It is a shame how Pakistani State is trying to stop its own citizens from practising their faith. Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan are facing persecution and violence ever since the Islamo-fascist Objectives Resolution was adopted in March 1949 which led to fascist and puritanical intervention of the State into citizens’ faith related affairs.
We urge Pakistan PM Gilani, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and Army Chief General Kayani to pay urgent attention to the harassment of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Rawalpindi and ensure that they are able to practice their faith in their mosque free from all forms of harassment and violence. In particular, we condemn Punjab CM Sharif for his criminal silence and his party leaders in Rawlpindi who are colluding with terrorist organizations (Khatm-e-Nabowat, JuD, SSP etc) to harass Ahmadiyya Muslims.
Minorities’ persecution: Police bar Ahmadis from entering place of worship
As the hate campaign against the Ahmadiyya community continues in Rawalpindi, police barred Ahmadis from entering their place of worship on Friday, 2 March 2012.
The decision was taken after locals, including businessmen and Ulema, threatened to organise a large protest outside the place of worship against what they called the community’s ‘unconstitutional activities’.
Leading the protests, businessman Sharjeel Mir told The Express Tribune that three days ago residents had decided that the place of worship would now be used as a residence.
Mir added that at a meeting, attended by DCO Saqib Zafar, SP Matloob Hussain, SSP Yasin Farooq, and prominent residents, it was conveyed that a demonstration outside the place of worship will be organised if their demand is not accepted.
A senior member of the community quoted police officials as saying that the decision had been made to prevent clashes among religious groups.
The police confined members of the community inside the worship place and barred people coming from outside. The Ahmadiyya community representative further said that prayers scheduled for Friday had been hindered.
DCO Saqib Zafar said the police had provided security to the threatened community. He refused to comment when asked about the residents’ demand to convert the place of worship into a residence.
He said he was busy working on an assignment given by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and had no time to discuss the matter.
A deadline of March 1 had been set by locals and traders for the fulfilment of their demand.
Last Friday, hundreds of residents gathered outside the worship place, demanding the removal of barricades and CCTV cameras installed outside the building.
Throughout this time, the Ahmadiyya community had emphasised that they are not involved in any unlawful activities and have pleaded that the hate campaign against them be stopped.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2012.
Update: Fake liberals of BBC term Ahmadiyya Muslims as Qadiani and their mosque as Ibadat Gah. Shame!
Besides these deficiencies, the BBC report, however, captures hate campaign against Ahmadis in Rawalpindi which is led by Sharjeel Mir, a local leader of PML-N in Rawalpindi.
قادیانی عبادت گاہ کی’بندش‘
آخری وقت اشاعت: ہفتہ 3 مارچ 2012
پاکستان کے شہر راولپنڈی میں رہائش پذیر قادیانیوں کا کہنا ہے کہ مقامی سیاسی کارکنوں اور علماء کے دباؤ کی وجہ سے، انہیں مجبور کیا جا رہا ہے کہ وہ شہر میں اپنی دوسری بڑی عبادت گاہ بند کر دیں۔ علاقے میں کئی ہفتوں سے کشیدگی کی فضاء ہے اور ضلعی انتظامیہ کی ثالثی کے باوجود، بظاہر، قادیانی عبادت گاہ میں مذہبی سرگرمیاں دم توڑ رہی ہیں۔ ہمارے ساتھی ظہیرالدین بابر راولپنڈی کے علاقے سیٹلائٹ ٹاؤن گئے اور فریقین سے بات کرکے یہ رپورٹ تیار کی۔۔۔۔