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Anti-Islamic Activities of Qadiani Group, Lahore Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance 1984

ORDINANCE XX OF 1984

An Ordinance to amend the law to prohibit the Quadiani group, Lahori group and Ahmadis from indulging in anti-Islamic activities

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part 1, 26th April, 1984]

No. F. 17 (1)/84-Pub.-The following Ordinance made by the President is hereby published for general information:—

Whereas it is expedient to amend the law to prohibit the Quadiani group, Lahori group and Ahmadis from indulging in anti-Islamic activities;

And whereas the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the fifth day of July, 1977, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:—

PART I

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title and commencement.–(1) This Ordinance may be called the Anti-Islamic Activities of Quadiani Group, Lahori Group and Ahmadis (Prohibition and Punishment) Ordinance, 1984.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Ordinance to override orders or decisions of Courts.–The provisions of this Ordinance shall have effect notwithstanding any order or decision of any Court.

3. Addition of new sections 298-B and 298-C Act XLV of 1860.–In the Pakistan Penal Code Act (XLV of 1860), in Chapter XV, after section 298-A, the following new sections shall be added, namely:—

298-B. Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles, etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places.-(1) Any person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name) who by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation,—

(a) refers to or addresses, any person, other than a Caliph or companion of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as ‘Ameer-ul-Mumineen’, ‘Khalifa-tul-Mumineen’, ‘Khalifa-tul-Muslimeen’ ‘Sahaabi’ or ‘Razi Allah Anho’;

(b) refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a wife of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as ‘Ummul-Mumineen’;

(c) refers to, or addresses, any person, other than a member of the family (Ahle-bait) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as Ahle-bait; or

(d) refers to, or names, or calls, his place of worship as ‘Masjid’; shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) Any person of the Quadiani group or Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name) who by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, refers to the mode or form of call to prayers followed by his faith as ‘Azan’, or recites Azan as used by the Muslims, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.

298-C. Person of Quadiani group, etc., calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith.-Any person of the Quadiani group or the Lahori group (who call themselves ‘Ahmadis’ or by any other name), who, directly or indirectly, poses himself as a Muslim, or calls, or refers to, his faith as Islam, or preaches or propagates his faith, or invites others to accept his faith, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible represen*tations, or in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.”

PART III

AMENDMENT OF THE CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, 1898 (ACT V OF 1898)

4. Amendment of section 99-A, Act V of 1898.–In the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1899 (Act V of 1898), hereinafter referred to as the said Code, in section 99-A, in subsection (1),—

(a) after the words and comma., “of that class,”, the words, figures, brackets, letter and commas “or any matter of the nature referred to in clause (J) of subsection (1) of section 24 of the West Pakistan Press and Publications Ordinance, 1963,” shall be inserted; and

(b) after the figure and letter “:95-A”, the words, figures and letters “or section 298-A or section 298-B or section 298-C” shall be inserted.

5. Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898.–In the said Code, in Schedule II, after the entries relating to section 298-A, the following entries shall be inserted, namely:—

 

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