Court can ask govt to act against non-Muslims pretending to be Muslims: lawyer | Pakistan Today

Court can ask govt to act against non-Muslims pretending to be Muslims: lawyer

  • Lawyer suggests ‘Ahmedis can’t be allowed to exercise Islamic rituals’

ISLAMABAD: Law expert Akram Sheikh on Friday apprised the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that a constitutional court can direct the government for a legislation against the non-Muslims who identify themselves as Muslims in paperwork.

Akram was assisting the court in a petition filed by Maulana Allah Wasaya that pertained to the identification non-Muslims in the government and other organisations who pretend to be Muslims.

Addressing the court, the lawyer suggested a “strict action” against those who changed their religious status from Muslim to Ahmedi.

Earlier, a NADRA report revealed that at least 10,205 people had changed their religious status from Muslim to Ahmedi.

In his observations, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui asserted that over 10,000 people changed their religious status from Muslim to Ahmedi in their Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs), adding that a majority of these pretended to be Muslims to hold on to their jobs and then revert back to their official religion after retirement.

Over 6,000 people, who converted to Ahemdi sect, left the country, the judge cited a government report and said that the government had already been directed to present the travel history in the court.

Earlier, the court asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to provide a travel history of these people.

Sheikh being concerned over the revelations in the government report said that “Ahmedis can’t be allowed to exercise Islamic rituals as it could “hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims”.

He, however, stated that a separate religious identity is essential for the safety of the minority community’s religious rights, adding that “Islam and the Constitution ensure the provision of rights to minorities”.

The lawyer suggested that one should submit an affidavit on the finality of prophethood mandatory for issuance of a CNIC.

On Thursday, the IHC directed a deputy attorney general (DAG) to provide details of the 2017 census with a break-up of Muslims, non-Muslims, and Ahmedis.

Justice Siddiqui had directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to provide details on the Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International TV channel. Upon which, the counsel representing the authority had replied that the channel is operated from the United Kingdom.

Earlier, amicus curiae (court’s helpers) including University of Punjab Institute of Islamic Studies Professor Dr Hafiz Hassan Madni, Ex Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) member Dr Mohsin Naqvi, and current CII member Dr Sajidur Rehman have assisted the court in this regard.

The court had directed them to assist in determining if it is a violation of fundamental rights to ask a citizen about his religion and religious ideology.

The directive comes in the wake of the NADRA report that revealed that at least 10,205 people had changed their religious status from Muslim to Ahmedi. According to the report, a total of 167,473 Ahmedis are registered in the country.

Subsequently, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit the travel histories of 6,001 people who changed their religious status from Muslim to Ahmedi.

Ahmedis, a persecuted community, were declared non-Muslim by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1974, and then came military dictator Ziaul Haq who introduced infamous Ordinance XX that makes Ahmedis callings themselves Muslims as a punishable offence.



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  1. Mohammad Islam Ahmadi said:

    10, 000 converted to Islam-Ahmadiyya in Pakistan
    600, 000 converted to Islam Ahmadiiya in the rest of the world last year alone!

    Wake up Pakistan. Tell the rest of the world how to deal with the Ahmadis who claim to be Muslims just like you do!

  2. Nadeem Ismail said:

    Islam…. Evil 😈 Fake Ideology……………I am ex-Muslim
    Mohammed was the world’s 1st cruel brutal butcher barbarian savage terrorist who had butchered Crores of innocent people who were not believing in the Islam……….. Mohammed had made or created a fake dummy God… Allah just to spread his cruel brutal butcher barbarian savage terrorist ideology and thoughts all over the world and now his blind followers are spreading the terrorism all over the world to spread Islam … In reality there is no existence of such Allah or there is not a single scientific evidence which proves the existence of the Allah… This cunning Mohammed had also made his selfish declaration that he would be the last prophet of the Islam…. Now see his blind followers blindly follows whatever taught by this cruel brutal butcher barbarian savage terrorist Mohammed without knowing the reality, facts, validity or truth…For ex. Mohammed had married 6 years old Aiesha and raped her brutality when this donkeys was 50 years old… Now many his blind followers do his immitation in Islamic countries…It is Shame that such a terrorist and rapist is the prophet of this
    religion of the terrorism… Misguiding and killing the innocent people since it’s birth. Peace has no place in this barbaric religion of fake peace…Islam is the hell which has only hate, violence,cruelty,brutality,raping,butchering,terrorism in the Islam… No morals or good virtues anywhere in Islam..

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