Monday, January 17, 2011

Blasphemy Law, Sectarian Wars between Barelvis & Deobandis

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/ FAISALABAD, Feb 28 Dera Ismail Khan and Faisalabad districts were in the grip of tension following clashes and attacks on processions taken out on Saturday to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi (peace be upon him). A curfew was imposed in three tehsils of D. I. Khan and Section 144 was imposed in Faisalabad. Troops were deployed in the troubled Dheki town of D. I. Khan after clashes between two sectarian groups. Police and hospital sources said that seven people had been killed and 32 others injured in an attack on a procession and an exchange of fire between law-enforcement personnel and rioters.

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Trouble started when the procession passing by a seminary came under attack. Witnesses said that two men in the procession were killed and five others injured. Immediately after the incident, a charged mob attacked the seminary. A police contingent trying to bring the situation under control also came under attack and five people were killed and 27 others injured when police fired back. The town was calm but tense on Sunday with troops patrolling the streets.The main Dera city, Proa and Paharpur tehsils were under strict curfew. NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti discussed the situation with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on phone and appealed to him to cooperate with the government to promote sectarian harmony in the area.

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According to a handout issued in Peshawar, Mr Hoti assured the Maulana that the government would take action against trouble-makers. DIG Feroz Shah said that over 50 people had been arrested for firing at the procession and cases had been registered against them. Officials said that a curfew had also been imposed in the adjacent Tank town. The administration convened meetings of elders, Ulema and politicians to seek their help in maintaining peace in the town which has a history of sectarian clashes.

Blasphemy Law & Barelvi VS Deobandi - Part - 1


Blasphemy Law & Barelvi VS Deobandi - Part - 2


Police said a pick-up truck loaded with weapons was seized near the Cawar checkpost and a man was arrested. In Faisalabad, four people were injured when a group of people believed to be hiding in Gol Mosque opened fire on an Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) procession in Ghulam Mohammadabad locality of the city. Some men in the procession allegedly vandalised the mosque and pelted it with stones.

Blasphemy Law & Barelvi VS Deobandi - Part - 3

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A Gol Mosque spokesperson said that people in the procession had provoked them by throwing stones at the mosque. After the firing, a large number of people besieged the Ghulam Mohammadabad police station and set more than 200 vehicles and motorbikes on fire. The protesters also ransacked the police station, forcing the personnel run away. Official vehicles of Gulberg traffic sector were also torched by the mob. Police tried to disperse the mob with teargas, but failed. The charged mob also pelted policemen with stones, injuring a few constables. The protesters blocked the Saddar Bazaar Road, Latif Chowk and Chandni Chowk and burned tyres. A number of shells fired by police also landed in houses. The mob also attacked and allegedly looted the house of Gol Mosque khateeb Zahid Mehmood Qasmi.

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About 48 people belonging to both sects, including Mr Qasmi, were arrested. Punjab Inspector-General of Police Tariq Saleem Dogar arrived in the city on Saturday night. Officials of police and district administration held a meeting with Ahmed Ludhianvi, chief of the proscribed Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, and urged him to help calm the situation. On Sunday, a mob attacked a mosque in Usman Town on the Millat Road and burned a motorcycle and a generator. Police arrested 12 people. SSP (operations) Sarfraz Falki suspended Sargodha Road SHO Zahid Hussain for dereliction of duty. Despite the imposition of Section 144, people belonging to the Gol Mosque sect took out a procession and held a meeting at the Clock Tower intersection. The eight bazzars emanating from the Clock Tower remained closed. REFERENCE: Violence mars Milad celebrations in D. I. Khan, Faisalabad newspaperarchive March 1, 2010

* Barelvi Eid Miladun Nabi rally comes under fire, mob attacks Deobandi seminary in DI Khan

* Six injured in Faisalabad violence, scores of vehicles torched

PESHAWAR: Authorities on Sunday lifted a curfew imposed earlier in the day in Dera Ismail Khan after at least seven people were killed in clashes and gunfights described as sectarian violence, according to officials and police. The violence erupted in Paharpur on Saturday as hundreds rallied to celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi. Gunmen started firing at a rally of the Barelvi sect, killing one person and prompting the angry crowd to attack a seminary of the Deobandi sect. “Seven people were killed and 38 others injured ... all the dead are Sunnis, there are some Shias among the injured,” district police chief Gul Afzal Afridi told AFP.

