KHADIM-E-ALA SHAHBAZ SHARIF WHERE ARE YOU?

Oh Great Khadim-e-Ala, Khadim-e-Punjab where are you?  Why are you silent?  From Dawn Frontpage today:

Govt silence sounds death knell for Faisalabad Ahmedis
By Nasir Jamal
Saturday, 17 Apr, 2010
LAHORE, April 16: It is no longer just a doorbell for Mohammad Iqbal and his family; instead it has a ring of alarm about it. As a boy goes to answer the call the other inhabitants form a line of defence behind him should the visitor turn out to be an unwelcome one. Usually the door stays shut until the visitor’s identity is established and his intent known.

It’s been like this since March 8 when four men kidnapped Iqbal’s teenage son Bilal and nephew Shiraz from Iqbal’s home in Madina Town, a middle class locality in Faisalabad, after robbing the household. The kidnappers told the boys later that their family had been targeted because of their Ahmedi faith.

The boys returned home after six days once Iqbal and his elder brother paid Rs2.5 million against an original ransom demand of Rs10 million. The kidnappers have since been arrested, but the life of Iqbal’s family stands totally transformed. The structure of the house has been altered to make it more secure; as this writer sat with the family members in their living room last Thursday, on the table in front lay a revolver and a handgun.

There are many Ahmedi families in Faisalabad who share Iqbal’s insecurities. They have been terrorised by multiple robberies and kidnappings in recent months. The triple murder of the city’s known businessman Ashraf Pervaiz, his brother Masood Javed and nephew Asif Masood on April 1 intensified this terror. The murders took place in a crowded area: yet no eyewitness has come forward so far.

Though there is no evidence, the murdered victims’ family suspects it to be the work of a militant group known for its involvement in the Kashmir ‘jehad’. “Our family is respected and we have no dispute with anyone. The murderers were trained in the use of arms and were well informed about the movement of their target,” a relative of the murdered businessmen, who does not give his name, tells Dawn. Dr Rashid Karim is a homoeopath who was kidnapped last May, taken to the tribal areas, and released after more than five months on payment of Rs10 million. He says his kidnappers had tried to grill him about Ashraf Pervaiz.

The community’s suspicion about the involvement of a militant outfit and its affiliates in the recent robberies, murders and kidnappings is strengthened by the arrest of the four abductors of Iqbal’s son and nephew.

“The triple murder happened only three days after the police apprehended the accused involved in the incident at Iqbal’s home,” DSP Abid Hussain says. “All of them have said they belong to the Jama’at-ud-Da’awa,” he says.

The accused have confessed that they had obtained a decree from a cleric, Maulvi Usman, allowing robbing and killing Ahmedis. Abid says such people distribute a portion of the looted money.

Yet the Ahmedi community in Faisalabad does not just fear the militant group. “It could be a cleric or a known religious group fomenting hatred against our people for no reason or a militant outfit kidnapping or murdering our people for money. It could also be a local resident or some one from Pakhtunkhwa or Karachi or anywhere else,” says a district-level leader of the Ahmedi community, who did not want to give his name.

“They use mosques and universities to spread malicious propaganda against us. We are scared. Some have already moved out of the city.”

Nonetheless, in certain cases Ahmedis have been targeted for financial considerations. Consider a four-page pamphlet urging Muslims to sever all economic ties with Ahmedis. The pamphlet lists 33 businesses – ranging from a photocopier to a drugs store to a jeweller – being run by Ahmedis. The businesses owned by Ashraf Pervaiz’s family are also mentioned in it.

A large number of Ahmedis in

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Fasialabad say they have received threatening letters, ‘advising’ them to renounce their faith, before their homes are raided or relatives abducted. “I received a letter about four months before the kidnapping,” says Iqbal. His brother-in-law also got a letter.

The victims say the robbers and the kidnappers have the details about the daily routine of their targets and about their businesses. Probably this is why police officials have advised Ahmedis to change their daily routine. Most of them heeded the advice seriously. But that too didn’t help some, as the April 1 murders show.

