“Maulana [Fazlur Rehman] thought I would declare Ahmadis Muslims but Imran Khan is not a munafiq (hypocrite)”, said Imran Khan while addressing supporters at a rally in Swabi on Saturday.
Imran spoke of initial allegations put forth by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman of being supported by a Jewish lobby and said that the newest accusation of support from the Ahmadi lobby is to fool the nation.
“I’ve read the Holy Quran with translation and it clearly states that one who does not believe in the finality of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is not a Muslim. The Holy Quran asks us to follow the example of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and though it is not possible to reach his level of perfection, I try my best to be like him,” Imran said.
He further went on to say people like Rehman should stop selling religion to get votes and also asked them to prepare for a political death.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday issued a statement saying that the “PTI totally subscribes to the article in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Ahmadis. It is not part of the PTI agenda to seek amendment of the said article in the Constitution.”
The PTI Chairman was referring to article 260-3 of the Constitution that declares Ahmadis non-Muslims. Additionally, articles 298-B and 298-C prohibit Ahmadis from posing as Muslims, calling their faith Islam, proselytising, or “in any manner whatsoever” outraging the religious feelings of Muslims.
This clarification came in response to a video clip that surfaced on social media, showing a woman named Nadia Ramzan Chaudhry in a meeting with Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader of the Ahmadi community, in UK. According to the video, Chaudhry especially asked for Ahmadi votes on behalf of the PTI.
Khan denied any links with the woman and said that it would be against the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and instructions of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ask for votes in this manner.