Scrupulous conspiracy behind attack on Ahmadiyyas!
Special reporter: Is there a conspiracy to mastermind bloody riots on the Ahmadiyya issue in Bangladesh like Pakistan in 1953? Informed sources suspect, a deliberate conspiracy is being schemed to distract the attention of the country from impending political crisis. Policemen are now going to the 113 Ahmadiyya complexes around the country to prepare lists who and how many are living where.
Maudoodi’s Jamaat and the Ataullah Shah Bukhari-led Majlis-e Ahrar had vehemently opposed the creation of Pakistan. When the conscious Pakistani population politically deserted them, to re-establish themselves they chose the path of anti-Ahmadiyya extremism.
The provocative actions of particular extremists in different places around the country, including lately in Satkhira, only strengthen the suspicions regarding a conspiracy to spark riots. The special relation of the behind-the-scene actors, operating under banners of different organisations of Khatme Nabuwwat, with a particular religio-political party of this country as well as their Pakistani connections are also a cause for concern for informed quarters. Since the last visit to Bangladesh of Pakistani opposition leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman, the anti-Ahmadiyya movement here has taken a much more militant look. Almost every week somewhere or other in the country some programme is undertaken.
Diesel smuggling operations across the Pak-Afghan border and tax evasion antics.have earned Fazlur Rahman the nickname of Diesel Maulana in their media. Now, it is the cronies of this Fazlur Rahman who are looking daggers on journalists, members of the country’s civil society and even foreign diplomats.
Amir of Khatme Nabuwwat, Maulana Nur Hossain Nurani in Satkhira on Wednesday issued open threats to journalists and a few newspapers including the Janakantha. He has declared himself to be an Islamic Barrister! This leader, before attacking the Ahmadiyya community in Bogra, claimed of their own good relationship with the First [Senior] Joint Secretary General of BNP Tareq Rahman and said, Tareq Zia is our compatriot comrade. We will call him and put Justice KM Sobhan on trial.
This Maulana has also claimed of his good terms with the Intelligence Branch. In the Bogra rally he claimed that they have had three meetings with the special intelligence agency. They have provided a draft of the proposed law to ban the Ahmadiyyas.
Behind the latest incidents of Satkhira, connections are being discovered with a religion-based party in the area. Gazi Nazrul Islam is the MP there. Before the incidents of April 17, on April 11 the MP, alongwith 17 Rokons of Jamaat and 5 member of Islami Shashontantra Andolon (Islamic Constitution Movement), had a meeting with the Shyamnagar UNO. These leaders were also present at a Peace Meeting on April 16.
However, one the Jamaat leaders present in these meetings, Abdur Razzaq Morol and a few others have been seen playing active roles during the incidents. Jamaat has claimed of having nothing to do with the incidents of Satkhira. But a reliable source in the area, rejecting this claim, says that within the constituency of a Jamaat MP, it would not have been possible for outsiders to orchestrate such an attack without the explicit connivance and support of Jamaat.
According to these sources, due to the Pakistan-connections of the anti-Ahmadiyya movement, there is continuous rapport between extremists of the two countries on this issue.
It is notable that organisations like Khatme Nabuwwat, Sipahi Sahaba etc. appeared almost overnight in the models of their Pakistani counterparts and with the patronisation of military rulers.
The Pakistani-modelled Khatme Nabuwwat organisation started its activities in Bangaladesh in 1987 in Brahmanbaria. In line with the Pakistani Martial Law Ordinance they interfered in the calling of Adhan from the Brahmanbaria mosque of the Ahmadiyya Jamat. Then the local mullahs, patronised by the military authorities of Ershad captured by force six Ahmadiyya mosques in Brahmanbaria and surrounding areas. Four of these still remain under their occupation.
After this another organisation of Khatme Nabuwwat was formed in Dhaka at Mirpur 6 Arojabad Madrasa under the leadership of Maulana Shamsuddin Quasemi. The then well-identified extremist leader of the Pakistani state Punjab, Maulana Manzoor Ahmad Chinioti came to that Madrasa in those days to train the workers of Khatme Nabuwwat. Later on the helm of the organisation was taken up by the Khatib of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Maulana Obaidul Huq.
It was primarily after the taking over of authority by the Khatib that the movement acquired a distinctly militant dimension. Due to the good terms of the Khatib with the people in power, the Ahmadiyya community is being rendered all the more cornered and vulnerable day by day. After the Khatib took over, extremists belonging to Khatme Nabuwwat and Jamaate Islami attacked the Central Mosque Complex of the Ahmadiyya community in Bakshibazar. 45 Ahmadiyya members were seriously injured in that incident and the Central Library of the Ahmadiyyas was burnt to ashes.
The observation of these sources is that, just like the tactic adopted in Bangladesh, the main militant anti-Ahmadiyya movement since 1951 in Pakistan was engineered by Jamaate Islami. At that point of time there was a very specific political motive behind this as well. Maudoodi’s Jamaat and the Ataullah Shah Bukhari-led Majlis-e Ahrar had vehemently opposed the creation of Pakistan. When the conscious Pakistani population politically deserted them, to re-establish themselves they chose the path of anti-Ahmadiyya extremism.
Near the end of March 1953, it was this extremist movement that took on the ugly face of communal rioting. In the wake of the numerous casualties in these riots, martial law was enforced. After being identified as the behind-the-curtain instigator, the founder of Jamaate Islami Maudoodi was sentenced to death in the military courts. But at that time due to pressure from various quarters, even that military government was unable to carry out the death sentence.
The report of the judicial enquiry committee formed of Justice Munir and Justice Kiyani to investigate the anti-Ahmadiyya riots in Pakistan also referred to the connivance of Jamaate Islami behind these riots. The informed sources worriedly suspect that 52 years down the road with the same political connections and complicities conspiracies are there to create a riot under the pretext of an anti-Ahmadiyya movement.
It may be mentioned that, at a time when the militants are cornered due to great remonstration among the people of the country and great pressure from foreign quarters after killing distinguished individuals of the country through bomb attacks, exactly at that time the Khatme-Nabuwwat men have appeared with the Ahmadiyya issue. The same cycle is being repeated again and again over the last few years.
Colplete text of report by Court of Inquiry comprising Justice Munir and Justice Kiyani is available here