Terrorist attacks on ‘Qadiyani Centres’ in Lahore
By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –
The attacks on the Qadiyani places of worship in Lahore and deaths of innocent people are surely attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan. It is not the first time that places of worships attacked by terrorists in Pakistan. As matter of common courtesy one can extend condolences to the victim’s families and Qadiyani community in Pakistan on this tragic incident. Over 25000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in the ‘war of revenge’ launched by defence contractors and international arms dealers and bankers after the 9/11,2001, which is yet to be criminally investigated.
Qadiyani community is always seen as influential and privileged since its birth during British Raj. It enjoyed being close to all the rulers of Pakistan especially during General Musharaf’s rule due to his personal links with the minority. This closeness of rulers did not end with the departure of Musharaf as current rulers are as loyal to the minority as the previous, Rehman Malik, Manzoor Watto, Salman Taseer, Tariq Aziz are well known sympathisers. It is also referred as ‘Israeli Lobby’ in Pakistan due to their Zionist links and fully functioning centres in Israel.
Over a year ago a London based think tank ‘Chatham House’s expert was talking about Northern Punjab at Imperial College in a seminar where an Indian journalist was sitting to nod his head on his remarks. It is not strange that Qadiyani sympathiser Rehman Malik interior minister saying exactly the same thing? He always implicates all the Sunni groups within minutes of incidents to further provoke sectarian feelings and play international game. People knows what ‘grid’ he is on.
“Give peace to the Ahmadis if you want peace in Karachi’, in 1995 a very senior Qadiyani leader said to me while sitting in one of his fully licensed restaurant at Wilmslow Road Manchester. It was the time when Benazir Bhutto’s government was doing ‘operation clean up’ in Karachi under interior minister Naseerullah Babar. The above comment is off course loaded but also seem in the Lahore attack context that perhaps they have been used and might have been targeted in a ‘friendly fire’ by the international arms dealers.
As an open-minded Muslim leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah father of nation appointed Sir Zafarullah Khan a Qadiyani, his first foreign minister of Pakistan who did not attend his funeral conducted by a Sunni scholar Shabeer Ahmed Usmani, considering Mr Jinnah as non-Muslim (non Ahmadi). In a hypothetical scenario as far as the integration of the Qadiyanis with the rest of the Muslim community is concerned doors for the non-Ahmadis are shut.
The Qadiyani view of their relationship with rest of the Muslims was well summarised by their second caliph, Mirza Mahmud Ahmad: “Our worship has been separated from the non–Ahmadis, we are prohibited from giving our daughters (in marriage) to them and we have been stopped from offering prayers for their dead. What then left that we can do together? There are two kinds of ties: one religious the other mundane. The greatest expression of the religious bond is in common worship and in matters mundane, these are the ties of family and marriage. But then both are forbidden (haram) to us. If you say that we are permitted to take their daughter (in marriage), then I would reply that we are allowed to marry the daughters of Christians as well. If you say why do we Salam (salute) to non- Ahmadis, then the reply to this is that … the Prophet (Muhammad) has said Salam to the Jews… Thus the Promised Messiah (Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) has separated us, in all possible ways, from the others; and there is no kind of relationship which is particular to Muslims and we are not forbidden from (entering into) that”, (Kalimatul Fazsl’, by Mirza Mahmud Ahmad in Review of Religions).
Altaf Hussain prayed for the forgiveness of Mirza Tahir Ahmad Qadiyani leader, who died in London few of years ago. One wonders why Altaf did not attend his funeral? As a matter of courtesy one expects to say condolences provided the other side accept? MQM reportedly ‘offered to provide security to Qadiyani centres’, which agreed to consult with its community. Some analysts are pointing fingers at the Indian Raw and Israeli Mosaad’s joint operation to malign Pakistan and present as a country where minorities are not safe’. Surely the world is very well aware how Israelis are treating Palestinians and Indians are treating Sikhs, Muslims and Christians.
A London based magazine wrote: ‘The National Assembly (in 1974) would go to remove a long standing but an unnecessary anomaly. The decision would serve only to formalise the defacto even de jure position. The problem had arisen not because the Muslims in some fit of orthodoxy or fanaticism wanted to ‘excommunicate’ any group of people. Its origin, on the other hand, lay in the assumption by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadiyan of Messiahship, and prophethood and as a consequence, branding those who did not believe in him to be outside the pale of his Islam.
No one can deny the special links of the community with the British Government as Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani (1838-1908) the shadowy prophet declared himself that Islam consisted of two parts: one, obedience to God and two, obedience to the British government. He admitted he could ‘pursue his mission neither in Makkah, nor Madinah; neither in Syria, nor Iran or Kabul save under this Government for whose good fortune we pray’. On 24th February 1898, Mirza sent a fawning petition to the British Lt-Governor of the province, he referred to his loyal services to the government of Britain and reminded him that he was their ‘their own plant’ (khud sakhtah pauda) and, then went on to request that his followers be given special consideration by officials.
