No place for Ahmadis in Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan

Published: May 3, 2013
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Today, a political candidate is denying a group a basic right to identify based on a fundamentally wrong constitutional law. PHOTO: REUTERS

Today, a political candidate is denying a group a basic right to identify based on a fundamentally wrong constitutional law. PHOTO: REUTERS Today, a political candidate is denying a group a basic right to identify based on a fundamentally wrong constitutional law. PHOTO: AFP

Imran Khan’s latest video sums up everything that is wrong with our politicians. He has long been bandied about as a saviour and messiah, come to rescue this country and build towards a ‘Naya Pakistan’.

On paper, he is educated, courageous and relentless in pursuit of success. His cricket days endeared him to millions in this country and his charity work is exemplary. I do not doubt his honesty and I do not doubt his intentions. Just like any other political candidate, I seek to judge him based on what he says and what he does.

His video, however, where he emphatically rejected notions of repealing the second amendment to the Pakistani constitution which declares the Ahmadi community to be non-Muslims does him no good.  He stated yesterday,

“PTI totally subscribes to the article in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Ahmadis. It is not part of the PTI agenda to seek amendment of the said article in the Constitution.”

This country has been ravaged by sectarian and ethnic conflicts- we do not value life anymore. We are impervious to the plight of the Hazaras yet we continue to ask potential election candidates whether they can recite the kalma?

We let elected members without educational degrees become our ministers but we do nothing about the brazen manner of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and its violent operations?

We complain about Israel every opportunity we get but light entire neighbourhoods of the Christian community on fire?

Blasphemy law, rape law, treatment of the Ahmadi community, the list goes on forever.

Have you read the MQM manifesto? It talks about human rights.

I would be laughed at if I walked around with it trying to convince people that the MQM deserves our vote because of what their manifesto says. MQM offices get attacked and, shamelessly, we joke about how what goes around comes around. Yet it was the MQM which pointed out the threat of the Taliban back in 2007 and nobody paid any heed to it and today, a city is paying for the warnings it ignored.

What if I was to do the same but with Imran Khan and his manifesto?

I would, in all likelihood, be applauded for making an educated choice in putting my support behind a man who will change the country. No one will say the Imran Khan has never uttered a word against the on-going sectarian conflicts or the rising Taliban power in southern Pakistan. No one will point to the fact that Imran Khan denounced the Ahmadi community’s desire to be included in Islam in less than two minutes using his personal religious belief as a basis.

What bothers me is the hypocritical ease with which we, the people, look such things over and pretend they never happened.

Today, a political candidate is denying a group a basic right to identify based on a fundamentally wrong constitutional law. Tomorrow, someone will go a step further and deny some other group another basic right. Such inherent and open discriminations end up in a vicious cycle.

Just ask the Germans.

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  • ss

    PTI is not matured enough to even think about amending articles related to Ahmadis, although i hope and pray when he comes into power he does something to stop persecution of all religious minorities, however at this stage expecting this from IK is way too much, even bhutto couldn’t stand the wrath of mullahs in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asjad

    I would be laughed at if I walked around with it trying to convince people that the MQM deserves our vote because of what their manifesto says

    My friend you have found another person who wouldn’t laugh on your backing of MQM.A whole lot of Karachi and urban Sindh wont. Recommend

  • Hala

    love it. i’ve been having the same argument for months. people just don’t want to see what’s right in front of themRecommend

  • H

    You’re making it into something its not! It’s a good thing that he’s not dumb enough to say something this controversial right before elections. And amending a constitution doesn’t do any good, it hasn’t in the entire history of Pakistan!Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel,wordpress.com Tanzeel

    I am afraid if he turned Pakistan into Afghanistan in the name of NAYA PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Ahmad

    Thank you Nabeel Jafri for raising your voice of sanity in this chaotic jungle that has become Pakistan.May Allah Bless you.It is said that Keeping Quiet at Injustice is to be a partner in injustice.You are so right in pointing out that Ahmadis are being persecuted and if this is allowed,then it will be the turn of other sects to be persecuted.Seems Imran Khan is not a harbinger of CHANGE.He too,is as others afraid of the Molvis.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/AamAwam Mango

