Believers, be the supporters of justice and testify to what you may have witnessed, for the sake of God, even against yourselves, parents, and relatives; whether it be against the rich or the poor. God must be given preference over them. Let not your desires cause you to commit injustice. If you deviate from the truth in your testimony, or decline to give your testimony at all, know that God is Well Aware of what you do. (Al Quran 4:135/136)
A Pakistan Highcourt judge on Monday denied bail to two Ahmadi brothers accused of marrying Muslim women.
Justice Syed Arshad Ali rejected the bail applications of Zaid, Zahid, and their father Sajid, accused of marrying Muslim women while being non-Muslim. The brothers who adhere to the minority Ahmadiyya faith were detained with their father in September last year.
According to First Information Report filed with the police, brothers Zaid and Zahid from Sheikh Muhammadi area of Peshawar had married Sobia and Salma in June of 2020. Their mother-in-law alleged that she did not know that the brothers belonged to the minority Ahmadiyya community. On September 29th all three were charged with blasphemy as well as marriage fraud. The FIR references 493-A and 298-C of Pakistan’s penal code.
493-A. Cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage.
298-C. Person of Qadiani group, etc., calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith
The Ahmadis consider themselves to be Muslims but were declared-non-Muslim through a constitutional amendment in 1974. In 1984 military dictator General Zia ul Haq barred Ahmadis from identifying themselves as Muslim or using Islamic symbols in their religious practices. They face discrimination and violence over accusations that their faith insults Islam.
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