Ahmadiyya Times: By Imran Jattala: Monthly Misbah, a women’s magazine published by the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan for decades is ordered banned on the recommendation of a board of mullahs constituted by Shahbaz Shareef, the Chief Minister of the Punjab province in Pakistan.
The District Coordination Officer (DCO) Chiniot, Dr Irshad Ahmad, issued orders to immediately ban the publication because, as Dr Irshad Ahmad cites, the Mutehida Ulema Board [United Clerics’ Board] has made the ‘observation’ to cancel the magazine’s ‘Declaration’.
“In the light of the… observation,” wrote DCO in his order, “I am convinced that Monthly Magazine Misbah is being published in contravention of Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance 2002.”
The DCO did not point out any specific issue of the publication found in any violations.
“It was informed that propagation of Qadianiat [a derogatory terminology for Ahmadiyya faith] is a crime Under Section 298-C of PPC,” wrote DCO, Dr Ahmad in his official order of February 15, 2012. “The monthly Misbah has been declared as propagating Qadianiat and as such recommended to be banned by Mutehida Ulema Board Punjab.”
“Therefore, I Dr Irshad Ahmad, District Coordination Officer Chiniot hereby cancel the declaration in respect of Monthly Magazine Misbah authenticated by the then District Magistrate Jhang with immediate effect,” the order read. “The printer of Monthly Misbah is directed to stop circulation of the Monthly Misbah forthwith under information to this office.”