Ahmadiyya Times: Lutf Blog: By Lutful Islam : In order to understand the motives behind Bhutto government’s decision to declare Ahmadis non-Muslims, we also need to understand the sequence of events leading to July 1974. What you will find in this analysis is a story of treachery, hypocrisy and opportunism of politics and Mullahs.
Despite a temporary lull in anti-Ahmadiyya sentiments during the Ayub era, it was obvious that Jama’at Islami and other religious organizations were in no mood to let Ahmadis live in peace. 1970 was the election year and religious parties were hoping to gain power. This would be their first of many election losses to come. Both Barelvi and Deobandi conglomorates and Jamaa’t Islami could only gain 10 seats in National Assembly. Bhutto’s socialist PPP won majority in West Pakistan, mainly due help and advice from the Ahmadi leadership. Ahmadis also supported friendly candidates from other parties as well, but where it mattered the most, they voted for PPP.