Lahore: A group of Pakistani clerics has
demanded that the federal government should take back land
given to the minority Ahmadi sect in Punjab province.
The All Pakistan Khatam-e-Nabuwat Conference made the
demand during a meeting held under the aegis of the Pakistan
Lawyers Forum at Chenab Nagar in Chiniot district, 300 km from
Lahore, on September 8.
Supreme Court lawyer Malik Rab Nawaz told the meeting
that the government had provided land to the Ahmadi community
of Chenab Nagar on lease and this should now be taken back.
At the same time, he said, Muslims living on government
land in Chenab Nagar should be given ownership rights.
Nawaz further claimed that the Ahmadi community of Chenab
Nagar was an "illegal occupant" of the land, which should be
retrieved from the sect as part of the prime minister`s
directive for action against all "land grabbers".
He called on Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the Ahmadis` failure to
get themselves included in voters` lists.
"Under the Constitution, the Ahmadis are bound to get
their names registered in voters` lists, and on
non-compliance, strict action should be taken against them,"
Members of the Ahmadi sect have been the target of
violent attacks by militant groups like the Taliban and the
Sipah-e-Sahaba in recent years.