Pakistan arrests 4 Ahmadis during Rabwah Raid

Pakistan arrests 4 Ahmadis during Rabwah Raid

Four Ahmadis were arrested Monday afternoon in Pakistan, during a raid on the offices of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

The arrests were carried out in the Ahmadiyya majority town of Rabwah by the CTD (Counter-Terrorism Department) of Punjab Police. CTD is responsible for investigating terrorism and sectarian-related incidents.

Three police vans with 28 heavily armed officers forced their way into the ‘Tehrik-e-Jadid’ building and ‘slammed’ the workers onto the ground according to witnesses. At the same time, another group of officers made their way up to the publishing office on the second floor of the building, where they arrested four office workers affiliated with the Ahmadiyya community’s magazine. Officers also sealed the community’s printing press which was used to publish the community’s daily newspaper ‘Al Fazl’ and the ‘Tehrik-e-Jadid’ magazine, both of which are ‘banned’ according to the Police.

Another CTD unit entered the building’s security room and brutally assaulted the security manager on duty, due to the severity of his injuries, the manager had to be treated at a local hospital. Before leaving, the CTD officers also disabled the CCTV system and took away office equipment including computers, cell phones, and several books. Witnesses say Police officers refused to show any search or arrest warrants.

The Express Tribune reported that five workers were also booked under Sections 298-B, 298-B (a) and 298-C of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 9-II (w) of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Saleemudin, spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said, the magazines were banned in December 2014, but the court subsequently granted a stay in June 2015. “Since then the magazine is being published,” he claimed.

CTD Punjab chief Additional IG Rai Muhammad Tahir told the media that he consulted his legal team about the court stay and was informed that “there is no stay order intact until now”.

Tahir said, the CTD team decided that there “is no judicial bar” on conducting a raid, adding the raid had nothing to do with any pressure group.

Pakistani rights activists and Journalists criticized the increasing hostility of the Government towards Ahmadis and took to social media to raise their concerns.

Ahmadis who identify themselves as Muslims are considered heretics by mainstream Muslims. Due to their beliefs, Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani government in 1974. Since then they have been fiercely persecuted in Pakistan, both by the state and extremists. They have been arrested for reading the Holy Quran, holding religious celebrations and having Quranic verses on rings or wedding cards. Four years ago, 86 Ahmadis were killed in two simultaneous attacks in Lahore.



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27 thoughts on “Pakistan arrests 4 Ahmadis during Rabwah Raid

  1. All these atrocities against the Jama’at Ahmadiyya by Pakistani government in collaboration with the Mullahs are being noticed by Almighty Allah and very soon He would descend on all the perpetrators. The government of Nawaz Sharif is using government’s apparatus to be persecuting Ahmadis on daily basis without any incriminating evidence against Ahmadis. Let him be reminded that his predecessors, Ali Butho and Ziaul Haq did the same thing and they met their doom in miraculous ways.The same God that wiped the duo out of existence is still watching Sharif and his co travellers in this ignoble action against the Ahmadis.They should stop waging war against Allah and mend their ways. Nawaz Sharif should call his mad dogs police and Mullahs to order and act righteousnessly before the punishment from all powerful Allah comes. Let there be freedom of religion and association for all citizens without exception. Ahmadis are known throughout the world as a peace loving Muslim body,they never coerce any body to accept their faith as there is no compulsion in Islam. May Almighty Allah protect all our Ahmadis brothers and sisters in Rabawah and give you strength and fortitude to endure all these persecutions to the glory of Almighty Allah.Ahmadis in Nigeria are with you and sharing your feelings in this trying moment and for ever. May Allah heal all those that sustained injuries during this dastardly raiding of the Jama’at building by the terrorist Pakistan police. All these persecutions of Jama’at Ahmadiyya be it in Pakistan,Indonesia, Algeria and wherever will soon come to an end,they are only testifying to the truth of the Promised Messiah’s Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (a.s), the truth shall prevail.However,no amount of their threats and persecutions will stop the progress of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at,Insha Allah.

  2. I am a Hindu from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. I have several tenants who are Ahmediyas.They are the most decent, honorable and honest persons that I have met.