Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has reiterated the fact that Pakistan respects all regardless of their religion or creed. His statement comes after contentious speech from PML-N’s Capt. (Retd.) Safdar who said that Ahmadi community was acting against the country.
Interior Minister tweeted that he was displeased over the controversial speech from Capt. Safdar. He expressed strong disapproval saying that he was saddened to see hate speech against minorities in the National Assembly.
Ahsan Iqbal tweeted: “It is tragic to see hate speech against minorities in National Assembly. We believe in inclusive Pakistan. Pakistan respects all minorities.” He reiterated that all citizens of Pakistan are respectable regardless of their religion. The Interior Minister reiterated that “Pakistan respects all minorities.”
Religious minorities rant and rave over the provoking speech by PML-N leader retired Captain Muhammad Safdar. On Tuesday, October 10, he lashed out against Ahmadi community during his speech in the National Assembly. Capt. Safdar accused that Ahmadis were acting against Pakistan’s interests and said that stern action against Ahmadi community.
“These people [Ahmadis] are a threat to this country, its Constitution and ideology. This situation is heading towards a dangerous point,” he said during his speech. He said that he wanted to introduce a resolution in the National Assembly calling for a “ban on recruitment of Qadianis [Ahmadis] in the armed forces”. He asserted that “Because theirs is a false religion, in which there is no concept of jihad for Allah.”
The former military serviceman, Capt. Safdar also said that members of Ahmadi community are appointed and promoted to higher military positions and “could not be trusted” with the responsibility of guarding Pakistan’s borders. He demanded that all government servants should be obliged to sign a declaration that they swear by the idea of Khatam-e-Naboowat.
Moreover, Capt Safdar also objected to renaming of Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) physics center after Professor Dr. Abdus Salam- Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate. He referred to Dr. Salam as “a controversial figure that has been termed an infidel in light of the Constitution.” He demanded that Dr. Abdus Salam’s name should be delinked from Quaid-i-Azam University’s physics department.
Capt. Safdar’s speech has incited nationwide anger as members of religious minorities along with the civil society are pouring condemnation upon the hatred drive being carried out against minorities.