In an email from Farooq Tariq a spokesperson of the Labor Party of Pakistan has explained how Islamic Religious group fanatics Khatim an-Nabuwwah have threatened their workers of dire circumstances for having sided with the Christian community during the Gojra riots which left approximately 9 people dead due to intensive burns.
Khatim an-Nabuwwah [Wikipedia] or finality of Prophethood, is an Islamic belief that prophethood came to an end after Muhammad. Many Muslims believe that the line of prophets sent by God ended with the advent of Muhammad, who they believe received the final revelation in the form of the Qur’an.
The concept of the finality of prophethood of Muhammad has caused controversy. The Ahmadiyya Community, hold Mirza Ghulam Ahmad to be a prophet subordinate to Muhammad. Ahmed claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi in 1889 and founded a movement in Qadian, India. His claims resulted in a violent reaction among many Muslims of the India subcontinent. The Salafi and Sunni scholars vehemently opposed him and in subsequent years a movement for the “protection of Khatme Nabuwwat” was founded. This movement, at times violent, is still very active in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries where Ahmadiyya adherents are present.
This Islamic fundamentalist group quote extreme about forcibly reinforcing the Blasphemy law in Pakistan, a law created more or less to outlaw the Ahmedi community in Pakistan. These Gojra riots need to be vehemently condemned and strict criminal action must be taken against these aggressors, it ironic that this organization has the audacity to hold a press conference and in turn is threatening other and also the Government to release their ‘muslim’ friends who were arrested by the police during the Gojra riots, its amazing how they have the balls to threaten after they themselves burnt alive 9 innocent people
— Email from Farooq Tariq, spokesperson for Labor Party Pakistan —
Today on 5th August, the religious fundamentalist youth group of Khatm Nabuwat, addressed a press conference in Toba Tek Singh with reference to Gojra incident. They gave a dead line of 10 August to government for the release of all “Muslims” arrested on the accusation of carnage in Gojra.
9 were killed when Muslim fundamentalist groups attacked a Christian locality in Gojra in reaction to an alleged blasphemy incident few days earlier in a nearby village.
The youth fundamentalist group targeted Labour Party Pakistan in the press conference and said that LPP has flared up the situation and has made very negative propaganda in favor of Christians. They alleged that LPP brought all the journalists from outside and helped them to visit the burnt areas. They have threatened Tariq Mehmood, district general secretary LPP Toba Tek Singh of dire consequences.
In response to this, LPP activists are planning to organize protest meetings in the area.
Earlier, one of the main leader of Christian community in the district Atif Jamil Pegan announced to join Labour Party Pakistan. All those who died in the incident were close relatives of Atif Jamil Pegan. He is head of social organization called Harmony Foundation and has written a lot of radical poetry.
While the church leaders and members of parliament from Christian community were making all sort of compromises with the administration on 1st and 2nd August, the days when the incident took place, Atif Jamil along with local Christian youth and LPP activists led the militant struggle to demand a police case registered against the 800 Muslim fanatics and district top police officer and administration (DPO & DCO). The group brought the bodies on the main railway lines and stopped all rail transport for five hours. They told the local administration that until a case is registered against DCO and DPO who failed to protect the Christian community when the threat of an attack was very imminent.
This militant action forced the government to accept the demand and it made headlines all over Pakistan. The DCO and DPO have been removed already from their posts.
Atif Jamil is a long time friend of mine and has been speaking in several LPP and Labour Qaumi Movement meetings during the past years. When I phoned him the other day to express our solidarity and asked him to make up his mind to join LPP, he agreed.
Now, a new threat of the religious fundamentalists is coming forward. We can not let it go lightly. There has been more incident of using blasphemy laws as an excuse to settle scores. Three persons were killed near Lahore yesterday where the laborers of a leather factory accused the factory owner of blasphemy and killed him and two more on the spot. The allegations were baseless according to reports. Anyhow, killing, burnings and torturing of opponents have been seen in such incidents.
We must demand an end of blasphemy laws. State must be separated from religion. It is a wake up call for all progressive forces to unite against the religious fundamentalists. We must demand from the government to stop all state subsidies to religious madrasses.
LPP will not bow its head against the threats of the religious fanatics, on the contrary, we will fight back in Toba Tek Singh, Gojra and other areas by establishing and developing working class organizations. We will build the trade unions and peasant movements. We will urge the Muslim a5 Christians to unite against fanatics.
Labour Party Pakistan