Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan still waiting for the annulment of the 2nd amendment


Forty years ago in the month of September the government of a country played God and snatched away the rights of a group of citizens with the stroke of a pen. The country is Pakistan and the group is the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. On September 7, 1974, the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, submitted to the pressure of the orthodox clergy and put into effect the constitutional amendment which declared the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as ‘non-Muslims’. The decision made by Bhutto was broadcast on Pakistan radio. The announcement came as an utter shock for the Ahmadi Muslims who lived in Pakistan. They asked questions such as, “How could a parliament decide about our faith?” Until the morning of the declaration the Ahmadis were considered as Muslims and treated as equal citizens of the country. While Christians or Hindus considered themselves not belonging to the Islamic faith, the Ahmadi Muslims were thrown out of the pale of Islam through legislation and not out of their own profession.

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