Thursday, July 05, 2018

Pakistan Court Orders Public Release of Report On Temporary Election Law Amendments That Favored Ahmadis

In Pakistan last year, a change in the election law that apparently would have permitted members of the Ahmadi sect to run for political office created major controversy until the legislature restored the oath that precludes anyone who does not believe in the absolute and unqualified finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad from being a candidate. (See prior posting.)  A 3-person committee headed by headed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chairman Raja Zafarul Haq was appointed to determine who was responsible for the pro-Ahmadi legislative change. The report was submitted by the government to the Islamabad High Court, but was not released publicly. As reported by Geo News, yesterday the Islamabad High Court, in a 172-page opinion, ordered the report made public. Pakistan Today reports more extensively on the High Court's opinion which concluded that every citizen has the right to know the religion of persons holding key governmental posts. The Court expressed concern that Ahmadis can disguise their beliefs to gain access to political posts reserved for Muslims.