Clerics attack Ahmadi house, torture family in Punjab

Published: March 26, 2013

Mob reportedly attacked an Ahmadi man's house over his refusal to convert, PHOTO: FILE

KASUR: Local clerics attacked a house belonging to an Ahmadi family in the Kasur district of Punjab on Tuesday and subjected the family members to violence allegedly over their religious belief, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A mob led by a local cleric chanted slogans against Ahmadi families, their religious beliefs and their community before breaking into Mansoor’s* house in the Shamsabad area.

The five members of Mansoor’s family tried to take refuge in a room but the mob broke into the room as well.

Police personnel were reportedly present at the spot but did not take any action against the mob.

Mansoor was severely tortured after which he lost consciousness, while his wife and his 70-year-old uncle were also beaten.

Mansoor was shifted to a hospital where authorities claimed that he is in critical condition.

Sheikh Yousaf, Head of the Ahmadi community in Kasur, told The Express Tribune that he had repeatedly asked the DPO Kasur to establish a police check post in the area as they had been receiving threats since six months. He said that the DPO had agreed to his demands but the local MNA created hurdles in establishment of the check post.

He claimed that the police had deliberately left the Ahmadi family at the mercy of the mob, and the clerics who attacked that threatened the family to convert to their religion or face consequences.

The house was attacked when Mansoor refused to convert, Yousaf added.

*Name has been changed to protect identity

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Reader Comments (130)

  • M Ali Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:11PM

    the bigotry and hatred is not what bothers me. its the usage of violence by such mobs and their ability to escape ANY punishment from the law that really makes me mad.

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  • Asad
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Welcome to NayaPakistan where such incidents will become norm. PTI solute you for your alliance with JI – usurper of minority rights.

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  • Umer
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:17PM

    He said that the DPO had agreed to his demands but the local MNA created hurdles in establishment of the check post.

    Does the local MNA happen to belong to PMLN as was the case in Badami Bagh incident? If so what a coincidence that a certain party is so openly supporting such violence.

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  • Mj
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Such incidents are becoming more and more frequent. Hateful ideology has penetrated deep into the society and will destroy us all. If there is a silent majority of peaceful moderates it needs to speak up now or be considered complicit in such atrocities.

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  • Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:23PM

    I am an educated and practicing Muslim, the mob in Qasur just slapped my face.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Pakistan for you…..

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  • vasan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Theoretically there were/are discussions as to what is the Pakistan Jinnah wanted and promised. Practically what has Pakistan become is all there to see for everyone. It does not matter what Jinnah wanted or promised, but it matters as to how Pakistanis interpreted it.

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  • Jibran
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:39PM

    @Umer:
    This party has electoral alliance with the banned outfits. What else you expect?

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  • Mar 26, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Things are getting more and more dire in Pakistan in terms of religious extremists and hatemongers having a free run in carrying out ‘terrorism’.

    It is time Pakistan passed strict laws against hate speech, laws that equate hate-speech to ‘incitement to terrorism’ with life sentences for the perpetrators.

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  • akash
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:43PM

    what can be expected where a provincial govt. strikes deal for election with terrorist org like ASWJ.

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  • Z.Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Just on 23rd of March right under Minare-Pakistan, new hope for Pakistan, PTI Chief IK pledged to rise against atrocities committed to minorities of Pakistan. Hope he or some of his close collegues must have read this story. But why he or any one should bother. These days top priority is fetch the power with what so ever means are available. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • M
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:49PM

    I have never been able to understand why our so called authorities will not send people to areas where minorities live to preach the Muslims living around them how their religion commands them to be people of peace and tolerance and not ones who harbour a gross superiority complex over other faiths. As soon as there is any news of possible discontent brewing between communities, mediating sensible forces must be sent to engage in sensible dialogue. Why do you let situations be exacerbated to this extent? Are we not human, all equal in the eyes of God? Can I not be a Pakistani if I am Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Ahmedhi, or Shia?

