Oscars 2017: Pakistan UN representative criticised for withdrawing congratulations to Mahershala Ali over first Muslim win

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Mahershala Ali poses with the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role on February 26, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Source: Independent

Pakistan’s constitution doesn’t recognise Ahmadis as Muslims

The first Oscar win for a Muslim actor – Mahershala Ali for Moonlight – was applauded around the world on Sunday night, but caused controversy in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi deleted a tweet congratulating Ali, after other Twitter users started pointing out he is an Ahmadi – a member of an Islamic sect often persecuted for identifying as Muslim.

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