‘Blasphemous magazine’: FIR registered against Ahmadi owners

Published: June 15, 2013
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A large police contingent raided the office late on Thursday and confiscated all the material in the absence of the magazine staff. PHOTO: FILE

A large police contingent raided the office late on Thursday and confiscated all the material in the absence of the magazine staff. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Giving in to pressure of a United Khatam-i-Nabuwat led two-month long vigilante siege of an Ahmadi magazine office, police on Thursday registered an FIR against the magazine’s administration and confiscated all its records since 1952, The Express Tribune has learnt.

A large police contingent raided the office late on Thursday. They broke the locks and confiscated all the material in the absence of the magazine staff. More than 50 anti-Ahmadi clerics were present at the office at the time.

The police did not let the protesting clerics enter the office. However, several Ahmadis said the clerics had tried to plant blasphemous material in the office.

The complainant, Muhammad Yaqoob, had sought the registration of an FIR under Sections 298-C, 295 (B), 295 (C) and Section 11-W of the Anti Terrorism Act, the police however have registered an FIR under Section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal Code only.

The complainant and other members of the Khatam-i-Nabuwat Lawyers Forum said they were not happy with the FIR. They called it ‘soft’ and demanded prosecution of the magazine’s administration under sections dealing with blasphemy and terrorism.

Yaqoob told The Express Tribune that they would use all legal options to ensure prosecution on blasphemy and anti-terrorism charges. “If the police don’t add the relevant sections to the FIR, we will move a court,” he said.

The FIR has been registered against the publisher of the weekly, The Lahore, Mian Muhammad Shah Jee; Editor, Yasir Zervi; Yasir Mansoor Ahmed and two others.

Yaqoob said that he had seen Zervi and two others circulating copies of the magazine on April 23.  He said he too was given a copy of the
magazine and had found blasphemous content in it.

Munawar Ali Shahid, an Ahmadi and a rights activist, told The Express Tribune that Poet Saqib Zervi had started the weekly in 1951. It was published every Friday, he said.

Zervi died in 2001 and his sons Yasir Zervi and Mansoor Zervi took over.

He said the magazine had been publishing social, cultural, political, economic and literary material, but had now fallen prey to
anti-Ahmadi elements.

Prosecuted under: 298-C of the PPC

Person of Quadiani group, etc, calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith: Any person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name), who directly or indirectly, poses himself as a Muslim, or calls, or 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 shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term

which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (60)

  • RQ
    Jun 15, 2013 - 7:54AM

    now internet will come here and cry in comments ಥ_ಥ

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  • Bogarter
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:09AM

    Welcome to Pakistan – A Glimpse into the Dark Ages.

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  • Kolsat
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:10AM

    This stupidity of deciding who can or cannot be a Muslim should be stoped forthwith. In Muslim extremists of Belgium are saying that those who oppose sharia are not Muslim. Islam has to modernise otherwise there will be fights among them. This not to say that they should abandon their religion but accept that there can be several valid interpretations of Islam. I want to challenge those who call Islam as a religion of peace to show that it is so. Otherwise it will become an untruth.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:10AM

    Nothing unexpected

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:50AM

    An appeal to all Ahmadi citizens of Pakistan: Leave this country if you can ! Your persecution and that of all minorities appears to be on the rise and the fanatics and their cohorts wouldn’t rest until all the minorities have been purged of this Pak country to make it even Pak-er !

    I am speechless and dumbfounded at the creeping intolerance within the country that is spreading to the ‘professional ‘class ! How could a lawyer be so heartless and apathetic towards the sentiments of a community that just goes about practicing their own faith.

    Its high time that western countries banned the entities that didn’t conform to their own fabric of judeo-christian values.

    This is absurdistan !

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  • Farhan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:55AM

    Great way to propel incumbents I to pro mulla sphere..once again. MashAllah.

    Lets teach our people to ignore the concept of tolerance because we are so weak in our faith that we are paranoid if minorities taking over planet earth.

    Nawaz…quit wasting our valuable resources on stupid things and go fight the real war.

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  • AlChemist
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:06AM

    Bigotry and propaganda prevail and freedom of expression loses. Is this Islam?

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  • Padishah
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:07AM

    Leave Ahmedis alone!!! You are picking on a minority which would win any TV\public debate on Islam if one were to be held. They are better educated than all the rabid Maulana’s who have misled Pakistanis for the last 60 years making a mess of everything. I hate our gutless politicians who cannot stand and say the right things fearing the public. What a bunch of cowards we lot are. Most Pakistanis do not understand the teachings of the Koran. All they know is kill, maim and steal others property in the name of Islam.

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  • Sami Ullah
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:13AM

    Religion is an enemy of itself.