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An official at the hospital Dera Ismail Khan hospital confirmed the death toll, and said the 38 people wounded were still being treated. The authorities on Sunday ordered people to remain in their houses night and day in the main city and other parts of the district, including Paharpur. Security forces patrolled the streets.“We have arrested more than 20 suspects and are conducting more raids. There is a curfew in the main city and some of the outskirts,” said Afridi. Afridi had refused to comment on Saturday on who might be responsible for the initial shooting, saying the area was troubled by both sectarian unrest and attacks by militant groups.

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In Faisalabad, at least six people were injured in sectarian violence over 24 hours, according to a private TV channel. It said more than two dozen people had also been taken into custody. Faisalabad DCO Saeed Iqbal said Section 144 had been imposed in the city. Top district administration officials also held a meeting with representatives of various religious organisations in a bid to facilitate the return of normalcy in the area. The channel said although Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Home Secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif were present in Faisalabad, they did not attend the meeting. Furious protesters set a police station and dozens of vehicles on fire after an Eid Miladun Nabi procession came under firing. The attack was preceded by a clash between rival groups, one of which fired at the procession. Police have arrested more than 15 people, including a cleric for allegedly to instigating violence. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has ordered an investigation into the violence in Dera Ismail Khan and Faisalabad. agencies REFERENCE: 7 killed, 44 injured in DI Khan, Faisalabad sectarian violence Monday, March 01, 2010\03\01\story_1-3-2010_pg1_4

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FAISALABAD – The City remained tense as factions belonging to two different sects clashed over the issue of a disputed mosque on Sunday morning. The angry mob burnt dozens of cars and bikes in Usman Town Mithopura within Sargodha Road Police Station’s area. Police arrested some 15 persons and were able to bring the situation under control. RPO Faisalabad Muhammad Tahir has meanwhile suspended the SHO of Sargodha Road Police Station on the charges of showing negligence. Earlier, DCO Saeed Wahla had imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC across the district after shots were fired on an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession in Ghulam Muham-madabad area on Saturday night. During the violence that followed one person was killed, as demonstrators and police fought pitched battles in the locality.

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The clashes erupted when unknown armed men resorted to indiscriminate firing on the procession near Goll Mosque critically injuring three people. The angry protestors burnt dozens of cars, bikes and building of the local police station. The house of International Khatm-e-Nabuwwat General Secretary Zahid Mehmood Qasmi was also set ablaze. Meanwhile, 55-year-old Mushtaq died on the spot during the clashes with the cops who baton-charged and fired tear gas shells in a bid to disperse the crowd but was unable to bring the situation under control till late Saturday night. People also pelted stones on Goll Mosque and attacked Ghulamabad Police Station while setting a fire dozens of vehicle parked there besides torching the building and some records as well. The crowd destroyed the house of Zahid Qasmi and did not let the fire fighters to extinguish the inferno. Later, on the appeal of police high ups, Qasmi surrendered himself before police along with ten of his cronies and some weapons. REFERENCE: Faisalabad tense after riots break out By: Ahmad Jamal Nizami | Published: March 01, 2010

Sectarian clashes kill seven in Pakistan February 28, 2010
Pakistani authorities slapped a curfew on a restive northwestern district on Sunday after clashes and gun fights left at least seven people dead at a religious procession, officials said. Sectarian violence erupted on Saturday in the town of Paharpur in Dera Ismail Khan district, as hundreds of Muslims rallied to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi, which marks Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

Gunmen opened fire on a parade by the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims, killing one person on the spot and prompting the angry crowd to retaliate by attacking a seminary of the local Deobandi Sunni sect. “Seven people were killed and 38 others have been injured in these incidents. All the dead are Sunni, there are some Shi’ites among the injured,” district police chief Gul Afzal Afridi told AFP.
Dera Ismail Khan district has in the past been troubled by unrest between followers of the Sunni [Deobandi] and Shi’ite branches of Islam, but clashes between Sunni factions are relatively rare.

An official in the hospital Dera Ismail Khan hospital confirmed the death toll and said that the 38 people wounded were still being treated. Authorities early on Sunday ordered people to remain in their houses night and day in the main city, also called Dera Ismail Khan, and other parts of the district including Paharpur town. Security forces patrolled the streets. “We have arrested more than 20 suspects and are carrying out more raids. There is a curfew in the main city and some of the outskirts,” Afridi said.