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  • Aziz Bhatti
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:53PM

    Location: Joseph Colony, Lahore
    Incident: Mob attack
    Date: 09/03/2013
    Community: Christians
    Damage: Houses burnt
    Action taken by authorities:
    Action after the incident: compensation announced, CJ suo moto action, Chief minister and several sympathies, media spoke loud and clear against the incident, etc.

    Location: Lahore
    Incident: Mob attack
    Date: 26/03/2013
    Community: Ahmadis
    Damage: Physical attack, critical condition
    Action taken by authorities: None
    Action after the incident: (…….) world is watching Pakistan – shame!

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  • Umer
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Why do these incidents happen so frequently in Punjab under the government of a certain party? Why do people give vote to such parties? Are we a majority bigots’ nation?

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  • Obama
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:01PM

    Well, it is non sense at its height and saddens me personally. I wonder if Muslims themselves are safe in Pakistan, forget the minorities.

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  • xyz
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:02PM

    @Asad: where is JI here and when did PTI allaince with JI.only seat adjustment

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  • Umer
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:04PM

    The Asian Human Rights Commission
    (AHRC) has received information
    regarding the attacks on the houses
    belonging to Ahmadis. The attackers
    were from two religious organizations,
    the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SP) and
    Khatm-e-Nabowat (KN) and were provided
    with protection by the police during
    the attack. The local in-charge of the
    Ahmadiya Jamat was seriously injured
    when he was beaten by the crowd and
    dumped on the street as if he was
    dead.

    The members of the Ahmadiya community
    are virtually under house arrest and
    the police have warned them to vacate
    the houses. The member of the national
    assembly from the ruling party of
    Punjab province and the highest police
    officer from the district have
    extended their support to the
    attackers in order to get votes in the
    coming elections.

    The houses of Ahmadis are under attack and the police are providing protection to the attackers

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  • Ibrahim
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:10PM

    Unless we educate our masses these problems will continue to surface. The so called Mullah’s have had a field day so far putting in the wrong kind of believes in the minds of people as namesake for education and the governments over the past few decades have not even bothered to consider education as one its primary policy. I cant blame the people its basically the government that failed to provide education to its people which basically left a void in the society so as to be exploited by the religious fanatics.

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  • Visibly
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:10PM

    It appears the clerics are known. Have they been arrested?

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  • Omair Homaey
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:10PM

    And these clerics claimed to be muslims

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  • Fanta
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Punjab has become a hotbed of such barbaric religious intolerance that it is defies belief!

    And to Asad, thank you for playing politics on this depressing news. Kudos to you!

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  • AgentXXX
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:18PM

    India is fostering communal disharmony in Pakistan to destabilize it once again.

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  • Ibrahim
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:22PM

    I cant seem to get the connection between this incident + PTI and its mere seat adjustment with JI in KPK as highlighted by one of the users…if any one of you has managed to get the link between this article and the users comments then please enlighten me as well….as a nation we seem to be politicizing every thing without taking into account its relevance.

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  • Adnan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Beware of the specific agenda that PML(N) is promoting and for that it is getting assistance some of our thought to be friendly big brother like friends. Please do not vote for PML (N) as they will make the whole country into mercenary protecting specific beliefs…

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  • Kashif Zia
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:31PM

    @Ibrahim: Its not so much about education. Most of the mob members would be educated (i suspect). Its about vested interests and politics of certain groups. These elements (SP, KN, etc.) were always willing to attack minorities. But were not so much powerful before. More powerful and being supported by local politicians now, the frequency of these incidents has increased a lot.

    The politics of votes is making the situation worse.

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  • Umer
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:33PM

    All this is happening becuase there is no rule of law. Let PTI come and then we’ll see such people are either stopped from such attacks or given harsh punishments to restore justice. PML N can never resolve these issues and over 5 years they have shown their incompetence.

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  • manzoor ahmed
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:37PM

    A thorough Judicial probe is required.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:38PM

    @Asad:
    “Welcome to NayaPakistan where such incidents will become norm. PTI solute you for your alliance with JI – usurper of minority rights”

    .
    Give IK 19 minutes and all will be fixed, with a little help from JI.

