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The town that doesn’t vote: Pakistan’s Ahmadis say forced to abstain

RABWAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll. The people of Rabwah, in Punjab province, […]

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Separate voter list for Ahmadis, community to boycott Pakistan General elections

Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is all set to boycott the Pakistan General elections. The boycott is mainly being done to protest the separate voter list for the community. Lahore: Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan will boycott the July 25 general elections in the country to protest the separate voter list for the community. “In the case […]

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Pakistan: Ahmadi Muslims won’t vote on 25th – spokesperson

LAHORE: Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan Saleem-ud-Din has dissociated the community from the upcoming general elections. He said though the elections are ostensibly being held under a joint electoral system, there is, however, a separate voter list for Ahmadi Muslims. The process for the registration of votes and the preparation of the […]

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We have turned a blind eye to extremism against the British Ahmadi Muslim community

A web of extremism percolates outwards from Pakistan into communities in the UK. Last month I presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ahmadiyya Muslim communities, and the discrimination that many Ahmadis experience in terms of both anti-Muslim prejudice and intra-Muslim bigotry. Regarded as “heretics” by both Sunni and Shia Muslims, the Ahmadis have had an uphill struggle […]

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Ahmadi Muslims effectively barred from voting in Pakistan

Pakistan: Ahmaddiya Community announces disassociation from the General Elections 2018.  A separate voter list prepared for the Ahmadi Muslims based on religious differences is the worst example of biased discrimination. Our press release  

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Ahmadis in Pakistan’s electoral paradigm

The modern state system does not support any official religion in an independent state. Religious beliefs and faith are the concern of citizens. “We should begin to work in that spirit and in course of time all these angularities of the majority and minority communities, the Hindu community and the Muslim community, because even as […]

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Imran Khan criticised for defence of Pakistan blasphemy laws

PTI leader accused of using blasphemy issue to win backing of religious right Imran Khan has been accused of risking bloodshed for electoral gain after the former cricketer-turned-politician offered a full-throated defence of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws in the run-up to the general election on 25 July. “We are standing with Article 295c and will defend […]

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After lengthy battle, court tells Selangor Islamic enforcers to keep hands off Ahmadis

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 ― The Shah Alam High Court decided today that the Shariah Court has no jurisdiction over members of the Ahmadiyya community, as the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has refused to recognise the Muslim sect as adherents. The Ahmadiyya community’s spokesman Ainul Yakin M. Zain confirmed the decision to Malay Mail, following a […]

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No relief for Ahmadis

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) holds Parliament collectively responsible for the amendment to the oath of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat in the Election Act 2017. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui effectively reprimanded each and every lawmaker who let the ‘clerical error’ regarding the finality of prophet-hood pass unnoticed. Reinforcing the judiciary’s position whereby the latter chose not to stand […]

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