Community members rarely speak out
In a rare move, three close male relatives of the head of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya have taken to Twitter to reject the allegations of rape and flirtation against them raised by a woman of their family.
Normally no individual let alone an office bearer of the Jamaat is allowed to go public on problems or internal conflict. In individual cases of persecution, the Jamaat’s media office issues statements and if some journalist wants to talk to a victim, the victim can do so only after being granted permission by the leadership.
The controversy erupted within the top leadership of the ten-million strong and closely knit Ahmadiyya community in March last year. The issue remained behind closed doors until December 11 when the recording of a phone call was leaked on social media by someone other than the rape survivor. She had lodged a complaint with the London Metropolitan police on July 22. The police, without disclosing the identity of the complainant and that of the accused, has confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.
The sex abuse survivor, Nida Ul Nasser, 36, was born and lives in Britain, where the movement’s fifth leader also lives. Nida is close relative of the community’s head, and is a grand-daughter of both the third and the fourth leaders through different lines.
As a story was published by Samaa Digital on the allegations on December 26, three of the four accused, including Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad, Sayed Mahmood Shah, and Dr Mirza Mubashar Ahmad issued statements to reject the allegations one after the other. Mirza Maghfoor, the brother of the community’s head and head of the US Jamaat, issued a statement through his daughter on December 31, Mahmood Shah through his nephew, and Dr Mubashar through his representative on January 3.
[Read the original story: UK police investigate rape claims from Ahmadi accusing leader’s family]
Moreover Syed Naseer Ahmed, the former managing director of Ahmadi TV channel in the UK, issued a ‘statement of truth’ on January 6, saying that he was not removed from the post of MD on allegations of leaking a call recording between Nida and the community’s head. In his statement addressed to “whom it may concern”, Naseer Shah admitted that he was removed from the post of the MD but that was an ‘executive change’ and not because of allegations of leaking the audio.
In the audio, Nida accuses her cousin Nawab Amir Khan of trying to rape her in Rabwa but could not because he was not able to perform sex.
On allegations of inappropriate flirtation, Nakasha Ahmad quoted Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad as saying, “I categorically and unequivocally deny all allegations”. Responding to allegations of repeated rapes in Rabwa during 2017 and 2020, Sabih Ahmed quoted his uncle Mehmood Shah as saying, “These allegations are totally false, unsubstantiated, and without merit.” Responding to the allegations of repeated rapes, Mirza Muzaffar Ahmad tweeted a statement of his client Dr Mirza Mubashar Ahmad, which said, “I categorically deny all these allegations and consider them to be baseless, entirely false and defamatory”.