A Pakistani Minister who was called a “Qadiani” by a fellow politician has filed a Police case saying his life is in danger.
During media appearances on May 19th and May 26th Nazir Chohan had claimed that Minister Shazad Akbar belonged to the “Qadiani group” and was not a Muslim. Reacting to the claims, Akbar, who serves as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability, lodged a Police complaint against Chohan on Sunday.
In the police report, Akbar claimed that slandering a Muslim person for blasphemy is a crime under the Pakistan Penal Code.
“There is all likelihood that these unfounded, false, and vexatious allegations will provoke religious hatred against the applicant and put his life in danger,” the FIR states.
Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said that using the “religion card” for a “personnel vendetta” is a “despicable” move by Chohan.
Using religion card for personal vendetta is despicable Lahore Police must take strict action against Nazeer Chohan MPA for using third rated tactics against @ShazadAkbar Shahzad is doing his job State cannot function if it fails to safeguard his officials against such attacks
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 29, 2021
Qadiani is a derogatory used by Pakistanis to describe the followers of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam. The Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims by a parliamentary declaration in 1974. Followers of the faith face severe persecution both by the state and extremist groups.
کچھ نادان دوست ابھی بھی سوشل میڈیا پہ کمراہ کن باتیں پھیلا رہے ہیں نیچھے دی ایف آئی آر کے مطابق ایک مسلمان شخص پر کفر کی تہمت لگانا تعزیرات پاکستان کے مطابق جرم ہے اور افسوس یہ جرم نذیر چوہان نے سرزد کیا اور میری مدیت میں لاہور پولیس نے اسکا مقدمہ درج کردیا ہے pic.twitter.com/9NLkQXEukD
— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) May 29, 2021