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  • Tee
    Mar 26, 2013 - 5:49PM

    @Asad:

    Rather than asking the govt in charge, you’re asking for somebody who is not in power. Quite bright.

    And read the news item again where local ‘MNA’ of the Govt is involved.

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  • Visibly
    Mar 26, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Maybe we can accept that it is impossible to “delete blasphemy laws” in Pakistan today. But it would be a start if Pakistan started introducing laws in favour of tolerance of diversity. A number of democratic countries still have blasphemy laws, but they are almost never used (difficult to delete a law). Instead these laws have been replaced by Hate Speech Laws to reflect the tolerance of diversity in the society. The Hate Speech Laws, which should have been denoted Law of Tolerance, often include ethnic group, race, gender, skin colour, national origin, faith or sexual orientation. I.e., these laws specifically express tolerance of “other people” and “minorities” in society (as long as the other people don’t disturb you).
    Or one could say it so simply: It is a law protecting the Golden Rule in terms on human interaction. Love, compassion, friendship rather than animosity and hate.
    So, can Pakistan start teaching its children the Golden Rule? Tolerance?

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  • osama
    Mar 26, 2013 - 6:16PM

    @asad I guess pti is responsible for everything that ails Pakistan, the universe, the human soul.

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  • Ibrahim
    Mar 26, 2013 - 6:35PM

    I can see a fair amount of PTI following over here……….hmmmmm………so apparently the educated segments of our society have made up their mind………if the defense of PTI in this article is a yard stick to go by I can see IK getting a 2/3rd majority in the upcoming elections.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 - 6:46PM

    Police personnel were reportedly present at the spot but did not take any action against the mob.
    The police were there to see the fun of beating the innocent people. They committed more crime than the culprits. They deserve to be dismissed from service and imprisonment.
    The CJ of Supreme Court should immediately take this as a crime against human rights. Let us hear what Mr.Imran Khan comment on this inhuman act.

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  • Humanity
    Mar 26, 2013 - 6:56PM

    @Abid P. Khan wrote “Give IK 19 minutes and all will be fixed, with a little help from JI.”

    You mean the same JI who is responsible for creating and spreading the ideology of hatred that drives these mobs, who are then used by the politicians to solidify their voter base.

    Do you expect the hangman to protect the victim?

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  • Feroz
    Mar 26, 2013 - 6:59PM

    It seems the purification of Pakistan is happening at a rapid pace. Now just a few minority souls are left to be sent into the arms of their Creator. Nobody commenting it is an CIA/RAW/Mossad plot to tarnish the reputation of Pakistan ?

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  • Ammar
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:11PM

    @M Ali Khan:
    “the bigotry and hatred is not what bothers me. its the usage of violence by such mobs and their ability to escape ANY punishment from the law that really makes me mad.”

    Bigotry and hatred did not bother you? It is this hatred and bigotry that has led to the violence. When society as a whole do not stop the hatred and bigotry this what happens.

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  • Breaking Bad
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Not that this justifies the crime but junior ranking police officers do not have enough power authority and salary to go against the mob. I am sure still lot of police officers will be willing to do it but the big brother has to support them. IGs and their bosses.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 - 7:30PM

    These kind of Mullahs and their followers are giving a very bad image of Islam. They just cannot succeed with this kind of activities. Does Pakistan believe in the international charter of human rights.

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  • Blind
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Mr. Admin etc or whatever you are!! you did not publish my two comments previously simply because they did not match with the certain ‘view point’ that you have decided to spread, you are working on a certain agenda.

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  • Eusha Bajwa
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:43PM

    This is absolutely absurd and stupid!.. such people should be caught and summarily executed outside kachehri..they have ruined Pakistan and our religion’s sanctity..

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  • Ayaz Ahmed
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:52PM

    just read some lines and u will understand how coward people they are who atacking on womns and a 70 year old person ..and to whom we are giving our taxes how lovely they protecting us … this is pakistan

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  • Ducky
    Mar 26, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Im not a supporter of PTI, but obviously PML N is to blame in this case. Though I can foresee cases similar to this occurring if PTI takes over.

