Harassment: Three Ahmedis accused under blasphemy laws

Published: December 24, 2011

"298 Ahmedis had been charged under the blasphemy laws since 1984," a spokesman for the Jamaat-i-Ahmediya.

LAHORE: 

The police have registered cases under the blasphemy laws against a student and his father in Khushab and a headmaster in Gujrat, all three of them Ahmedis.

Sajeel Ahmed, 18, of Khushab was accused of making derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in a first information report (FIR) registered under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which carries the death penalty. The complainant is his classmate Waqas Nadeem, who said that Sajeel had tried to convert other students and made remarks that hurt their religious sentiments.

Sajeel’s father Hakim Jameel was accused of describing his son as a Muslim in his school admission form, an offence under Section 298-C of the PPC with a penalty of up to three years in prison. The complainant in the case is Qari Saeed Ahmed, who submitted that “the Muslims of Khushab are worried about the increasing number and activities of Qadianis in the city”.

Mujahid Ahmed, Sajeel’s brother, said that the police had registered the cases under pressure from religious leaders. “They have been making announcements at local mosques against Ahmedis and taking out protest rallies,” he said. He said that Qari Saeed had a long-term dispute with his father over property. He said that Saeed’s own son, a former teacher of Sajeel, had given police a statement in support of Sajeel. Previously, Jameel had said the charges against them  were baseless.

Meanwhile in Gujrat, the police registered a case against Basharat Ahmed, headmaster at Government High Schools Kang Chanan, Gujrat, under Section 295-B of the PPC. He is accused of defiling the Holy Quran, an offence that can be punished with life imprisonment.

Ahmed allegedly snatched Arabic books from students who were cheating during exams at his school and threw the books in a pond. The complainant, Qari Mazhar Zargar, accused him of defiling Quranic verses written in those books.

Mubarik Ahmed Chaudhry, the brother of the accused headmaster, said that no one from the school had joined the case against his brother. He said that Zargar was being directed by people who had a property dispute with his brother.

“The teachers have all given statements to the police backing my brother. The police have been put under pressure by clerics here. The case has been registered six days after the alleged incident,” he said.

Sub Inspector Akhtar Shah, the investigation officer for the case, said that the headmaster had been arrested and investigations were ongoing.

A spokesman for the Jamaat-i-Ahmediya said that the community faced “an organised campaign of hatred and persecution” in Pakistan. “The campaign of hatred has reached new heights where even educational institutions are not safe for Ahmedi students and teachers,” he said.

“Such baseless cases against Ahmedis will not deter us,” he said. “This is not the first time that such cases have been registered against Ahmedis and will not be the last one. As in the past, these cases will also be proven false.”

He said that since 1984, 298 Ahmedis had been charged under the blasphemy laws.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Mubarik Ali
    Dec 24, 2011 - 3:59AM

    Blasphemy law is blossoming day and night and time is not far when every dispute between any people will be setteled using this beautiful law. Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Dec 24, 2011 - 6:38AM

    The blasphemy law is un-Islamic, there is no worldly punishment in the Scriptures. The punishment is in the hereafter.

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  • Mehdi Hassan Zafari
    Dec 24, 2011 - 7:38AM

    @ Mubarik Ali

    I hope you are being sardonic!

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  • Ich Dien
    Dec 24, 2011 - 9:28AM

    “Ahmed allegedly snatched Arabic books from
    students who were cheating during exams at his
    school and threw the books in a pond. The
    complainant, Qari Mazhar Zargar, accused him of
    defiling Quranic verses written in those books.”

    So he defiled holy text but the students who were using the holy text to cheat have nothing to answer for? Don’t know about others but i’ve been taught by my parents thats using the quran to help in lie or cheat is also a huge disrespect.

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  • Feroz
    Dec 24, 2011 - 12:56PM

    The Judiciary in Pakistan must be congratulated for never having challenged this Blasphemy Law. The country is forever looking at ways to reach new strategic depths. Better to enact a new law, call out all non Muslims bury them six foot under and rejoice. It will prove itself the land of the pure and be a shining example for Islam, a Religion of Peace.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 24, 2011 - 1:47PM

    If only Pakistanis thirsted for scientific knowledge the way they persistently fling blasphemy charges; this nation would have been a superpower by now.

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  • Anonymous
    Dec 24, 2011 - 2:50PM

    That’s why we need bands like Beghariyat Brigade – the true spirit and voice of Pakistanis.

    Mullahs rally like headless chickens without even considering the possibility that the cases maybe just allegations, let alone examine them.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 24, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Blashphemy Law to removed. some selfish people just take advatange of it

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  • Shayan
    Dec 24, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Nothing wrong with the law. The problem lies in intolerance. Salman Taseer was not hanged.

