Second Amendment anniversary: Speakers call for isolation, banishment of Ahmadis

Published: September 8, 2013

Mufiti Rehman alleges that Ahmadis are involved in “suspicious activities” and “serious measures” are needed against them. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: Several clerics called for further persecution of the Ahmadi community at conferences held on Saturday night to mark the 39th anniversary of the passage of the Second Amendment, which declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims.

The speakers branded Ahmadis enemies of Pakistan, called for their social and economic boycott, and demanded that they be banned from taking up any government or military jobs. The Jamaat-i-Ahmadia had asked its members to stay away from the gatherings and be extra careful in their movements on the day.

Though provisions exist in the Pakistan Penal Code declaring hate speech to be a criminal offence, they have rarely been invoked. According to Section 153-A of the PPC, “Whoever by words, either spoken or written … promotes or incites, or attempts to promote or incite, on grounds of religion … disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious groups  …. shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine.”

Johar Town

At the Markazi Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference in Johar Town, Ruet-i-Halal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman said that he and his followers were prepared to make sacrifices for Khatm-i-Nabuwat. He alleged that Ahmadis were involved in “suspicious activities” and “serious measures” were needed against them.

Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain, of Geo TV fame, defended Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. He said that the Ummah needed to unite in support of the laws. He said that they would not allow any amendment to the laws.

Maulana Muhammad Azam Naeemi said there was a need to mobilise the common man against Ahmadis. Maulana Raghib Hussain Naeemi termed Ahmadis and their leaders “stooges of the West”.

Pir Muhibullah Noori, caretaker of Baseerpur, said that Ahmadis should be banished from Pakistan. He told the audience that if they truly loved the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), they would not let Ahmadis live their lives freely.

Allama Raza-i-Mustafa said Ahmadis should be chased till death.

Justice (retired) Mian Nazeer Akhtar said that the time for speeches against Ahmadis was over and it was now time to do something practical. He said everyone should play their role against Ahmadis to tighten the noose around them.

The participants in the conference passed a resolution demanding a ban on Ahmadi publications and legal action against their publishers; the removal of all Ahmadis from government jobs; government-sponsored celebrations of September 7 at a national level; and for the introduction of a new oath of office for holders of important posts affirming that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet.

Chenab Nagar

The 26th annual International Khatm-i-Nabuwat Conference, organised by the International Khatm-i-Nabuwat Movement, was held in Chenab Nagar, whose population is mostly Ahmadi.

The speakers at the conference made derogatory remarks about Jamaat-i-Ahmadia leaders and blamed them for terrorism in Pakistan.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) Secretary Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi said it was time to pounce on Ahmadis. He called them apostates and said that they deserved “extreme steps”.

Allama Muhammad Younas Hasan said that a “massive search operation” should be launched across the country to identify all of them. He said that he and his followers were willing to make “any sacrifice” for their cause. He said all sects of Islam were united in their opposition to Ahmadis. He said that Muslims should boycott Ahmadis socially and economically to make it harder for them to live in Pakistan.

Maulana Qari Shabbir Ahmed Usmani said that the struggle against Ahmadis would continue “till its logical end”. He said all Ahmadis and their leaders should convert in order to gain Allah’s blessings.

Maulana Asadullah Farooq demanded a ban on Ahmadis joining the armed forces as they were “traitors”.

Speaking at a conference at the Idara Talimat-i-Islamia, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat leader Nazim Allama Riaz Hussain Shah said that lessons about Ahmadis should be put in the schools syllabus. He praised those who had launched the campaigns against Ahmadis in order to get them declared non-Muslims via the Second Amendment.

Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat Vice Ameer Maulana Sahibzada Aziz Ahmed, addressing a conference at Jamia Ashrafia, said the Ahmadi population in Pakistan was a security risk and they should therefore be banished.

JUI-F General Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that the appointment of an Ahmadi as advocate general in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was unacceptable. He said that the government must withdraw his appointment, or they would launch a movement.

Abdul Lateef Yousafzai, the new KP advocate general, held a press conference last Friday where he said he was not an Ahmadi and accused the JUI-F of running a campaign to “smear” him.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (64)

  • Jahil
    Sep 9, 2013 - 12:12AM

    What a ungrateful nation. There is no mention of real hero of Umma Hazrat Ameer ul Momineen Z A Butto AS who sacrificed his life for this cause. This day should be celebrated as his day.

