Ahmadis fair game for TTP kidnappers

Published: June 10, 2011
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The Ahmadiyya community had been at the militants’ hit-list particularly for kidnappings for ransom.

The Ahmadiyya community had been at the militants’ hit-list particularly for kidnappings for ransom.

ISLAMABAD: 

Majid* was fortunate enough to see his family. But others from the Ahmadiyya community abducted by the Taliban are not.

Majid was in militants’ captivity for over six months at an unknown location in Miramshah tribal area. He was abducted from Sihala in December last year while on his way back home from his oil mills. His father, a billionaire, paid a hefty amount, at least Rs8 billion, to buy back his son’s life and freedom.

Not everyone survives. Colleagues of Inspector Rana Pervaiz, another person from the community, fear he may have died in militants’ captivity.

Pervaiz, mistaken for an Ahmadi property dealer Rana Tassaduq*, was kidnapped from Tarnol on the outskirts of Islamabad by militants from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Punjab (Asmatullah Muyawia Group). The group had kidnapped Majid the same month.

“Currently, we do not know where he (pervaiz) is being kept, or even if he is alive,” said a senior police official.

Over the past few months, the Ahmadiyya community had been at the militants’ hit-list particularly for kidnappings for ransom.

“It appeared that their (militants’) only target were Ahmadis or personnel from the armed forces,” said a police official, who had been investigating the cases of kidnappings by militants from TTP-Punjab. He added that Muyawia was directly involved in these kidnappings.

Following the incidents, the Ahmadiyya Community Religious Centre in Islamabad issued alerts to its members warning them to stay on guard against kidnappings for ransom and extortions.

The local police’s helplessness and inefficacy against the militants have compelled Ahmadis to shift their businesses and families abroad. Fearing the militants, the incidents are not reported.

Islamabad police’s failure in recovering one of their own officers has added to the mistrust of the community.

In Pervaiz’s case, the police failed to rescue him despite using pressure tactics. In April this year, the police claimed to have arrested Sabghatullah Muyawia, the brother of Asmatullah. However, before showing his arrest they offered Asmatullah to trade his brother for Pervaiz, but the latter did not reply.

Asmatullah Muyawia was suspected to be the mastermind behind last year’s gun-and-bomb attack on Ahmadis’ places of worship in Lahore on May 28.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy

Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Ezekial
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:45AM

    Shame on Pakistani Muslims for staying silent and unconcerned in this slow genocide of Ahmadis.Recommend

  • Taimoor Ch
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:06AM

    This is the character of those who claim to be the real Muslims. Can anybody cite any example from the life of Muhammad SAW that Muslims ever abducted somebody. And why no suo moto by our Cheif Justice if the government has failed to provide protection to the citizens. May be he is still busy in Atiqa Odho caseRecommend

  • faraz
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Minorities should try to get out of this land of the pure. There is little hope in a country where taliban are termed pushtoon nationalists.Recommend

  • Karamullah
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:28AM

    It is encouraging to see that ET editorial team has the courage and strength of character to publish stories about the plight of Ahmadi’s in the editorial section. Some horrendous blogs aside, you guys are doing a solid job.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Nobody is safe here unfortunately either Muslim or Non-Muslim =( Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:05AM

    What else to expect from Zia’s baqiaat & Saudi paid fundos. Ofcourse humanity has moved far away from them and they will inshAllah see Almighty’s punishment which will parish in a few moment. Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 11:29AM

    The law and order situation is deplorable and must be rectified.

    But this article is just stoking sectarianism if it does not prove that the number of kidnappings or crimes against a particular group of people is significantly higher than their proportion of the population.

    Come on, just a little objective analysis never hurt a newspaper’s reputation.Recommend

  • MAD
    Jun 10, 2011 - 4:51PM

    @Taimoor Ch:

    Unfortunately the CJP can do very little when the media fails to report such instances as they’re are not brought to his attention. fault the media for inadequate coverage rather than the CJP.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Well hello it is not only the Ahmadis who are getting kidnapped in Pakistan wealthy people form all religions get kidnapped regularly in Pakistan and a lot in Karachi. Recommend

  • Burhan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 6:25PM

    May Allah save each and every Pakistani from these wrong doers..!!Recommend

  • raheela
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:29PM

    God bless ET for feeling the pain of a suppressed community.you guys are receiving alot of prayers :-)Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:08PM

    Well, I also lives in Islamabad and belong to Ahmadiyya Community, For all other Muslims, just visit our Mosque in Islamabad and you will find how insecure especially feeling in Islamabad. We receive threats on daily bases from REAL MUSLIMS. This is just only one story. We have stories ….. Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 9:12PM

    The Pakistanis who would denounce TTP often will just now regard these TTP walas as real mujahid for kidnapping and killing the infidels — the Ahmadis. Hypocrites!Recommend

  • Pakistani 57
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:26PM

    every Pakistani is fair game for TTP Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:15PM

    @ Farhan – we all wish for you and your community’s safety.Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2011 - 5:28AM

    All are fare game for Mullahs and their worshippers! Recommend

  • Mooed
    Jun 11, 2011 - 6:18AM

    Is this express tribune or ahmedi tribune? because daily there is a new sobbing story that how miserable the ahmedis are in PakistanRecommend

  • maheen
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:17PM

    @mooed: though i agree wholeheartedly that all muslims are suffering at the hands of the so-called ‘true believers’ i believe that some sects are at a greater risk than others. i am what many would call a ‘sunni’ – and just on basis of this i feel just a tinier bit safer than many of the ahmedis i know. kudos to the ET for being able to express this sentiment with with their coverage. let’s all try to be a little more tolerant and not crib about which sect gets unfair coverage.Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2011 - 7:46PM

    News is about facts, not feelings or guesses. If it is not backed up by statistics, reporting crime in sectarian terms is fanning sectarianism.

    There was a similar debate in Western media about reporting the race of a criminal, and there was a time when mostly black criminals had their race reported. This type of coverage has improved over the last decade or so.Recommend

  • athar mahmood
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Nation has to change its attitude against these jihadi criminals..Recommend

  • Malik
    Jun 14, 2011 - 4:24AM

    @Akber: Two stories from real life in one news article show some statistics. This news article is not something of biased reporting. To have a glimpse of more substantial evidence, read the article on this link http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1106/S00256/pakistan-extremists-openly-plans-to-kill-hundreds-of-ahmadi.htm and check out an urdu ad linked inside. I agree that generally our countrymen are under many kinds of threats from terrorism but having extremism in guise of terrorism will worsen the security situation.Recommend

  • Flint Clifton
    Jun 16, 2011 - 7:32PM

    @Ezekial:
    I wonder for how long these self proclaimed champions of Islam will dodge the wrath of Allah… that includes every single citizen. Afghanistan has been cursed for the past century.. Pakistan is already on the brink of self destruction, the world would be a better place without Pakistan. Disgrace to themselves and Muslims around the worldRecommend

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