many of you know i formed a group called the eureka Brigade to fight the islamists and socialists here.
you'll also know in that group we had ba'i hais buddists Christians jews and even Muslims ( ahmardi muslims )
the leader of that sub group in the Brigade was murdered last week in pakistan after he returned there to attend family weddings as is his family duty as the patriarch of his family
He was a good man , not Christian but very Christian in attitude and actions, much more so than many who claim to be Christian..
i've broke bread with the gent and his family a few times and he was a tireless worker against the islamists here , and this in the, end cost him his life
sadly i only learned of his death in the news paper here this morning
Prayers for his family and friends from me and the Brigade
He fled persecution in Pakistan for a new life in Australia, but the pull of family led to his return. Now Muhammad Akram has been gunned down in what his family calls an assassination for being an Ahmadi Muslim.
MUHAMMAD AKRAM climbed on to the back of his grandson's motorcycle to go home for lunch, not knowing he had just minutes to live. The pair rode through the streets of Nawabshah in Pakistan where the Sydney grandfather had spent much of his life. As they parked under a tree, a motorcycle approached. One of two men, his face covered by cloth, put the gun close to Mr Akram's back and fired.
This was the first assassination of an Australian Ahmadi Muslim, say Mr Akram's family. The killing was religiously motivated, says the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.
Some Muslims regard Ahmadis as heretical and their persecution by Sunni Muslim extremists is as old as Pakistan.
In Australia immigrant people can create new lives, but their old countries - be they Britain, China or Pakistan - pull people back to relatives, friends and lives never fully left behind, even when, like Mr Akram, they left as refugees. Sometimes tragedy results, in Mr Akram's case a killing hatched within a web of local and international politics. The extremists who persecute Ahmadis have links to terrorist organisations there, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, including al-Qaeda.
Having joined his Sydney-based family in Claremont Meadows, near Penrith, seven years ago as a refugee, friends and family counselled caution on his return to Pakistan. He went to attend a family wedding and visit his home town, Nawabshah, also known as Benazirabad, where two of his children remain.
And so he came to be riding home on Wednesday, February 29. The bullet pierced a kidney. His grandson Muneeb Ahmed held him and yelled at the fleeing attackers. As he died, aged 78, Muneeb also fell. The bullet had passed through his grandfather and struck him. The 18-year-old lived, after four hours of surgery.
Mr Akram's family in Sydney soon heard the news and saw images of his face and body via a web cam. Six shocked relatives flew out within a day for the funeral last Saturday.
Waqas Ahmed, who was among them, said there was no robbery, his grandfather had no money on him and no enemies. But he had been treasurer of the Ahmadi community in Nawabshah for many years before he left Pakistan in 2005. As a leader, he was a target. Last week, another Ahmadi man, Maqsood Ahmad, 58, was shot dead in the same manner in public in Nawabshah, Ahmadiyya community leaders reported.
Mr Akram's widow, Hameeda Begum, was in Nawabshah with her husband on the six-month visit, which was due to end this week. Mr Ahmed said his grandmother, 73, who has seven children, was ''not really OK, but managing''.
The death forms part of a pattern. In the past 20 years, at least a dozen Ahmadis have died in religiously motivated killings in Nawabshah and the neighbouring district, and more than 200 nationwide, said Saleem-ud-Din, an Ahmadiyya Muslim community spokesman based in Rabwah, Pakistan.
''The clear motive of his cold-blooded murder is his religion,'' Saleem-ud-Din said. ''Nobody takes any interest in the killing of Ahmadis. Police and law enforcement agencies fail to protect the lives of innocent Ahmadis."
A spokesman for Nawabshah police told The Sun-Herald: ''A special team has been constituted by the Senior Superintendent of Police Nawabshah, Nisar Ahmed Chana'' to investigate. No arrests had been made and the spokesman did not know whether there were any suspects, nor whether religious persecution was a motive. Police confirmed that Mr Akram's son had reported the killing as ''due to belong of Ahmadi community''.
Pakistan's Express Tribune reported after the killing that police were looking for a motive and had ''so far ruled out a personal enmity''.
Victims' families face grim prospects. Few murders are solved in Pakistan and are even less often solved if they involve terrorism or sectarian violence, experts say. Below the highest courts, corruption is everywhere, with who you know and where you put your money having more influence on the outcome of cases than the facts, Anatol Lieven notes in his book Pakistan: A Hard Country.
''When there are crimes against Ahmadi it's very difficult to the point of impossibility to get justice,'' Professor Lieven, of King's College London, told The Sun-Herald.
