LAHORE: Members of an Islamic organisation removed Quranic texts and religious words from the shop of an Ahmadi family in Kot Abdul Malik, Sheikhupura, on August 14 with the help of local police.
Factory Area Police had gone to Qamar Zia's mobile shop with members of an Islamic organisation, Almi Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat and removed two lines of Quranic texts and the word Mash’Allah from outside the shop and inside as well.
His father’s name “Muhammad Ali” inscribed on the gate of the residence, next to Zia’s shop, was also removed with the help of welding equipment and then painted over.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Zia said, “I kept on saying that this is my father’s name and not a religious expression, and it can be verified from his identification card, but they did not pay heed to my request.”
Zia added that after committing the act, a mob of residents and members of the Almi Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat, congregated outside the house and spoke against Ahmadis. The police then dispersed the mob.
Zia, a 35 year old cell shop owner who has lived in the Muhalla Roshan Abad, Scheme number 3, Kot Abdul Malik since he was three year old, said that at the beginning of August, three young men from the aforementioned organisation came outside his shop and began taking pictures. When Zia asked them to stop, the men abused him, saying, “You have no right to put this text up.”
On August 6, Zia submitted an application in the Factory Area Police Station, to complain against the harassment, but the police did not take notice of his protest.
However on August 7, the organisation’s men went to the police station and filed an application for registering an FIR against Zia, to charge him under section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, after which the police invited both parties to the police station on August 10 to resolve the matter.
According to Zia, at the meeting, when he was asked to remove the religious texts from the shop, he refused, saying that the law can decide whatever steps it wants to take, but he would not commit the disrespectful act.
Zia claims that the police officer had cautioned him that he would be killed if he did not comply.
“Son, even if the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat men kill you, I will not be able to do anything,” the officer had said.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Dr Abdul Kursheed, one of the members of the Majlis said, “The Ahmadi man violated the law, and we will report them again if they repeat this act, and unlike this recent incident the police will take action, not us.”
Similar to recent incidents, wherein Ahmadis were accused of “posing as Muslims”, in this case too, police officials said the steps were taken to "maintain peace."
SHO Factory Area Police, Sami-Ullah Khan told The Express tribune, “We took all measures to resolve the issue, we did not want unrest. Anyone can take guidance from the Holy Book.”
Khan added that, “we sent our personnel because people were gathered at the spot, and we did not want any untoward incident.”
Zia said that, “there was no way for us, but to give in to the law.”
He added that he did not send his children to school after the incident on August 14, out of fear, and said that he had heard rumors that the Majlis men were involved in campaigning against his business as well.
Almi Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat is known to campaign against Ahmadi business men and in promoting social boycott against the community through lectures, conferences and literature in form of stickers, banners and posters.
Zia said that such polarization had only increased in his area in the last couple of years.
In Punjab, persecution of Ahmadi citizens has been on the rise in 2012, including desecration of their places of worship.
Country spokesperson for the Ahmadi community, told The Express Tribune, “We send monthly updates to the Presidency, PM house, interior ministry, ministry of religious affairs, ministry of human rights and respective provincial governments, but have hardly ever received even an acknowledgment of our correspondence.”
On the role of the police, the spokesperson added that, “Kot Abdul Malik is next to Lahore, this is not Waziristan that the police could not control the cleric without giving into their pressure,” adding, “In a country, where our dead are not spared, how will we protect our living.”
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I am not the one who suffered with this but watched closely this whole instance and I will add few things. Even if Section 298-C states that Ahmadis can;t display any verses that shows intentions that Ahmadis are showing themselves as Muslims. In 1993 Supreme court's bench took a decision after hearing a case that Ahmadis can display Allah, MashAllah, Bismillah Asllamo Alaikum e.t.c. and the copy of this decision were shown to the local police before this incident happened so the police not only disrespected the religion Islam they even disrespected the order of Supreme Court too. So my question is what kind of law we have that can't even follow their own law ??
@Shakeel: Most of the readers do not realize that when Govt starts interfering in religion and starts defining faith then result is always desaster. Those who want to consider Ahmadies Non Muslim can consider them non Muslim. But they haver no righ to force the Govt. to define who is Muslim & who is not. It is only Allah who cqan judge that. And I wonder why it bothers official Muslims when Ahmadies write MashaAllah, Allah, Bismillah, Assalam-O-Alakum. Ahmadies Consider themselves as Muslims & have every right to practice as Muslims Period.Those who can not tolerate them should move to Burma may be when they come back they will know the value of religious tolerance.
