Pakistan denies Ahmadis included in National Commission for Minorities

Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri gives an exclusive interview to Arab News in Islamabad on April 23, 2020. (AN Photo)
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Updated 30 April 2020

Pakistan denies Ahmadis included in National Commission for Minorities

  • Some media reports claimed the government had decided to include Ahmadis as the commission’s non-Muslim members
  • Pakistan declared the Ahmadi community non-Muslim in 1974

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri categorically denied in a statement late Wednesday night that the government was planning to include members of the Ahmadi community in the National Commission for Minorities.

The statement was made in response to media reports that the government intended to appoint representatives of the Ahmadi community as non-Muslim commission members.

“The belief in the finality of Prophethood is our cardinal belief and we cannot compromise on that,” Qadri said.

“The government’s position is clear that it can only include a group or party in the country’s constitutional bodies after that group recognizes the constitution,” Qadri said, adding that the Ahamdi community could “join any committee or commission of Pakistan after doing the same.”

Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974 and, according one estimate, there are about half a million Ahmadis in the country.

The National Commission for Minorities was formed in the 1990s, though its legal status is unclear and some media channels recently claimed that the government had approved Ahmadi representation in the commission.

Pakistan condemns Indian expulsion of two embassy officials over ‘espionage’

Updated 01 June 2020

Pakistan condemns Indian expulsion of two embassy officials over ‘espionage’

  • New Delhi declared the two officials persona non grata, asked them to leave country within 24 hours
  • Islamabad has accused India of detaining, torturing the two officials against diplomatic norms

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday condemned what it called the detention and torture of two of its embassy officials expelled by Indian authorities in New Delhi under allegations of ‘espionage.’

Earlier, a statement by the Indian foreign ministry said two Pakistani officials had been apprehended and asked to leave the country within 24 hours for ‘indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission.’

Pakistan slammed New Delhi’s statement and said the charges against its two High Commission officials were false and unsubstantiated.  

“We condemn the detention and torture as well as threatening and pressuring of the diplomatic officials to accept false charges,” Pakistan’s statement said.

“Pakistan strongly rejects the baseless Indian allegations and deplores the Indian action which is in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the norms of diplomatic conduct especially in an already vitiated atmosphere,” the statement continued.

Tensions between the two nuclear armed rivals have been simmering since August last year, when New Delhi revoked the special legal status of Indian-administered Kashmir. The countries have fought two wars over the region and their forces regularly trade fire across the de facto border between the two countries-- the 740-km long Line of Control.

Last week, Indian police freed a pigeon belonging to a Pakistani fisherman after an investigation confirmed that the bird, which had flown across the border into India, was not engaged in spying.