Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pakistan: Anniversary of the Sep 7 1974

...[O]n that fateful day under the stewardship of the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Ahmadiyya community (an estimated 4 million people) were officially declared “not Muslim for the purposes of the Constitution or law”.

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By  Mohammed Rafiuddin | September 7, 2011

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Joseph Goebbels

On 4 September 2011, Mr Naseem Ahmad Butt (55) was brutally murdered in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was sleeping in his home when four unknown assailants jumped over the wall at 1am and fired at him. He was shot in his stomach and chest. The assailants immediately fled the scene.

No money was taken; there were no personal grudges, no land disputes. So what was the motive behind the killing? What had Mr Butt done that left his four daughters and son without a father?
His crime – he was an Ahmadi.

The murders wanted a free pass into Paradise, they were just following the instructions of a leaflet, that continues to be widely circulated in Faisalabad, inciting, nay inviting all to gain that ‘Get out of jail free’ card. So no matter what you’ve done in your life, how bad you’ve been, “Kill an Ahmadi – go straight to heaven”.

No questions asked, no checking on whether you’ve observed your five daily prayers or fasted during the holy month of Ramadan or helped the needy. No, just get hold of the leaflet, freely available even today. They’ve made it easier for you now – names and addresses supplied so you don’t even have to do any investigative work.

Mr Naseem Ahmad Butt paid the price for his faith. According to the leaflet he was Wajibul Qatl – worthy to be killed. Even though he recited the Kalima he was a constitutional Kafir. A non Muslim for the purpose of the law and constitution of Pakistan.

He wasn’t always one, mind you. Right up to the age of 18 he was considered an ordinary Muslim just like the rest of his family and friends. And then all of a sudden, thirty seven years ago on this very fateful day – 7th September 1974, Pakistan officially disowned him along with complete section of the country.

He, along with millions of others, woke the following morning to find themselves as second class citizens. Moving from the green element of the flag of Pakistan to the white stripe overnight. Children who the day before played peacefully with their friends all of a sudden became ostracised by their fellow classmates, left to sit alone in the classrooms, playgrounds and canteens across the land. No reason, no explanation, just a single word would describe them henceforth: Kafir – non-Muslim.

But there was a lengthy debate in the National Assembly, I hear you cry. They had the full opportunity to present their case. They failed and the unanimous decision of the august assembly along with the 72 sects of Islam was to declare the Ahmadis as non Muslim. One wonders if the arguments against them were so overwhelming why has the proceeding not been made public to this date. Or could it be, as some analysts have speculated, that it was a politically motivated move?

Nevertheless, on that fateful day under the stewardship of the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Ahmadiyya community (an estimated 4 million people) were officially declared “not Muslim for the purposes of the Constitution or law”.

Many describe this one act as the greatest achievement of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – his resolving the ‘naba saala masala – 90 year problem’.

Some on the other hand describe it as ‘perhaps the most shameful legislation in the history of Pakistan.’ When in 1974 he sold his soul to the Mullahs. Changing his Chairman Mao cap and his socialist leanings to the traditional turban, hoping to become ‘Amir ul momineen’ – Leader of the Faithful. Amending the constitution to introduce Articles 260(3)(a) and (b) in order to allow the state to define exactly who was a Muslim and who was not.

That was the first step on the fateful journey to hell. The hell that we witness today in Pakistan is a direct result of this first step into the abyss.

The poisonous mixture of religion with politics which he concocted in 1974 has become so potent today that there appears to be no antidote strong enough to cure this deadly ailment which has taken hold of the nation and claimed many innocent lives.

Since then the country has gone from bad to worse. Increasingly reaping the rewards of surrendering to the extremists’ distortion of Islam.

Zia’s dictatorship took this discrimination to new heights. Not content in labelling Ahmadis as non Muslim – he passed the infamous section 298 ordinance that prohibited Ahmadis from effectively practicing or propagating their faith freely.

Fast forward to today and if you want to associate anyone with treachery or duplicitous actions you are encouraged to label such a person as a ‘Qadiani’. Not that the public will immediately believe the person as a member of the Ahmadiyya community – but only to re-enforce the message that to be a member of this community is tantamount to being a traitor. The history books have been maliciously edited to remove any mention of services made by members of this community. Friends have become foes and foes have become friends. Those who opposed the very creation of Pakistan calling it Napakistan and Qaide Azam as Kafire Azam, have now become the caretakers of the nation.

Many ‘analysts’ go back to the notorious dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq in order to identify the origins of the rise of extremism in Pakistan. For me that was the adolescence, the actual birth of this monster took place on that fateful day in 1974. The real father being no other than Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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