Pakistan auctions off Ahmadiyya land, Prevents Ahmadis from buying it back

Pakistan auctions off Ahmadiyya land, Prevents Ahmadis from buying it back

The Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency (PHTPA) on Tuesday auctioned residential and commercial plots in Chiniot district following the placement of an advert that excluded Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya adherents from the proceedings.

Chenab Nagar (Rabwah), the headquarters of the JA, is situated in the district. The agency’s regional office in Jhang had placed the advertisement in a leading Urdu daily newspaper on March 1. The advertisement for the auction of 25 commercial and residential plots across two low-income housing schemes across the district proscribed Ahmadis from participating in the process.

The auction went ahead as planned on Tuesday with the exception of plots in the Chenab Nagar Lower Income Residential Scheme.

PHTPA Deputy Director Muhammad Saeed, who presided over the auction and placed the advertisement, told the media that the exception had been made due to the scheme’s ownership having been contested at the Supreme Court.

Auction Advertisement in Daily Express

The advertisement read: “anyone related to the Qadiani/Ahmadi/ Lahori/ Mirzai sects cannot participate in the Area Development Scheme Muslim Colony, Chenab Nagar.

Every aspirant has to file a duly certified affidavit stating that he/she has no relation to Qadianis/ Ahmadis/ Lahoris.”

It requires the participants to submit an undertaking that they will not sell the property or transfer its ownership to anyone belonging to the JA.

It says that the plot allotment of those found doing so will be cancelled and payment made by them confiscated.

The advertisement also stipulated that anyone interested in participating in the auction had to file another affidavit certifying their unqualified belief in the finality of prophethood.

It referred to a directive issued by the Department of Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department (dated July 7, 1976) to justify the prohibition on members of the Ahmadiyya community.

Speaking to the media, JA spokesperson Saleemuddin said his organisation was fighting a court case over the ownership of the land on which the plots were located. He said the land had originally been owned by the JA. Saleemuddin alleged that under pressure from some clerics the government had taken possession of the land in 1976. Following that, he said, an order had been issued asking Ahmadis to stay away from the land.

Saleemuddin said they had moved Lahore High Court (LHC) against the government’s action and obtained a stay order. In spite of the stay order, he claimed, the government had developed plots on a portion of the land and auctioned those. Overtime, Saleemuddin said, residential and commercial plots were developed on around 90 percent of the land and auctioned.

He said LHC had dismissed their petition last year after which the community took the matter to the SC. The appeal was now pending a hearing at the apex court, Saleemuddin said. He said Ahmadis had the right to participate in the auction of any property under the Constitution.

“It is a violation of our fundamental rights to prevent us from participating in the auction,” he said. Saleemuddin said the government was encouraging tolerance and co-existence under its National Action Plan against Terrorism on the one hand, and, discriminating against the JA on account of its religious beliefs, on the other.

Deputy Director Saeed said he was bound to prohibit the community from the auction under the 1976 directive. He said the government’s policy was to not let Ahmadis participate in auction of plots in localities where land was owned by non-Ahmadis.

Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu told the media that such advertisements should not be placed. He said the advertisement violated the fundamental rights of citizens that had constitutional sanction. Sindhu said no citizen could be deprived of the right to participate in an auction on the basis of a mere advertisement. The minister said he would strive to ensure that authorities took notice of the development and resolve the matter once and for all.



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7 thoughts on “Pakistan auctions off Ahmadiyya land, Prevents Ahmadis from buying it back

  1. HAFIZ Elias kisawe · Edit

    It seems that those enemies of Ahmadiyya don’t understand at all.Ahmadiyyat is a jamaat which is going nowhere yet those individuals will pass o.see many years ago the British people near fazal mosque never wanted to sell their homes to ahmadis or the jamaat but now most have sold or left but the jamaat is still there and its matter of time and we shall have it back.inshallah.the jamaat qadian got the historical houses of hoshiarpur and Ludhiana after many years but those who had refused to surrender them where are they???

  2. Without saying much, there do not appear to be right-minded persons in the govts at all levels in Pakistan, who have the courage to dissociate themselves from these obnoxious policies. The bottom line is that Ahmadies affected should bear these injustices with patience, for the earth belongs to Allah. He gives it as inheritance to whomsoever He pleases of his servants. The end is for the righteous. The burdens on the seized lands ŕight from the sand on its top to the last drain in the lowest dept shall be on those involved in this act of inhumanity.

  3. We strongly condemn the double standard advertisement published by The Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency, subsequent auction of plots made on the land belonging to Jamaat Ahmadiyya and injustice of Lahore High Court against Jamaat Ahmadiyya, Rabwah, They may please their masters and fanatic Mullas, but one day they will be answerable to Allah Taala. Let us see how the Supreme Court Of Pakistan do the justice? We pray to Allah Taala to super impose Allah Taala’s justice. Amin.

  4. The case should be perused vigorously . What were the basis of High Court decision? But, remember no court is prepared to dispense justice in cases involving Ahmedys.

  5. This advertisement reiterates the double standards of an intolerant society proclaiming to be liberal on the one hand and blindly succumbing to their prejudice on the other. Islam does not allow injustice at any cost . Religion can not be used as a plaything for one’s ulterior motives. It is a great sin. In a Hadith, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) announced to stand by a non Muslim on the day of judgement if he is undone in anyway by a Muslim. These advertisements highlight extreme injustice in a so called Islamic society, where rules, laws and even holy verses are twisted to serve personal interests. May Allah guide us all to the right path, amen.