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  • AD
    Sep 9, 2013 - 12:36PM

    I think its time for a Pakistani Ataturk.

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  • Abdul Majid
    Sep 9, 2013 - 12:53PM

    I have three questions to ask:

    If a Muslim is one who accepts the kalima as the corner stone of his faith, then why have Ahmedis been declared as non-Muslims;
    Why is the Ahmedi point of view never been heard by anyone in Pakistan. This is surely not what Iqra means, and
    Why does the government not enforce the law against spreading hatred.

    All Muslims must rethink the way they view other Muslims.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 9, 2013 - 12:57PM

    amendment to declare ahmadis as non muslims is fine but comemorating it again and again is nothing more that hate mongering. if they violate the law thats punishable but if someone is living as per law then whts the point of saying thing over and over again?
    they are termed as non muslims now lets get back to work

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  • mrs ahmed
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:11PM

    @Jahil:
    thanks well a hearty laugh is always good

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  • Mj
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:35PM

    “Dr Amir Liaqat Hussain, of Geo TV fame, defended Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. He said that the Ummah needed to unite in support of the laws. He said that they would not allow any amendment to the laws.”

    Dr. Sahib and his ingratiating smile. And to think that he presents himself as a moderate.

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  • Aamer
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:50PM

    It is a shame that such hate speech is reported in press and government stays silent.Recommend

  • Black Widow
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:51PM

    A bouquet of flowers for those who passed this noble amendment. Hip Hip Hurray… lets all celebrate!

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  • Kill all Mullahs
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:52PM

    What a fantastic country, reading this article makes me so proud to be a Pakistani.

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  • jm
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:57PM

    @Abdul Majid:
    Ur questions can very well be answered by many books on the subject matter.

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  • jm
    Sep 9, 2013 - 1:58PM

    @mrs ahmed:
    ZAB might have done many bad things, but this was one of his achievement.

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  • Black Widow
    Sep 9, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Cheers to the blessed second amendment

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  • John
    Sep 9, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Lets observe a moment of silence for the the injustice done to one religious minority by one so called secular party.This is the slap of history on the face of these pseudo liberals..

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  • Saleem
    Sep 9, 2013 - 2:54PM

    A corrupt parliament passes an unjust law. It is not worth the paper it is written on.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 9, 2013 - 3:00PM

    My God, this level of fundamentalism, extremism and bigotry could never have been imagined. This article has Priests, Scholars, Judges and Media persons as votaries of hate and murder — pray who is left ? Where is the Suo Moto CJ hiding or by any chance is he a part of the campaign ?

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  • jssidhoo
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:04PM

    Intolerance

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  • csmann
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @Feroz:
    This is Pakistan,sir- the land of the Pure.

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  • faaltu mein khwam kha
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Zombies…

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  • realist
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:26PM

    I feel ashamed to call myself a Pakistani after reading what these mullahs think. All of them think the same way, seriously? I’m shocked!
    Live and let live!

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  • Syed
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:39PM

    I obviously don’t agree with Ahmedi point of view but all these speakers are really asking for violence basically and not a single one mentions that no one takes law in their own hands. We have such a brainwashed population that it won’t surprise if we see some Ahmedis being killed in Pakistan after hearing all this hate.

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  • Sep 9, 2013 - 4:40PM

    These ppl can never let any1 live in peace….

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  • Mj
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:40PM

    @et mods:
    Great job with the censorship. I don’t know why I even brother when comments praising hate are let through and strong condemnation of bigotry is censored.

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  • Zavia
    Sep 9, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Very well done! A appreciate it.

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  • Mj
    Sep 9, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @Zavia:
    How would you feel if your faith and community which you belong to were a target of persecution in a similar manner?

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  • aamer
    Sep 9, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Who gave the parliament the right to decide who is muslim or not. Its Allah’s perogative and should remain that. It is not the business of the state to delve into such matters.

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  • sanjith menon
    Sep 9, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Thank you jinnah bhai, a great thank you, for taking these cretins away from us Indians.

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  • Salman Ali
    Sep 9, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Another reason why we need to educate the masses!

