The International Khatme Nabuwat Movement (IKNM) amir Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki said on Friday that qadianiat was a political movement and not a religion. He said its adherents’ objective was to gain power in Pakistan.
He was speaking on the opening day of the 25th International Khatme Nabuwat Conference in Chiniot.
Makki said with support from foreign countries, the movement had been trying to seize control of the ministries of defence, finance and foreign Affairs.
Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat leader Maulana Alam Tariq said his organisation would shirk no sacrifice in the movement to defend the end of prophethood (tehrik-i-khatme nabuwat) and honour of the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Majlis Ahrar-i-Islam amir Syed Ataul Muhaimim Shah Bukhari urged the participants to abandon sectarian agendas and instead preach the teachings of the Holy Prophet to ensure that the movement achieved its objective.
IKNM Pakistan general secretary Maulana Zahid Mahmood Qasmi said the case of Rimsha Masih was being used to undermine the blasphemy laws. He said protection of the rights of minorities should not be linked to abolition of blasphemy laws. He criticised some non-governmental organisations for trying to secure for the minority population a right to challenge the teachings of Islam.
MPA Maulana Ilyas Chinioti urged the chief of army staff to outlaw the recruitment of Ahmedis in Pakistan Army. He said there was no way the latter could be relied upon to defend the country as they contested the Islamic teachings on jihad (holy war).
IKNM deputy general secretary Muhammad Qadri accused the Ahmedi community of defaulting on hundreds of thousands of rupees in income tax. He called upon the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the matter.
Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, Sunni Tehrik, Jamiat Ulema Pakistan and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat organised separate rallies to mark the day after Friday prayers. Speakers at these rallies praised late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for declaring Ahmedis non-Muslim.
Speaking to a gathering in Rahim Yar Khan, Jamiat Ulema Islam Punjab amir said the media were distorting facts in Rimsha Masih’s case. He said by taking the matter to the police the prayer leader, Khalid Jadoon, had in fact prevented a riot in the neighbourhood.
In Gorot, International Ghausia Forum chairman Maulana Mehboobul Rasool Qadri said that Ahmedis were preaching their faith in Balochistan and Sindh and urged the gathering to keep a watch on such activities.
He said the JUP leadership from across the province would gather in Gorot on September 9 (tomorrow) to discuss holding a Nizam-i-Mustafa Lao, Mulk Bachao Conference.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2012.