    Don’t make it sound like he said there is no place for Ahmadis in his Naya Pakistan..
    This just means he will not pronounce them muslims..
    He hasn’t said they will be deprived of basic rights or will be ignored.. Being a citizen of Pakistan they will get every right to live, to educate to flourish ..
    Providing a religious community (Ahmedi) their place in a Muslim society cannot be on any party”s mandate..
    Their religious belief coincides with a majorly followed religion and even after that they demand to be tagged like them, They have to make efforts for it themselves.
    Last time I checked not even in the most flourishing democracies Politics never work to find a place for a religious group in the society..
    Nothing against Ahmadis they are Pakistan and thats all is what matters while we are voting..
    If they want religious positioning even after having contradicting beliefs, thats not quite fair to blame on Imran Khan or anyone for that matter.Recommend

  • Sa

    “No one will point to the fact that Imran Khan denounced the Ahmadi community’s desire to be included in Islam in less than two minutes using his personal religious belief as a basis.”

    I appreciate your right use of words. Timely blog! Well done! Recommend

  • Kamran

    I would suggest all to read ANIMAL FARM by GEORGE ORWELL. He painted such a perfect portrait of pakistani politics. Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel,wordpress.com Tanzeel

    The Naya Taleban : )Recommend

  • Khalil Ahmed

    Only one word……………………….

    Captain ……………………Recommend

  • S

    It was not Imran Khan’s Latest Video. That was a PTI member in the video who seemed like nothing more than a serious embarrassment to the party.Recommend

  • Yasir

    Don’t manipulate on his comments . Ahmadis are non muslims, This is all what he said. This doesn’t mean, he will kick them out of country.

    PTI will not allocate human rights based on religion. And he is firm on it.

    Accepting Ahmadis as muslims is a different debate. Recommend

  • bistam

    its a diplomatic maneuver at this point of time.. These people are just quick to criticize.. spill ur ink if ur not gonna put it to some good use.. I mean come on .. how can you even think that that person is going to discriminate against ahmadis when all his past work speaks of equality of humanity.. Recommend

  • Ali

    The video is bold and clarfies his stance, Qadiyanis are non-muslims and his party won’t change the constitution. Stop making a fuss about it.Recommend

  • Farooq

    I dont know if the author wanted to speak out his heart or just IK bashing. Who in the first place delcared Ahmadis Non-Muslim, that is the liberal PPP for you. For the last 5 years PPP and your love MQM ruled Pakistan, good that they have human rights in their manifesto, but did u ask them why they didnt abolish the said clause in the constitution? Can you tell me one amendment that MQM+PPP+PMLN proposed to amend the said clause? the answer to sadly NO.

    And yet we find IK the root of every problem. The video is has nothing to do with IK and the statement of IK you copied simply says we wont change the constition to declare Ahmadis Non-Muslim. Now how did you infer that there will be no place for them in Naya Pakistan. Did IK say that the Ahmadis will be summarily executed, did he say they all will be deported? like how did you reach the conclusion that there will be no place.

    Idiotic.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    ” Such inherent and open discriminations end up in a vicious cycle.

    Just ask the Germans.”

    Really?! You need to ask the Germans? Don’t you see a better example in your own home? Guess you forgot 1971 already.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @Ahmad:

    “Thank you Nabeel Jafri for raising your voice of sanity in this chaotic jungle that has become Pakistan.”

    Have you ever been to a jungle? A jungle is peaceful, serene and calm.

    You can compare Pakistan to Heera Mandi. That makes more sense than a jungle.Recommend

  • doom

    Imran Khan: “No, no, no, let me clarify: They are lying. I am actually a bigot just like you. Really I am. Honest to God”. PS “Also remember, I am not afraid of dying”.

    The man could have just kept quiet. There was no need for such a brilliant clarification. Recommend

  • Husnain Lotia

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.Recommend

  • http://peshawar cyrus

    @Kamran:
    Yes ” ANIMAL FARM ” and specially the lines on which the book finishes. :)Recommend

  • Spigot !

    I am not a hardcore supporter of Imran but what he said was utterly different from what you are referring to in this article. He wanted to say that Ahmadis (I have nothing against them) cannot be pronounced as muslims.

    What’s wrong with that ? He did not deny them any basic rights or anything. It’s just that if someone does not believe in the kalmah cannot be termed as a muslim. As simple as that.

