The Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) has directed its members to submit affidavits declaring their faith on the finality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the end of the ongoing month, failing which would lead to suspension of their membership from the lawyers’ group.
A notification issued by IBA President Malik Zafar Khokhar and secretary Mirza Nabeel said that in view of the decision taken by the General Body on December 6, 2019, all members of the association have been asked to submit affidavits declaring their faith in the Finality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to fulfill the requirement under the bar’s Amended Rules 2019.
Those who fail to do so, it added, would have their membership suspended and names posted on noticeboard.
Khokhar said the purpose of seeking affidavits was not the suspension of non-Muslim lawyers from the association but to identify the members of the Ahmadi community.
He also ruled out the perception that through this notification they were targeting any lawyer from the side of their opponents.
Senior lawyers, however, have strongly reacted to the notification.
“Clearly Jinnah’s Pakistan remains a distant dream! His 11th August speech buried in heaps of paranoia, intolerance and bigotry,” Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who is a member of the association, tweeted.