By Aziz Bilal:
It’s been long since I did my Pakistan Studies course and learned that the Objective Resolution of Pakistan has as its leading contour;
“Whereas sovereignty over the entire Universe belongs to Almighty Allah alone, and the authority to be exercised by the people of Pakistan within the limits prescribed by Him is a sacred trust.”
I still recall the extreme honoured sensation while bearing in mind my existence in a realm which accepts the sovereignty of Almighty Allah. Sadly writing, I grew up to learn a complete contrary that it was a motherland that upkeeps the sovereignty of all but Allah. We neglect felony but fear felonious. Apparently we denounce crime but covertly titivate criminals. We regard the law where it suppresses weak and deride it when it collides with our vested interests. This delays justice and even denies it. This is the dilemma of our society and this exasperates the sufferers who by finding no way to vent their frustration opt for disrespecting law.
What to write, where to begin, I see injustices every now and then. The never ending soap serial of injustices started very few days after the demise of the founder of this land. We rejected his thoughts, we lost his vision. The saddening history of this land is marked with discrimination towards minorities – it is an irony that the people who based their struggle of independence on being a suppressed minority and aimed at protecting the rights of Muslims of India have themselves severely persecuted every minority. This dismaying history is marked with countless injustices towards Hindus, Christians, Shias and Ahmadis.
The latest episode of this unending malice ensued in the bereavement of Master Abdul Qudoos who belongs to the Ahmadiyya Community and was a resident of Rabwah – a city of 97% Ahmadi population. This time it is not the Mullah, but a state organ – the Police. He remained incarcerated for more than a month without any warrants or any formal charge against him. Let us go back to the constitution once again and have a look at the article 10 (2) it states;
“Every person who is arrested and detained in custody shall be produced before a magistrate within a period of twenty-four hours of such arrest, excluding the time necessary for the journey from the place of arrest to the court of the nearest magistrate, and no such person shall be detained in custody beyond the said period without the authority of a magistrate.”
Yes, we had a law that was breached by the ones responsible for its enforcement. Can anyone contemplate for a single moment that a constable or SHO could breach such a law on his own? Can anyone envisage this to be done by a common illiterate policeman whose ultimate provision is his twitches in uttering ‘SIR – SIR’ to his seniors? Certainly there was a hidden hand behind this. And this is what I am pointing to – the persecution of Ahmadis is different – it seems to be state backed.
For the ones who deny this, let me give them a deafening example of the incident of Lahore May 28, 2010 which resulted in 86 precious lives. This was covered by News Agencies that two of the six gunmen were captured by worshipers. Ahmadis straight away handed these two men to the security forces and since then we do not know anything about them. A year later we just heard news that some other men were also arrested – but where is the outcome? Where is justice? Yes, I admit that it is indeed challenging to capture the felons in such terrorist attacks – I admit that the government could not yet unveil the assassins of Mohtarma Benezir. But let me very respectfully say, Ahmadis themselves arrested two and handed over to you. The attack on Jinah Hospital a week later spoke of the authenticity of that arrest. It was simple to hang those culprits to serene the anguish of Ahmadis but what could one expect from a provincial government that could not even visit the tormented families. Sad and depressing.
Now, in this incident of Abdul Qudoos, they claim to have suspended the responsible policemen and then there seems to be a cover up – “they have switched off their mobile phones and are on run.”
Again it is not difficult to know their whereabouts. It is a matter of seconds. The responsibility lies on Punjab Police and Punjab Provincial Chief. Even more contrary to this the efforts from the government to reconcile is a clear example of avoiding this arrest. This is how we deny justice.
As ever Ahmadis run peaceful drives and patiently wait for justice. The thing I fear is that sooner or later these malefactors of the Lahore attack or murderers of Abdul Qudoos emerge out to become national heroes like Qadri. This would be a pitiable state and another entry to the saddening history of my beloved Land.