@shakeel, Who defines 'limits' ?
@Ahmed: when you dont have an answer, better getaway by calling it 'non-sense' ! no one will say any hting to Ahmedis if they shall start living in their defined limits, by not confusing themselves as 'Muslims'
@Shaista , Nonsense.!
@Naeem Rana: Please comment about my last line about Mirza Tahir claiming to be some thing like a Prophet ( god forbid)
In todays world we live in a global village where everyone should be free to practice the faith of his choice. In a heallthy society one cannot and should not be enforcing others to think the way he thinks. Tolerance is the best medicine to keep balance in the society. This is what any religion will teach. As such one should not be crossing boundries and be working for to live and to let live. Whatever our faith,in the end all of us are humanbeings. We may have shortcommings but our goal should be to respect others and creat civility.
What a shame!!!!
Dear Respectable Shaista Sahiba,
Any rule in the world which conflict with basic rights of human being is not commendable and respectable by anyone (see UN human rights rules for which Pakistan is signatory). 2nd Islam defends and teaches the respect of basic human rights; 3rd, Muhammad (PBUH) called Rehmatallil Aalamin not Rehmatullil Muslimeen, Quran is Hidyat for all Humanity not for Muslims only; Masjid Minars are not copy of rights of Muslims you know first Muslim Masjid was without Minars. Appreciate if you kind update your knowledge about Islam than come forward for comments. Islam is a religion of Peace & Tollerance whereas people like you create disrespect of Islam in the eyes of non-muslims. Afsoos on you.
Pakistan + Education + Religious Freedom + Tolerance - Narrowmindedness - Maulvies - Corruption - Baradri System - Jagirdari Nizam X Humanity = Great Nation of Pakistan. Otherwise Pakistanies will keep on suffering. I feel pitty about Pakistanies that how they have let themselves to be Hijacked by Maulvies. There used be a News Paper in United India. its name was "Pertaap" Its Editor was Dewan Singh Maftoon. He interviewd 2nd Khalifa of Ahmadies. In the interview Editor Expressed the opnion that " You Ahmadies are enthusiastically supporting the creation of Pakistan. But do you Realize that after its creation You will be the first target of Maulvies. 2nd Khalifa answered that Right now the interest of All Muslims (At that time Ahmadies were Muslim)are needed to be protected against the hegmony of Hindues & the interest of All Muslims come ahead of Ahmadies" Mr Singh's prophetic words came true in 1953 when the Punjan Chief Miniter Mr. Daultana concocterd a scheme to derail the Government of a Bengali Prime Minister Khawaja Nazim-Uddin. Maulvies were hired to start a movement against Ahmadies. Scheme worked well & a Bengali Prime Minister was thown out. Seeds of the creation of Bengladesh were sowed by this reckless act of gigantic stupidity.It made Bengalize realize that they have no rights in Pakistan. There Elected Prime Minister was thrown out by a Punjabi Chief Minister. This Hatred became a huge tree in 1971. Result was the biggest defeat of Muslims at the hand of Hindues in last 1400 years. But our leaders & our nation still did not learn a lesson. They repeated the same drama in 1974. Since then whole Pakistan in burning in fires of Hatred lit in 1974. Now this fire has consumed the national fabric of the nation. This hatred has spread like a wild fire & now every Pakistani hates other Pakistani either on the basis of Religion, Ethnicity, Language or Baradri or Polical ideology. Now only way forward for Pakistan is to go back to the spirit of Pakistan Movement. During that time nobody cared what sect U belonged. If you believed in the Unity of Allah & Prophethood of hazrat Mohammed (SAW) You were considered Muslim. That Simple.
I wonder when Pakistani nation will wake up Www.muslimsforpeace.org
This is simply disgusting. Seems clear that Pakistan has no respect for its own citiznes, what will care for others as commanded by Allah.
