Prophet (pbuh) own words suffice the matter “Avoid cruelty and injustice for, on the Day of Judgment, the same will turn into several darknesses…”Recommend

  • Adnan
    Nov 3, 2011 - 6:46PM

    This is what happens in a country like ours which has been hijacked by Mulla Military Alliance a long time ago. A Country whose founder had said as a principle; “Religion has nothing to do with the business of state.”

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  • emad asad
    Nov 3, 2011 - 8:51PM

    @adnan:
    Religion has everything to do with the state.thats how it has always been. and how it should be.

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  • Karim
    Nov 3, 2011 - 8:57PM

    @Fuad:

    Hello Fuad,
    I feel sorry for you man. May I ask you who has given you the authority to pass such a judgement.It is unfortunate that you have such extremist views about Ahmadis. It is people like you who are bringing bad name to our beloved country. Please think about what you have said. I am sure when you read life history of the Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings of Allah be upon you will realise that how ignorant you are. Don’t listen to your Mullahs please read Holy Quran with translation try to understand the message of Islam, May Allah guide. If you have time and are really interested to know what Ahmadiya beliefs are then please read books published by Ahmadiya Jamaat and you will find that Ahmadis are not against Muslims at all. These books are available on the internet.

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  • Raja Islam
    Nov 3, 2011 - 9:35PM

    @Fuad:
    Everyone has the right to practice or preach their religion. What difference does it make to a persons profession if he is an Ahmedi or from any other religion?

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  • Jameel
    Nov 3, 2011 - 11:00PM

    @emad asad:
    Religion has everything to do with the state.thats how it has always been. and how it should be.
    See what this religion based state has become; the bloodiest state in the world. This proves a religious state is a big failure and a bad move. Time to separate religion from state.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Nov 4, 2011 - 12:54AM

    @emad asad:

    Well, That’s exactly why we are having so much problems because we have a habit of dragging Religion into everything. Religion is a very sacred thing and let’s not drag it into the dirty business of politics. All the world knows that politics is a dirty game. Let’s implement it on ourselves not on others or for that matter on the state itself.

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  • aqa
    Nov 18, 2011 - 12:16AM

    use of religion against any person is very lucrative business these days in Pakistan. Mullahs who never been to any school are holding the future of Pakistan in their hands and it is ignorant public who has given this responsibility to these mullahs otherwise we do not need beard to attain nearness of Allah, we only need clean heart and pure thought to achieve this noble goal.

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