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  • usman khalid

    in case you didn’t see IK’s video and started your disinformation campaign.. here it is

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=334446803345499Recommend

  • Mature PTI supporter

    A very scandalous immature and tabloidish headline from ET. Sure, blogs have a right to personal opinions. But your headlines are mostly an attempt to just get senseless hits. Ahmadis are Pakistani citizens and PTI is all for rights of minorities. Very very dumb and unfair headline. You doubt the intelligence of your readers, ETRecommend

  • Stranger

    Well to be frank among today’s politicans in Pak , I like Imran the most. For starters he does not wear the usual kurti and pyjama . He has the guts to wear a suit while campaining .I think he deserves a chance.Recommend

  • Umair Ahmad

    In response to Mango, I’m not entirely sure what you’re trying to say as you contradict yourself. Firstly, when the constitution of a country declares you to be a non-muslim, forbids you from placing the kalima on mosques, or ‘place of worship’, and segregates you on your passport, then is that not cutting you off from society by taking away your right to practice your faith. As for the right to flourish…perhaps you should ask those ahmadis who get overlooked for promotion, or students who are discriminated against on campuses.

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  • Fahad

    Is this really an issue? Maulana Fazlur Rahman has used the Indian political tactic i.e exploit the people against minorities and victory is yours. Even, if Imran Khan said this, what is wrong with that? All the minorities in Pakistan have equal rights as per the constitution and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.Recommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    This shows that if a party leader had the audacity to pass such statements, what would be the mindset of his followers. Recommend

  • naveed

    mera nahi banta na ban apna tou ban.

    its ok we ahmadis wants a good pakistan thats it.Recommend

  • http://Karachi Muzaffar

    oh we have seen the place of Ahmadis in PPP’s and PML-N’s Pakistan. IK deserves a chance.Recommend

  • Umer

    Check the official press release from PTI and see how hateful language they have used against Ahmadi leadership;

    PTI denies seeking Ahmadis support in polls

    Why is PTI not seeking support from Ahmadis like it is form the rest of the country? Recommend

  • Babu Mian

    Imran Khan is a politician NOT a religious scholar.

    Imran Khan supports rights for ahmadis as a non-muslim community. But Imran Khan doesn’t want to get involved in theology. I think Imran Khan made the smart decision. Recommend

  • Munawar

    @Spigot !:
    I am an Ahmadi Muslim, I beleive in Kalema and all the 5 pillars of Islam.

    Rubber Stamping Pakistan Parliament took a political decision where Bhutto wanted to become and instant hero by exploiting religion.

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  • A Muneer

    I disagree strongly with this article. There is nothing wrong with his statement. It is a sensitive issue and why touch it before an important elections? There are a lot bigger things to correct with the country than making a controversial amendment to the constitution. People are looking for an excuse to kill politicians in Pakistan, and this is the last thing you would like to be dealing with when you promise so much for a country. Molana ji should really be ashamed of his low tactics.Recommend

  • Skeptical

    This is one of the major problems we Pakistanis have!! For heaven’s sake stop mis interpretation of words…..all he said was he will treat Ahmedis as non-muslims as per the Consitution!! When did he say there is no place for Ahmedis?? If he did say it…. please quote it here….but please DONOT mis interpret……ridiculous!!
    If this constitutuon needs amendment than it should’ve been done by politicians who have been in power before……IK had the guts to admit it…..and he did!! Recommend

  • Tauseef Shahzad

    Declaring Ahmadis as Non-Muslims just sets the record straight. This is not violation of basic human rights. Ahmadis still have right to live and do business in Pakistan. They still have their factories and homes. No one is taking that away from them. But declaring them non-muslim was just to get the record straight. (No offence please)

    I may not vote for PTI, but I do not want to point finger on it just for the sake of it. By declaring his view so honestly he has just shown that he is not a two-face cheating politician or some ex-general.Recommend

  • Reliable

    All the apologists have failed miserably in trying to justify the great Taliban Khan… because i have seen the video and this is exactly what he has said…There was no point of saying all this when the country is embroiled in ethnic/sectarian violence..Pak is bleeding and the leaders are mere spectators… Saying that we haven’t done anything is not a good enough justification, well you should have stopped this pre-poll rigging by negotiating with Taliban…if you are silent on this issue then you are inadvertently encouraging them and taking advantage of the situation. Recommend