The community leaders link the increasing attacks and crimes to official apathy and police inaction. “All this started in 2008 when some people falsely accused 23 Ahmedi students of the Punjab Medical College (PMC) of blasphemy. Under the pressure of the banned Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), the government and the college administration expelled the accused students. An emboldened SSP used the incident to foment hatred against Ahmedis in the city. Had the government not given in to the SSP the situation today would not have been as bad as it is,” an anonymous community leader argues. He says the PMC incident was followed by the murder of an Ahmedi trader. “A spate of robberies and kidnappings ensued,” he adds.

A major complaint is that none of the cases involving Ahmedis as victims is investigated properly. “The laws and police are the handmaiden of our persecutors,” says an Ahmedi. “Politicians are afraid. A family loses three members and there is not a single word from the chief minister or any other official. Where is Shahbaz Sharif, the self-proclaimed torch-bearer of justice? We deserve to be treated like other citizens but neither the police nor the judiciary is ready to provide us justice.”

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27 responses to “KHADIM-E-ALA SHAHBAZ SHARIF WHERE ARE YOU?

  1. Shahbaz Sharif

    Why to bother? Ahmadis are not in my vote bank and their issues are not likely to get electronic media attention anyways-:)

  2. As an American I’m shocked that our Nation still considers the government of Pakistan an ally. The government of Pakistan has done nothing to demonstrate their commitment to peace and pluralism. Rather, they continually perpetuate discriminatory constitutional amendments that violate the fundamental International UN Charter of Human Rights. It amazes me that the citizens of Pakistan haven’t stood up to their government to tell them that enough is enough, we refuse to live like animals. While every other nation in the world is advancing, Pakistan continues to regress into their futile pit of oblivion. My God save Pakistan while there is still something left to save.

  3. Maestro96

    Pakistan is burning itself out with the hatred that it has festered for the so called ‘others.’ Shameful, tragic and heart wrenching.

  4. Midfield Dynamo

    Once you have tasted blood it is like an addiction which must be satisfied irrespective of the source of supply. Now that the extremists have had their fill with terrorizing the masses at large, the police, army and other such more challenging targets, they have turned their attention to the Ahmedis.
    The Ahmedis have a right to protect themselves, and must take adequate measures to do so. If need be they should acquire skills in weaponry for the purposes of self defense.

  5. Khullat

    @ Midfield Dynamo

    A better suggestion: Instead of turning the whole nation into a martial race,trained to combat these vampires, why not simply get rid of the vampires, like Ataturk did.

  6. Bin Ismail

    @ Khullat

    Another option: Instead of turning the whole nation into a martial race, trained to combat these vampires, why not the turn the nation into a “martian” race and migrate to Mars, and let these poor vampires flourish.

  7. ylh

    Please don’t insult vampires by comparing these Islamofascists with them.

    Vampires are stylist sexy creatures of the night! Can the same be said about this Tahafuz e Khatme nabuwat.

  8. silk router

    to khullat
    you wrote: “…why not simply get rid of the vampires, like Ataturk did.”

    Did Ataturk succeed? Was Hrant Dink, an armenian journalist, not killed by a 17 year old turkish lad? Was this lad the real killer? Are the killers of Hrant Dink not in power in Anatolia (now called Turkey, after the extermination of non-turks and non-muslims in Anatolia)? Was Ataturk himself not proud of the extermination of non-turks (who were mostly non-muslims) in Anatolia?

    You can’t get rid of this vampirism without getting rid of the imported alien religion that instigates this vampirism.

  9. Khullat

    @ ylh

    Thank you for pointing out. My sincere apologies to the vampire community.

    @silk router

    Quoting you: “..You can’t get rid of this vampirism without getting rid of the imported alien religion that instigates this vampirism..”

    History was most evidently not your favorite subject in school. The vampires I was talking about was the clergy. I have no desire of disrespecting the religious sensibilities of others by reminding them of recorded accounts of the bestiality shown by the clergymen of the “indigenous religion”. You may like to recall that the guy who killed Gandhi got his vampirism from an indigenous “religion that instigates this vampirism”.

  10. YLH

    Erratum “Stylish” not “Stylist”.

  11. Prasad

    Khullat,

    Dont respond to Silk Router’s instigations. Notwanting to go into those, just thought of correcting your understanding on Godse. His extreme action on Gandhi had nothing to do with his religion. It had more to do with his understanding of ( rather misunderstanding) of Gandhi’s policies.

  12. Khullat

    @ Prasad

    Thank you. Contrary to silk router’s thinking, and thankfully so, I respect all religions and their founders. I was only applying router’s own twisted logic to another situation, he could better relate to.

