Premeditated murders: Ahmadis concerned over state inaction

Published: December 30, 2010

Community condemns murder of man, the fourth in his family to be shot dead this year.

LAHORE: The government has failed to provide adequate protection to Ahmadis, members of the Ahmadiyya community said while expressing concern over the killing of a man in Mardan on December 23.

The man, who was expecting the birth of his first child soon, was the fourth in his family to be killed in this manner this year.

Talking to The Express Tribune on Wednesday, members of the community criticised the government and said that they were targets of a deliberate ‘divinely-sanctioned’ reprisal campaign.

Sheikh Omar Javed was killed on December 23 in Mardan. According to a statement issued by the community, Javed was returning home from work with his father and cousin when assailants on a motorbike ambushed them.

Javed, sitting in the back of their family car, died after sustaining bullets in his head and chest. His father and a cousin were also injured.

The handout said that the assailants, having fired about 17 or 18 bullets, fled the crime scene. The condition of Javed’s father and cousin is said to be stable.

Javed’s widow is expecting their first child, the press release said.

The statement recalled that one of Javed’s cousins, Sheikh Amir Raza, was killed in a suicide bombing on an Ahmadiyya place of worship in Mardan on September 3 this year. His father-in-law, Sheikh Mahmud Ahmad and one of his uncles were killed on November 8, the press release said.

The handout recalled that another member of his family was also killed in 1974, the year in which Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim in Pakistan.

Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the head of the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, said that despite numerous killings that have befallen this family, they continue to bear difficulties with bravery and patience.

Jamaat spokesperson Saleemuddin said that Ahmadis were being threatened all over the country. He said that it appeared that the government was not serious in protecting the life and property of Ahmadis.

Appealing to the government to provide proper protection to the members of his community, he said that despite official inaction and silence over innumerable excesses, they continue to bear losses of lives all over the country with patience.

Munawar Ali Shahid, a member of the community, said that it was impossible for them to even mention that they were Ahmadis in public. According to him, just introducing oneself as an Ahmadi was enough to attract criticism and public isolation.

He said that because of a deliberate hate campaign initiated by some radical clerics, Ahmadis were considered not even worthy of staying alive.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • MAD
    Dec 30, 2010 - 10:07AM

    If Ahmedis consider themselves to be Muslims just call yourself that. I know that their rights should be respected and all but if the best way to stay alive is to not let people know whether one is an Ahmedi and I think that is the best course of action for now.Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2010 - 10:16AM

    Everyone has the right to live. I am muslim and living in south korea, here people are chiristian, buddhist, ehist, but they never criticize our faith. We are living securely here. This is was the ideology of Pakistan that to provide rights to minorities.Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Dec 30, 2010 - 10:33AM

    This Islam is not the true Islam.Recommend

  • Shakil+Ahmed
    Dec 30, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Yes Marina, I agree, but they people you are talking abount they do not call themselves Muslims.

    Few days before a news were on the Tribune about two ahmedi’s kill one Muslim and the Supreme Court convert their “Death Sentence” into “Life Time Prison”. May you all are aware of that.

    BTW, if one is murdered, the criminal shall be arrested and sentenced according to law whatever he pertain to any relgious.

    Regards,
    Shakil AhmedRecommend

  • Arshad Mahmood
    Dec 30, 2010 - 12:39PM

    The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should immediately react to stop the persecution of Ahmadis in Mardan and should provide protection to this particular family who have lost 4 members to this madness in the last one year. What is the role of Mardan police? Why is this happening in the home town of the Chief Minister without any notice by him. Will the CM like to visit the family, provide them with protection, pay compensation for the personal and business loss?Recommend

  • Muzaffar
    Dec 30, 2010 - 1:29PM

    @ Shakil Ahmad,

    Could you please share the link of the news which as you say that was on the tribune stating Ahmadi’s killing a Muslim and the court judgment, is it really true??? I don’t think so…Recommend

  • athar
    Dec 30, 2010 - 5:27PM

    actually public perception is made by radical elements like clerics,mullahs.people should get knowledge about Ahmadies their belief and their vision.they are very peaceful they love humanity act upon Islamic teachings.so why we should harm them???God says”persecution is worse than killing”Recommend

  • Yasir
    Dec 30, 2010 - 5:49PM

    Yes Marina, I agree, but they people
    you are talking abount they do not
    call themselves Muslims.