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  • Azeem Hassan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:28PM

    it is very sorry and very bad, bigotry and hatred, why? Everyone should be free to opt any ideology keeping in view the care of others sanctity, To do such action against whosoever is very shameful and condemn-able.
    *emphasized text

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  • Azeem Hassan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:39PM

    @Umer: Yes we are ….

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  • Azeem Hassan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:46PM

    All of them are excluding minorities and PPP are the same@Humanity:

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  • Azeem Hassan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:48PM

    all of the political and religious parties excluding PPP and minorities are the same here in pakistan@Ducky:

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  • Falcon
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:56PM

    @Asad:
    I simply can’t fathom how were you able to tie the brutality to PTI? Isn’t the local MNA associated with PMLN?

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  • Humanity
    Mar 26, 2013 - 8:58PM

    @Moderator .. PLEASE DO NOT CENSOR

    @Abid P. Khan wrote “Give IK 19 minutes and all will be fixed, with a little help from JI.”

    You mean the same JI who is responsible for creating and spreading the ideology of hatred that drives these mobs, who are then used by the politicians to solidify their voter base.

    Do you expect the hangman to protect the victim?

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  • Asad
    Mar 26, 2013 - 9:21PM

    @Falcon

    First see how many ppl recommended my comment, it’s democracy which you strongly believe in as Insaafian.

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  • Nasira Bashir (an Ahmadi)
    Mar 26, 2013 - 9:22PM

    all the game must be a plan as Badami bagh was!! we all know who did and why!! i hate our leaders whom running my country and creating differences among a nation. @Humanity:

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  • Mj
    Mar 26, 2013 - 9:42PM

    @Khan:

    What are your thoughts on Bukhari Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57. The mob was just following an example set earlier.

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  • shahid
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Where exactly is the “Khadim-e-Aalaa” when these things are happening? It has happened in Gojra, in Badami Bagh, here and in many many other places. If his writ does not prevail in Kasur next door to Lahore then where does it get exercised? Shame on our governments, our establishments and in fact on all of us for not being able to protect our communities.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Why isn’t this a lead-in news?

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:13PM

    @Humanity:
    “You mean the same JI who is responsible for creating and spreading the ideology of hatred that drives these mobs, who are then used by the politicians to solidify their voter base. …”

    .

    Yes, it is the same JI which opposed the very formation of Paleedistan. Leader of the movement demanding it was Kaafir e Aazam, according to so-called Maulana Mauduudi. The very same people started purifying this “Paleedistan” already in 1953. They were the ones who created the first mass unrest and struck at the very root of the country naming themselves as the purifiers.

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  • Burjor
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:13PM

    The very first duty of the state is to provide for safety to its citizens. When this is not done the state losses its moral authority, this is what the status quo is.

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  • WB
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:24PM

    @Asad: Thank the PMLN for this! They’re in-charge

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  • WB
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:26PM

    @Asad: Local MNA, guess which party he belongs to??

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  • Marxist
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:30PM

    A true Muslim country. No rights for non Muslims.

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  • WB
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:34PM

    @Ibrahim: I guess you’re uneducated so go vote for PMLN/Zardari

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  • An Ahmadi Muslim
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:40PM

    “O Allah! We make You a shield against the enemy and we seek Your protection against their evil designs.”

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  • Happens
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:44PM

    This is a very sad incident . Mullahs don’t have right to condemn or attack any Muslim or non-Muslim . But personally I don’t consider Ahmadis as Muslims .

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  • v
    Mar 26, 2013 - 11:31PM

    This is a RAW and CIA conspiracy to defame Pakistan.

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  • Mullah man
    Mar 26, 2013 - 11:45PM

    Pakistan has become the laughing stock of the civilised world. We have a begging bowl in one hand and a visa application to the west in the other, we have become a nation of thugs and jails , we need to rename ourselves Mullahstan

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  • Dajjal
    Mar 27, 2013 - 12:36AM

    If this is what religion has to offer, then what good is religion???

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  • Jamshed
    Mar 27, 2013 - 12:46AM

    The people committing these inhuman acts will be the loudest in condemning the Burmese for treatment of the Rohingyas or the treatment of Muslims at the hands of Sri Lankans.