  • afza siddiqui

    is having the same rights the same as having the previlege of being called a muslim???
    as citizens ahmadis should have equal rights to prosper and have full security of their lives and property but they cannot be called as muslims. i feel sorry if it hurts sentiments of our liberals but that is the way it is.its good that he made his stance clear and if people want to withdraw their votes they can because he is not misguiding and not making false claims that he is not going to fulfil.his stance the other way round would have hurt even more public sentiments.
    one should understand that if we judge leaders than they wont be completely black or white but shades of gray i.e; they are not going to dissapoint or please you completely so you rather have to check that they please you more or disappoint you more??? and definitely if u find any other better option go vote for them.
    vote is once in 4 year opportunity and we should use it wisely. Recommend

  • http://yahoo.com Shahid Khan

    Whats this fuss all about? Any sane person would have given the same reply. Recommend

  • khan

    liberal parties why didn’t they amend qadianis to be muslims?Recommend

  • Umair

    Only solution of such issues is to educate society, otherwise if we stop one battle other will take place. Ideological differences can not be mitigated by passing or amending any resolution there is need to educate people over such issues and preach them to keep peace as priority.

    In current situation where popular political faces are promising change on the other side we are being trolled into another battled of Right Wingers and Left Wingers. People should get enough understanding of issues rather becoming a blind follower. Recommend

  • Questioner

    @S:
    The author is talking about the reply of Taliban Khan in his video response to the Nadia Ramzan Choudhray video.Recommend

  • Kamran

    Ur knowledge of minorities affairs is pitiable, I wonder how you ignored all the even recent killings and burning of shia and Christian community incidents. I really salute you for such a ironical statement, your ignorance is understandable dare I say.Recommend

  • Shafqat

    Why Ahmedis want to be recognized as muslims ?
    What do Ahmedis want to gain from it ?
    Ahmedis are freely practising their religion and they have worshop places all over Pakistan so what is the problem ?
    Why Christians repeatedly violating the law ? They know the law and yet they violate it to gain sympathy and cash from christian organisations in developed countries and if lucky also get family visas to immigrate to UK, USA, etc.

    Politicians speeches are amazing, there is always a speech in hand to be quoted in favour of certain point. In Govt out of Govt in Govt out of Govt and every time there is supportive speech. Do you know supreme cout report findings which party have highest number of target killera arrested so far?.

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  • zafar ahmed

    Ahmedis have full rights as any one have in our society. At the same time they have full right to act as they wish and believes. Be Pakistani and not work for others. My friends who were Qadianis prepared false papers and make fudge records to defame the Nation only to get Asylum in other Countries. They are being treated well in the society as others. They have domination in civil as well as in military services as compared to their proportion in the population. They are well educated, enjoying full rights and are at most top positions in private and govt services.
    They are well knitted and well established and organised. I wish them good luck and be happy
    in their lives.Recommend

  • daud

    @Water Bottle: U compare with Hera Mandi (very ridiculous). Everybody enjoying complete freedom of religious rights. Some groups when they go very against the basic concepts of Islam & even they denounce Islamic principles, then its natural , there will b reaction. Its very clear that Constitution of Pakistan has declared Ahmadis non-Muslims and, it will remain by the end of world. Because only slogan which was and is reason for existance of Pakistan, is پاکستان کا مطلب کيا لل الہ اللہ Recommend

  • M, Ayaz Khan
  • Parvez

    First, the Ahmadi’s were given the status as non-Muslims during Z.A Bhutto’s time, it was done to appease the religious hard liners and failed in its intent.
    The position on the ground is that Pakistan has become a much more radicalised and intolerant country than what it was 35 years ago. Those who ruled are responsible for this state of affairs, lets be honest the PTI was not even in the picture.
    Hardly a year ago the so called secular PPP-Z amended the constitution through the Rabbani Commission and they did not touch this subject. Obviously there are opinions on both sides of the Ahmadi debate. So if the PTI’s vision is not to consider this issue but to give matters regarding the economy, education, law and order, energy sector etc priority where by all ( including the Ahmadis ) benefit don’t you think it makes sense.
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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z9Zk2Eoenw oldy goldy

    The writer seems to be totally oblivious of the parliamentarian affairs.The law was made after decades of dreadful efforts and a strongman of Bhutto’s ilk had to submit before the long standing struggle of valiant religious leaders (fully backed by majority of diaspora).Remember it was not an impulsive decision of any individual .The writer has no authority to criticize a joint resolution of the day .,if at all you feel so dis comfortable than find a greener pasture ,the world is too large for to spit venom .
    leave us alone or face the law as it has been made.Recommend

