Source: Daily Time
The Ahmadia issue has, yet again, come in to the limelight within the political arena. But this time the victims are not just the Ahmadis alone.
The current dispute seems to have been triggered by the so-called change in the oath regarding the clause of Khatam-e-Nabuwat in the voters list, which was followed by the Faizabad sit-in that gave birth to a new religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). Some say that it was a tit-for-tat reaction against the propaganda carried out against the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS) before his appointment. But the fact is that the fire has always been flaming, ever since we attempted to douse it in 1974. That year, the parliament declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims by passing the 2nd amendment in the 1973 constitution, a move that was a direct result of a similar conspiracy that had been orchestrated back in 1953.
Each time we were told that the solution to this problem is 1) to declare them as non-Muslim and 2) relieve all Ahmadis from the key posts of the country. Otherwise all hell would break loose in our country or the heavens would fall. These demands were rejected by the states in 1953 quite forcefully and the consequences turned out to be far from dire; even rather, constructive for the country. Pakistan progressed and became an emerging state on the globe.
The era of 60s was the height of our progress in every field. But in 1974 the state surrendered before the same elements and accepted their demands. The result was quite the opposite. The progress and peace within our society ebbed away, and this act of parliament only strengthened those elements who exploit religion for political gains, but at the cost of the stability of our state. The very same elements were later employed against the same Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who had surrendered to their demands in 1974 and they made him pay dearly for his earlier support.