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:19AM

    I dont understand why these people are not ceasing to assert themselves as Muslims, while in their own books it is very clearly stated that they are different by virtue of their faith. There should be an end to it. Now after this news there will be loads of comments arguing that why they cannot be called Muslims and our illiterate Muslims will also join them. Beating about the bush.

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  • Huzaifa
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:30AM

    A great service rendered to Islam. This way, the true believers will be able to eliminate all other sects one by one and one day a purified Islamic state will transpire, may be with population of some thousands.. but who will decide that who are the true believers?

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:37AM

    @ashar:
    Nobody has the right to identify another individual’s faith.
    Anybody who professes to be a muslim should be considered to be a muslim.
    Nobody has to measure the muslimness of a person and declare him non-muslim, or not-so-good muslim.
    Would you care to mention the books you are referring to

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:40AM

    @Huzaifa:
    how is it a service to Islam

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:04AM

    @Aysha M:

    Politically speaking, can a person be a member of PTI and MQM at the same time. Of course not, then how it is possible that an ahmedi is ahmedi and Muslim at the same time. They are poles apart. Please think realistically, this is not the matter of treating them badly, they are living with us for a long long time but the basic problem with them should be resolved and in fact they have raised it again otherwise every thing was fine.

    As for the books, please read the writings of their leaders or have a copy of any book written by a Muslim about ahmedis.

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  • Sallu
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:25AM

    Innalillahe wa innellaihe rajeoon. I am feeling the wrath of Allah coming soon upon this country.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:39AM

    @ashar:
    It is passionately establishing divisions, so you cannot be a shia and be a muslim, Dont we have sects within Islam

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:57AM

    This country no longer deserves the name ‘Pakistan’. This name symbolised freedom, equality and civil rights. This country is now the complete opposite of that, therefore it does not deserve that name either.

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:14AM

    @Aysha M:
    I beg your pardon, Shias are Muslims, who says they are not.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:30AM

    @ashar:
    So are Ahmedis, no legislative proceedings can actually decide an individual’s faith but he himself can do that, to be later judged by the Almighty. If he says he is a muslim, so he is, what kind, that is between him and his Creator

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  • truthbetold
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:31AM

    The Ahmedis have two very clear choices. One, as per demand from “true” Muslims, they can stop calling themselves themselves Muslims. Second, they can decide they don’t want to have anything to do with Islam any more.

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  • Ahsan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:44AM

    We Should respect all Prophets and being Muslims it is incumbent upon us.
    In our Land of the Pure all laws, police/judiciary are misused by the Rulers
    Having said that, I dont know now who is lying and who is telling the truth
    our society and moral values have gone.
    I pray to the ALLMIGHTY to guide us in this era of turmoil and help our oppressed nation

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  • Kamran Paracha
    Jun 15, 2013 - 12:02PM

    Imagine West doing this to Sunnis or Shias. Whole of Pakistan will be protesting and burning public property. Shameful display of intolerance and hypocrisy

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  • mind control
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:56PM

    @ashar:

    As for the books, please read the writings of their leaders or have a copy of any book written by a Muslim about ahmedis.

    Time for the rest of the world to learn from the pious people of Pakistan.

    A. To begin with, all others must adopt ‘Blasphemy Laws’ of their own.

    B. These laws should declare any one who does not believe that Christ was Son of God or Ram was not God Incarnate should be punished for Blasphemy on the spot.

    C. All Books preaching such Blasphemy be banned forthwith.

    I hope you will agree with me.

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  • distressed muslim
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:58PM

    @ashar:
    how can u say that Ahmadis are or claim to be different..? they have same quarn, same nimaz, they beleive in khatamiat and same tenets of Iman….mainstream muslims expect messaiah to come even in presence of khatamiat, christians also expect him, hindus expect an avatar and all others faith also waiting…..ahmadis just say that he has come…nothing else….
    i am sure this comment will be deleted being pro ahmadiat but remember I am not ahmadi…on the contrary I am worried as to why the avatar/messiah awaited to come has not come yet, though all the signs are there….religious discrimination aside, we should study this and may be ask for help from Allah…
    anyway this comment is bound to be deleted by this “liberal” newspaper…

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  • mind control
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:06PM

    @ashar:

    I beg your pardon, Shias are Muslims, who says they are not.

    At least 37% of Pakistanis say so.

    http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/the-worlds-muslims-unity-and-diversity-5-religious-identity.aspx

    Including the Sipah e Sahaba and the ASWJ and the bombers of Hazras of Quetta and Abbas Town in Karachi.

    Would you like to picket them, please?

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  • distressed muslim
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:06PM

    @truthbetold:
    vow…..you seem to be very very bossy, pushy….calm down and remember la ikraha fid deen….

