Ahmadi arrested on fake grounds

Kharappar, District Kasur; February 28, 2021:  Mr. Sharafat Ahmad, Mr. Akbar Ali and Mr. Tahir Naqash were booked under anti-Ahmadi PPCs 298-B and 298-C at police station Mangatanwala, District Nankana on May 2. 2020. The Lahore High Court rejected their application for pre-arrest bail on October 2, 2020. Later on January 4, 2021 a magistrate added PPC 295-C to their charge sheet. Mr. Tahir Naqash was released on bail from Sheikhupura Jail on February 27, 2021 and went home in Kharappar, District Kasur.

On February 28, Mr. Naqash went for a walk in the village along with some relatives. There, the leading opposition group, which had earlier seized the Ahmadiyya place of worship with the help of the administration, discussed something harshly with Mr. Naqash. Then they called the police who arrived and arrested Mr. Naqash and two others. Later, the police released them after taking a surety bond of Rupees one lakh, on condition that he would present himself whenever the police wanted him.

Opponents are campaigning on social media against Mr. Naqash to justify this incident, and the Khatme Nabuwwat group is active against him. On March 1, 2021, the opposition filed a complaint with the SHO Ganda Singh Wala police station, District Kasur, alleging that Mr. Naqash and other unidentified persons had insulted Islam, committed blasphemy and gave murder threats. This was nonsense, of course. On March 1, 2021 the police registered case against Mr. Naqash with FIR Nr. 83 under PPC 298 at police station Ganda Singh Wala, District Kasur and arrested him.