Afridi had refused to comment on Saturday on who might be responsible for the initial shooting, saying the area was troubled by both sectarian unrest and attacks by Islamist militant groups. Shi’ites account for about 20 per cent of Pakistan’s Sunni-dominated population. The two communities usually coexist peacefully, but more than 4000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence since the late 1980s. Attacks by Islamist extremists, meanwhile, have killed more than 3000 people since July 2007. Most attacks are blamed on the Pakistani Taliban. Source: SMH
Also Saturday, at least one person died and several others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a procession in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, said Dr. Qutbuddin Khan, who works at a local hospital. The participants, later, attacked a mosque, said police official Bashar Khan, adding that it triggered a clash between Barelvi and Deobandi Sunni sects, killing three more people. Some 26 more suffered wounds, he said. Khan said troops imposed a curfew in the area. He added it was not clear who had attacked the procession. The procession was marking Mulid an-Nabi, the anniversary of the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Source: AFP
Dawn’s report on the Faislabad attack
More than 25 people arrested after Faisalabad clashes
28 Feb, 2010

Pakistani protesters riot after gunmen opened fire on a religious procession marking Mulid an-Nabi in Faisalabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. – AP

FAISALABAD: Six people were injured on Sunday and more than two dozen have been taken into custody in the past 24 hours following clashes in Faisalabad. Three people were injured in incidents of firing in Ghulam Muhammadabad area of Faisalabad and three motorcycles were set ablaze this morning. Given the situation, the DCO of Faisalabad said that Section 144 has been imposed in the city. Later, RPO Faisalabad Muhammad Tahir, Commissioner Tahir Hussain, DCO Saeed Iqbal and SSP Operations Sarfaraz Falki held a meeting with the representatives of various religious organisations to restore normalcy in the area. Despite being in Faisalabad, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Home Secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif did not attend the meeting. On Saturday, protestors set ablaze a police station and dozens of vehicles in the area following a clash between two groups, during an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession.The clash erupted after one of the groups opened fire on an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession, leaving three people injured. Police had arrested around 15 people including the Khateeb of Goal Masjid, Zahid Mehmood Qasmi, on the charges of instigating people for rioting. Source: Dawn
The News
Clash enters 2nd day; section-144 imposed in Faisalabad Updated at: 1305 PST, Sunday, February 28, 2010.
FAISALABAD: Two warring factions once again Sunday entered clashes in Faisalabad, Geo News reported Sunday. According to the initial reports, the exchange of fire between the two groups is in progress in Usmanabad area on Millat Road here. Also, the infuriated people are going on rampage in the area. Heavy contingents of police have been called in the area in view of tense situation in the area. Also, the Section-144 has been imposed in the city. Source: The News

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Religious violence Dawn Editorial Monday, 01 Mar, 2010

Religious holidays in the country are fast becoming marked by violence. Over the weekend, processions celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi in Faisalabad and D.I. Khan were attacked causing death, injuries and mayhem.
Thankfully, the violence was quickly contained and did not rise to the level of terribleness that the country has unfortunately witnessed in recent times. Pakistanis hardly need reminding that the country is in the grip of religious intolerance and violence: the war against militancy has touched every corner of the country inflicting a terrible toll, and for a while certain areas were virtually ceded to the militants without a fight. But there is another, more insidious, religious poison that is spreading, largely unnoticed, across the country, and it is not quite as easy to explain as the territorial ambitions of the Taliban. That poison has pit Sunni against Shia, Deobandi against Barelvi, Muslim against religious minorities — and it defies easy categorisation. The only thing its various strands seem to have in common is a hatred for everything that is ‘different’, where ‘different’ is inevitably judged as an unacceptable deviation and therefore deserving of punishment, even death, in many instances.

Invariably — perhaps suggesting where the cure must first begin — a steady diet of dogmatic preaching is to be found wherever such violence occurs. In Faisalabad, the khatib of a local mosque was arrested on charges of inciting people to violence. It will take great political will but such violent elements need to be purged from the mosques and madressahs, for without that it will not be possible to roll back the tide of hate that is threatening to engulf the country. Nor should it be viewed as some-thing that is impossible to do. After all, only a few years ago, processions such as those witnessed on Saturday were low-key and passed off peacefully. What is new is the sense of one-upmanship: each group wants to have a bigger and louder affair and is ever keen to rattle or taunt rival groups. In the event, the police and local administrations largely manage to do a good job and keep tensions to a minimum. But that is mere fire-fighting and ends up dealing with only the symptom and not the disease. The infrastructure of hate that has slowly taken hold at the grass-roots level is really what needs to be dismantled. Further delay in initiating that process will only cause the problem to grow in magnitude.

