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The Author: Mujeeb-ur-Rehman
A chronicle and a critique of the legislative and the judicial events leading to a gradual denial and erosion of religious freedom to Ahmadis in Pakistan. This work is intended to provide an insight into the background of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ahmadis' case.
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Report on the Situation of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan

VIOLENT INCIDENTS - THE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF PUNJAB
“The Punjab government on its part has failed to institute an enquiry and to take action against the administration and also to pay any compensation to its victims.”
Report of the HRCP on the incident at Nankana Sahib

The attitude of the government of the Punjab towards the victims of violence at Nankana Sahib and Chak Sikandar was unapologetic and unsympathetic.

NANKANA INCIDENT

HRCP

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan asked the Government of the Punjab for comments before making its report. The Government did not respond. Prior to finalizing the report, the HRCP wrote to the Chief Secretary asking for comments. There was no response. On May 28, 1989 a member of the HRCP stated that "some attacks were carried out under the protection of the Police and the duty magistrate". On June 6, 1989 a spokesman for the Government of Punjab denied the allegation.

The Secretary of the HRCP noted that:

justified the riot
The statement on June 6, 1989 not only denied the allegation made by the HRCP regarding administrative inaction but also justified the riot on the ground that the Ahmadiyya Community deserve such violence as they refused to accept a minority status.

CHAK SIKANDAR

HRCP

The HRCP asked the government for comments while preparing its report on the incident at Chak Sikandar. In the foreword the report states:

The report of the committee was sent to the Chief Secretary of the Government of Punjab for eliciting the views of the administration. Much to the regret of the Commission, the request was not conceded. In fact, no notice of the report seems to have been taken by the Government.

JUSTICE AMEER MUHAMMAD MALIK

Commenting on the government investigation into the events at Chak Sikandar Justice Ameer Muhammad Malik (while disposing of Criminal Miscellaneous Petition No. 4517/B of 1989) said:

"…the investigation was being done in a very slipshod manner"

and was surprised that

no inquiry
“…no judicial/magistral inquiry by the District Magistrate had been held since this..ordinarily should have been ordered.”

THE SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court, while dealing with a bail application in the same case felt that:

partisan role
These are undoubtedly cases where the Police in the conduct of investigation have adopted a partisan role….

The Court further observed:

not bothered to contact the witnesses
In the case covered by FIR No. 334, the Investigating Officer has not bothered to contact the witnesses named in the FIR with a view to record their statements under section 161, Cr. P.C., and though a whole group of persons belonging to one sect have allegedly been uprooted from their hearths and homes, the senior Police officers have not found it fit to contact or trace any of the witnesses named in the FIR or the persons uprooted, to investigate into this harrowing tale of woe.

The Court went on to say:

We deprecate most strongly the apparently partisan attitude taken by the Police in investigating the cases covered by FIR Nos.115 and 334, and direct the Inspector-General of Police, Punjab, to have the said cases investigated by independent Police officers.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Amnesty International in its report on this case said:

did not investigate
To Amnesty International's knowledge the Punjab Government did not investigate the killings of Chak Sikandar and the apparent failure of local Police to protect the Ahmadiyya Community.
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