Safdar’s attack on Ahmedis ‘unacceptable’

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NC Monitoring Desk

LAHORE: Human rights lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir has demanded former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of retired Capt Muhammad Safdar’s tirade against the persecuted Ahmedi community. On Tuesday, Safdar, who is the former prime minister’s son-in-law and a member of the ruling PML-N, accused the faith group of acting against the country’s interests and called for action against its members. “These people [Ahmedis] are a threat to this country, its Constitution and ideology,” Safdar had said. Jahangir said that Safdar’s incendiary speech made in the National Assembly was unacceptable and “highly discriminatory”. “Such words are spoken by those who we consider to be extremists; such remarks being made by a member of the NA is shocking,” said the activist. “I believe Capt Safdar tried to incite [hatred]. While speaking in the NA, one must maintain respect.” Jahangir demanded that Nawaz take notice of Safdar’s speech and urged all political parties to condemn it, voicing her concern that such incidents are not even condemned by the civil society anymore. “Around the world, nobody can speak about their minority populations in such a manner,” Jahangir said. “If we do not raise our voice against this incident today, people like this (who make such remarks against minorities), will form a majority.”

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