I am frankly heartened by this statement not because I feel the Jamaat-e-Islami and other bigots mean any of what they are saying like a broken record but because all of them have been forced to make noise. Ofcourse it is still “the attackers can’t be Muslim” and that the best – “the whole attack is a conspiracy to get Ahmadis to be declared Muslim”.
The News’ reports:
RELIGIOUS parties strongly condemned the attacks on Ahmadis places of worship in Lahore on Friday, terming them unIslamic, inhuman and a well thought out conspiracy against the country to increase pressure on for making the proposed amendments to the blasphemy laws and doing more for the US war on terror.
Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan termed the attacks on the Youm-e-Takbeer a conspiracy to trigger a civil war in the country and justify the US interference in the country. He said Islam strongly prohibited persecuting minorities and causing any harm to their worship places. He said the minorities in the country had always been secure and Islam made it a state responsibility to protect them.
Munawwar pointed out that conspiracies were being hatched to justify military operation in southern Punjab. He said a new term of the Punjabi Taliban had been coined and the US had been pressing Islamabad for pitting people and the armed forces against each other in Punjab as well. He urged the masses to forge unity in their ranks to foil the conspiracy. He expressed grief over the loss of life in the attacks and offered his condolences to the bereaved families.
Jamia Naeemia principal Allama Raghib Naeemi said the attacks on Ahmadis worship places were highly condemnable since Islam called for a state protection for minorities. He said that despite that his organization had been campaigning against Ahmadisí moves against blasphemy laws on the basis of a serious conflict of the ideology, yet the attacks was unimaginable for any Muslim, especially at this critical juncture. He termed the incidents a conspiracy to malign the country in the world in order to put more pressure regarding change in blasphemy laws and the US war on terror. JUP Secretary General Qari Zawwar Bahadur said the attacks on Ahmadis were uncalled for and condemnable. He said no Muslim could think of attacking worship places and perpetrators of such acts could not be Muslims.
He suspected foreign hands in the conspiracy which, he said, aimed at jeopardising Pakistani position regarding war on terror, blasphemy of the Prophet (saw) and various pressures being exerted by Washington. JUI-F leader Maulana Amjad Khan said the attacks on Ahmadis were condemnable despite their serious ideological differences with Muslims since Islam completely protected minorities and that killing the innocent people was extremely banned by Islam. He said it could be a heinous conspiracy to tighten noose around Pakistan for more subjugation before America and launching all-out military operation in Punjab in the name of flushing out the Punjabi Taliban.
I hope that the blood of Ahmadi Muslim martyrs doesn’t go to waste, that with their blood we will undo the poisonous legacy of General Zia and that finally the people of Pakistan will wake up to the reality of these anti-Pakistan religious parties like Jamaat-e-Islami. Fitna-e-Maududiat ko eik dhakka aur do.