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Federal govt asked to put name of main suspect in Dulmial incident on ECL

Updated Dec 17, 2016 09:49am


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CHAKWAL: The Punjab government has asked the federal government to put the name of the main suspect in the Dulmial incident on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Haji Malik Rasheed Ahmed, a Canadian national who was living in Canada for the last 40 years, has been named the main accused in the Dec 12 attack on an Ahmadi place of worship.

He came to his native Dulmial a couple of months ago and allegedly mobilised a mob to besiege an Ahmadi place of worship in the village.

“Other than Rasheed, we have also requested for the name of Hafeezur Rehman to be put on the ECL,” an official of the Punjab government told Dawn, adding that the National Database and Registration Authority has been approached to block the identity cards of both men.

“Both men are at large and raids are being conducted to arrest them,” the official added.

Malik Rasheed Ahmed heads a charity organisation by the name of Muslim Hands in Toronto while Hafeezur Rehman is the former tehsil nazim of Choa Saidan Shah.

When Dawn attempted to reach Malik Rasheed on his mobile phone on Friday, the person who answered identified himself as Hammad Afzal Malik and said Rasheed was in a meeting.

He then handed the phone to Hafeezur Rehman who claimed: “The place of worship belonged to Muslims and the Ahmadis were illegally occupying it.”

Hammad Afzal Malik, who is the general councillor of Dulmial Union Council, said he would resign from his office.

“I am ashamed to be part of this government,” he said.

The Punjab prosecutor general has set up a special committee to investigate the incident which will be headed by District Public Prosecutor Chakwal Muzaffar Ali Ranjha.

The Punjab Home Department has also ordered setting up of a joint investigation committee which will be headed by a deputy inspector general of police.

Meanwhile, religious leaders of various organisations on Friday passed a resolution against the Ahmadi community during Friday congregations in the district.

“We are giving the government time to accept our demands peacefully. If the demands are not met, we will launch nationwide protests,” Sahibzada Pir Abdul Qadoos Naqashbandi, district president of the Almi Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat, told Dawn.

The police, Rangers and army personnel remained on high alert in Chakwal on Friday and security measures were tightened at Ahmadi places of worship and a curfew-like situation remained in Dulmial.

“Only 60 or 70 people offered Friday prayers at the main mosque as most Muslim men have left the village in fear of being arrested,” a villager told Dawn.

He said that about 500 people usually attend Friday prayers in the mosque.

Section 144 was imposed in Chakwal on Saturday and may be extended.

Published in Dawn, December 17th, 2016


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Comments (24) Closed

JKhan Dec 17, 2016 09:53am

The sudden escalation and attention to this issue is quiet intriguing!

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 17, 2016 10:01am

Punish these people causing harm to the innocent people. No to extremist of any faith anymore. Pakistan first.

KFC Dec 17, 2016 10:06am

@JKhan Easy for you to think of conspiracies behind a desk. Get your home burnt by a mob and we'll talk.

Mohd Sultan Dec 17, 2016 10:13am

Rasheed and his fanatics fellows be treated as acriminals.they have been sabotaged the peace of peaceful citizens.

SaNjiV DattA Dec 17, 2016 10:53am

@KFC. Very well said! Everyone seems to be an expert in these situation & try to weave a theory.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 17, 2016 10:54am

Mob mentality has no space in our faith...

Qambar Ali Dec 17, 2016 11:08am

this is what is called majoritarian rule by the scholars, it is not democracy

Akbar Dec 17, 2016 12:28pm

@Ahmed bin Babar sorry to say that actions should rather must match with faith. This is what is not understood so far in undeveloped societies.

Akbar Dec 17, 2016 12:33pm

Unfortunately no government in Pakistan has taken it seriously to educate at a wider scale the common people that no one is above the law and even the name of religion no one is allowed to act against others. God knows when will this happen that even people having some sort of authority will fear law and the human beings will be taken as human beings.

Abdul Dec 17, 2016 12:36pm

Sabotagers of peace and a place of worship must be brought to task....

Akbar Dec 17, 2016 12:34pm

@JKhan not at all.. this is actually embedded deep in such societies there is no supermacy of law. Such inhumane acts will keep on surfacing though at intervals short or long.

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 17, 2016 01:47pm

Good move.

Suhaib Dec 17, 2016 02:01pm

I m strange that one person who attacked on the worship place, he spend 40 years of his life in Canada. But he did not learn tolerance for other religion...

SAK Dec 17, 2016 02:09pm

I humbly beg our civil n military leadership to consider Pakistan as one unit n dissolve the province's. Our enemies have penetrated our political leadership. Unless serious efforts are made to Make our Judiciary independent we may end up in problems. We need to protect our Industrialists n business community and no political party should be allowed to victimize them. Also we must accept that capitalism has made us ruthless and greedy animals. Let us work together to come up for a permanent solution to remove poverty and make Pakistan and equal opportunity country. We must implement one syllabus education system and the children of the poor and Rich class sit together. Our enemies have successfully trapped Pakistan in a Bermuda Triangle. Please I beg everyone to pray for our unity and prosperity. Pehlaye Pakistan phir Maine.

MYpak Dec 17, 2016 02:52pm

This is worst than caste system in India

Parvez Dec 17, 2016 03:31pm

It's now about 2 years and the National Action Plan has been so designed that our politicians have turned it into a No Action even now nothing will be done.

kings way Dec 17, 2016 03:32pm

" Meanwhile, religious leaders of various organisations on Friday passed a resolution against the Ahmadi community during Friday congregations in the district. " ----Put all these religious leaders behind bars.

Green Dec 17, 2016 03:57pm

@kings way Who will put them behind bars? They are a need for "many" in Pakistan for "many" purposes!

Green Dec 17, 2016 03:57pm

@Parvez National Action Plan needs honesty and commitment.

Alba Dec 17, 2016 06:58pm

@SAK ... People are trapped by their own greed. "Desire binds us to the Wheel of Life". Capitalism is nothing more than the avoidance of taxation. The British did not (your words) without Indian princes and traders willing to work with them. You can't wish away your automobiles and air conditioners or the pens your write with. Progress has a cost. You prefer you old system of corporal punishment and imprisonment without trial?

Alba Dec 17, 2016 07:01pm

@Mohd Sultan ... The ignorant need someone to push down and step on to make themselves look bigger.

Logicaldude Dec 17, 2016 07:03pm

Empty promises and talk is the staple of the public diet in Pakistan. How hard is it to put a person on ECL. Why not arrest the man for starters. No we can't do it because ...(fill in the excuses yourself)

Omar Dec 17, 2016 09:31pm

We should also ask the Canadian government to assist in the investigation and bring such culprits to justice who seek nothing but to destroy the diversity of Pakistan. These individuals live in cosmopolitan societies abroad yet spew hatred when they come to Pakistan. They should be exposed and brought to justice.

KHK Dec 18, 2016 09:08am

Arrest him immediately and then investigate. Inciting for violence is crime and he has committed it.