    Regarding Godse, his religious extremism appears to be as established as his rejection of Gandhi’s political views.

  13. Hayyer

    Not just a stubborn little boy but a self righteously stubborn little boy.

  14. Vajra

    Moderators:

    Is this idiot ‘silk router’ adding anything to the discussions? Does he have anything whatsoever to say in each thread other than repeat his monotonous message of hate every time? What is he doing here? Why is he polluting so many threads?

  15. Hayyer

    Self righteous and also preachy.
    I have no positions to take with you. Your field of specialization is not one that appeals to me.

  16. Vajra

    @Silk Router

    Yes, I decide what hate means – to me. If others agree, then it is a common acceptance of a point of view as a hateful speech or writing. This is in the same spirit that you decide what is reasonable, logical and historically accurate – with the difference being that nobody agrees with you, and the position is that you have already declared in print that you, and only you, will decide what is so (reasonable, logical and historically accurate). You did so when you informed Hayyer that you were alone against a multitude. This implies that in spite of being isolated, you persist; in other words, in spite of popular opinion that you are wrong and that your views are unacceptable, you persist in your line of thought.

    In that case, given your arbitrary decision that you are right in everything, and the rest of the world is out of step, what right have you to criticise me for deciding that your speech is hateful? Especially when this is an extreme shading of a generally-held opinion?

  17. Khullat

    @ silk router / April 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Your golden words: “…Indigenous religions are bad enough – why worsen the situation by importing another bad one from Arabia? If there are scorpions breeding in my house then why should I be such a fool as to bring a newer more venomous breed from the neighbour’s house?…”

    You have approximately a billion compatriots who do not think that the religions they follow are “scorpions”. They share your “house” with you but do not claim monopoly over the “house”. A large number of them are working as ex-patriots, in the same “neighbour’s house” and sending remittances home, thus contributing to the economy of “your house”.

    I hope you can “understand this more easily through a simple household analogy”. Since you are a committed follower of the “Free India from these quislings” Religion, I suggest you take your evangelism to a thread that focuses on the doctrines of this newly born faith.

  18. Bin Ismail

    silk router:

    Please take the Silk Route – northwards.

    Bon voyage.

  19. Vajra

    @Khullat

    In the (understandable) enthusiasm to squash our latest bigot of your last post, I am afraid a small solecism occurs, which could lead to raised blood pressure.

    May I point out that in the phrase A large number of them are working as ex-patriots, it reads more gracefully if we were to understand that you intended to write expatriate. The difference is between those who have lost their confidence and their loyalty to their country (ex-patriot), and those who are resident abroad, either for work or for pleasure or for any other reason (expatriate).

    I am sure that in your hot pursuit of Silk Router, you did not intend to tease other Indians with an insinuation that Indian Muslims working in the Gulf or in Arabia are ipso facto disloyal to India.

  20. Khullat

    @Vajra

    Thankyou. I, most certainly meant “expatriate” but when you’re engaged in a dialogue with silk router, you are at times left with no choice but sarcasm. That’s why I wrote “ex-patriot” – anticipating that he would get the message.

    Regards.

  21. Khullat

    @ Vajra

    Indian Muslims or Hindus, or Pakistanis working in the Middle East, are by no means “ex-patriots” in the literal or for that matter any sense. Not at all. The reason I had to use this otherwise blood-pressure-raising-PUN was that Silk Router strongly advocates, as evident from his posts on other threads as well, that whatever is indigenous is good and whatever is alien is inherently bad.

    I suppose my sarcasm faltered. I should have said: “A large number of them are working as ex-patriots [and heretics], in the same “neighbour’s house” and sending remittances home, thus contributing to the economy of “your house”.

  22. Vajra

    @Khullat

    Oops! Completely missed the sarcasm.😦

    I am embarrassed; just goes to show what caffeine deprivation for over four hours can do. Or maybe if I pleaded the extraordinary effect on an already hypertensive system of Silk Router as an extenuating circumstance, you might ignore my pompous little lecture!🙂

  23. Khullat

    @ Vajra

    Sorry for the embarrassment caused by my clarification. This reminds me of an Urdu proverb:

    “Uzr-e gunaah badtar az gunaah”.A casual English rendering would be ” The extenuation was worse than the sin”.