Wounds The News Editorial Monday, March 01, 2010

To our utter shame, Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the most auspicious of days on the Muslim calendar, saw the start of violence, death and destruction that wracked Faisalabad and DI Khan. Apart from the question of terrorism that thrives on the ability of man to inflict pain on man, sectarian differences and tensions have many a time shattered our dream of unity in diversity. These ancient wounds have never completely healed and politicians, both religious and otherwise, have a lot to answer for on this count. We note and regard as significant that the Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah, and the Punjab home secretary, Nadeem Hassan Asif, were present in Faisalabad during the worst of the violence — and that neither of them attended the meeting convened by the agencies of law and order to discuss how best to deal with it. What are a law minister and a home secretary supposed to do if they are not to support the civil power at times of greatest need? And does this add to the list of questions that need to be answered about the alleged affiliation of some of our politicians to banned or terrorist outfits? With our politicians behaving in this manner, what hope can we have of healing not just historical rifts but the recent wounds that we have suffered at the hands of terrorists? 

Terrorists and those inspired by their twisted logic have drunk deep at the fountain of sectarian divide in our country and they are hell-bent on killing any semblance of normalcy that we may be able to sprinkle our lives with. As if we were not horrified and aggrieved enough at what was happening in DI Khan and Faisalabad, in Karak a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a police station, killing five. Elsewhere there are continued attacks on schools. People are desperately attempting to resume normal life in Swat, Dir and other conflict-hit zones. Hotel owners make efforts to persuade tourists to return and music shop owners tentatively restock stores. The aftermath of violence though swirls all around, with the relatives of militants targeted for revenge according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and with the Taliban acting to punish those they accuse of theft or other crime. How is this Hydra-headed monster of violence to be killed? Challenging the hold of obscurantism, tackling development issues and granting people access to opportunity are measures that must be taken. People, on their own, are attempting to find the calm rhythm needed in life and the militants are keeping up their efforts to prevent them from succeeding. The state can play a part in determining the outcome. It must not look on as a spectator. Unity must be promoted at all levels and solutions sought to the troubles that afflict us rather than rubbing salt into wounds old and new. We expect our lawmakers to be unifiers; this is an expectation that Messrs Sanaullah and Asif should pay heed to.

Editorial: Religious intolerance Daily Times

An attack on Eid Milad-un-Nabi Barelvi processions in Faisalabad and D I Khan, retaliation by the participants and the subsequent damage to public and private property, loss of life and injuries have revealed that religious intolerance is seething just beneath the surface. In such incidents, the first suspicion is cast upon the opposing sect, who might normally have been assumed to be Shias in this case, but the Barelvi victims have accused the Deobandi groups in their respective areas. The occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Pakistan is usually marked by celebrations comprising lighting up of streets, model-making, na’at competitions and processions in all big cities. The Barelvis, more rooted in the culture of the Subcontinent and deeply influenced by Sufism, have always promoted the more human side of religion by spearheading celebrations of the birth of the Prophet (PBUH). 

Fun-starved youngsters make full use of the opportunity to give vent to their artistic skills and provide healthy entertainment to the general public. However, this has irked the conservative schools of Sunni Islam, notably the Deobandis, who had been campaigning before the occasion that celebrating the birth of the Prophet (PBUH) was a heresy because neither he nor his companions celebrated the event. The eruption of violence on such an insignificant issue between two Sunni denominations is an indicator of deep insecurities and a wish to impose one’s interpretation of religion on all others. It is a source of great concern that more people were injured in exchange of firing between the police and the rioters in D I Khan. In a tense situation like this, the police are expected to dexterously manage the situation to cool down sentiments, which otherwise may swirl out of control. Once riots start, they may not necessarily remain confined to their origin and may become an opportunity to vent other kinds of resentments. Occasions such as Ashura and Eid Milad-un-Nabi, when sentiments run high, provide a ripe opportunity for mischief-makers to ignite trouble and disrupt religious harmony. Masked men have been reported to have carried out sabotage activities on several occasions in the past to avoid being identified and arrested. In a fraught situation like this, the Punjab government appears to be in denial that there are extremist forces at work in Punjab, particularly Southern Punjab. Reluctance to adopt a clear policy against such outfits may ultimately land this government in deep trouble as a result of internecine violence among these groups, in which ordinary people are also caught in the crossfire.