As for the perpetrators, extremists whip up the idea that Ahmadis or other minorities are hostile to Islam to gain wider support, Professor Lieven said. ''These people have never gained more than a tiny minority of the vote,'' he said. ''But they have often gained traction with the cry of Islam is in danger.''
''This is part of their whole agenda. It won't bring them to power. But it helps them have a share of power. Now they're part of the governing coalition and so have jobs and patronage.''
The Islamist parties, violent extremists and terrorist groups are integrating as links between jihadis grow, experts say. ''The increased influence of radical Sunni groups … and their links to international networks like al-Qaeda make them even more dangerous than before,'' the International Crisis Group reports in Pakistan: The Militant Jihadi Challenge.
It describes one group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, as ''the linchpin of the alignment between al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and sectarian groups''. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, with Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, attacks Shias and other religious minorities, which include Ahmadis. Another group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, banned for its alleged role in the 2008 attack on Mumbai has reformed as Jamaat-ud-Dawa and is implicated in anti-Ahmadi activities in the Crisis Group report.
One group in particular targets Ahmadis, organising mass rallies, propaganda and aiming to eliminate Ahmadis from Pakistan. Khatm-e-Nabuwwat's website says: ''Qadianism (Ahmadism) is a pseudo religion whose leadership exploits its members socially, psychologically and financially. This group aims to steal the identity of Islam by misinterpreting the original sources of Islam.''
Sentiments such as these contribute to an environment in which tragedies can occur, such as the massacre of more than 80 Ahmadi in two mosques in Lahore in 2010, for which Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan is believed to be responsible.
This is the Pakistani context that Mr Akram's family left in the 1990s and 2000s; first one son, then another, until four sons, a daughter and then finally the parents were living in Sydney. Most of those children and some grandchildren were among the hundreds at his funeral in Rabwah last weekend.
Mr Akram ''had true honest feelings'', said his grandson Waqas Ahmed, who travelled from Sydney for the funeral. ''He was the eldest child when his father died in his youth and he had to help his younger siblings get an education and established in Pakistan.''
After joining his sons and daughter in Sydney to find a better life and escape persecution, he lived in peace. ''We live free,'' Mr Ahmed said of the family's life in Australia. ''This country is more than the land of opportunity. It's a land of freedom, tolerance and respect. People talk about discrimination, but once you start integrating it's the best place to live. We've had no problem since we came here.''
Pride in new home
SYDNEY'S Ahmadi Muslim community considers Australia Day a big occasion.
''This is our homeland and loving your homeland is part of our obligation,'' says Mahmood Ahmad, who is the missionary at Baitul Huda mosque in Marsden Park, west of Kellyville.
Many of Sydney's 1500 Ahmadi gather at the mosque on such important days when teaching values to their children is central.
The Ahmadi community's responsibility towards charity, one of the five pillars of Islam, relates to a belief the government should not have to do everything.
''When our fellow beings suffer, we must help them, whatever we can, even a small amount,'' Mr Ahmad says. Among its recent activities, the Sydney community has organised blood donations, raised about $5000 doorknocking for the Red Cross and participated in Clean Up Australia.
While Friday is the traditional day to gather for prayer, Sunday is when they are all available and attend with all their families.
About 3000 Ahmadis are spread around Australia, including Melbourne and Brisbane where there are also mosques, Mr Ahmad says. Some were skilled migrants, including doctors, while others were refugees escaping persecution. While they might not have a lot of formal contact with other Muslim communities in Australia, they do not suffer discrimination, conflict or other problems. ''I think the country is very good. We do not have any difficulties here,'' Mr Mahmood says.
A troubled history for Ahmadis
MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD proclaimed himself a divine reformer and messiah. When he founded the Ahmadiyya community in 1889 near what is now the India-Pakistan border, his aim was to revitalise Islam.
It is unlikely he foresaw the trouble his message would provoke. While Ahmadi Muslims revere him, many other Muslims insist Muhammad was the last prophet.
Since before Pakistan's establishment in 1947, hardliners have lobbied against the Ahmadis. In 1973 parliament amended the constitution to declare Ahmadis non-Muslim.
In 1984, laws forbade Pakistan's Ahmadi to worship freely, spread their faith, use Islamic salutations or call their place of worship a mosque.
Blasphemy laws often lead to imprisonment or vigilante violence against Ahmadis, including dozens of religiously motivated murders in recent years, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom reports. Among religious minorities in Pakistan, Ahmadis face ''the most severe legal restrictions and officially sanctioned discrimination'', the commission says.
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