    Lesson: When you mistreat people, you are in no moral position to “request” good treatment for your own kind.

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  • Saim
    Mar 27, 2013 - 3:45AM

    @Asad: You have got to be kidding me. What does PTI have to do with this. IK was the first person to visit Quetta and sit down and express grief. IK was the first to actually express condolence and grief with the Shia Doctor that was shot dopwn with his kid. PML-N and the stooges went there after 4 days put of compulsion. You HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.

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  • ahmad
    Mar 27, 2013 - 4:31AM

    Did u hear any mention on any tv show?

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  • Falcon
    Mar 27, 2013 - 5:06AM

    @Asad:
    How many people recommended your comment is irrelevant. Popularity does not make a false accusation a truth.

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  • MA
    Mar 27, 2013 - 6:05AM

    Bring IK Sahib to the Throne and watch how this kingdom changes for the better

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  • Muslim
    Mar 27, 2013 - 6:15AM

    its all dirty politics!!! For them, the value of innocent lives is nothing! So sad

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 27, 2013 - 8:38AM

    That should be ‘they have been receiving threats for six months’. Thanks

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 27, 2013 - 8:39AM

    It pains me a lot to see Quaid’s Pakistan heading for self-destruction.

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  • Enlightened
    Mar 27, 2013 - 8:43AM

    The sectarian violence against minorities is bound to increase multifold after PMLN is voted to power. Sad but true.

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  • Danish Zaidi
    Mar 27, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Minorities in Pakistan should get protection from government.

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  • Feroz
    Mar 27, 2013 - 11:13AM

    @Muslim:
    This is not Politics but Religion gone berserk. Once religion is introduced into the Constitution of a country its effect as an opiate will contaminate the functioning of Politics, Judiciary, Clergy, Institutions, Citizens and Law enforcement machinery alike.
    What the framers and usurpers who tampered with the Constitution were thinking about when they introduced discriminatory provisions and amendments, only they can answer. If citizens lose their capacity to stare TRUTH in the face and recognize it, not only are they doomed but their country will be doomed too. Please come out of your shell and acknowledge it is not only politics that can be bad, Religion when misused can tear the fabric of society apart.

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  • N A Malik
    Mar 27, 2013 - 1:22PM

    Very Sad to read that in Islamic Republic of Pakistan such persecution and discrimination is going on against Ahmadiyya Muslims and Christians since 1974 in the name of Islam. Citizens of Pakistan should realise that where their country is heading to since 1974. ( Floods, Earthquake, Terrorism, Corruption, Food shortage, Electricity shortage, Suicide bombings, Security, Unemployment, No go Areas ). May Allah open their eyes and hearts to accept all the citizens of Pakistan as one Nation.

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  • W Akhtar
    Mar 27, 2013 - 1:54PM

    What a disgrace!

    People, give IK a chance, he is the only ray of hope in the current circumstances

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  • Z.Khan
    Mar 27, 2013 - 2:28PM

    @Saim:
    But where is IK in this incident. Why he is being dragged as on 23rd March he is the one who spoke to rise against the cruelties committed to minorities. At least he could have visited the grieved family or could have issued made some statement on the incident. Silence means agreeing to such acts. Rest every one has already been tested in this country. He is the only hope for change. However if he is also keeping mum means no light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • Humble
    Mar 27, 2013 - 3:49PM

    Torture is never a solution to something like this. It would be obvious that some other element is involved in these activities.

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  • Intisar
    Mar 27, 2013 - 5:51PM

    @Humble. Torture is never a solution to something like this. It would be obvious that some other element is involved in these activities.

    “What other elements”….We should stop blaming others and start looking inside. We are reponsible for what we do, no one else. Not India, nor Israel and certainly not UK or USA. We the muslims of land are responsible and answerable. We will be held accountable.