Mirza’s ‘khalifah’ and son, Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad, wrote proudly in the cult’s paper Al-Fazal dated 1st November 1934, that: ‘The whole world considers us to be the agents of the British. That is why a German minister who attended the opening of an Ahmadiya building in Germany was asked to explain as to why he went to the function of a community, which was the agent of the British.
In 1935 Sir Mohammad Iqbal, a lawyer, poet and philosopher asked the British Government to declare the Qadiyanis as separate community just as they done with the Sikhs. Sir Iqbal said, ‘the Qadiyanis while pursuing a policy of separation in religion and social matters ‘, however, anxious to remain politically with the fold. The Qadiyanis will never take initiative for separation’, argued Sir Iqbal because their small number (56,000) according to 1931 census would not entitle them ‘even to a single seat in any legislature. The Qadiyanis asked the British Government that, ‘our rights too should be recognised like those of Parsees and Christians reported (Al Fadhi 13th November 1946).
In a press release organisation of religious schools issued on 29th May 2010, “Qadiyani movement continues for over 100 years and it should be investigated why all of a sudden this time is chosen (for attacks)’? ‘The rulers must indicate clearly which foreign hands are behind these killings instead of vague statements’. It demanded that government should protect life and limbs of all minorities in the country”. Attacks on places of worships of minority groups are not exclusive to Pakistan but surely deplorable.
Freedom of speech and rule of law is the corner stone of the British and European societies. No one can take away this right from the people under any kind of guise or argument and to have historical or intellectual debate? Qadiyani minority is well integrated with the rest of the British Pakistani community in the United Kingdom. So much so businesses linked to Qadiyani minority are regularly sponsoring ‘Azan’ (call to the prayers) on Pakistani owned TV channels and heavily investing in the ethnic media.
Qadiyani links with Israel: “It was common knowledge that Jalaluddin Qamar, the Ahmedyah Missionary of Rabwah had been serving in Israel since 1956 when Ch. Muhammad Sharif was called back to Pakistan from Israel. All Qadiyani missionaries who had been formerly posted in Israel since 1928 namely J.D Shams, Allah Dita Jalundhari, Rashid Ahmed Chaughtai, Noor Ahmad and Ch. Sharif lived in Rabwah after serving in Israel. Their families had mysterious contact channels when they were in Israel”, wrote Bashir Ahmad in ‘Ahmadiyah Movement: British Jewish Connection.
As far as Jewish help and support is concerned, Mirza Mubarak Ahmad, grandson of the Qadiyani prophet has himself acknowledged in his book ‘OUR FOREIGN MISSIONS’, PP. 79-80 in the following words: “The Ahmadiyya mission in Israel is situated in Haifa at Mount Karmal. We have a mosque there, a mission house, a library, a book depot and a school”.
More Qadiyanis serve in the Israeli Armed Forces than Pakistan according to a book, ‘Israel: A Profile’, by a respected Jewish Professor I.T Naomi. He stated: ‘… and the Ahmadi sect of some 600 people from Pakistan can also serve in the (Israeli) army…’ To many analysts Qadiaynis are a political issue and have always been a security problem? In India Qadiyanis have collected and donated thousands to the Indian Army fund after Kargil.
Pakistani society is very open in terms of equal opportunities. Some minorities are over represented in politics, security, military, media and finance compare to their percentage in the population. On 15th February 1987, Pakistani Foreign Minister, Sahibzada Yakub Khan declared in the National Assembly that there were 328 Qadiyani officers of different ranks in the Pakistan Armed Forces. According to his report 1 – Lt. General, 5 Brigadiers in the army and 1 similar rank in the Air Force = 6, 10 Colonial or equivalent in the Army, 2 Navy, 3 Air Force= 15, Lt. Colonials 15 Army, 6 Navy, 11 Air Force = 73, Major 135 Army, 5, Navy16, Air Force = 156, Captain 58 Army, 5 Navy, 14 Air Force = 77 which comes to the grand total of 328. Now the question is after 20 years where are these officers? How far up have they gone? What is their current status in the armed forces and intelligence agencies? “Qadiyanis were created for political reasons and also to confuse the Muslims especially on the matter of ‘Jihad”, said a senior analyst.
Qadiyanis Asks for Pak-Nukes under UN Control in July 2009: “Pakistan should give its nuclear assets (program) under the United Nations control”, reportedly said Ahmed Abdul Rafique a lawyer and Secretary Foreign Affairs of Qadiyani minority in Frankfurt Germany chapter at a Swat charity dinner few weeks ago in the presence of an active member of Social Democratic Party and German Member of Parliament Otay Zaph who earlier also mentioned the weakness of Pakistani government and security of Pakistan’s nuclear program. Dr Jasper Abrahmoski a high-level government official from the Department of Development and Cooperation also attended the event.
Senior Pakistani diplomats Mr Zahid Ahmed and Dr. Feroze Alam Junejo walked out of the program in protest. They recorded their protest with reporetdly former Major Zubair Khalil an organiser for the alleged remarks. Any sane person would consider these remarks by a leading media spokesman and member of Qadiyani minority as an attack on the sovereignty of Pakistan?
