We condemn sectarian Jiyalas’ hate speech against Ahmadiyya Muslims – by Saira Ahmad

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Not unlike other political parties, some intolerant and sectarian minded people are also found in Pakistan Peoples Party. One such person is Babar Awan, VP of PPP, who is notorious for his hate speech against Ahmadi Muslims.

Babar Awan has some flatterers on Twitter and facebook, some of whom are themselves Ahmadi phobes. For example, one sectarian beast who claims to be a PPP supporter is Ahmad Nadeem Gehla who is extremely disliked by everyone including PPP workers because of his abusive, intolerant and sectarian attitude.

Clearly this type of logic leads to stereotyping, hate speech and a false pretext for hate speech.

This is an example of Gehla’s refined hate speech against Ahmadi Muslims:

On Twitter, Gehla wrote:

NA speaker approved opening secret record declaring Ahmedis as minority, hopefully Ahmadi friends stop crusade against PPP. They are also annoying people. They curse PPP all the time and end up being harassed by bigots of JuD & PMLN associates LeJ.

On Facebook, Gehla and his friends spit venom against Ahmadis and also cursed Mansoor Ijaz due to his faith.

We condemn all forms of hate speech against Ahmadi Muslims and any other sect or faith. We also believe that it was a major crime of the PPP as well as other parties in Pakistan’s parliament in 1974 to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims. We believe that the burden is now upon the PPP to reverse the unjust legislation against Ahmadi Muslims, and reform Pakistan to a secular state, free from sectarian and religious biases.

2 Responses to “We condemn sectarian Jiyalas’ hate speech against Ahmadiyya Muslims – by Saira Ahmad”

  1. Babar Awan elevated as law minister

    — The News International, Pakistan
    Friday, December 18, 2009,
    Zil’Hajj 30, 1430 A.H

    Babar Awan elevated as law minister

    By Ansar Abbasi

    ISLAMABAD: A day after Pakistan witnessed one of the greatest day in its history towards checking corruption, we have one good piece of news and one bad.

    The good news is that President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday administered oath to one of the most respected retired judges Justice (R) Rana Baghwandas as Chairman Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC). The bad news is that the elevation of Babar Awan as Law Minister comes at a time when he is alleged to have taken Rs35 million as bribe from the owners of Haris Steel, and on the very day when the full court handed down its landmark verdict to curb the menace of corruption.

    There is no explanation available as to what really made Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to pick this great Wednesday to shower his bounties on a man who is included in the list of those ministers, advisers, ambassadors and top bureaucrats, whose resignation is sought.

    Babar Awan is undoubtedly a talented minister and has not been involved in any financial scam or corruption ever since he joined the federal cabinet. However, the Haris Steel owner Shaikh Afzal’s statement given before the Supreme Court is also too serious to be taken so lightly or ignored to the extent that the premier waited for December 16, 2009 to promote Awan in the cabinet from an average Parliamentary Affairs Ministry to the important Law Ministry.

    It is believed that it would have been better for the prime minister to change Awan’s portfolio only once he had been cleared from these allegations that are now part of the Supreme Court record. Awan was considered to be among a group of lawyers who were considered the Dogar court’s favourites, he has never faced the kind of charges levelled against him and a few others by Shaikh Afzal, who is an accused himself.

    Awan’s spokesman has already termed it a conspiracy against the minister by the ‘Qadiani lobby’. NAB has, however, already summoned Babar Awan and all others charged by Shaikh Afzal of taking bribes in the BoP Rs9 billion Haris Steel loan case to win over Dogar court in favour of the accused. His promotion as Law Minister came within a few days of NAB action against him and others. Interestingly, NAB has now been brought under the control of Babar Awan following his elevation as Law Minister.

    After his induction in Gilani’s cabinet, Awan first hit a controversy when The News published a story about his fake doctorate (Ph.D) degree that was wrongfully awarded by a United States University, which was never accredited for such degree programme and closed down in the year 2000 for being a fraud.

    Both the United States Educational Foundation (USEF) as well as Higher Education Commissioner of Pakistan had confirmed that the said University was never allowed to offer degree programmes including the Ph.D. “It was a fraud,” the USEF Pakistan had said.

    The minister, who admitted to have done his Ph.D in the University of Monticello USA in 1997-98 through its distant learning programme, however, had insisted that his Ph.D was valid. Prior to Awan, the prime minister appointed Sardar Latif Khosa, former attorney general, adviser after he was removed as top law officer following allegations that he got Rs3 million from a client to get from Dogar court a decision in her favour. Khosa too denied these allegations but is presently facing the court in the same case.

    On Thursday respected Justice (R) Rana Baghwandas took over as Chairman Federal Public Service Commission. The president’s decision to appoint Baghwandas as head of the FPSC is widely appreciated particularly in a situation where the government is generally found lacking on governance issues.

    Bhagwandas, however, is joining his new assignment within a few months after the government had already slashed the authority of Chairman FPSC to head top promotion boards for the civilian bureaucracy. The bureaucracy now expects that the government would not only restore these powers to ensure promotions on merit but also seeks the role of the FPSC chairman in the top bureaucratic appointments to depoliticise the bureaucracy by securing the senior members of the bureaucracy from being removed on the whims of political masters.

    Like the head of the promotion boards, it is suggested that the chairman FPSC should also lead a committee, comprising some key federal secretaries and a few ministers, to recommend to the prime minister every top appointment- in BS-21 and BS-22- in the civil bureaucracy. It is believed that such a mechanism would allow the bureaucracy to operate independently besides preventing from being removed for refusing to follow unlawful orders of their superior/political masters.

    URL: http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26149



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