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  • Burjor
    Mar 27, 2013 - 6:17PM

    A time will come when ordinary people, potential targeted people will take matters into their own hands. Why should anyone put up with a state, which fails to give protection?. If you know you are a potential target, would you not take the required action?, or put it in other words, there will be revenge attacks.
    This can escalate matters drastically. The state, the army, the rangers the Law enforcement agencies should know that the ordinary folks are crying for help. If this help is not forth coming people with the means will find other ways of settling scores. The state has to put security for its population, wherever, whoever, on top priority, i.e. increase both the quality and quantity of Law Enforcement Agencies, make them effective. Use technology to the maximum extent. Keep round the clock tab on the extremists. Keep monitoring people who spread extremism, either in religious gatherings, over the media, wherever and however this is done. There has to be a very strong, long term resolve to counteract terrorism. This is a life and death matter for many people.

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  • Morons
    Mar 27, 2013 - 7:48PM

    @Humble: “Torture is never a solution to something like this
    You speak if there is a problem that you need to find a solution to. If some one differs with you in belief, it is not your problem. Leave the matter of faith to individuals.

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  • Choudry A
    Mar 27, 2013 - 8:12PM

    CAN WE ACHIVE NEYA PAKISTAN AFTER THESE INCIDENTS LIKE IN BADAMI BAG + KASURE. ???????????

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  • aqureshi
    Mar 27, 2013 - 9:05PM

    If you are a PTI supporter then you must understand that jamaat islami is a party which has promoted intolerance in the name of religion and destroyed our society unity. They have fooled Bhutto and now IK is doing the same mistake. Jamaat is a party of gangters,killers and goons which has used religion to further their political agenda. They always try to get few seats by riding the back of politicians. My question to you is how IK is going to stop intolerance and bigotry and bring justice to marginalised pakistanis if he is partnering with a party which has extremist ideology. I firmly believe and you can note it that IK is going to lose big time if he continue to work with extremist parties especially JI@Ibrahim:

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Mar 27, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @aqureshi:
    “… I firmly believe and you can note it that IK is going to lose big time if he continue to work with extremist parties especially JI@Ibrahim:”

    .
    That is where his heart belongs. It would be very silly of him not to work with them. They are his natural chums.

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  • Amir
    Mar 28, 2013 - 7:40AM

    Can our new Caretaker CM in Punjab do anything about it?

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  • Nadeem
    Mar 28, 2013 - 8:03AM

    As of today this news is not covered by any major channel or paper. Looks like it is a paid story to get political stay abroad.

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  • KTShamim
    Mar 28, 2013 - 10:33AM

    Very sad. Until this government changes its stance on this core issue other minorities can only hope to have their situation worsened.

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  • Farhad
    Mar 28, 2013 - 12:58PM

    No justice for Ahmadies in Pakistan and even media don’t dare to address such issuesRecommend

  • Morons
    Mar 28, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @Nadeem: How shameless can you get??Recommend

  • Mubarak
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:07PM

    May Allah help us and keep us safe from negative intentions of these extremists..

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  • Mar 31, 2013 - 10:41PM

    Admin u didnt show my comments

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  • laeeq ahmen
    Apr 1, 2013 - 1:43PM

    its a sad news for Pakistan but this has been going on for a very long time against Ahmedis all over Pakistan, it shows that there is no rule of law and few people get together under the police protection and do as they please and even the so called fair chief justice of supreme court who takes sumo motto notices left right and center does not take any action at all when it comes to ahmedis persecution, the entire society as a whole is responsible for this extreme intolerance , having said all this i know this will not change unless or until we as a nation unite against them other wise we will see more fierce religious fundamentalists (Taliban or like them)take over of Pakistan and ultimate destruction of Pakistan which was made due to a lot of sacrifice not long ago. Time has come to take stand and uphold whats right now against this religious intolerance or else this will spread like fire and will destroy all of us because if the fire gets out of hand it destroys completely as in the case of talibanisation culture we are seeing with our own eyes.
    rise as a nation against this or else wait for your turn………………

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  • Stranger
    Apr 1, 2013 - 3:26PM

    First of all, hats off to Express Tribune and all those, who have been bringing up these matters into lime light as there had been lots of similar cases for several years which have never been reported.