There is no doubt that Zulifkar Ali Bhutto was the visionary statesman of Pakistan. He recognised Qadiaynis as political and security problem than religious. He banned Qadiyani Dr Abdul Salam from visiting Pakistan’s nuclear sites. Dr Salam was reportedly spying for some foreign agency or agencies. He was opposed to the idea of Pakistan becoming a nuclear power.
Anthony Tucker’s obituary about Professor Abdus Salam in The Guardian (22 November 1996) noted that `in spite of his powerful influence in world physics, his eminence in the West and lifelong commitment to science in developing countries, in his own country Abdus Salam is blamed for the starvation of important areas of science through encouraging theoretical and nuclear physics and by inference, weapons research’.
Anthony Tucker also said that Abdus Salam `was a vigorous supporter of Pugwash’ and he `sought nuclear disarmament’. His unwillingness to contribute to the development science in Pakistan can also be attributed to his being a committed and proselytising member of the heretic Qadiyani community (founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani who claimed to be a prophet). At Trieste Dr Salam would lead, as imam, unknowing Muslim students from across the world in Friday prayers, and distributed Qadiyani tracts about the `persecution of Ahmadiya Muslims in Pakistan’.
Abdus Salams’s position as scientific adviser, however, came to an abrupt end in 1974 when the ministry of interior told the PAEC not to allow him anymore into its laboratories. Later Dr Salam visited China where he was received as an eminent Pakistani scientist’ and, it is probable, the Chinese, spoke to him freely about their cooperation with Pakistan’s nuclear program. It may have been a hire coincidence but the Pakistan `Islamic bomb’ became news soon after. The BBC1 TV current affairs program, Panorama, aired in June 1980, mentioned Abdus Salam as one of those who were present at a 1972 ‘ meeting where Zulfikar AIi Bhutto had ‘ allegedly taken a decision to make a nuclear bomb.
According to Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, French President de Gaulle had personally told Ayub Khan in 1967 that France was ready to provide `full’ nuclear assistance to Pakistan. In return he simply asked that France be allowed to mine for uranium in the northwest and share it equally with Pakistan. ‘Our “friends” may not like it,’ Qadiyani M M Ahmad told Ayub Khan, and in any case, what do we need this expensive technology for.’ That is how Pakistan missed the opportunity of becoming a nuclear power at least two decades earlier than it did – and minus all the blackmail and intimidation that knows no ending even now? Sharifuddin Pirzada also, told a journalist in London that as far back as October 1967, French President Charles de Gaulle (d.1970) had offered Pakistan ‘full’ nuclear assistance and know-how; the only thing he wanted in turn was to he allowed to mine for uranium in Northwest Pakistan for a 50% share.
He was a grandson of the Qadiyani `prophet’, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani, (d.1908) and son-in-law of the second Qadiyani `khalifa’, Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad (d. 1965). M M Ahmad’s imprint on Pakistan’s fiscal and development policies was to last for ever. As Yahya Khan’s ‘finance minister’, he devalued the rupee by 131% per cent. As one economist pointed out (Dawn, Karachi, 1st February 2002), ‘that was the start of the deficit finance, inflation and trade imbalance’ from which the country has not been able to free itself.
Kashmir: In a 1995 article, `Pearls of Memory’ (Al-Nahal„ Spring 1995), M M Ahmad wrote that close to independence, he was `designated by Pakistan’ as additional deputy commissioner of Amritsar to take over the charge of the district if it was awarded to Pakistan. One day the British deputy commissioner of Amritsar told him `casually that Gurdaspur district is likely to go to India’. The award of Gurdaspur gave India a land corridor to Jammu and Kashmir and so enabled it to occupy the territory after three months.
A preliminary version of the award was ready on 8th August 1947. The definitive version was with the Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten on 12th August. However, Mountbatten informed India and Pakistan on 16 August after the ‘process of the Transfer of Power had been completed’. M M Ahmad gives no date when this `top secret’ information was given to him. However, instead of rushing to report the matter to Quaid-e-Azam and the Government of Pakistan, he travelled to Qadiyan to inform his `khalifa’. This contrasted with the conduct of Indian officers who immediately reported any sensitive leak or information to Nehru (d.1964) and Nehru took it up with Mountbatten. Qadiaynis have their own particular agenda on Jammu and Kashmir is an open secret. Like the Qadiyani Nobel Laureate, Dr Abdus Salam, M M Ahmad too was opposed to Pakistan becoming a nuclear power.
Late Zulifqar Ali Bhutto’s approach to the Qadiyani problem had probably little to do with theology. He had come to see the Qadiyanis purely as a political problem, which explains the sequence of policy decisions along side the strategic decision about acquiring nuclear deterrence. It’s a pity that his party under Zardari has now sold Pakistan and its people to IMF for few billion dollars.
All minority rights should be protected according to the constitution and The UN Declaration of Human Rights. A senior British Muslim condemned the attacks and said: “may be it is time for the Qadiyani community to re-join the Muslims by renouncing some of their views regarding the finality of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and play a role in the world peace”.