We once again strongly urge the international community to impress upon the Government of Bangladesh to honour its responsibility, to provide effective protection and freedom of religious practice to Ahmadis, take strong legal action so that the master minds and the perpetrators of such vicious attacks should be brought to justice, and to bring the implementations of its laws and practices in conformity with international standards as ordained by Article 20, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2, 18 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Article 25, 26.
In the deeply disturbing video, the extremist declares “jihad” against the already persecuted and ostracised peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He calls upon Muslims to “cut the tongue” and “strike down the hand” that interpolates the Holy Quran. He further urges Muslims to “crush the brain and “smash the heart” which “harbours rebellion” against it. “We will not rest until the last Qadiani is alive on the face of this earth,” the video says.
The action took place in the middle of the night and represents a gross violation by the State authorities. It violates basic human rights of religious freedom and the Supreme Court’s decision in 2014 to protect places of worship. There was no legal justification for this action.
On January 7th 2023, Hassan Muawiyah, along with some of his associates in private cars, illegally detained an Ahmadi Mr. Mubarak Ahmed Sani from his house in Chenab Nagar. Mr. Sani was named in the said FIR. After illegally detaining Mr. Sani, Hassan Muawiyah handed him over to the Chenab Nagar Police Station. Afterwards, the police authorities raided Mr. Sani’s house. Mr. Sani is currently being detained at Saddar Police Station, Chiniot.
In a speech1 by Syed Muhammad Sibtain Shah Naqvi (Patron Makazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees, Punjab; Founder and Principal of Markaz Imam Bukhari Sargodha), he went to the inhumane extent of saying, “if an Ahmadi’s house is on fire, you should pour petrol on it, not water”. This egregious and toxic statement risks influencing impressionable youth in an environment already extremely hostile to Ahmadi Muslims who have every basic human right stripped away from them in the country. Their voice is being suffocated as Ahmadi representatives are being de- platformed at events and educational institutions.
The incident took place in Baghbanpura, Gujranwala. Local Police officers arrived in two cars and blocked off the street in front of the Mosque. They also had any nearby lights shut off. The police then proceeded to demolish the minarets at the entrance with an excavator.
Ironically, the event itself was on ‘Tolerance in Pakistan: Life of Minorities in Pakistan’. Amnesty International LUMS chapter had earlier announced the event to be held on 6 December with this panellist on the poster. Eventually, the event went ahead without him. It is heart-breaking to note that such is the height of discrimination and dogma in Pakistan that the administration of even an internationally recognised institution of higher education like LUMS has fallen prey to this grave trend of discrimination against an extremely marginalized community; and a chapter of an organisation like Amnesty International have had to accede to such a discriminatory instruction.