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  • Pathan_Peshawar
    Sep 9, 2013 - 6:54PM

    This country (Islamic Republic of Pakistan) doesn’t have the right to exist. Enough said!!

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Sep 9, 2013 - 6:55PM

    May the God himself look after Ahmadis. Guess attacks on the community will mount now. Sad

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  • Silas
    Sep 9, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Only in Pakistan do we have people openly calling for the persectution o minorities. And then in the west when someone won’t let us wear a burqa, we will whine like little children.

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  • Ali
    Sep 9, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @Jahil:
    Dear Jahil Bhai, you remain ignorant of Pakistani history even in this day and age. Don’t you know that Z A Bhutto was amply rewarded by people of Pakistan by hanging him and making him Shaheed. To be Shaheed means going straight to Jannat. Even his children were made Shahedd so why are you calling us ungrateful people???????

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  • mind control
    Sep 9, 2013 - 9:48PM

    Second Amendment anniversary: Speakers call for isolation, banishment of Ahmadis

    Boy, as an Indian am I glad that Pakistan was created?

    You bet I am.

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  • Mohammed Muslim
    Sep 9, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Thank you Quaid-A-Azam for giving us this beautiful country where we can out-muslim each other!

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  • nadeem S
    Sep 9, 2013 - 10:24PM

    this article is one of THE STUPIDEST articles to be published in the tribune.as are these old bearded men who have nothing better to do with their lives then celebrate an AMENDMENT and that too such a ridiculous one.then the people of pakistan wonder why all the FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES think SO LITTLE OF THEM…its actions like these of such small minded and uneducated people that the whole WORLD LAUGHS AT…what a joke.you are telling people to go out and MURDER A MINORITY JUST BECAUSE THEY DONT BELIEVE WHAT YOU DO? its a good thing these mullahs are stopped in every international airport.god knows what they will do there…order killings of jews and christians too because they dont believe what these bearded men believe?!! WHAT A JOKE.this country will never prosper.

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  • Pradhan
    Sep 9, 2013 - 11:39PM

    By God!! You guys are awesome. Lets Talk about Shia muslims now.

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  • Luciferous
    Sep 10, 2013 - 1:31AM

    “Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) Secretary Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi said it was time to pounce on Ahmadis. He called them apostates and said that they deserved “extreme steps”.”

    If there was any writ of State and Law, this holy one would be charged with conspiracy to commit murder; but in Pakistan he is “defender” of the faith!
    “Suo Moto” has become “Suo Mortal.”

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  • qadiani
    Sep 10, 2013 - 2:34AM

    mission purification of the land of pure continues more of me will be sacrificed for cleansing…

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  • csmann
    Sep 10, 2013 - 4:25AM

    @nadeem S:
    Stupid will do as stupids do. But the most alarming part of it is that nobody in the government,political parties,courts,law enforcement,intelligentsia ,and media(ET perhaps the only exception) has as much taken note of it,much less do anything about it.

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 10, 2013 - 6:00AM

    Days of September observed / celebrated in Pakistan:
    September 4 : Hijab day (JeI wants to observe it as World Hijab Day every year)
    September 6 : Youm-e-Difa
    September 7 : Anniversary of passage of 2nd Amendment
    September 11 : ????????????

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  • Adil Uddin
    Sep 10, 2013 - 7:14AM

    Never expected this from Mufti Muneebur Rehman at least. Presently the only scholar who talks against such inhuman activities and bigotry is Jawed Ahmed Ghamidi who coincidentally has to live in exile due to threatening by extremists. He clearly said that our hostile attitude and persecution unleashed by us have done no service and increased the gaps between us and our Ahmadi citizens, there is a way to treat other human beings and share your opinions rather than harassing and killing innocent people.

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  • Gp65
    Sep 10, 2013 - 9:14AM

    Jinnah of course considered Ahmadis as Muslims and Ahmadis fought for creation of Pakistan where they thought they would be able to more worship freely than in Hindu dominated India. Things did nt quite turn out that way did they?Recommend

  • Zavia
    Sep 10, 2013 - 9:15AM

    @Mj: Sir, Do you know what is the primary reason the Ahmadis declared as Kafir? Please do some research.

    ET do not publishes the posts which challenges Ahmadis. that’s no fair.