" Ch Ala Dad" before advising ahmadis to follow the law, you should have gone through the Ordinance XX of 1984 which itself is contrary to United Nations Chrter of Human Rights and other international convention to which Pakistan is a signatory. According to you Ahmadis cannot do or say anthing which may be resembling to religious practices and beliefs of the muslims sanctioned by the state. Ahmadis believe and profess t that there is only one God, the Holy Prophet (pbuh), truthful in all his claims, Quraan is true book that had been revealed upon the Holy Prohet (pbuh), Does Ch Aladad wants Ahmadis to believe and declare that there are more than one God, the Holy Prophet is not truthful in his claims, Quraan is not book of God, I will like ch Ala Dad tell the readers about it. Where in the Ordinance has been mentioned that the Ahmadis cannot write Maashallah, Muhammad Ali or such words in their day to day life. Article 20 of the constitution deals with freedom to profess religion etc., it provides: " 20. Freedom to profess religion and to manage religious institutions. Subject to law, public order and morality:- (a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice, and propagate his religion; and (b) every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions. Article 20 has been inluded in the constitution by the constituent Assembly therfore should be given preference over Ordinance XX OF 1984.
It seems like the day when all SANE Pakistani would want migrate India is close. Pakistan has nothing but religious persecution, pillage and criminality left for the common man. For the uber elite - very different reality exists but they already have dual citizenship and off-shore bank accounts so they have effectively run away a long time back.
@Rana tayyeb: As per Section 298-C, an Ahmadi who “refers to his faith as Islam, or preaches or propagates his faith, or invites others to accept his faith, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations, or in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims” will be punished with up to three years in prison and is liable to pay a fine.
and as far as Hazarat Muhammad (SAW) is Last Propher for WE muslims and No concept for Mirza Tahir was communicated to the Muslims all over the world , be them from any Sect !
so if Ahmedis start respectiing other's religion Islam and start not to initiate problems ( as mentioned in the above news) with religious clerics, then things will definately work peacefully.
Non-Muslim have no right to breathe in the Islamic Republic called Pakistan.
Since 1974 Pakistan has been in a downward sprill. A nation can not progress like this. Before 1974 Ahmadies were Muslims. They were burried in Muslim Grave Yards. They were at the forefront of Pakistan Movement when these Maulvies were against it. Zafrullah Khan wrote the "PAKISTAN RESOLUTION". The creator of this historic document is now "Non Muslim" in his motherland. What a shame. Malik Akhtar Hussen Bravely fought in Kashmir & made Indian Army Run for safety. Higher Command thought that Kashmir is about to fall. Let not an Ahmadi become a hero. He was removed from the command at crucial moment in war & Yahaya Khan was Appointed as Commander. He took 3 Days to reach the war sector. Pakistan lost its Advantage. Indian army got a break & got re-enforcement. Since then we have not been able to win against India. Still we call Ahmadies Traitors just out of our own guilt. How we treated Dr Abdus Salam is a real shame. We turned a hero into Villain & villains into HEROS ( Maulvies) just to trash Ahmadies. If Pakistanies want to live respectfully on this planet then only way is to have a Secular Government where everybody's rights are protected equally. If we keep on remaining Dumb then we will evolve into a nation of Animals & Beasts. Maulvi Jharroo Mulk Sanwaroo
It is a shameful and despicable act.
I can imagine the future of non-Muslims and non-mainstream Muslims in Pakistan. What a shame these people are bringing to Islam all over the world.
Shaista..... Ahmadies will abide the constutution if it don't contradict to basic Quranic teaching rather to the teaching of islam. Quran said "There is no compulsion in religion". We dont kill people, we dont destabilise Pakistan, we dont hate other people, we respect every citizen of pakistan and love pakistan.We spread peace and practice it o daily bases. I have counter question on you. Why hadhrat muhammad PBUH didn't agree with Kuffar. the Kuffar were in majourity and also governing at the time but Huzoor SAW says no to them. So we will do what HE did. We will not accept any rules which stop us to practice our True Belief.
The next farman which is coming soon would be that only Muslims have the right to live in the Islamic Republic and the non-Muslim should leave the country or else====.
If imran khan doesnt give a statement on protection of relihious minorities then we will vote for ppp which is the only secular party.
@Ch. Allah Daad:
In that case tell Palestinians to follow the laws of State of Israel instead of fighting against it.
What is more important than religious freedom? One can give life for his/her religions. Why do you think it’s a small matter?
Ban all religion and the problem will be solved.
why dont Ahmedis themselve show responsibilities and compile with constituion of Pakistan and act as safe Minority ?
.. and thus the Islamic state was saved from Ahmedis.
The end is near - Pakistan's end. No foreign power will break it - there is enough in the country to break it. And yes the nuclear arsenal in Pakistan can never be safe in a country where military bases are attacked, VVIPs are killed with all the security.