    I am quite certain, you had absolutely no difficulty in catching my sarcasm inspite of caffeine deprivation. In a discussion that commences with Shahbaz Sharif’s justice and culminates in how alien faiths and ETs should be viewed, unending detours tend become inevitable.

    Thoroughly enjoyed your wit.

    Regards

  24. Bin Ismail

    @Khulllat, @ Vajra

    You have to give the credit to silk router for being the prime mover of this interesting dialogue between the two of you. I hope he doesn’t get carried away by my compliments to return to join us.

    By the way, I found this definition novel: An “Ex-patriot” is an expatriate who has, moved to Arabia.

    Wither the original debate?

  25. Vajra

    @Bin Ismail

    1. Honestly speaking, these exchanges with Khullat and you are far more palatable than chasing a sewer rat through the mire. Do you blame me for concentrating on your views and on Khullat’s in preference to the other? Or, for that matter, other than Khullat’s and your posts, on the occasional illuminating intervention by one of the senior people on board?

    2. About the compliments: you are playing with fire. Recently, one of this sicko’s predecessors was so pleased with his own performances that he proceeded to pat himself on the back for improving the intellectual ambience on PTH single-handed, and concluded, at least to his own entire satisfaction if nobody else’s, that his presence was direly needed to stop PTH from sinking into a morass of sycophancy and mutual admiration among a small clique (like, for instance, you, me and Khullat :-D). You might just give this little noodle similar vainglorious ideas. I suggest a barrage of insults as an antidote to the compliments. But that might make him mad enough to return! and stay!! Let’s just keep quiet.

    3. I note with ironic amusement your Freudian slip,”Wither the original debate?” Wither indeed; yet, it might be argued that a discussion on acceptance of a nation’s heritage could be expanded, even if ridiculous and bigoted in the extreme, to the dimensions of our ridiculous and bigoted friend. If only he had even an iota of balance and of even-handedness in his approach. But in intellectual terms, alas, he was like the man with a hammer, to whom the whole world consists of a variety of nails.

    That may be a superficial remark; perhaps we need to consider this problem, for problem it is, in rather more depth. First, a diversion.

    One of the casualties of our unfriendly relations: there aren’t very many books by Pakistani authors available in India. Not fiction; there are the occasional accidents. Soon after reading about him on ATP, I managed to buy a copy of Hanif’s ‘Exploding Mangoes’; many years ago, I stole a copy of General Gul Hassan’s Memoirs from a friend. That’s about it.

    As a result, there is little or no knowledge among Indian amateurs (professional historians are a different matter). What we get to hear and read are the most astonishing romances, disguised as strategic analysis; for example, the article by Lt. Gen. Sardar F. S. Lodhi in the March 2000 edition of Defence Journal. So we really don’t know the other side of the picture, for instance, what appears to be outstanding work by Professor Dani on the Gandhara region. That, effectively, is what leads to two sides talking at each other, rather to each other; while Pakistanis seem to be increasingly waking up to the rich heritage that they are heirs to, and are able to see their nation-state in its variety of kaleidoscopic identities, Indians have no clue about this awakening, and sincerely believe that for an average Pakistani, history starts with Muhammad bin Qasim. The reference is to the average man in the street on either side, and not those who have taken a little trouble to explain their contemporary intellectual position, or those who have taken the trouble to understand this explanation, and to base their thinking on an acceptance of these as a base-line.

    My point is that the frequent derailment of these debates is largely due to these barriers between both sides. Only frequent and rational, lucid exchanges of views, untroubled by the totally misdirected rants of the lunatic fringe on both sides, will clear this up on the inter-country front.

    But your point surely will be that even before these issues are considered, it will be appropriate to consider what has been achieved, and what is remaining to be achieved in terms of Pakistanis thinking about Pakistan and her past. To that, quite honestly, others can contribute at best marginally; the debate is an internal one, and your priorities will obviously be set by yourselves, whether or not a random bedlamite suggests something else.

  26. Bin Ismail

    @ Vajra

    Thank you for those kind words. These “sewer rats” as you describe them, obviously present on both sides of the border, represent a thinking that I believe is destined to die. Hatred is very heavy on fuel. Respect comes naturally.

    Regards.

  27. this is relay nice artilce…