    I think its a test case for the newly appointed caretaker chief minister of Punjab Mr. Najam Sethi that how does he responds to this issue as he was very clear in his initial statements being CM.

    Hope that justice will prevail and strong action would be taken in this regard.

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  • mubariz
    Apr 1, 2013 - 4:11PM

    this act of creulty lead to more n more darknessRecommend

  • Noman Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2013 - 6:28PM

    The culprits should be sentenced and the government should provide security to ahmadis as its a peaceful jamat .

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  • Noman Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2013 - 6:35PM

    The culprits should be sentenced and the government must regulate such laws providing safety to Ahmadis and other minorities as well . Ahmadis are a peaceful jamat .

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  • nauman najam
    Apr 1, 2013 - 8:06PM

    i request the concern authorities to take this opportunity to show the courage to bring real justice and if not, than there is no doubt that Allah will not take revenge himself instead of those innocent affected peoples.

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  • Apr 1, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Things are getting more and more dire in Pakistan in terms of religious extremists and hatemongers having a free run in carrying out ‘terrorism’.
    It is time Pakistan passed strict laws against hate speech, laws that equate hate-speech to ‘incitement to terrorism’ with life sentences for the perpetrators.

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  • @SaAd
    Apr 1, 2013 - 10:40PM

    Another heartsoring and despicable assault on Ahmadies by these brainwashed, ferocious lunatics living in our beloved country. Human Rights apart, these satanic people can’t even follow their own peaceful and lovely religion “ISLAM” in the true manner. MAy Allah obliterate all those who he has willed to keep misguided. Ameen!

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  • Dr Imran Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2013 - 11:51PM

    Should there not be a clear shoot to kill policy by Police against mobs or armed groups displaying weapons which they refuse to lay down or those conducting violence against defenceless individuals?

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  • Adeel
    Apr 1, 2013 - 11:58PM

    Thankyou for this article, and for creating awareness of the facts of the tragic happening. May Allah save Pakistan!

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  • Ishtiaq
    Apr 2, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Nobody has such time to do all these things. This is happening with the support of somebody and our people are used by others. Education and equality will make Our Pakistan Stronger. I repeat with addition Education equality. May ALLAH save our Pakistan from all types of burning.

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  • Ishtiaq
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:04PM

    @Omair Homaey:
    These clerks know nothing themselves they are been used.

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  • khurram
    Apr 2, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Respected, Mr Najam Sethi
    on this topic it is too difficult for any politician to take action against extremists but we know you on behalf of media and journalism, i want to say you that please make some gentle decisions for these extremists in punjab.
    thanks
    khurram
    kunri sindh.

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  • Aqeel Ur Rehman
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:46PM

    i request the concern authorities to show the courage for real justice and if not, than no doubt that Allah take revenge himself instead of those innocent affected people. we ahmedies believe in love,. humanity and peace.

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  • Ibrahim Faquir Muhammad
    Apr 2, 2013 - 10:19PM

    This is an extremely unfortunate situation, and the concerned authorities should provide justice to the affected people.

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  • trace
    Apr 3, 2013 - 12:29AM

    May ALLAH protect all ahmadis from these illeterate mullahs.
    Ameen

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  • awan
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:45AM

    O Allah ‘we are humans please help us’ May Allah open their eyes and hearts to accept all the citizens of Pakistan as one Nation. dear all ahmadies please keep praying against all this evils may Allah help us and he is the one who help us

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  • N Nabil
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:05PM

    If a human it self doesn’t have any self respect for himself or his brother towards this brutal attack, whatsoever its a Policeman or an ordinary person .

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  • Kashif Ahmadi
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Police and Maulan should fear Allah on their very shameful act.

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  • aab
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:56AM

    it is very sorry and very bad, bigotry and hatred, why? Everyone should be free to opt any ideology keeping in view the care of others sanctity

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  • aab
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Everyone should be free to opt any ideology keeping in view the care of others sanctity

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 4, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Wondering where is Human Rights Commision. May Allah bless this country.

