Twitter users did not react kindly to Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar’s recent National Assembly speech in which he had launched an attack on the Ahmadiyya community.
In the speech, Safdar, son-in-law of former premier Nawaz Sharif, called for a ban on hiring Ahmadis in the armed forces and other important institutions of the country.
Some journalists and social media activists voiced their concern over the consequences Safdar’s words could have on the precarious law and order situation in the country.
One user scathingly reminded Safdar of the contributions prominent Ahmadis had made to the state of Pakistan.
Others like journalist Zahid Hussain and activist Jibran Nasir were not so subtle, and called for his arrest outright.
Twitterati were of he opinion that it was clear that Safdar did not represent the Pakistan that Quaid-i-Azam Muahmmad Ali Jinnah dreamed of and wondered whether his outburst was simply a political ploy ahead of the general elections next year.
Safdar, who is currently out on bail as he faces a NAB corruption reference, had asked for the withdrawal of a decision to name a department of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) after Dr Abdul Salam. He had also said that the university department should be named after a Muslim, while questioning the patriotism of Pakistani Ahmadis.
He even said that the military coup of October 12, 1999 was an Ahmadi revolution.
A Twitter user had an interesting opinion on the matter.
Political figures across the country have not been commenting on the issue because of its sensitive nature.