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  • Rab
    Sep 10, 2013 - 11:40AM

    May Allah protect the Pakistanis

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  • Mj
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:15PM

    @Zavia:
    And why should someone’s faith be a business of the state? Is your faith so insecure that you need legal protection against any ideology that might pose a challenge to it? Is this persecution not eerily similar to what early Muslims faced at the hands of Meccans? Was Pakistan not made because we thought that our rights as a minority may not be protected?

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  • ashar
    Sep 10, 2013 - 12:42PM

    ET is biased in favour of ahmedis or ignorant itself. Anyone who go through the writings of ahmedi leaders will understand and be convinced why the resolution was presented and passed by the parliament unanimously.

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  • Xulfjan
    Sep 11, 2013 - 3:07AM

    @ashar:
    So fine they have been declared non muslims. Now what? Than there are other sects and other religions…what do we do with them?? Our biggest enemy is Mullah in all its forms. Unfortunately the nexus between military, politicians and intelligentia with mullah has emboldened them to a point that they are freely murdering innocent people in the name of sect/ religion etc. They are the one that need to be stopped if you want to save this blighted country!!

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  • aziz
    Sep 12, 2013 - 8:14PM

    @AD:
    atturk does not emerge from a nation who kills its own people on the basis of religion, ethnicity, cast, language and sects

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  • SC
    Sep 12, 2013 - 11:20PM

    Hi,

    I posted my comment. It still hasn’t been published. There was no derogatory statements in it nor any hatred against any particular group. I’d appreciate if it gets published.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:17AM

    @jm:
    Yes achievement certainly not only did he succeed in losing half of Pakistan physically (east Pakistan) but also sowed the seeds for the destruction of the other half. Well done indeed. If you cannot see what the laws have done to us(Yes I consider myself a Pakistani too) even now than God bless us.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:20AM

    @Syed:
    Sadly many Ahmedies have been killed but our media is so pure and helper of the weak that it cannot even report the killings, in the last year alone over a dozen Ahmedies have been killed. Hardly any week goes by without a killing just last week two Ahmedies were target killed in Karachi.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:22AM

    @Silas:
    Well said and surprisingly most Muslims can’t see the irony.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:26AM

    @csmann:
    Dear Sir your comments are greatly appreciated but to think that this is a recent phenomenon is a misunderstanding this has been going on for year on year this is the first time any body reported it well done ET.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:32AM

    @Zavia:
    Oh my dear Zavia do you live in Pakistan or in some fantasy. I have seen full page hate articles about Ahmedies in all newspapers. These innocent Mullahs just can’t get there Hatred through a thousand articles a day, and where have you seen a single article defending Ahmadies or even reporting their prosecution surely we need more newspapers writing anti ahmadiyya articles. The above article is just reporting with nothing added should even that not be allowed because of our dear Mullahs.

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  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:37AM

    @Syed:
    When our dear Amir liaqut conducted a program in which Ahmedies were declared Wajib ul Qatal and the very next day two Ahmedies were killed nothing happened leave murder charges not even hate speech charges. How can I sleep at night when so many want to kill me and no body can even say a word.Recommend

  • Talha
    Sep 15, 2013 - 11:39AM

    @ashar:
    Have you gone through them and I am not talking about small pamphlets the whole books I can bet a fortune you have not. Nobody is hollower than a knowledge less scholar.

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  • csmann
    Sep 15, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Yet these mullahs and company and people like Zavia commenting in this thread are the first to cry about discriminating them and not letting them wear ‘burkas’.Talk about bigotry.

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Dear all, ASA

    I would like to express my concern on the conspiracies brewed now & then by the anti-Muslim forces against Muslims. What we Muslims do not understand ultimate Will & Command of Almighty Allah which has commanded to stay away from SHAR(Vicious feelings against countrymen). Think what all treacherous attitude against each other in Pakistan would cause dis-stability in Pakistan.
    Just leave all upon Allah to handle HIS Mukhlouq. Let we be living like good human. If we become good human we would turn as good Muslims.
    All this useless practices of declaring each other Kaafar only fulfilling enemies design of destroying Pakistan. Let me tell you why we are here in Pakistan as Pakistani if Pakistan stays. God forbid if Pakistan finishes due to our stupidities then there will be no Sunni, no Wahabi, no Shia, no Ahmadi but our enemies. Just ponder over & spread good piece of words & deeds to each other as nationalist & leave each other beliefs to oneself. Allah is there to keep justice & I am sure Allah on day of Judgement

