PML-N's Capt Safdar seeks ban on hiring Ahmadis in military and judiciary

Published: October 10, 2017


ISLAMABAD: Two major topics were debated extensively in the National Assembly by lawmakers from both sides of aisle on a private members day on Tuesday in a session where three resolutions and a private members bill were also passed.

PML-N’s Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar took the floor to again reiterate his stance on the finality of Prophethood while PTI lawmaker Dr Shireen Mazari warned the government against any joint raid with the US against the Haqqani network.

In an emotional speech, Safdar, who is also son-in-law of deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, called for a ban on hiring Ahmadis in the armed forces and other important institutions of the country.

He also demanded administering oath of the Finality of Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the officers of grade-22 and judges.

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He again demanded withdrawal of a decision to name a department of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) after Nobel laureate Pakistani scientist Dr Abdul Salam, who belonged to the Ahmadiyya community.

The department should be named after a Muslim, he added. He questioned the loyalty of Ahmadis to the state of Pakistan. He said that the military coup of October 12, 1999 was an Ahmadis’ revolution.

PTI’s Dr Shireen Mazari, taking the floor, stated that Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has offered to the US joint action against the Haqqani network. She warned that the United States was a strategic partner of India and it would exchange information in this context with New Delhi.

She demanded of the foreign minister to inform the house how this offer had been made to the US. She also enquired why Pakistan was giving visas to American analysts who known for their anti-Pakistan analyses and views.

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During the session, chaired by Deputy Speaker Murtaza Abbasi, MQM lawmaker Kishwar Zehra presented The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Initially, the government tried to persuade Zehra to withdraw the bill.

PML-N’s Dr Darshan informed the house that the government’s own bill about transplantation of human organs would be tabled in the house within a month.

However, the PTI supported the MQM bill, noting that it had been cleared by the concerned standing committees of both the houses of parliament. The MQM also threatened to stage a walkout from the house if the bill was opposed.

PML-N’s lawmaker Marvi Memon supported Zehra’s bill and criticised the government for not taking up her six bills. She pointed out that the previous PPP government had entertained two bills she had brought to the house.

PPP lawmaker and former speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza suggested that MQM’s bill should be passed and the government might club its own bill with it at a later stage.

Dr Darshan of the PML-N agreed to the proposal and the bill was passed.

The bill seeks amendment to the ‘Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 2010’. The amendment allows the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to ask for consent for donation of an organ or tissue in case of accidental or brain death of the individual from all those applying for the computerised national identity cards (CNIC).

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For the purpose, NADRA will make provision on the front page of its application form for the CNIC. The consent will be sought for either a single organ donation or a combination of more than one organ or all organs. According to the bill, in case of the consent, such CNICs would display words ‘organ donor’.

According to the statement of objects and reasons of the bill, most of human organs or tissues remain active for some time after accidental deaths or even after clinical deaths, which could be transplanted to the persons in need of such organs or tissues.

Such donations may give a new lease of life to the needy persons, says the bill. Therefore there is need to make a provision to donate human organs or tissues in case of accidental death, it adds.

Also on Tuesday, the house admitted a private member bill regarding human trafficking, which was referred to the relevant committee. The House deferred the consideration of the Acid and Burn Crime Bill, 2017 and the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The house adopted three private members’ resolutions, urging the government to deal with propaganda against Balochistan ‘wisely and vigorously at the international forum’, establish Baba Guru Nanak International University in Nankana Sahib and take measures to reduce indirect taxation in the country.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Wali salman
    Oct 10, 2017 - 11:28PM

    Old policy of PMLN, use the Islam card when thier political position is unstable.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Oct 10, 2017 - 11:31PM

    That’s discrimination. A democratic state give equal status and rights to all its citizen. Probably the constitution of Pakistan itself declares equal rights for all.Recommend

  • Newton
    Oct 10, 2017 - 11:43PM

    but you people come to uk you want all the rights Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Oct 11, 2017 - 12:07AM

    A man who left himself the army for money and status wants to ban others/minorities to join the army. What a kind of patriot he is? Shame on you Recommend

  • Nadeem Shah
    Oct 11, 2017 - 12:37AM

    If Maryam can select him as her husband, I have high hopes for myself.Recommend

  • Atsul
    Oct 11, 2017 - 2:55AM

    Dear author Mr. Qadeer Tanoli why would you bury all the other important news under this controversial Title?Recommend

  • Selma Hyat
    Oct 11, 2017 - 3:54AM

    Yes, Captain, instead we should name that Dept after the character who invented the ‘water-powered car’, I’m sure. Recommend

  • Pendoo
    Oct 11, 2017 - 5:32AM

    Would he accept different treatment and persecution for himself and his kids based on religion in a non-Muslim majority country, like England that he frequently visits?Recommend

  • RK Singh
    Oct 11, 2017 - 5:47AM

    funny. I thought Sikhs are allowed to join Pakistani army, then what is problem with Ahmedis. They’re much closer to Islam than Sikhs or Hindus. Recommend

  • cuban
    Oct 11, 2017 - 5:56AM

    If Pakistan thinks it’s OK to ban Ahmadis then maybe other countries should consider banning Pakistanis? Sometimes when you change shoes your perception of what’s right changes. Recommend

  • Secular Pakistan
    Oct 11, 2017 - 6:38AM

    Thanks to the prosecution and persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan, they have now spread to 200+ countries of the world. Recommend

  • AD
    Oct 11, 2017 - 7:50AM

    European Union , UK and US are going to stop granting him Visa.Recommend

  • TooTrue
    Oct 11, 2017 - 8:11AM

    Who gives a *k about what people believe. Don’t discriminate against your own people. Recommend

  • Freedom
    Oct 11, 2017 - 8:31AM

    Capt. Safdar please shut up! Recommend

  • Salah Al Din
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:10AM

    While I hate this man a lot, but first time he has said something which is true and credible. Thanks Captain Recommend

  • Rahul
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:19AM

    Meanwhile in India, Ahmedi officer leads Air Force Day parade!Recommend

  • Ann
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:24AM

    Oh playing the religion card… very nice.

    This man needs to be kicked out!Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:34AM

    And Muslims whine about discrimination in other countriesRecommend

  • Madame Sisi
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:54AM

    Better they ban corrupt yet brain-dead people like him from wasting the NA’s time with such diatribes.Recommend

  • Arshad Ali
    Oct 12, 2017 - 10:05AM

    These politicians should be ashamed of themselves. How would we see India being a Hindu majority country passing a law banning Muslims from military or parliament.Recommend

  • Arshad Ali
    Oct 12, 2017 - 11:05AM

    These politicians should be ashamed of themselves to use the religion card. What if India being a Hindu majority country pass a law banning Muslims from military or parliament. Recommend

  • Haider
    Oct 12, 2017 - 2:20PM

    They are using the religion card as a distraction. As per doctrine taught by Quaid e Azam everyone has a right to enroll in the forces and the judiciary. We have previous had honorable chief justice who was from the minorities.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 13, 2017 - 8:04AM

    You are telling about your own insecurities. Du you think your set of beliefs are better than Ahmadis.
    @Salah Al Din: Recommend

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