Chairman PTI Imran Khan who has a history of being soft on the Taliban has yet again made a controversial statement. The statement was issued in response to a viral video which showed Nadia Ramzan of PTI UK along with members of the Pakistani press meeting the head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in London. In the meeting Ramzan asked his Holiness who would he vote for personally and what would he advise (to his followers).
During the meeting, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad said when Imran Khan launched his political party, he was head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan and Khan sent one of his emissaries to Mirza in order to gain the Ahmadiyya community’s support through him. He said that no one had the courage to withdraw the law declaring Ahmadis non-Muslims for fear of ‘Maulvis’.
Soon after the video went viral PTI’s Information Secretary Shireen Mazari said the individual in the video does not represent the PTI “politically”.
“Imran Khan has categorically denied having passed on any such instructions to anyone on the party’s behalf,” she said. “Nadia Ramzan is the daughter of Imran Khan’s friend. Our secretariats both in the US and UK have elected office-bearers and a young man, Shahbaz heads the PTI Secretariat in the UK,” she said.
However, she said that Imran Khan has a personal secretariat in London which collects funds for charity projects such as cancer hospitals and universities and “Nadia is a part of that secretariat which includes Khan’s close friends”.
And just days later on 1st March Khan issued another statement describing the video as “fake and based on total lies”. He also went on to say “Neither i nor PTI have ever asked to especially ask for Qadiani votes for Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf”
Khan said he had an absolute belief in the finality of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Anyone claiming prophethood after him is a liar. This belief of mine is the same as that of the entire Muslim Ummah. PTI totally subscribes to the article in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Qadianis. It is not part of the PTI agenda to seek amendment of the said article in the Constitution.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief also went on to release a video message in which he said that he would neither revise nor repeal any current laws pertaining to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, since these were in consonance with his personal beliefs.