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:41PM

    None of this fuss would have been created if the first Ahmadi(who reverted from Islam) was treated the way reverts are suppose to be treated.By beheading him.

    Millions of people wouldv’e been saved from misguidance.

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  • Jun 15, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Padishah: Jazakallah! Very well said.

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  • Atif
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:59PM

    hey Quadianis are non muslims , we all respect humans , they have every right as other Pakistanis but propagating their british sponsored false agenda is unethical and must be banned .

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  • Naseer Ahmad
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:02PM

    A number of precedents show that now no relief is given to the Ahmadis charged under 298-C by the Judiciary irrespective of frivolous charges included in the FIR.But still a large majority of the followers of this sect have a wishful thinking of getting justice under the Constitutional Provisions granting fundamental rights to the citizens of Pakistan.

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  • Genesis
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Obsessed with religion and not development.that is where the problem starts in Pakistan.All this obsession,where has it taken Pakistan?

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  • Muslim Ahmadi
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:32PM

    @Aysha M:
    Please Aysha, don’t waste your time casting pearls before Ashar. He has the IQ of a typical Mullah. In Iran sunnis are not considered Muslims, do that make the non-Muslims? Many Muslims believe that those who do not believe in Hadiths are not Muslims!!!!!!Those who believe that Jesus is not alive in heaven are not Muslims!!!!!! Those who pray to dead people are not Muslims and soon and so forth. Ashar should read the verdict of Justice Munir in 1953.

    The fact is that Pakistani sarkari muslims are too weak of faith to match the understanding of the Ahmadi Muslims, intellectually and thus only have violence as their weapons.

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  • observer
    Jun 15, 2013 - 5:03PM

    @ashar:

    I beg your pardon, Shias are Muslims, who says they are not.

    A.37% of Pakistanis

    B. 48% of Indonesians

    C. 52% of Egyptians

    D. 100% of Sipah-e-Sahaba/ ASWJ Pakistan

    What do you propose to do about it?

    http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/the-worlds-muslims-unity-and-diversity-5-religious-identity.aspx#shias

    Moderator ET- Burying its head in sand never helped the Ostrich, not will it help you or Ashar too.

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  • FactCheck
    Jun 15, 2013 - 5:22PM

    @Kolsat:

    Are you saying there not fight already among them?

    What do you call all these attacks against Shia and Ahmadis?

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  • Mj
    Jun 15, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @Ahmed:
    “None of this fuss would have been created if the first Ahmadi(who reverted from Islam) was treated the way reverts are suppose to be treated.By beheading him.
    Millions of people wouldv’e been saved from misguidance.”

    How peaceful. Remind me why you celebrate conversions to your religion, but threaten those who leave it.

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  • Insaan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 5:57PM

    @ashar: There should be an end to it.

    Like Hindus at the time of partition, Ahmadis will be forced to leave or………. in Pakistan. Pakistanis are still living in the 7th century. Ahmadis need to be proactive and seek International help.

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 15, 2013 - 6:30PM

    More than 50 anti-Ahmadi clerics were
    present at the office at the time.

    In any other country these “clerics” would have been arrested for trespassing.

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  • Really
    Jun 15, 2013 - 7:02PM

    ET Moderator Where are you so called secular values….No don’t post this for showing off….YOu should have posted my other comments

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  • lkhan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:09PM

    Shame on us. Grow up Pakistan, learn the teachings of the Holy Book and go back to our origins of a tolerant society.

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:44PM

    I think my replies has been blocked because of too much truth in them.

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  • Mj
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:31PM

    @ashar:
    It is a scary thing for a person to be ignorant and delusional.

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:34PM

    For all my Muslim brothers and sisters who are supporting the ahmedi claim of being Muslims please follow the link below:

    http://www.khatm-e-nubuwwat.com/pumphlets/eng/1.htm#18

    My detailed reply has been blocked so please take this and read yourself. Attention aysha M

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  • ashar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Mj:
    You are right I am scared of ahmedis.

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  • raj
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:16PM

    no offense to any one but really thankful to god that i am not a muslim, very very proud of itRecommend

  • Jun 15, 2013 - 11:10PM

    @ashar:

    can a person be a member of PTI and MQM at the same time. Of course not, then how it is possible that an ahmedi is ahmedi and Muslim at the same time.

    That’s a bad analogy. A Pakistani citizen can vote for MQM or PTI, without being legally accused, prosecuted or discriminated by an opposition party for being non-Pakistani if they claim they are Pakistani.

    Now you’ve got me asking if a Sunni can be a Muslim at the same time? Maybe we should further legislate on our inter-sub-sect biases as well. Deoband in, Barelvi out, Ahl-e-Hadith…um…half-half legal ambiguity….etc.

