The current voting practice in Pakistan very truly reminds us of the apartheid laws of South Africa and segregation of black and whites in the 18th century USA. Many of us know that the first general elections of 1970 during Gen Yahya Khan time were held under JOINT ELECTORATE SYSTEM without reference to the religious sect or faith. This was exactly according to the historical and principled speech (11 Aug 1947) of the founding father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Who knows better than the Supreme Court Judges that this speech was not a speech to mob in Liaqat Bagh or Gawalmandi. It was made before the members of the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan in which the Quaid very categorically declared that the state will have nothing to do with one’s religion or faith. This aspect should never be omitted by the respected court while deciding this important case this time.
It is the preeminent time for the Apex Court to decide, once for all, about the 2nd Amendment and all other discriminatory laws (for example The Ordinance XX), because this sort of discrimination is very much against the UN Universal Charter of Human Rights. Pakistan is the founding signatory to it. We should be proud that those were the days once Pakistan had reasonable respect amongst the community of states in the world. The competent son of the land Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan was in helm of the affairs.
Right now Pakistan is the only state on earth that has such discriminatory laws against its own citizens who happen to be in minority. The power hungry politicians totally forgot the sacrifices of Ahmadiyya community whose in put in creation and defence of Pakistan are more than any religious group of that time. Those were the days when the founder of Pakistan Quaide Azam was called “Kafir e Azam” and Pakistan was called “Pleedistan.” But now those elements uttering such remarks are so strong that sons of the land had been treated like 2nd rate citizens in their own motherland. In a democratic and civilized society the political assemblies or governmental institution are never given the right to decide ones religion or faith any where in the world. The religion is simply a relationship between the Creation and the Creator.
The plotter and arbitrator of 2nd Amendment Prime minister ZA Bhutto was not greater leader than the Quaid-e-Azam. And this is proved by the outcome of his many policies. Later on such actions and policies of Bhutto were undone or revised by his daughter Benazir Bhutto, when she became PM. So if Mr. Bhutto, in order to please Mullah, made 2nd amendment declaring Ahmadiyya Community as not-Muslim in 1974 then why it can’t be abolished now all together. Any law that is against the basic human rights must be wiped off. Here in this case the 2nd Amendment and Ordinance XX etc are all very contradictory to Article 20 that guarantees the basic freedoms to its citizens. So are the election laws and rules. In past authoritative Gen Musharaf did try to bring a positive change but he somehow or the other could not withstand the pressure of Mullah-ism as was in case of ZA Bhutto. The resultant Separate List is the worst thing offered to Ahmadis knowing that they will never ever sign a declaration against their faith and religion just to cast the votes. Hence Ahmadis have been intentionally and very intelligently excluded out of the mainstream. Is Apex Court ready to face the pressure? This can only be done once the intentions are clear and God fearing decisions are the goal. The case is in the court. Let us see where this goes. I mean, we can always hope right? Maybe these leaders; political ,judicial and decision makers do something to finally redeem their souls. But the remarks published in print media like, ”the court could not undo the constitutional command” sheds light on the eventual verdict, alas.
As I have been writing on this issue of Ahmadiyya Votes since long, at the end let me once again add that we are reaping the fruits of all those discriminatory laws passed by our law makers influenced by our mullahs. The monster of extremism has taken deep roots in our society and our religious blindness and ignorance is the fundamental reason for the sad incidents like of Gojrah (many Christian were killed), Quetta (Hazara Shia community attacked cold-heartedly two times), AbbasTown Karachi and Badami Bagh Lahore (almost 200-250 houses of Christian were burnt) and many others in the past like Thakht Hazarah, Ghatalian, Mong Catastrophe of 7th Oct 2005 (8 killed, 20 injured) and Lahore Catastrophe of 10th May 2010 (86 killed, 124 injured), the last 4 of Ahmadiyya community. As you sow so shall you reap. The mullah-ism turned into terrorism will not let the Apex Court pass on the righteousness and fair verdict/decision, I am actually worried. The SEPARATE LIST meant only for Ahmadis is a joke in 21st century, nothing else.
Excluding intentionally and very intelligently millions of Ahmadis from the election process means nothing less than a planned fraud and opaque election in Pakistan, once again as has been the practice for the last 4 decades. The Apex Court will do nothing to reinstate the basic human right of voting to Ahmadis in Pakistan.