  • zafar ahmed

    The Imran’s message was mis understood. IRecommend

  • KAM

    @Stranger:

    What a Strange view.Recommend

  • anonymous

    As long as ahmedis state they are non muslims, the state is happy to recognise them as a minority just like hindus and christians. What is not acceptable, is for them to say they are muslims when they clearly deny the Seal of the Prophets(saw)Recommend

  • Imran

    This is just a election stunt. He doesn’t mean that. In fact, nothing is going to happen to Ahmedis that never happened to them before. He knows that conservatives command a major chunk of vote in Pakistan, just want to exploit that chunk.Recommend

  • advocate

    Why should he change the constitution its not wtitten on a drawing board that anyone can come and erase and then rewrite it and when he is doing so much for humanitarian causes he will not ignore the rights of minoritiesRecommend

  • http://tribune.com p r sharma

    Author, ” It is not part of the PTI agenda to seek amendment of the said article in the Constitution.” the statement of IK is not for Ahmadis but for majority Right wing Muslims as a sign to convince that look i am with you ( and expect your votes). If PTI thinks to ride the people of religious/ extremist minds to reach the post pf power and later intends to get down at a later date, will remain his dream/ wishes only. This is a monster who allow you to ride but don’t allow to get down. Recommend

  • Malyck

    Well this is usual tactic deployed during political campaigns. This DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. I believe Imran Khan would be much better for Pakistan’s future than his contemporary politicians who have been tried, tested & failed, REPEATEDLY. And I have faith in people of Pakistan who are going to vote for Imran Khan as they belong to educated class in Pakistan and would set things right. One needs to have hope and faith in Pakistan and its prosperity. Naya Pakistan would address all issues, but one by one. Top being the economic prosperity & violence. Go Imran Khan, we have faith in you!Recommend

  • Niyi

    He never bring about a new pakistan and this is the fact. In my view he has displayed hypocrisy. By not giving equal right to every citizens is no justice. Therefore the new pakistan he is intending to create is only an upgraded form of injustice and nothin more.Recommend

  • owais

    I think most of ahmedis comment in this pagePageRankRecommend

  • pak

    Ahmedis being non-muslims is not and cannot be a political issue… it’s a religious one. The writer seems quite ignorant…Recommend

  • http://facebook.com/faridshaikhupuri Farid Ahmed

    nya pakistan nahi imran khan nya talibaan bnae gaRecommend

  • PTIer

    This all is the conspiracy of Nawaz Sharif. He is always trying to create problem for PTI.Recommend

  • Asiya

    First of all I don’t know what Ahmedi’s believe exactly…but if they do believe in a Prophet after Prophet Mohammed then they simply can’t be classified as Muslims can they? I mean I think they should be given all their rights as Pakistanis and equality too. All minorities should be given rights that goes without saying. I mean it’s like someone saying they believe in 3 Gods but they are Muslim….doesn’t make sense to me. Recommend

  • Aamna Fasihi

    Helloooo. Imran Khan says he won’t pronounce Ahmadis as Muslims and won’t rectify or abrogate an ammendment in Pakistani Constitution. He isn’t saying he’ll kick you out of Naya Pakistan. You can peacefully live like other Non-Muslim communities in Naya Pakistan. Badami Bagh turns out to be more than a religious issue. Some ‘qabza group’ wanted that land and that is why this whole blasphemy propaganda started. With PTI and Imran Khan yet to take charge of your country, you seem to be writing against it just because it sells?
    Some Liberals like those who are so impressed by this article call Imran Khan pro-taliban while in the same country conservative sect calls him a Qadyani and Yahoodiyo ki sazish in Friday Sermons all over Khyber PakhtoonKhwah… Cool!Recommend

  • Think again!!!

    Dude a very biased and pointless analysis.

