Illegal settlers clash with Police in Rabwah

Illegal settlers clash with Police in Rabwah

On Wednesday a Police operation against illegal encroachments in the Ahmadiyya town of Rabwah turned violent as protestors clashed with Police.

On 9th November, Police along with officials from the local Municipal authority launched a demolition drive against illegal encroachments. But the anti-encroachment operation soon turned violent when the operators of these illegal establishments attacked Police and municipal workers. Later, the same mob set fire to some of the salvaged material in the middle of Aqsa road.

Many of the illegal encroachments are operated by ethnic Pashtuns from the north of Pakistan, who have been at the center of a larger, religiously motivated land-grab scheme in and around Rabwah. With the help of local anti-Ahmadiyya clerics many have built illegal settlements in and around the town’s bushy hilltops. Rabwah, is home to Pakistan’s most persecuted religious community, the Ahmadis, who were declared “non-Muslim” by the Government in 1974. Since then the Ahmadis of Rabwah have faced land-grab attempts from both the Government, and extremist groups, who see it as a victory against ‘heretics’. Earlier this year, the Government auctioned off part of the town and refused to sell it back to the Ahmadis, its original owners.

Police officials said the action was taken after their repeated warnings to vacate the Government land were ignored. Assistant Commissioner Lalian, Kashif Awan said, a case had been filed against 14 men under the section 7 of the Anti-Terrorist Act 1997.

Even though none of the local Ahmadis took part in the protest, most of the men indicted in the case are Ahmadis who say they have been targeted by the authorities due to their faith. The incident report provided by the authorities corroborates this claim, as the word ‘Qadiani’ has been written in front of their names which is a derogatory religious slur for Ahmadis.

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4 thoughts on “Illegal settlers clash with Police in Rabwah

  1. Plz pashtun kpk sy hain north sy nae. Hum gilgit baltistan walay Hain northern Pakistan k and we lost our tourism industry coz of our media mentioned Waziristan as part of northern areas plz correct it. Thanks

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  2. Plz pashtun kpk sy north sy nae. Hum gilgit baltistan walay Hain northern Pakistan k and we lost our tourism industry coz of our who mentioned Waziristan as part of northern areas plz correct it. Thanks

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  3. These people so called Muslims by themselves are actually not Muslims .They are devils , Shatan and kuffars like the time of the advent of khatamunibiyeen Hadhrat Mohammed (saw)pbuh and Quran–a peaceful sheria laws of life of man.

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  4. All kingdom of heaven and earth belongs to Allah.He is the just and best Judge and He would deal with everyone accordingly. When Pharaoh with his army of soldiers confronted Moses,at the end of the day Allah helped Moses and his followers against Pharaoh and the later with his allies were drowned. The clerics with the support of government of Pakistan were grabbing the landed property of Ahmadis and wrongfully indict them for crimes they did not commit! Allah will not leave Ahmadis un attended to,He will help them against their enemies and persecutors.

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