Pakistan:  Ahmadiyya Community announces disassociation from the General Elections 2018.
Posted on July 22nd, 2018

by A. Abdul Aziz.

 

According to reports, voters belonging to Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan boycott the July 25 elections in Pakistan to protest the discriminatory” move to have a separate voter list for them.

 

Though the elections are being held under a joint electoral system, there is a separate voter list for the Ahmadiyya Community in the country.

 

The forms issued for the registration of the voters include religion box and oath-declaration. Under the current circumstances, for the Ahmadis to cast votes they first have to distance themselves from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and this is something that no Ahmadi can countenance,” said, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community in Pakistan.

 

All religious groups including Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs are part of a voter list, whereas in the case of Ahmadis, a separate voter list is being prepared, bearing the titles Qadiani men/women”.

 

This discriminatory treatment on the basis of religion is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the Ahmadis of Pakistan…deny them their right to vote. Such prejudicial behaviour is an open violation of Pakistani Ahmadis’ rights as citizens of the state and goes against the vision of the founding father of the country and contravenes both the Constitution and the very joint electoral system,” according to reports.

 

Therefore, the Ahmadis in Pakistan consider taking part in the elections is against their faith.

 

If there is anyone who may be contesting these elections as an Ahmadi, they cannot and should not be seen as a representative of the Ahmadiyya community as a whole and nor will any Ahmadi accept them as such,” the Spokesperson said, adding that in view of the prevailing circumstance, the Ahmadis of Pakistan will not be participating in the July 25 elections.

  

Since 1974 Ahmadis in Pakistan are being persecuted in various ways. It is a criminal offence for Ahmadis to call themselves or ‘pose’ as Muslims.

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