    @Shakil Ahmed: You have hit the nail on the head although inadvertently. Since South Koreans do not call themselves Muslims so one is safe with them but not with those who call themselves Muslims. Any wonder why South Korea came from behind us in terms of progress and left us in the dust.Recommend

  • Mahad Farooqi
    Dec 30, 2010 - 6:32PM

    Quaid’s state is meant to be a modern state where the rights of minorities are to be safeguarded without any let or hindrance. Once being proclaimed as minorities, the rights of Ahmadis should be protected and promoted as per the constitution.Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2010 - 8:02PM

    AA ,

    The Molvi lot is busy giving Wajib Ul Qatl Fatwa’s against Ahmadi’s but the government choses to close there eye’s however they do official sponsor anti ahmadi activities so what would expect from such corrupt politicians , sitting in the government on the votes of the extremist Molvi’s , supporting Taliban in there sermons, in fact Islam needs no enemies at this time as the Molvi party is serving the cause perfectly, it is because of there actions that fingers are being raised against the peaceful religion of Islam, and it hurts Molvi’s if we remove these misconceptions !!!

    We are not distributing any hate materials on the streets, and sermons in the mosques calling on boycotts , we are promoting what Islam stands for peace and submission.

    These Molvi’s had to leave the support of Allah Naudhu Billah and had to run crying to the government and make anti ahmadi laws !!! Who preach to boycott ahmadi’s , dont make friends with them, what are they so afraid of ? deep inside they know , there arguments stand no chance !!!

    We need no governments support For us Allah is sufficient and Allah should be for everyone. so look at the facts and remove the glasses of bias.

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Communit is spending lots of money and resources, promoting peaceful message of islam on buses, distributing pamphlets in UK,US , Canada putting up Electronic add in New York time square ! Visit http://www.muslimsforpeace.org to find out more.

    What are these extrmist Molvis doing to promote the peaceful message of Islam ? All they bring is bad name.

    To learn more on how to get to peace, please visit http://www.alislam.org and http://www.muslimsforpeace.org

    May Allah Guide and Bless us all Aameen

    AHRecommend

  • Dec 30, 2010 - 8:55PM

    You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the State… We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State – Founder Of Pakistan

    May Allah Guide and Bless us all Aameen
    AHRecommend

  • JustWondering
    Dec 31, 2010 - 1:40AM

    Isn’t this a little selfish of one faction to be concerned only about murders of their own (“expressing concern over the killing of a man in Mardan”) when scores of people are dying all around them? What of those lost lives?Recommend

  • Talha
    Dec 31, 2010 - 3:18AM

    @ Muzaffar

    There isn’t any source becuase there is no such case as told by Mr shakeel.

    It’s a figment of his imagination and part of the propaganda that these people specialise in.Recommend

  • Talha
    Dec 31, 2010 - 3:22AM

    I do not know if I should laugh or cry.Recommend

  • Rafiq A. Tschannen
    Dec 31, 2010 - 2:27PM

    Only Field Marshall Mohammad Ayub Khan had the courage to put the so – called Islamists in their place. When murders of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community started to be ‘silently permitted’ it opened the pandora’s box of the chaos Pakistan is now in. Close the pandora’s box and hunt the murderers of members of this community and the rest of the country will heal itself.Recommend

  • jari
    Dec 31, 2010 - 8:23PM

    today mullahs has turned pakistan back 1500 years ago when meccans killed, persecuted muslims just because they said God is one and Muhammad is his messanger. same way ahmdies are being persecuted because they say God is one and Muhammad is his messanger. they believe in the reformer foretold by Propphet Muhammad that brought peace to them and will inshallah bring peace to the whole universe. visit http://www.alislam.orgRecommend

  • nasir jan
    Jan 29, 2011 - 2:26AM

    THE MULLAH now holds Pakistani society by the throat. His version of Islam has plunged Pakistan into an epidemic of honor killings, hate murders and mob executions of fellow Muslims and minorities alike. The Paki society is paying the price for allowing the Mullah to propagate extremism and intolerance from the pulpit. Recommend

  • Grannie Ward
    Feb 6, 2011 - 11:36PM

    Truthfulness, honesty and justice. This is the standard required of Islam and the example of the Holy Prophet(pboh).

    When the Pakistani government provide this for all it’s citizens then, insha’Allah, it can become the ‘pure land’ that it’s name proclaims and all it’s citizens will benefit themselves and the rest of the world.Recommend

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