1973 Constitution: Imran opposes repeal of Ahmadi laws

Shireen Mazari clarified that it did not mean Imran “sanctions violence against minorities”.


Faiza Rahman May 03, 2013
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED/EXPRESS

KARACHI:


In a widely accessed video message, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said that he would neither revise nor repeal any current laws pertaining to the Ahmadi community, since these were in consonance with his personal beliefs.


Article 260-3 of the 1973 Constitution declares Ahmadis “non-Muslims”. Furthermore, Article 298-B, amongst other things, prevents an Ahmadi from referring to his/her place of worship as a ‘masjid’ or referring to his/her call for prayers as ‘azaan’.

The PTI chief’s message came as a clarification to another popular video in which a woman named Nadia Ramzan Chaudhry, introducing herself as a PTI office bearer, approached the spiritual leader of the Ahmadi community in Britain to encourage his community to vote for the PTI.

In response, the PTI chief made it clear that he had not asked anyone from his party to enlist support from the Ahmadi community, adding that the removal of the stated clauses of the constitution was “not part of PTI’s agenda.”

The PTI chief said that those who do not believe that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the last prophet of Islam cannot be Muslims. However, Shireen Mazari, the party’s information secretary, quickly clarified that this does not mean that Imran “sanctions violence against minorities”.

Political analyst Rasul Baksh Rais is of the view that Imran’s personal belief will do little to add to the Ahmadi community’s plight. “The community is indeed suffering, but it is suffering because of clauses in the constitution.”

“If Imran seeks to repeal these laws, it would lead to more violence against the Ahmadis.”

Meanwhile, the PTI gathering at Shakargarh was marked with a routine hitting out against the Pakistan Muslim League –N (PML-N). This time round, the Sharif family’s heavy security deployment came under fire.

“Up to 1260 security personnel at the expense of Rs 200 million are being engaged for one family’s security,” said Imran to a crowd in the city of Narowal District, Punjab.

(With additional input from online)

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2013. 

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anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Sad, coming from a non-ahmadi muslim. I don't anybody has a right to decide any other's faith. Even though i do not belief with the ahmadi muslims, i think we should leave Allah to decide who is muslim or not. The constitution of Pakistan is not God, and therefore should not act like God. But wait time will change if more people get educated, then they will feel how unfair it is for the ahmadis. Just hold on in there.

anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Sad, coming from a non-ahmadi muslim. I hope the time changes.

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