Schismatic affidavits promulgated and put into effect
Islamabad: We reported in last month’s report that affidavits for Muslims and Non-Muslim were being prepared for implementation in some government departments. It is now confirmed that NADRA is the first to do that for its personnel. This has been done in pursuance of the verdict given by IHC judge Mr Shaukat Siddiqui.
The affidavit for Muslims requires the deponent to sign the given statement that he believes ‘in the absolute and unqualified finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) the last of the Prophets and do not believe in, or recognize as Prophet or religious reformer, any person who claimed or claims to be a Prophet, in any sense of the word or of any description whatsoever after Muhammad (Peace be upon him).’
It may be noted that mere faith in the ‘Finality of Prophethood’ is not enough; it is the official detailed given meaning and interpretation that is equally incumbent upon the deponent to accept.
In the second affidavit everyone has to state, right in the beginning, that he is a Non-Muslim. As such, for an Ahmadi, it is not enough to declare that he is an Ahmadi; he must declare the non-Muslim status imposed upon him. This is absurd.
NADRA personnel are required to fill in these affidavits at the earliest. NADRA reportedly is considering imposition of these affidavits on all citizens for various purposes dealt with by NADRA.