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  • Syed Ahmed
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:23PM

    By doing these type of acts, one can not stop the increasing number of followers of Ahmadiyya Community. I personally think that this is the act of barbarism, and against the ethics of Freedom of Express.

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  • sorry to hear that
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:38PM

    @raj:
    remember its not the religion i.e. Islam that is bad , but it is some vocal followers who are in minority but are disorientated and very very fanatic that are falsifying peaceful image of Islam……

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  • Leila Rage
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:53PM

    It is really a dark day- I’m ashamed to be affiliated with this country where innocent people are persecuted for “blasphemy” but hate-mongers, child molesters, murderers, rapists and thugs are lauded and respected.
    Sick. Just sickening

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @bigsaf:
    You are confused with membership and voting. Please read your own comment and then write again.
    Analogy was created between the difference of manifesto and difference of ideology, hence it was correct. One cannot sail in two boats at the same time.

    As for Deobandi, Barelvi, they are different schools and the associations have made them so and this is also found in Christianity with respect of association with churches even if I don’t mentioned the basic two sects catholic and protestants. I think this has nothing to do with the matter of ahmedis.Recommend

  • ftmatif
    Jun 16, 2013 - 4:02AM

    What a sad sad day for freedom of speech. Being Sunni, I do not agree with the Ahmadi belief of there being prophets after Mohammad (SAW). However, I strongly believe they have the right to believe in whatever they choose and call themselves Muslims if they want. In the end, who was right and who was wrong will be decided by Allah. My religion is not something so vulnerable that it’s threatened by the existence of another sects.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:13AM

    @ashar:

    ashar @Mj:
    You are right I am scared of ahmedis.

    Your comments are normally based on reason, this one a bit disappointing. In May 2010 Ahmedis lost nearly 100 people in attack on their mosques, was there a single demonstration staged, a tyre burnt, or any reaction whatsoever, stoically proceeded to burial.

    Thank you for the link and directing my attention to it, I dont think I would be interested

    My prime concern is that religion cannot be in public domain and no legislation can identify an individual’s faith or that of a group. Period.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:56AM

    @truthbetold:
    “true” muslims, who gets to decide that

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  • Mustafa Rida
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:18AM

    Ahmadiyas are not muslims and if Ahmadiyyas stopped broadcasting that they are muslims all there willl no problems.

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  • truthbetold
    Jun 16, 2013 - 11:25AM

    @Aysha M:

    ““true” muslims, who gets to decide that”

    Your sentence is incomplete.

    “Nobody has the right to identify another individual’s faith. Anybody who professes to be a muslim should be considered to be a muslim.”

    While that is a very humanistic perspective and I agree with you in principle, when it comes to religion, it is true only with respect to eastern religions that emphasize personal contemplation of one’s spirituality and enlightenment. Unfortunately, you are wrong with respect to Abrahamic religions, especially Islam. Islam clearly enunciates who is a muslim. That is where the problem comes from.

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  • sherdil
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Such acts keep the ignorants up in arms, benefitting the so called islamic clergy with their despotic rich looters. Wrath of Allah is headed our way

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:15PM

    I am sure ET you are still reading my comments before uploading. Difficult?

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  • AlChemist
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:10PM

    Honestly, such acts of bigotry and persecution remind me of the early years of Islam. Wonder if these Muslim police are really Muslims?
    But associate oneself with any religion is one’s self right and I am not one of those cops..

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  • enlightened
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:49PM

    @ashar:
    Vow…you have so much time to waste in comments..I have only seen one name repeated in comments and that is yours……my suggestions…go and pray to Allah that he may enlighten you whether you are right or wrong…rather than wasting time on PC …..use it in prayers,….
    Remember it is 15th century and still as per your apparent thoughts the promised Massiah has not come….signs have been there for over a century and still no one…..???
    I am really worried as to why no one has come and I keep on praying rather than using abusive language ..
    if you are not ready to pray then so be it…bye from me…

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  • ashar
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:18PM

    @enlightened:

    It is also a sign of the coming of the messiah that people would be talking nonsense about him, so these signs are also coming true.
    He will come as of the wrath of Allah on the people of Lut, Noah and Hud, at the time when they were busy talking about them like you.
    So wait for a little while he will have you and you will be really enlightened.

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  • Hafiz Abdullah Al-Ameen
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:41AM

    The real problem with Pakistani Muslims is that, firstly, they refuse to listen to what the real views of these Ahmedis are, and, secondly, they cannot counter a reasonable argument. Makes you wonder who really is a Muslim. Remember, to doubt another Muslim is a cardinal sin.

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