Sadr Anjuman Ahmadiyya Pakistan
- Ahmadiyya Community disassociates from the General Elections 2018.
- A separate voter list prepared for the Ahmadis based on religious differences is a worst example of biased discrimination
Chenab Nagar (PR): The Spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan Saleem Ud Din Sahib has dissociated the Community from the upcoming general elections that are set to take place in Pakistan on 25 July.
He said that though the elections are ostensibly being held under a joint electoral system, there is, however, a separate voter list for Ahmadis. The process for the registration of votes and the preparation of the voter-lists has by now been finalised. The forms issued for the registration of the votes include the religion box and the Oath-Declaration.
He expressed the view that under the current circumstances for Ahmadis to cast a vote, they first have to distance themselves from the Holy Prophet of Islam, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, and this is something that no Ahmadi can countenance.
Currently there is one voter list that includes all religious groups including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians and Sikhs, whereas in the case of Ahmadis, a separate voter list is being prepared bearing the titles Qadiani men/women.
This discriminatory treatment on the basis of religion is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the Ahmadis of Pakistan from the electoral process to all intents and purposes denying them their right of vote. Such prejudicial behavior is an open violation of Pakistani Ahmadis as citizens of the state and goes against the vision of the founding father of the country, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and contravenes both the constitution and the very essence of the joint electoral system.
The Spokesperson said that under these circumstances, the Ahmadis consider taking part in the elections to go against their faith. And if there is anyone who may be contesting these elections as an Ahmadi, then they cannot and should not be seen as a representative of the Ahmadiyya community as a whole, and nor will any Ahmadi accept them as such.
Therefore, in view of the prevailing circumstances, the Ahmadis of Pakistan will once again not be participating in the Pakistani general elections.