An appeal to Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Honorable Justice (retd.) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim
By Mahpara Qalandar
Now that the elections are scheduled to be held on time under your able supervision, there is just one issue which I wish to bring to your notice. The issue is one of fairness and legality. The Code of Conduct which the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued is a legally-binding document and whosoever is in violation of it will not be allowed to run for a seat (The entire Code of Conduct document is available online at the ECP web site: http://www.ecp.gov.pk/Codeofconduct.aspx#_ftn1)
It may, however, be noted that many politicians have already violated that code, and you, Your Honor, are duty-bound to take cognizance of these violations. Below I will quote relevant sections from the Code of Conduct and then prove how the said violations have taken place.
Code of Conduct Section No 3: “The political parties and candidates shall at all times uphold the rights and freedom of the people of Pakistan as guaranteed by the Constitution and law.”
Violation Committed: The election manifesto of the Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (MDM), which is a Takrifi Deobandi-Wahabi party comprised of the likes of the banned terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), and other Islamist parties with known sympathies for the Al Qaeda, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). These parties are virulently anti-Shia, anti-Sunni Brelvi, anti-Ahmadi, anti-Hindu, and anti-Christian. The head of the MDM Maulana Samiul Haq announced at a recent press conference:
* “Non-Muslims and apostates will be banned from main public office jobs in Pakistan”
* “The president, prime minister, chief justice, senate chairman, national assembly speaker, all forces’ chiefs, provincial governors, chief ministers and heads of intelligence agencies will have to be male Sunni Muslim,”
Comment: The manifesto clearly violates the PEC’s Code of Conduct and the Constitution of Pakistan. It makes non-Muslims and all non-Sunni Muslims second-rate citizens. To the MDM, all Shias, Brelvis, Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadis are apostates. Thus entire Pakistan is apostate!
The manifesto is blatantly anti-women too. The constitution of Pakistan does not say that only men and Sunnis can hold high public offices. But then, who is a Sunni? For the MDM, only Deobandis and Wahhabis are Sunni, whereas Sunni Barelivi who comprise the majority of Sunni Muslims of Pakistan are relegated to innovators (Biddati) and polytheist (Mushrik).
Conclusion: The MDM manifesto robs the majority of Pakistanis of their freedom which is guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan as well as the penal law of the country. No ‘man’ contesting on the MDM platform should be allowed to run for a seat in the forthcoming elections.
Code of Conduct Section No 5: “Incitement to violence or resort to violence during meetings, processions, or during polling hours shall be strictly avoided by political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters. They shall publicly condemn violence and intimidation and not use language that might lead to violence or resort to violence during meetings, processions, or during polling hours. No person shall in any manner cause injury to any person or damage to any property.”
(Note: This section is based upon Sections 79, 80, 84 & 85 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976.)
Violation Committed: The leaders of the MDM have been inciting people against the Shias. They have been calling them Kafirs (infidel). They have been saying that the lives of the Shias will be made hell because they are Kafir.
Comment: The ASWJ/LeJ, the main component party of the MDM, has been killing the Shias and proudly accepting their crime. In a recent interview the head of the ASWJ Ahmad Ludhianvi Deobandi derisively said, “Calling the Shias Kafir is no different from a political slogan like Roti Kapra aurf Makan [Food, Clothing, and Shelyter]!”
Ludhianvi’s interview can be read here: http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130315&page=5.
The ASWJ/LeJ fatwa against the Shias can be read here:
Translation of LeJ’s ultimatum distributed in Quetta:Shias are infidel and it is an Islamic duty to kill them. All Shi’ites are worthy of killing. We will rid Pakistan of the unclean community (i.e., Shia). Pakistan means land of the pure and the Shi’ites (the unclean, the impure) have no right to live in this country. We have the edict and signatures of revered scholars (i.e., Deobandi scholars including from Darul Uloom Deoband seminary in India), declaring Shi’ites infidels. Just as our fighters have waged a successful jihad against the Shi’ite Hazaras and killed them in in Afghanistan, our mission in Pakistan is the abolition of this impure sect and its followers from every city, every village and every nook and corner of Pakistan. As we have waged successful Jihad through suicide bombing and other attacks on (Pashtun) Shias of Parachinar, we will expand it to entire Pakistan. Like in the past, our successful jihad against the Shia in Pakistan and, in particular, in Quetta, is ongoing, including against Shia Hazara, and will continue in the future. We will make Pakistan the graveyard of the Shi’ite Hazaras and their houses will be destroyed by bombs and suicide bombers. We will only rest when we will be able to fly the flag of true Islam on this land of the pure. Jihad against the Shi’ite Hazaras has now become our duty. Commander, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Pakistan
Ludhianvi’s deputies such as Aurengzeb Farooqi (President of ASWJ Karachi) and Malik Ishaq (Central Vice President of ASWJ and founder of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) have been calling for the destruction of the Shias and making their lives hell. Here are a couple of instructive videos:
Mullah Aurengzeb Farooqi Deobandi, the head of ASWJ in Sindh, has openly declared that he will make Karachi hell for the Shias. Here is a video clip of his interview:
Here is the video of the Shia killing by ASWJ-LeJ terrorists:
Mallik Ishaq, the vice president of ASWJ, proudly claims that he has killed scores of Shias and whose crimes have been proven in courts is the vice president of ASWJ. Here is a video in which he talks about his resolve to destroy the Shias:
Here is Mullah Ludhianvi himself sharing with his associates that ASWJ is simply a front for his terrorist activities:
Conclusion: Not only the MDM leaders and candidates not be allowed to run for a seat, the ECP should refer their cases to the police.
Code of Conduct Section No 12: “The political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters shall refrain from speeches calculated to arouse parochial and sectarian feelings and controversy of conflicts between genders, sects, communities and linguistic groups.”
(Note: This section is based upon Section 78 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976)
Violation Committed: All the parties which make up the MDM are sectarian. All these parties regard Shias and Sunni Brelvis as Kafir (infidels) and also incite sectarian faith based hatred against Ahmadis, Christians, and Hindus.
Comment: These parties are not political at all. These are blatantly sectarian and preach not just hatred but wholesale destruction of the communities and sects they regard as Kafirs.
Conclusion: The election officers should be instructed to ask MDM candidates this question at the time of the filing of their nomination papers: “Do you consider Shias as Muslim?” They must be required to sign a written declaration that they consider Shias as Muslim and that they condemn all those clerics, speakers and parties that endorse the “Shia Kafir” (Shias are infidel) slogan.
An incomplete list of MDM-ASWJ’s candidates can be accessed here: https://lubpak.com/archives/254901
Video: Ahmed Ludhianvi submits his nomination papers:
Sectarian hatred against Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Sunni Barelvis can be seen on the official facebook page of the MDM: http://www.facebook.com/MDMPk?fref=ts ASWJ’s facebook page too is full of sectarian hatred: http://www.facebook.com/ulmaedeobnad?fref=ts
Some useful posts on terrorists contesting elections https://lubpak.com/archives/tag/terrorists-contesting-elections
Honorable Justice Ibrahim. If you want to go down in history as a man who brooked no nonsense because he was a man of principles, this is your moment. History will not forgive you if you allow these murderess and inciters of murders to take part in the elections.
An ordinary Pakistani citizen
29 March 2013