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  • Kamran
    Apr 4, 2013 - 1:51PM

    This is not the sayings of Huzoor – e – Akram (Peace Be Upon Him) BUT we count ourselves in the line of followers of Huzoor – e – Akram (Peace Be Upon Him).
    This is not what the teachings of Islam BUT we count ourselves in the Muslims.

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  • TAP
    Apr 4, 2013 - 4:16PM

    It’s really sad to see such events when innocent people are subject to atrocities carried out by illiterate, bigoted, narrow-minded mobs. The majority of these criminals don’t have any knowledge of their own faith and they get their internal frustration out on the peace loving fractions of society. This intolerance is increasing in our society. Even the authorities are also scared to take any action. But they all are forgetting the Supreme Authority that is God. They will be punished by Him and then they will realize what wrong they had done. I pray that such people choose the right path sooner then later…

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  • TAP
    Apr 4, 2013 - 4:18PM

    It’s really sad to see such events when innocent people are subject to atrocities carried out by illiterate, bigoted, narrow-minded mobs. The majority of these criminals don’t have any knowledge of their own faith and they get their internal frustration out on the peace loving fractions of society. This intolerance is increasing in our society. Even the authorities are also scared to take any action. But they all are forgetting the Supreme Authority that is God. They will be punished by Him and then they will realize what wrong they had done. I pray that such people choose the right path sooner and then not later…

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  • Ramsha
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:42PM

    I strongly condemn this shameful act of anti-ahmadi movements.. Police should arrest them and punish them hard, as this is not just a case of this family, this is racism.. Minorities should be respected.

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  • Mansoor
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:11PM

    I strongly condemn this act of human insane. Its becoming the tradition of Punjab government and Punjab police that not to act seriously regarding the security of minorities and specially Ahmadis. Media should keep putting light on these events so that the general public have the right information and can compare and comprehend whats going on and Whos on rigth.Recommend

  • kamran
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:15PM

    This is tradition of pakistan that govt always pay lip service to the right of minorities especially AHMADIES,
    very sad and shameful incident that the innocent familly is tortured..this clearly shows the pathetic condition of govt of pakistan which is puppet in hands of Mullahs.I strongly condemn this horrific incident.

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  • Ateeq
    Apr 4, 2013 - 10:34PM

    this is really an example of Ashame.. and a worst action against Humainity..
    Govt should take serious action.. May Allah Bless all Ahmadis and Pakistan…

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  • Innocent
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:41AM

    Very Sad for Pakistan Image …. Government should take action on this incident like the other incidents

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  • Ahmad Adnan
    Apr 5, 2013 - 9:43AM

    Such type of violence with Ahmadies must have to stop and Government must have to take action, if they want to do there job fit.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Apr 5, 2013 - 11:59AM

    @Innocent:
    “Very Sad for Pakistan Image ….”

    It is the image which is important. Thanks for showing concern.

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  • Fahad Sheikh
    Apr 5, 2013 - 1:21PM

    This is just pure ignorance and violence. How can these people even call themselves Muslims?

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  • GFRF
    Apr 7, 2013 - 2:55AM

    Another demonstration of intolerance and religious hypocrisy.

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  • Jason Wingag
    Apr 7, 2013 - 6:02AM

    Why is the author of this article afraid to name the religion of the persecutors and the religion of the victims? Recommend

  • Basil
    Apr 7, 2013 - 8:18PM

    All such type of acts are planned and the criminals have the full sport of officials. All know who is behind the Sean. instead of condemn people enjoy the brutality. i highly condemn this kind of acts and hope for a better tolerating future…

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  • Umair
    Apr 10, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Such Shameful Act and it is not the first Time we are seeing that kind of nuisance
    Hatred Comes from Local Leaders Those who claims to be god of Religion but i am very sorry
    there is One and Only God(Allah) and he knows everything.
    and Police should take Some serious note on this and Government Should Do their part aswell
    Everyone should be free to Practice anything they want nobody has the right to force it because
    it is Between God and His Creation.

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  • shah.ahmadi
    Apr 12, 2013 - 9:09PM

    God will be our judge. These murderers will never be able to escape the hands of Almighty ALLAH.

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