    Treating Ahmadi and declaring them as non muslim are two totally different topic:

    1) If some one is non muslim is Pakistan, he/she should be given their due rights….IK and everyone agrees to that. But declaring Ahmadis as Muslim is a completely different topic.
    Please dont mix the concepts and play with words

    2) Regarding MQM PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend

  • abroad

    Simply Current politions dont hav curage to speak on any issue which heart extremist hart sorry
    for minorities. Recommend

  • YA

    What’s wrong ? If he said that Qadiyanis are not Muslims and he is not going to amend the Wise law, He said right and true. We here in Pakistan believe in Islamic Law, and we have to support it. Writer seems unaware of facts and Islamic teaching !! does being minorty gives you right to blaspheme ?
    PS. This doesn’t mean minorities are being deprived of anything. Even Pakistan has more sectarian tolerance than the secular India..Recommend

  • doom

    @Spigot !:
    So you wouldn’t mind at all if another Muslim sect decided that your sect was not “Muslim” by their standards? You would say “They don’t think I’m Muslim and they have passed laws to that effect. Oh ok. I’ll just go along with their laws and call myself non-Muslim. Simple”.

    It is a denial of basic rights to freedom of religion. It is bigotry. And Imran Khan has gone out of his way to clarify that he is a bigot and that he does not have the guts to stand up for a small, persecuted minority. Especially after he gave his grandiose statement about how he is not afraid. He is the most afraid of them all.

    The only examples of people who are not afraid can be found in PPP, ANP and MQM. Recommend

  • Sadia

    Please don’t try and confuse people. There is a difference between repealing laws and changing the constitution and saying that the minorities have no rights in Pakistan. Imran Khan’s statement is clearly about the former.
    Ahmadies as pakistanis must have the same rights to life ,freedom and safety as the rest of us do. But the fact remains that the laws of the land don’t consider Ahmadies Muslims. Imran khan never said that his vision of Pakistan had no place for them.
    Anyone who can string two words together thinks that they need to put their thoughts out there. Even if those thoughts have no sense to them. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to incite people at such a crucial time.Recommend

  • http://Smith John

    How unfortunate, his true colours are finally revealed.. Same old failed state continues.Recommend

  • Munawar

    @Shafqat:
    What a Joke ! Ahmadis are free to Practice their faith ?Recommend

  • http://swansea mrs ahmed

    MQM is the only party which has siad that if power would eradicate the word minority , i was so with PTI for rest of Pakistan that is out side sindh and karachi , where my first choice is always MQM , look how very oppologetic he appeared , he did use the word ahmadioun ke khilaf , these words so the inherent feeling he has about this 1974 amendment , but lacked courage to take it headon , like brave leader Altaf , who once said he consider ahamdis muslim and he finds no change in kalima , and he was tremendously bold in remaining true to his words and did not back tract.
    We need honesty and courage, otherwise mullah has done Godforbid Irrivessible damage to Pakistan .Recommend

  • Salman

    Very good analytic, This shown up the vision of PTI for Pakistan and minority – He is surely Pro-Taliban and nows a day he used to give statements for TalibanRecommend

  • observer

    So what is New in this Naya Pakistan?Recommend

  • http://London ImranAli

    Imran’s statement is against the propaganda not Against Ahmadis. Ahmadis must have their rights every Pakistani can think of and this is what Imran’s believe is. Imran is the only leader who talks about Shia, Ahmadis and other minorities. I am sure Imran visited Ahmadis’s places where the blasts was done.

    This particular Imran’s message is about the disinformation being spread by parties which are against PTI.

    So rest assured that Ahmadis would have equal rights in Naya Pakistan and under Imran’s leadership they will be more secure and safe relatively because Islam’s message is that don’t hurt any body on the basis of ethnicity and religious point of views. Recommend

  • Faraaz

    In response to umair ahmed, ahmadis r non-Muslims how can they be called Muslims. Their beliefs r against the basic beliefs of a Muslim how can they be allowed to practice their beliefs in Masjid. if u r a christian living in america went to synagogue and hail christ as ur savior can u imagine what would happen.
    The continuous failings of our leaders should be blamed for the insecurities and problems we are facing today.
    Have u even heard about the recent pew survey. The survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion, and fully 96% of those who share this assessment say it is “a good thing.” Yet 84% of Pakistani Muslims favor enshrining sharia as official law. These seemingly divergent views are possible partly because most supporters of sharia in Pakistan – as in many other countries – think Islamic law should apply only to Muslims.
    Shame on people who cowardly sits behind their computer screens and call pakistan a jungle or heera mandi. who don’t have the guts to come out of their hole and do something about it. Recommend

  • Rafi Khan

    There is nothing wrong in it, after all Imran Khan is just another politician. All his talk about principles mean nothing to me anymore. I am an Ahmadi, and i don’t support Khan. Recommend