Further detail on the D.I. Khan and Faisalabad incidents:

’توہین رسالت قانون پر سیاست نہ کریں‘

آخری وقت اشاعت:  اتوار 16 جنوری 2011 ,‭ 12:18 GMT 17:18 PST 
پاکستان میں دیوبند مکتبہ فکر کے بڑے عالم اور جامعہ بنوریہ العالمیہ سائیٹ کراچی کے مفتی مولانا محمد نعیم نے کہا ہے کہ ناموس رسالت کے قانون پر سیاست نہیں ہونی چاہیے اور مذہبی جماعتوں کو اس حساس معاملے پر بیان بازی اور جلسے جلوس سے گریز کرنا چاہیے۔
بی بی سی اردو سروس کے ساتھ ایک انٹرویو میں انہوں نے کہا کہ کچھ مذہبی سیاسی جماعتیں اس معاملے پر سیاست کر کے فائدہ اٹھانے کی کوشش کر رہی ہیں۔ ’ان کو کوئی موقع نہیں ملا تو اس لیے وہ اس سے فائدہ اٹھا رہی ہیں۔ یہ خالص مذہبی معاملہ ہے اس کو مذہبی انداز ہی میں حل ہونا چاہیے‘۔
مفتی نعیم نے کہا کہ پنجاب کے سابق گورنر سلمان تاثیر کے قتل میں گرفتار پولیس اہلکار ممتاز قادری کو ہیرو بنا کر پیش کرنا بھی غلط ہے۔

’ماورائے عدالت جو بھی کام ہوگا وہ غلط ہے اس لیے ممتاز قادری کو ہیرو بنانا میں سمجھتا ہوں صحیح نہیں ہے۔ یہ عدالت پر چھوڑا جائے، عدالت اس کا فیصلہ کرے گی کہ وہ ہیرو ہے یا کچھ اور۔ لیکن ہر آدمی کو (اس کے لیے) اس طرح کے جملے استعمال کرنا میں سمجھتا ہوں کہ مناسب نہیں ہے، یہ عدالتی مسئلہ ہے اور عدالت ہی اس کا فیصلہ کرے گی‘۔
وکیلوں اور مذہبی جماعتوں کے کارکنوں کے ایک گروہ کی جانب سے ممتاز قادری کے مقدمے کی سماعت کرنے والی عدالت کا گھیراؤ کرنے کے متعلق سوال پر انہوں نے کہا کہ ’ایسا بالکل نہیں ہونا چاہیے کیونکہ ماورائے عدالت جو بھی کام ہوگا تو اس سے ملک کے اندر افراتفری ہوگی اور نظام خراب ہوگا‘۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ ’لال مسجد کے مسئلے میں بھی ہم نے غازی عبدالرشید اور مولانا عبدالعزیز کو یہی کہا تھا کہ آپ قانون اپنے ہاتھ میں نہ لیں، ریاست میں ریاست نہ بنائیں۔ اگر یہ ہوجائے گا تو ہر آدمی دوسرے کو مارتا رہے گا‘۔
مفتی نعیم نے خبردار کیا کہ اگر سلمان تاثیر کے قتل کے معاملے کو عدالت پر نہ چھوڑا گیا تو ملک انارکی کا شکار ہوجائے گا۔
وفاقی وزیر داخلہ رحمان ملک کے ہفتے کو کراچی میں مختلف مکاتب فکر کے علمائے کرام کے ساتھ اجلاس کے بعدایک متفقہ اعلامیے کے ذریعے اعلان کیا گیا تھا کہ توہین رسالت کے قانون کے غلط استعمال کو روکنے کے لیے تمام مکاتب فکر کے علماء پر مشتمل دس رکنی کمیٹی تشکیل دی جائے گی جو گستاخی رسول کے الزام کی اچھی طرح سے پہلے چھان پھٹک کرے گی۔
مفتی محمد نعیم نے کہا کہ توہین رسالت کے قانون کے غلط استعمال کو روکنے کے لیے وہ حکومت کے ساتھ تعاون کرنے پر تیار ہیں لیکن یہ کمیٹی اسی صورت میں موثر ثابت ہوگی جب حکومت اس کی تشکیل سے پہلے مذہبی سیاسی جماعتوں اور دینی مدارس کی تنظیموں وفاق المدارس العربیہ اور اتحاد تنظیمات کو اعتماد میں لے گی۔
انہوں نے کہا کہ توہین رسالت کے قانون کے اندر اگر کوئی سقم ہے تو اس کو کوئی ضابطہ بنا کے دور کیا جا سکتا ہے۔
’ایسا کیا جانا چاہیے ورنہ اگر میری اور آپ کی لڑائی ہے پیسوں کی بنیاد پر اور آپ الزام لگا دیں کہ جی یہ گستاخ رسول ہے اور میں نے اس لیے اس کو مار دیا۔ تو یہ تو ہر آدمی پھر قانون اپنے ہاتھ میں لے لے گا‘۔

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