Persecuted Ahmadiyya Muslims to boycott local government polls

The Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Pakistan (JA) will not partake in the forthcoming local government polls to register its protest against what it calls the step-motherly conduct of the state towards it.

These elections have separate elections only for Ahmadis, says a letter written to the Election Commission of Pakistan, a copy of which was made available to the media. It is strange that Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians are included in one electoral roll and only Ahmadis are registered in a separate list. This not only makes them vulnerable to the target killing but is also a burden on their conscience to vote on condition of denying to be the followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the statement says.

Rabwah, the Pakistan headquarters of the JA, the largest conglomeration of Ahmadis in the nation, has the status of a municipal committee composed of a dozen wards in the forthcoming elections. Not a sole Ahmadi is contesting the elections. A candidate would need less than 200 votes to emerge victorious in Rabwah (Chenab Nagar) due to this.

Sibtain Shah, an independent candidate aspiring to become the Ward- 11 general councillor, told the media that he had been the area’s Nazim once and a councillor twice. He said the number of registered voters in the ward stood at 1,350. He said only around 300 people in the ward would cast their votes as Ahmadis would abstain from participating in the exercise. Shah said most politicians would have begged the community for votes had it not stayed away from the process. He said this did not bode well for politicians as striving to secure the community’s support would alienate other voters. Shah said this made it convenient for politicians to ensure that the community remained disenfranchised.

JA Spokesperson Saleemuddin told the media that the community had made the chief election commissioner cognisant of its reservations. “Separate voters’ lists are formulated for Ahmadis whose votes are only registered if they disassociate from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This is something that no Ahmadi will accept,” he said. Saleemuddin said JA had informed the commissioner that Ahmadis would abstain from casting their votes if the community’s request regarding the restoration of joint electorates in the forthcoming polls.

Chiniot DRO’s Spokesperson Chaudhry Abdul Hameed told the media that voters’ lists for Ahmadis were separate as they had been declared non-Muslim through the Second Amendment to the Constitution. He said formulating voters’ lists was a prerogative of the chief election commissioner. Hameed said Ahmadis traditionally tended to boycott polls.

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  1. In Canada Pakistanis are saying that they did political sit ins (dhurna) for four months and change (Tubdeelee) has come in Canada (Liberal party has won)!!Good Luck!!

  2. What would the Pakistani official muslims do those who are residing in Christian Countries and have the right to vote, to sign a form declaring “Muhammad was a false prophet and Jesus Christ is a son of God” prior to voting???
    Have these official Muslims ever thought what it is like to live in these countries under these rules? That is how Ahmadis feel. We on the other hand are going through much worse conditions in Pakistan since the mullahs declared us to be out of the pale of mullahs Islam.
    Many Ahmadis have sacrificed their lives to uphold the Kalimah, our mosques are either sealed or destroyed, our graves are consecrated, we children are ejected from schools depriving them of their basic rights of education. I could go on listing the atrocities committed against us each day that goes by, but one can read in the Pakistani media the injustices committed against us if these are reported while many go unnoticed.
    The mullah who oppose us are the very mullahs or their kith and kin of those who opposed the creation of Pakistan and the founder of Pakistan Qaid e Azam Jinnah.
    As long as these mullahs are given free hand Pakistan will remain in turmoil as it has been since the mullahs penetrated the political system.
    Bring back the Pakistan of Qaid e Azam.

  3. Ahmadyyat is peaceful true Islam none can dare break
    We are the true followers of the imam of the age !!
    Hazrat Mirza Gulam Ahmad Qadiani is our most beloved servant of God and messenger !!
    A true lover of Our Holy Master (SAW)
    We challenge the whole world powers put together to come to oppose n destroy us
    None will endeavour !!!
    Pakistan is only a piece of rotten place for Illiterate arrogant Mullahs’ !!!
    We will continue to challenge you Grow and Shine with and without you all put together !!!
    Inshallah !!!
    Keep your government and the sponsorers !!
    You will come back defeated tired and lost at every avenue you take against us !!!
    Inshallah !!!!
    We are winning
    We will win the hearts and minds of our people around the globe !!
    We are in each of your bedrooms !!!
    We will continue against all odds anyhow !!!
    Our God is with us !!
    God of Muhammed (SAW) is with us !!!!
    Who then do you fear !!!
    Allah alone is sufficient for his servants !!!
    Alhamdolillah !!!!

  4. History repeats itself
    Was the same at the time of the Holy Prophet n still the same at this age of The Promissed Messiah (as) !!!
    Who then is more powerful than the God Almighty in reconing !!!