In response to Captain(r) Safdar Speech in National Assembly against Ahmadis
A series of programs Analysis of news published in the Pakistani newspapers and television program against Ahmadies.
This program is In-response to Captain (R) Safdar’s Speech in NA against Ahmadiyya, detailed analysis and response to all allegations which were imposed by Captain (R) Safdar on Ahmadiyya Community.
“PML-N leader retired Captain Muhammad Safdar on Tuesday launched into a virulent tirade against Pakistan’s persecuted Ahmadi community while speaking in the National Assembly. He accused the faith group of acting against the country’s interests and called for action against its members.
Safdar, who is former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, also criticised the renaming of Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) physics centre after Professor Dr Abdus Salam, the country’s first Nobel laureate — the grounds for the lawmaker’s objections being the scientist’s Ahmadi faith.
He then criticised the renaming of QAU’s physics centre after Dr Salam, whom he called “a controversial figure that has been termed an infidel in light of the Constitution”.
Calling for ‘action’ against the community, Safdar, a former military serviceman, said he wanted to bring a resolution in the National Assembly calling for a “ban on recruitment of Qadianis [Ahmadis] in the armed forces”.
Safdar then urged JI lawmaker Sahibzada Tariqullah to bring forth a resolution against the renaming of the QAU physics centre, adding that after that he will table the resolution to ban recruitment of Ahmadis in the country’s armed forces.
Safdar referred to the appointment of and promotion of military officers who he said were members of the Ahmadi community and “could not be trusted” with the responsibility of guarding the country’s frontiers. He further said that government servants should be made to sign a declaration that they swear by the idea of Khatm-i-Naboowat.
Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims in Pakistan through a constitutional amendment in 1974 during the tenure of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
This measure was later followed with Gen Ziaul Haq making it a punishable offence for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslim or to refer to their faith as Islam.
Ahmadis are also banned from preaching as well as from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. They are also not allowed to publish any material propagating their faith.
Members of the community have often been targeted in gun attacks. An attack on two Ahmadi places of worship in May 2010 which was carried out by suicide bombers led to 80 deaths”