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Sep 15, 2013 - 4:54PM

    I am sure on the day of Judgement Allah will question deeds on humanitarian ground than on personal beliefs. In Sura Nisa Allah Says “to kill one human is like killing whole humanity”(On whatever ground no justification is rendered for the killing of any human life) Allah could have used word to kill non-Muslims in order to give Muslims a license to kill non-Muslims but think why He stressed on living like good human than good Muslims because a good human would be a good Muslims. But necessarily good Muslims can not become good human. Just give a thought & come out of hatred, murder and riot. It is just a law of Allah and have urged peace in our societies so to get prosperity among themselves. LIVE & LET LIVE should be the basic mythology of human life.
    As life Allah bestowed only once so live like good humans whereas matter of your beliefs Allah Will certainly handle very effectively. Because HE is KHALIQ & KNOWS everything better than any living thing can think of.
    PLEASE JUST SPREAD WORDS OF PEACE AND HARMONY IN PAKISTAN.

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Sep 15, 2013 - 5:00PM

    I am sure on the day of Judgement Allah will question deeds on humanitarian ground than on personal beliefs. In Sura Nisa Allah Says “to kill one human is like killing whole humanity”(On whatever ground no justification is rendered for the killing of any human life) Allah could have used word to kill non-Muslims in order to give Muslims a license to kill non-Muslims but think why He stressed on living like good human than good Muslims because a good human would be a good Muslims. But necessarily good Muslims can not become good human. Just give a thought & come out of hatred, murder and riot. It is just a law of Allah and have urged peace in our societies so to get prosperity among themselves. LIVE & LET LIVE should be the basic mythology of human life.
    As life Allah bestowed only once so live like good humans whereas matter of your beliefs Allah Will certainly handle very effectively. Because HE is KHALIQ & KNOWS everything better than any living thing can think of.
    PLEASE JUST SPREAD WORDS OF PEACE AND HARMONY IN PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Afreen
    Sep 17, 2013 - 9:35PM

    Seriously?

    Yeah keep on celebrating such joyful days..what memories, aah.

    Do not mind the chaos, violence, corruption, rapes of babies, etc. reigning in the country, oh no, keep on celebrating such important days that have led us sooo far.

    Pakistan just gets what it deserves, every day. And still, most of the people cannot even realize it. I am disgusted and ashamed to be a pakistani.

    A country where it is more important to imprison and kill other country men because they want to call themselves muslim or write the kalima on their “mosque“. Oops, is someone going to jail me because I called their “ibadat gah” a mosque.

    Come and get me, you sad people full of hatred.

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  • Jawad
    Sep 19, 2013 - 11:58PM

    These bearded creatures make me even more proud of being a Pakistani… These mullahs are the only reason this country has been showered with Allah’s blessings since its inception until now… These are our gems which are giving everything they have to bring peace in the society… Look at those beautiful faces filled with noor… Certainly, banishment of Ahmadis from Pakistan is the foremost issue we should deal with first, and defer resolution of meager issues like poverty, hunger, illiteracy and terrorism until all “suspicious activities” have been dealt with… Hats off to these angels in disguise for such a great job!!! Enough said…

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  • Salman Ahmed
    Sep 20, 2013 - 2:45PM

    @Jawad:

    Dear Shehzad, Wonderful piece of wrtiting but who will give damn to meager issues. This land is with out sincere leadership who can guide masses and set goals of priority for them.
    Now since the revolution of Russia & China & latest in Iran now revolutions have been tarnished & in most cases cover with under-cover conspiracies by the superpowers of the world.
    No solution seems to be insight. This land will remain play-land for the powers who have vested interests in the region.

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  • sashayub
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:55PM

    @Jahil:
    i think you need to read history again….ZAB was the one who caused the official segregation of Ahmadis because he wanted to please the jamat e islami to win elections……now the country is suffering, all because he started this mess

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  • Muhammad Saim
    Sep 24, 2013 - 11:05PM

    A must watch clip in this background. Reminds us, what can happen when such hate speeches are ignored rather encouraged by the authorities:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-LMEwIDCmY

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