  • Farhan

    Khan sb… we thought you would be couregeous enough to face the truth… but people who have been saying that u r nothing but a good looking jamat e islami seems to b right as far as ur statement is concerned… u could have ignored fazulur rehman’s statement who actually wanted u to explore may be be was afraid that you will get vote from ahmadies… Maulana sab momin aik baar dhoka khata hai bar bar ni… but seems like u r ready to do nething to get in to power this time… no doubt on ur honesty, hard work and ambition but same was the case with Bhutto… thing that destroyed not even him but his entire family was that amendment in the constitution. Which he never realized…How can any1 forget end of ziaul haq nd embarrassment his family faced even after his death when his name was constitutionally removed as ex president of the country… that all is very clear to justify Allah’s support is with whom… ahmadies or with those who r trying to demolish them… think over it before u do anything to become blue eyed boy of the so called religious scholars…. by the way u said that u have read Quran… its better
    If u try to understand it aswell… May Allah guide you….Recommend

  • CT

    Fake leader.. Taliban Khan!!Recommend

  • M Afzal Qamar

    I cannot approve the statement given by Imran Khan. He is playing with aag (fire), and future will prove it. The future of fundamentalist (shidat pasands) have no room in Pakistan. This type of narow minded people are not able to bring any change in Pakistan, we need open minded and liberal people but not the people who are away from true Islam and the people who could respect the people of any sect only on the basis of humanity. Recommend

  • Farhan

    Khan sb… we thought you would be couregeous enough to face the truth… but people who have been saying that u r nothing but a good looking jamat e islami seems to b right as far as ur statement is concerned… u could have ignored fazulur rehman’s statement who actually wanted u to explore may be be was afraid that you will get vote from ahmadies… Maulana sab momin aik baar dhoka khata hai bar bar ni… but seems like u r ready to do nething to get in to power this time… no doubt on ur honesty, hard work and ambition but same was the case with Bhutto… thing that destroyed not even him but his entire family was that amendment in the constitution. Which he never realized…How can any1 forget end of ziaul haq nd embarrassment his family faced even after his death when his name was constitutionally removed as ex president of the country… that all is very clear to justify Allah’s support is with whom… ahmadies or with those who r trying to demolish them… think over it before u do anything to become blue eyed boy of the so called religious scholars…. by the way u said that u have read Quran… its better
    If u try to understand it aswell… May Allah guide you……..Recommend

  • Mehdi

    my 2 paisas take on this topic as an outsider.

    IK won’t bring about any changes if he comes to power. Reason are:

    He has clearly stated he will negotiate peace with Taliban, LET and LEJ, which are well recognized terrorist outfit. Will international community let that happen, only time will say.
    Pakistan army is run on military aid provided by foreign donors, will army change that status quo.
    Will he able to bring ISI and army under parliamentary control. I think not.
    Will he able to conduct independent foreign policies without the interference of the mighty arm force.
    how will he recover Pakistan’s spiraling economy. Trend is poor economic growth. with anti us and western sentiment, will he able to secure monetary loan from IMF and other economic international institution.
    Will he able to tax the rich in Pakistan’s as suggested by many economist to stimulate the economy.
    He hasn’t clearly stated how he will confront the menace of terrorism in Pakistan.
    What is his plan to spur job growth.
    What policies will he implement to promote tolerance in the pakistani society.

    I will stop here. I am not a pakistani, wish you all the best with your key democratic process.Recommend

  • Interesting

    Dear Author,
    You have one more person who would not laugh at you for choosing MQM muttahida haq parast.
    Dear Moderator, kindly allow my comment through without censoring my party MQM’s name, as you have done in the past. Vote Right! Vote Kite! Recommend

  • http://US Hammad Mian

    Rubbish article, Where and when he said that there is no place for Ahmedis in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • T R Khan

    IK made a political statement in a religious matter, just as Bhutto made a political move in supposedly check mating Ahmadies to please his fringe electorate. Spiritual matters are not decided by head counting. Recommend

  • http://US Hammad Mian

    @Rafi Khan: Do you support Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Qadiani ?Recommend

  • human rights activists

    it seems IK made an agreement with extremist mullahs or else he got stumped by the video of his supporter talking to ahmadiya caliph.
    IK your contradictory statements can hurt your campaign. You might get a clearance certificate by TMKM but the educated youngsters could change their mind about ur hipocracy.Recommend

  • Taha Butt

    What a ridiculous article…shameful attempt to misconstrue what he actually said…your argument lost all credibility when you mentioned the MQM bit anyway.Recommend

  • abdul rehman

    The Constitution says that Ahmedis are non-muslims, which is undoubtedly true. If the constitution says that pick up a rifle and go kill them, then its a completely different issue and it needs to amended/removed.

