Lahore/ISLAMABAD, 5 May: Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community today announced that it would boycott the general elections on 11 May to protest discrimination against its members.
“No Ahmadi will vote on 11 May to register his or her protest on the discrimination against Ahmadis,” said Saleemuddin, the spokesman for the Jamaat Ahmadiya Pakistan. According to election rules, the basic requirement to be a voter is Pakistani citizenship, and not the religious or ideological beliefs a citizen holds, he said in a statement. “The voter registration form that the Election Commission of Pakistan has issued has a special entry for religion. In order to register as a voter, Ahmadis have to disassociate from the Holy Prophet, which no Ahmadi could ever imagine,” Mr Saleemuddin said.