‘Religious discrimination’: Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya to boycott elections

Published: May 6, 2013
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In order to register our protest, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan is announcing its disassociation from the general elections for 2013, said Saleemuddin. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

In order to register our protest, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan is announcing its disassociation from the general elections for 2013, said Saleemuddin. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

LAHORE: 

The Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya has announced a boycott of the general elections in protest at the “extraordinary discrimination” against the minority group.

In a press statement on Sunday, JA spokesman Saleemuddin said that the Ahmadis were the only minority group with a separate voters list, which was not in the spirit of a joint electorate. There was one list for Ahmadis, and one list for all other Pakistanis. “This is the worst kind of discrimination and bigotry,” he said, as well as an attempt to exclude Ahmadis from the national discourse.

It was also against the sayings of the Quaid-i-Azam, the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution and the international human rights conventions ratified by Pakistan.

The spokesman said that the voter registration forms issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan required Ahmadis to dissociate themselves from the Holy Prophet (pbuh), which was against their religion.

The Jamaat raised these issues with the Election Commission, but their concerns went unheeded, Saleemuddin said.

“In order to register our protest, Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan is announcing its disassociation from the general elections for 2013,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2013.

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  • bashir
    May 6, 2013 - 12:29PM

    I can only say about the EC and SC, Allah save Pakistan before we say ‘ innah lillah ‘

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  • T R Khan
    May 6, 2013 - 1:12PM

    Sad indeed very sad.

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  • observer
    May 6, 2013 - 3:11PM

    PTI (Playboy-turned-lslamist)

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  • sab sach heh
    May 6, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Et, You are qadianis, Not muslims,, Thats why you are always championing qadiyanis views and not my comments….

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  • Hassan
    May 6, 2013 - 6:19PM

    I mean seriously? How stupid one can get. I suppose “our correspondent” should read the ECP parties list before posting this news
    http://ecp.gov.pk/Misc/ListPolPartiesWithaddresses.pdf
    This party isn’t even registered as a political party in ECP. How come would they boycott the elections? I mean ET seriously needs to put some rational stuff on its web instead of fallacy filled sensation.

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  • Hassan
    May 6, 2013 - 6:20PM

    @Poster
    They say “google is your friend”. At least do some verification check before jumping on to comments section

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 6, 2013 - 6:23PM

    @R A:
    ECP themselves are maintaining a separate voter list for Ahmadis this year, why should they worry if Fazl and Imran are “using” religion to their benefit too?

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  • Imran
    May 7, 2013 - 1:05AM

    @Hassan:
    Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya is apolitical, however if their Imam will say vote to a particular party all members will do the same. Thus, making them effective in political say.

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  • Imran
    May 7, 2013 - 10:04AM

    They are minorities as per the constitution of Pakistan

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