    I just do not understand the point the author is trying to prove. Recommend

  • naveed

    Hello every one,

    Due to fear of molvis or greedness of votes Imran Khan gave this statement.

    Now i am afraid what will he do against the pressure of Amrica and Talibans if he is in power. i mean he will be able to stand against them or not as normaly he claim.

    Till yesterday i was thinking Imran is a real and only man who can save this country.
    Today i dont know exactly where i stand.Recommend

  • Bilal Ahmad Khan

    ur whole life is not enough to get any superior and high class status.. Because u r selfish.. and greedy for power..u are not able to differentiate bw law/truth And Fakeness! if u r not giving place to THe AHMADDIYAt’s Peaceful Peole then u wont be able to find any, any place in the entire world to get peace and silence! Recommend

  • http://www.alislam.org وحید

    WE NEED ONLY ALLAH’S HELP.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany

    Being a Sunni I am dissapointed by IK and his explanation. Will give him the benifit of the doubt, that he did so to avoid a backlash. For multiple reasons, Agha Khanis and other similar sects cannot be considered as Muslims, irrespective as to what the constitution says. Wonder what does he has to say to that. He should read Quaid’s speeches again.Recommend

  • Ayaz

    we will never see new pakistan until leaders stop scaring from mulvis .. Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Did you ever wonder if even they are Muslims? They want to be called that, but are they? BTW it’s not a personal choice, it’s the consensus of the scholars of all sects.

    This has got nothing to do with their rights. They have to be protected irrespective of their religion.Recommend

  • Bilal

    First of all, lets get our facts straight. Ahmadis are not muslims, simply because they do not believe in the finality of Prophethood, which is a pillar of Islam. You cant say you dont believe in the finality of Prophethood and call yourself Muslim. That is called Shirk!

    Secondly, get your headlines straight. Ahmadis not being Muslim does not mean they cant live in Pakistan. Hindus, Christians, Parsis all live in Pakistan too. So do Ahmadis. Yes, i know prosecution against minorities is an issue in this country, but that doesnt mean minorities dont exist here. Imran just said that his party believes in the article declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Thats that. Stop whining about it, you so-called “liberals” Recommend

  • Stranger

    It seems that most of the people criticizing the article and defending the 2nd constitutional amendment declaring Ahmadis as non Muslims does not really know that this constitutional amendment is totally against the basic human rights principles laid down in Pakistan’s 1973 constitution or any other international law. In fact, no parliament or any group of people has the right to decide the religious affiliation of any group or individual. Every one has the right to determine his/her own religion himself/herself.

    Hence, either it be PPP, PTI or any other politaical party for that purpose, which claims to bring justice in the country should repeal this unjust constitutional amendment. Recommend

  • Kashif Ahmadi

    I strongly disapprove IK statement.
    from KarachiRecommend

  • abdul wasay

    i am also disapprove khan’s statement abt ahmdiesRecommend

  • bilal

    Shameful Mr Khan ! I strongly disapprove and condemn this drama of naya Pakistan !Recommend

  • Fareed

    Disclaimer: Im not a die hard Imran Khan Fan.

    Everybody knows whats going on here. Till now everybody was like – OH Imran Khan is much better than everyone else – all of a sudden right around the corner are elections and this sensitive issue comes afore.

    Now, i do say that truth and humanity should prevail but in a disturbed nation like Pakistan where millions of people are brainwashed by maulvies into believing what they cannot research themselve, is there any chance that just by speaking the right thing everybody whom you convinced to vote for yourself – is going to believe you ???

    In a country like Pakistan – to consider that one person can change the situation for Ahmadies – gimme a break. Ahmadiyyat came into being with the will of Allah Almighty and with our prayers he will show us the day when Ahmadies will once again attain the glory and respect they once had in Pakistan (All that – not necessarily due to Imran Khan) . Inshallah.Recommend