Pakistan SC seeks ECP reply against bar on Ahmedis’ listing on electoral rolls

* Court asks for reply on 2002 order that prohibits listing of Ahmedis or Qadianis on general electoral rolls

By Hasnaat Malik

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has sought a concise statement from the Election Commission of Pakistan over the six-year-old plea against the enforcement of Conduct of General Elections (Second Amendment) Order 2002 that prohibits listing of Ahmedis or Qadianis on general electoral rolls.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the application filed by a citizen, Kanwar Idress, against insertion of new articles 7B and 7C, Chief Executive’s Order No. 7 of 2002, which excludes the name of Ahmedis or Qadianis from the general electoral lists. It must be noted that former president General Pervez Musharraf and his military government had promulgated the Conduct of General Elections (Second Amendment) Order 2002.

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  1. Let the present Supreme Court and the Pakistan Election Commission know and understand that the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in his Policy Speech of August 11,1947 had made a firm commitment before the members of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan that in the new constitution of Pakistan, all citizens will be treated equally and no discrimination or distinction will be made on the basis of one’s religion or faith as it is a private matter between God and an individual and as such the state or the political institutions had nothing to do with one’s religion. In this connection one is pained to note that after the demise of Quaid-e-Azam and the unfortunate killing of the first Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan, the new leadership wavered from the right path set by the Quaid and the govt. of the time thought it fit to introduce the 2nd Amendment in the 1973 constitution and accordingly the Ahmadis were declared as ‘not muslims” for the constitutional purpose. Then the Mullah put pressure on successive governments for the adoption of the separate electorate system in placed of the joint electorate system, under which the last General Elections were held in 1970 when Pakistan was composed of two provinces or wings of East and West Pakistan.
    Now, in 2013, we fervently hope and pray that the Supreme Court and PEC will decide and declare that the forth-coming General Elections be held under the Joint Electorate System as originally guaranteed by the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah. If such a decision is not taken now and here by the present independent Judiciary/Pakistan Election Commission, then only God will know how deep in lowest depth we will be buried to disappear,God forbid, for ever.So,in order to get rid of such an unenviable situation,let there be a truly genuine General Elections in the country, and that is possible only under the Joint Electorate system as promised by the founding father of Pakistan. let the people pf Pakistan be allowed to exercise their basic political right to vote freely and their verdict, decision be accepted by all without fail to let them enjoy the sweet fruits of freedom and democracy, for the first time in the 60 years of mystery-ridden national history.

  2. I strongly endorse this version of my political/voting right under joint electorate system and if any one asked questions about my religion or my sect while registring my vote, that will force me to refuse to enlist my name in the voters list. But before that I had to waite for the decision of the apex court. One hopes that better sense will prevail on this most simple issue of freedom of human conscienceness, the most basic right of human society.

  3. The remarks by Ibne Khalid are much appreciated. Ahmadis are Pakistani. Voting will take place on political basis, not to decide any religious matters. I pray to Allah that the Supreme court and the ECP gives a bold, fair decision on this important matter soon. That will be good for the Army men and Judges and all other citizens, for their own safety and solidarity of Pakistan.

  4. I agree with Dr Boodhun no false hopes on this SC and the CJ.In Ahmadis matter their laws freedom of judiciary collapses all together and enmity prejudices and darkness of their minds overpowers their brains, eyes and ears and they do nothing.

  5. This kind of requests to SC of Pakistan are basically about reminding us that founder of pakistan was never in the favor of religious country but a secular state where all citizens can live togather with harmony and love.

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