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  • R.A
    Dec 24, 2011 - 4:01PM

    THE FACT IS THAT
    Ahmadis love Islam Holy Prophet S A W S
    and Quran more than any one else.
    This claim can not be defeated with argument
    by the so called ulemas.
    All what is left for them is to use false
    accusations. But they always forget that
    ALLAH IS ALL KNOWING
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  • agnostic
    Dec 24, 2011 - 4:42PM

    @shayan “Nothing wrong with the law. The problem lies in intolerance”

    Really? Blasphemy law is the ultimate symbol of intolerance. It is too obvious to every one in the world except the intolerant religious fundoos.

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  • Cautious
    Dec 24, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Join the 21st century — do something that would improve your xenophobic reputation — get rid of these antiquated barbaric laws.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 24, 2011 - 7:12PM

    Let’s form local citizens’ committees to protect victims’ lives and property.
    Use force if necessary since the State and it’s organs such as Para military forces, police, Judiciary and civil administration have failed to protect victims.Recommend

  • Umer Toor
    Dec 24, 2011 - 7:25PM

    We can understand that a person is punishable if he tries to sell copy versions of, say, Coca-Cola or even for using its logo and stuff; but we have started to called culprits as ‘victims’ for using nomenclature of Islam and abuse sacred ‘copyrights’! – which are far more important to Traditional Muslims than anythingRecommend

  • Janjua
    Dec 24, 2011 - 9:50PM

    I’m a born Ahmadi and asn an Ahmadi I believe that Holy Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) is Khatam-un-Nabiyyeen and the Seal of Prophets. He’s the Emperor of all Prophets. How come an Ahmadi can ever pass any derogatory remarks against our Beloved Holy Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W). His love is the part of our religion how can we disrespect him ever! Since my childhood I’ve been listening to beautiful Naats narrating the Greatness of Holy Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) and I can never understand why an Ahmadi can ever be charged for Blasphemy.

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  • Janjua
    Dec 24, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @Umer Toor:
    I don’t think “Islam” can be compared with a soft drink company. It’s a great religion and only ALLAH Knows Who is On Right Path and Who is following the Right Islam. Ahamdi muslims are following the true teachings of Islam and they do not care if you think they are not Muslims because it is only ALLAH Who Knows that they are True followers of Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) and His Peaceful Islam. Islam Zinda Baad and Pakistan Paainda Baad!

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  • Umer
    Dec 25, 2011 - 12:25AM

    One very important detail is that such cases are vastly restricted to middle Punjab area which is ruled by a certain political party; the same party which also had incidents of Gojra and Shanti Nagar under its auspices. This should make it very clear how certain political elements help create a certain environment to gain support of the extremists groups for their political end.

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  • Umer
    Dec 25, 2011 - 12:41AM

    One very important detail is that such cases are vastly restricted to middle Punjab area which is the stronghold of a certain political party; the same party which also had incidents of Gojra and Shanti Nagar under its auspices. This should make it very clear how certain political elements help create a certain environment to gain support of the extremists groups for their political end.

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  • Hussain Syed
    Dec 25, 2011 - 5:22AM

    @Shayan: Quit living in denial. What is the purpose of a law if it doesn’t purpose the people and puts the lives of people under risk? There is a HUGE problem with the law, open your eyes.

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  • Hussain Syed
    Dec 25, 2011 - 5:37AM

    @Umer Toor: Yet the similarities that Islam has with Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity, aren’t plagiarisms? i know your reply to this will be, “It’s not plagiarism, it’s perfection. Those religions came from Allah as well.” Yet, if you ask an Ahmadi the same question, his reply will also be the exact same. It’s irony and hypocrisy — that’s all I can say. Keep living in fool’s paradise bud.

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  • athar mahmood
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:28AM

    firstly i appreciate the reporter for filing this case in front of us.such cases are on peak in Pakistan.Parliament should try to remove such laws.

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  • Roshan Zameer
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:52AM

    “Al Hafeez o AL Amman”…may Allah protect the innocent souls and bring down these liars and cheaters and save Islam from the tyrants of this era! AmeenRecommend

  • Mustafa
    Dec 25, 2011 - 12:16PM

    Pakistan. My god, a hilarious country. The things people fret about there.

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  • Dec 27, 2011 - 12:48PM

    Stop these religious extremist. Its a shamful act for Islam and Pakistan. Be tolerant and plz dont use religion as a threatening tool for your ill will. Religious extremist must be condemned at all levels.

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  • 2010pices
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:40PM

    I always have tear when I see or hear any child killed by Israel, and they are doing same with us. I always have same feeling when I see someone Muslim or any other in trouble.
    It is only proving the saying of Holly Prophet(PBUH) by mentioning his two fingers that like these Jews and Muslims will be same.

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  • 2010pices
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:56PM

    If a case is made through political pressure, should not be given any importance in court. I hope Pakistani system this time help them because this case is made under threat, and therefore is void.

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  • Harry Stone
    Jan 18, 2012 - 6:18AM

    no freedom of religion here.

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