Police remove anti-Ahmadi posters from Lahore's largest IT market

Published: December 11, 2015
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#IStandWithAhmadis began trending across social media as signs and posters were removed. PHOTO: TWITTER

#IStandWithAhmadis began trending across social media as signs and posters were removed. PHOTO: TWITTER

LAHORE: The district administration in Lahore on Thursday removed anti-Ahmadi posters and stickers from the city’s largest mobile and computer equipment market.

Numerous shopkeepers in Lahore’s Hafeez Centre, located in the Gulberg locality, displayed signs and stickers prominently on their shop windows, inscribed with statements such as, “We do not do business with Ahmadis” or “Ahmadis are not allowed”.

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“Most Ahmadis do not disclose their identity,” former president of the Hafeez Centre, Malik Kaleem said, while confirming that some shopkeepers had displayed such messages on their shops and offices as part of their belief.

District Coordination Officer Lahore spokesperson Imran Maqbool said the action is a part of the city district government’s larger drive against removing publicity signs and stickers.

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“It is an ongoing campaign in connection with local government elections,” he said.

Maqbool added, “The city government was removing unwanted signs and stickers from the provincial capital to make the city beautiful.”

The action, however, is most likely linked to the social media outrage that unraveled on Twitter and Facebook after pictures of the posters first surfaced a few days ago. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmadis is trending now on Twitter with many lauding the efforts of the Punjab government for having the signs removed.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Javed
    Dec 11, 2015 - 2:53PM

    Well done Punjab Police.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Dec 11, 2015 - 3:22PM

    They are lecturing India when only one among 20 million Muslims didn’t get job in one of the diamond shop. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 11, 2015 - 3:24PM

    Was anyone prosecuted? If not then where is the deterrence against such acts in future. This is just hogwash and PR stunt.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 11, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Maqbool added, “The city government was removing unwanted signs and stickers from the provincial capital to make the city beautiful.”

    So they accept its not due to hate speech crime but just a general clean-up. No credit to them then.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:00PM

    Well done Punjab police and government. A good step towards humanity. Please build on this and slowly eliminate more factors which constitute to sectarianism. Recommend

  • R.A
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:06PM

    ALLAH O AKBAR
    A tiny but good step
    Recommend

  • Bisma
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Well doneRecommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:24PM

    On a private property(like these mobile shops) anyone can be banned or barred from entry if owner isn’t comfortable with them or doesn’t want to interact with them. Why the fuss is being created?Recommend

  • FoY
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:26PM

    @Hameed Ever heard the word diplomacy? things don’t change overnight. But this is happened for good. Trying to change things overnight would only cause chaos, which is exactly what has always happened in the past.Recommend

  • aamir
    Dec 11, 2015 - 4:42PM

    the action has been taken in connection with implementation of NAP. it was decided on 24th December 2014 that spread of hate material will not be allowed.however, removal of stickers in the name of city’s beauty shows apathetic attitude of government to implement consensus based declaration of APC. further, insincerity on the part of civilian government to implement NAP in letter and spirit..Recommend

  • What?
    Dec 11, 2015 - 5:25PM

    A good step but somewhat ruined by this cowardly statement.

    Maqbool added, “The city government was removing unwanted signs and stickers from the provincial capital to make the city beautiful.”Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 11, 2015 - 8:08PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Yes that can be done..but then that state is called fascist state and have no right to complain if outside world alienates with that state.
    Well done pmln.Recommend

  • Sychh
    Dec 11, 2015 - 8:28PM

    @Imran Qadri: when Americans ban Muslims from entering their shops it’s guys like you who share the image and feel sorry for your brothers. Why not show the same courtesy for others?Recommend

  • bigsaf
    Dec 11, 2015 - 9:42PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    White racists used this ‘private property’ argument too in banning black citizens from their stores. That societal discrimination and hate is what the fuss is. If it were majority non-Muslim Americans doing the same banning to minority American Muslims at their stores, you’d be up in arms…Recommend

  • Kfaisal
    Dec 12, 2015 - 12:21AM

    @Imran Qadri. A shop is not a private place like a home. Its a public place and entry can be disallowed only for security reasons. Thats the law. Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 12, 2015 - 4:59AM

    @Malatesh
    Our standards of tolerance are lower than yours. You declare yourself secular republic. We declare ourselves Islamic republic.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Dec 12, 2015 - 11:39AM

    It is high time that the police was instructed to arrest law breakers without it having to wait for a complainant to register a FIR.Recommend

  • sabi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 1:02AM

    @sabi: (fake)
    “Our standards of tolerance are lower than yours. You declare yourself secular republic. We declare ourselves Islamic republic”
    I dont know why you use my moniker to post your comment.I dont agree with it.Recommend

  • Bastille
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:08AM

    If these shopkeepers are so biased then they should have chosen some other means of earning bread. It does not become a businessman to behave in that manner.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Dec 13, 2015 - 2:16AM

    What would these shopkeepers say if we had signs in the West which said:
    “We do not do business with Muslims” or “Muslims are not allowed”?
    Is this a case of “what goes around comes around”?Recommend

  • Gen Pasha ret.
    Dec 13, 2015 - 1:44PM

    Well done – A step in the right direction Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:28PM

    @Iqbal:
    are you Iqbal or Ramdas?Recommend

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