Posted by Salma Javid Khan
Thousands of billboards, banners, posters and signage on taxis and rickshaws have sprung up during the last few weeks in every part of the city advertising a ‘6-day, Qadiani Eradication Training’
While Pakistani armed forces fight Islamist extremists and Taliban terrorists in the northern areas, a blatant sectarian hate campaign aimed at Ahmadiyya community by an extremist group has overtaken the industrial city of Faisalabad in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
According to several local sources and reports in social media, thousands of billboards, banners, posters and signage on taxis and rickshaws have sprung up during the last few weeks in every part of the city advertising a ‘6-day, Qadiani Eradication Training’ offered by Minhaj-ul-Quran Ulama Council, a part of the infamous mullah Tahirul Qadri’s Minhaj-ul Quran organization.
Mullah Tahir-ul Qadri, a Canadian citizen, surfaced on the world stage when he was caught in lies by the western media a few years ago. Mullah Qadri was out promoting his book of Fatwa about moderation in Islam when western media confronted him with his own videos where the hate-preacher is seen promoting Pakistani blasphemy laws and advocating killings of blasphemers. At one point mullah Qadri is seen taking credit for being the father of the Pakistan’s blasphemy law.
There has been numerous cases of anti-Ahmadi handbill distribution in Faisalabad and other parts of Pakistan by various extremist groups.
According to PersecutionOfAhmadis.org, an Ahmadiyya hate-events archival website, the past hate campaigns have resulted in murders of Ahmadis, destruction of personal property, and desecration of the Ahmadiyya mosques and graveyards in the city and its surrounding towns.
The Punjab government and the law enforcement authorities appear oblivious to the threat and have not taken any notice of the hate campaign, local sources have reported.
In one instance, it was reported to Ahmadiyya Times, the local police personnel were seen providing protection to the hate campaign epicenter at the Baghdadi Mosque and associated Jamia Nooria Rizvia madrasa where reportedly over 400 students are learning the sectarian hatred taught by one Qari Hdayat Rasool, a follower of mullah Tahir-ul Qadri.
Faisalabad, formerly known as Lyallpur, is the third largest metropolis in Pakistan, the second largest in the province of Punjab after Lahore, and a major industrial center in the heart of Pakistan, according to Wikipedia entry about the city.