Two arrested for putting up anti-Ahmadi posters in Lahore

Published: December 14, 2015
#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: Gulberg police arrested two traders on Sunday for putting up notices containing degrading remarks for Ahmadiyya community at the entrance of their shops at Hafeez Centre, said a handout issued by Operations DIG Haider Ashraf.

The traders identified as Abid Hashmi and Nauman were presented before a judicial magistrate who sent them on a two-week judicial remand.

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The police sought custody of the suspects to interrogate them. The counsel for the suspect, however, submitted that there was no need for it and requested the court to send his clients on judicial remand. He told the court that his clients had been implicated in a false case.

Tight security arrangements were made at the Model Town courts to avoid an untoward incident as the suspects were brought to the court.

A large crowd, including some traders from Hafeez Centre, had gathered in front of the court to protest the arrests. They chanted slogans in favour of the suspects and demanded their release.

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The FIR registered under Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs) of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) stated that a police team had removed notices carrying derogatory remarks against the Ahmediyya community from the entrance of the suspects’ shops at Hafeez Centre.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Hafeez Centre Traders’ Association president Farooq Butt had said traders from across the city would gather in front of Hafeez Centre and stage a protest against the arrests on Monday (today). “The police should refrain from intervening in matters related to our beliefs,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Ahmediyya
    Dec 14, 2015 - 9:54AM

    Let us live in peace. Otherwise Trump is right.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Dec 14, 2015 - 9:57AM

    THIS is the new Pakistan. There is hope after all. Recommend

  • Adnan Naqvi
    Dec 14, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Excellent work Punjab govt and police. All Pakistanis should respect each others way of life. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 14, 2015 - 12:57PM

    Don’t worry, government would back down soon under pressure from the clergy.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Dec 14, 2015 - 1:32PM

    I bet that most of these shop owners who put up these posters do not pay tax and sell contraband goods.Recommend

  • Dec 14, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Live and let live!Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 14, 2015 - 3:13PM

    Why do these problems happen mostly in one province? Recommend

  • Allah Rukha
    Dec 14, 2015 - 4:39PM

    Mumtaz Qadri sequel?

    Boycotting people just on the basis of religion is hate mongering and plain racist / prejudiced. These guys should be booked under hate speech.

    After all these seedlings of hate turn to terrorism. Recommend

  • Nauman
    Dec 14, 2015 - 4:40PM

    “The police should refrain from intervening in matters related to our beliefs,” he said.”

    You have broken the law, fool.

    You have intervened in someone else’s belief as well.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 14, 2015 - 7:31PM

    What, no rangers action against these extremists? I guess bigger province is out of bound for so called action against the corrupt and extremists.Recommend

  • Dec 14, 2015 - 9:18PM

    @Adnan Naqvi: Do you think this is possible as long as the mullahs hold our politicians and rural areas hostage? These politicians went so far at the APC in 2013 to declare the TTP as stakeholders. SalamsRecommend

  • Akram
    Dec 14, 2015 - 11:04PM

    Thank you PMLn. I am an ahmadi and will vote for you next election. Recommend

  • Nasir
    Dec 15, 2015 - 1:50AM

    A good step – those protesting should have their details passed to western embassies so they are never able to get a visa – as a Pakistani living abroad I want to keep extremists out Recommend

  • Amir
    Dec 15, 2015 - 4:34AM

    Anti Halal compaign is also seen in many western countries what does it mean they arresting them.NO. American President Say we will ban all Muslims, what does it mean he was arrested. No. This is known in western countries as freedom of speech. No one arrested them unless they were voilent. They also boycatt the Hilal product selling store and placed it on their Store. But no punishment was awarded to them. Should it be considered as freedom of speech or not? Recommend

  • Abu Amir
    Dec 16, 2015 - 5:03AM

    @Amir: You’re a troll. “American president”? I’m sorry, did you just call Donald Trump the president of America? Kill yourself.Recommend

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