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Whenever a Pakistani Muslim has to apply for a passport, he needs to undertake an official oath. Part of the oath is about rejecting the Ahmadi religion: “I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmad an impostor prophet. And also consider his followers, whether belonging to the Lahori or Qadiani group, to be non-Muslims” [1]. This part of the oath was established since General Zia-ul-Haq became the leader of the country.
According to the Pakistani constitution, Ahmadi believers are considered non-Muslims. When that enactament was added in 1974, the Nobel-prize physicist and Ahmadi follower Abdus Salam left Pakistan and moved to London. The word ‘Muslim’ has been erased from Salam’s graveyard. Salam had contributed to Pakistan’s nuclear energy program.
Ahmadi Muslims are persecuted by the Pakistani authorities because their beliefs are considered heretical- this is mainly due to the fact that Ahmadis do not consider Mohammed as the last prophet, because they also venerate the 19th century prophet Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
The media and Pakistani officials refer to the Ahmadi followers’ mosques as ‘places of worship’ rather than ‘mosques’.

-In 2015 General Raheel Sharif reassured the Chinese government that the Pakistani ‘Special Security Division’ will be able to protect Chinese workers to safeguard the Chinese-Pakistani economic corridor. In 2017 he was appointed as leader of the ‘Islamic’ Nato (IMAFT), a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to defeat terrorist groups. Sharif’s reputation was buoyed after leading a successful military operation in Waziristan against Taliban groups.


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