Mahershala Ali’s Oscar win stirs controversy in Pakistan

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Source: The Express Tribune

Controversy arose in Pakistan after Mahershala Ali — who won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” — was given the title of the first ‘Muslim’ film star to pick up a golden statuette.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was forced to delete a congratulatory tweet when people on Twitter began pointing out that Mahershala Ali was an Ahmadi.

Article 260-3 of Pakistan’s Constitution declares Ahmadis “non-Muslims”. The amendment made this exclusion legally in that the phrase “for the purposes of the constitution or law” was used when rendering them non-Muslims.

The deleted tweet and Ali’s Ahmadi religion immediately caught the attention of many on Twitter.

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11 replies

  1. Whoever considers himself a Muslim has to be accepted as such. It is up to Allah to decide who is a real Muslim and who is not.

  2. Poor Ambassador of Pakistan to the United Nations. (Not permitted to congratulate by the Pakistani ‘mob justice).

  3. May be we Muslims of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at should have waited a little before pointing out that he is an Ahmadi-Muslim. More congratulations would have rolled in …

  4. Is Pakistani law a universal law?

    Does the Pakistani constitution trump that of the European union or that of the USA?

    If anybody, however educated in the eyes of the world, follows the Mullahs, their reasoning slowly starts to deteriorate likewise!

  5. I can’t still understand the hatred and ignorance some masses of Pakistanis have against Ahmadi Muslims.
    When will the government and the people of Pakistan come to their senses to stop hating these harmless, peace loving Muslims.

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