Islamabad: Pamphlets branding members of the minority Ahmadiyya community as "wajib-ul-qatl" (fit to be killed) and inciting people to attack them are being openly circulated in Pakistan's textile industry hub of Faisalabad, according to a media report on Thursday.
The pamphlets list the names of several Ahmadiyya industrialists, doctors and businesses.
The first name is that of a cloth house, three owners of which were gunned down in a brazen attack last year, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.
The pamphlets were issued by the All Pakistan Students Khatm-e-Nubuwat Federation and are being circulated at main shopping plazas and important commercial centres of the city in Punjab province.
"To shoot such people is an act of jihad and to kill such people is an act of sawab (blessing)," the pamphlets say. The Umoor-e-Aama Jama'at Ahmadiyya of Faisalabad, a group representing the community, reacted to the distribution of such literature by saying that the propaganda campaign is being "carried out unhindered by some fanatic religious groups under the patronage of law enforcing agencies and the provincial government".
The Jama'at blamed the Punjab government for ignoring several protests lodged by the province’s Ahmadiyya community. It said religious fanatics are being encouraged by inaction on the part of government agencies.
In an e-mail addressed to Punjab's home secretary and police chief and Faisalabad's regional police chief, Jama'at secretary Mahmood Ahmad wrote: "We have time and again approached police authorities against hate literature but nothing has been done so far. This collapse of law and order can be traced to the cowardice, inefficiency and incompetence of law enforcement agencies."
Ahmad pointed out that it is easy to trace the pamphlet's source as its publisher's mobile number is given in print.
This shows the "publisher's disdain towards Pakistan's laws and agencies enforcing them".
"Our mouths have been taped shut. Our hands have been tied. I am writing this in the hope that somewhere somehow this letter finds its way to a patriotic police or other official who takes a fearless stand for the sake of Pakistan," the e-mail said.
The report said police officials appeared reluctant to take the matter seriously.
Faisalabad police chief Rai Tahir Hussain said he had no information about the pamphlets.
DSP Mian Khalid pleaded ignorance about the matter and said a lower ranking officer would have information.
Another officer said that since no complaint has been made, there was no question of taking action.
First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 15:53