Jiye Bhutto - Ahmedis are always targetted in PP govt
@Imtiaz: Yes ET why do you do that, why?? You should care more about the feelings of the majority too and endorse the screwed up racist activities of the majority.
Why does the ET keep on defending the Ahmedias. You should care about the feelings of the majority too.
after KP, Panjab is gone to dogs too. such a shame. Just for this reason only, i would like to keep voting MQM in karachi over and over again.
Very bad its disgusting.. well it is true that Ahmadi's are not considered as Muslims according to resolution but this stuff is nothing except spreads a bad image of Pakiastan infront of whole world..
@True Muslim Paki: You should change your display name to 'Worst so-called Muslim Paki'
Shame, Shame and disgusting ! How on earth you can even utter a single word in favour of Burmese muslims, on what basis, what logic ! try to see beyond your nose !
awesome story mashallah ........this is reallity which is facing now a days in pakistan and alas they people think that they are serving islam ................
mashallah is an arabic word and used daily by arabs who may happen to be christian, muslim, believers or unbelievers. the almi tahaffuz should protest outside the various arab embassies and ask for a ban of its use by non-muslim believers.
And then we claim that Islam is a religion of peace! This is shameful!
Rab Ul Alameen had sent his final message for all mankind through the Rahmat lil Alameen (saw), and these bigots have totally misunderstood the final message.
This Almi tahaffuz movement should be declared a terrorist organization.
If Islamic names are muslim's property then what about Barrak Hussain Obama.....oooops....he has middle name as near a muslim as can be.....go and delete his name....
This is a shamful act on part of Mullahs who were there. These (mullshs) are the ppl who actually bring bad name to religion and society. They should be contained by authorities so that other ppl in society can live peacefully. If they are so much eager to spread the tableegh, tell them to go to africa, west africa and south america. a shameful act by mullahs....nothing else..
This was not a big offence but its given more space than two dozen Shia deaths. According to Pakistani law, a particular minority is not allowed to use Quranic verses and other Islamic symbols on their homes, businesses, places of worship etc. The Islamic organization and police played according to the rules and asked the minority to follow the law. If the law is wrong, then minority should fight to change it, till that time they must obey the law.
A day may come when the police puts in prison all Ahmedis : to protect them and maintain peace.
Shame on this nation, shame on those who refuse to speak out against this nonsense and shame on the mainstream Urdu media that refuses to report these things.
Shia killing- Check. Christian minor accused of blasphemy- Check. Ahmadi persecution- Check.
wonder when was the last time i saw any article from xt in favour of pak
i havent read the article but am writing in response to the articles caption "Islamic text removed from Ahmadi's shop, home in Sheikhupura". and my question is "why??" if i consider someone a non-muslim, isnt it a good thing that they believe that my religion is so good that they would display a verse from its holy book?
Please read this article before commenting. http://tribune.com.pk/story/423864/in-praise-of-zia/#comments
Where is CJ and his suo moto????
I have no hope from this country of countless violent religious organizations. All those who could afford should leave this country at their earliest.
None of the politician has courage to condemn this after what happened to Salman Taseer.. And then they claim to be 'Inqlaabis' ... What a shame!!
Pakistan is demanding the wrath of God. In the name of religion first verses of Quran and Kalima are wiped off and now mere names which appear to be Muslim are cleaned. Believe me the wrath of God is not far away now. The Punjab government as ever remains silent thus, abetting the banned organisations in the name of so called 'law'. Shame on Punjab government, Shame on Rana Sanullah, Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif.
GOOD GOING Persecution in the name Allah SubhanatAllah...Making Mockery of Islam...Pakistan is where it is for this very reason...more to come...Allah's Wrath is on my nation and my country...Alas masses don't even recognize it...
Sad . Religion needs to be inclusive and compassionate.
It's sad to see us excluding others .
Eid Mubarak!! :)
Such a despicable and shameful act by the Police and the Mullah. There is no justice in Pakistan. Hatred against Ahmadis knows no bounds - may Allah grant these people guidance.
We have to go back and see what Qaid-e-Azam said:Jinnah April 1941: "I have always believed no govt will ever succeed without creating a sense of security and confidence in minorities... Jinnah cont. "No govt will succeed if their policy is to be unjust, unfair and tyrannical over the minorities... Jinnah cont. "The acid test of success of any govt of a rep character is that minorities must feel that they will have fair play & justice"
We have failed.