Pakistani court ruling aims to publicly identify all religious minorities

Mar 30, 2018

By Naila Inayat

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) – A high court in majority-Muslim Pakistan has ruled that citizens must declare their religious affiliation before joining the civil service, military or judiciary. All birth certificates, identity cards, passports and voting lists must also indicate the person’s faith.

The judgment, a victory for hard-line clerics pressuring the state to single out minorities in their midst, adds that all Muslim candidates for national or provincial assemblies must swear that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was the last of God’s prophets.

This has spread fear among Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other religious minorities already under pressure in the South Asian nation. Ahmadis, who believe another Muslim prophet came after Muhammad, feel especially targeted because they could not take the parliamentary oath.

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6 comments on “Pakistani court ruling aims to publicly identify all religious minorities

  • All birth certificates…… must also indicate the person’s faith.

    It is simply impossible to overstate how utterly cretinous that proposition is, let alone what else.



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  • @OP – The judgment, a victory for hard-line clerics pressuring the state to single out minorities in their midst,

    These are clearly the demands of a manipulative sectarian theocracy!

    adds that all Muslim candidates for national or provincial assemblies must swear that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was the last of God’s prophets.

    Even among Muslims, this is not universally agreed!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_prophet

    The phrase “last prophet” is used primarily in Islam, where it refers to Muhammad, whom Muslims hold to be the final prophet in the monotheistic Abrahamic religion. With the exception of Ahmadi Muslims, “Khatamu ’n-Nabiyyīn” (“Seal of the Prophets”) is regarded by Muslims to mean that Muhammad was the last of the prophets sent by God.

    Just as “whose god is the correct god”, “whose prophets are the correct prophets”, is also a topic of debate and dispute among theists!

    All birth certificates…… must also indicate the person’s faith.

    I have to agree with Roger, that the stupidity of blind faith-thinking is showing, when claims are made about babies being born with inbuilt indoctrinated “faith”!



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  • LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) – A high court in majority-Muslim Pakistan has ruled that citizens must declare their religious affiliation before joining the civil service, military or judiciary.

    I see there is some action against officials in similar Sharia regimes elsewhere!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43608810

    The International Criminal Court in the Hague has taken into custody a man wanted for war crimes in Mali, after the authorities there handed him over.

    Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud headed the Islamic police in Timbuktu when it was under the control of jihadist militants five years ago.

    He is accused of victimising women and girls by approving their forced marriages to Islamist fighters.

    He is also alleged to have helped destroy ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu.

    The arrest warrant for Mr Al Hassan listed crimes against humanity including “torture, rape and sexual slavery; persecution of the inhabitants of Timbuktu on religious and gender grounds; and other inhumane acts”.

    Ah! The actions of enforced, self-righteous “religious morality”, in the besotted, sectarian, indoctrinated slaves, of god-delusions!

    The only other man tried by the ICC over Mali’s conflict admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu at a landmark trial in 2016.

    Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pleaded guilty to destroying nine mausoleums and a mosque, in the first case of cultural desecration heard by the ICC.

    It was the first time a suspected Islamist militant had stood trial at the war crimes court, and the first time a suspect had pleaded guilty.

    Prosecutors said Mahdi was a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamist group that occupied Timbuktu for months.

    He was jailed for nine years, after declaring he was “really sorry” for his actions and asking for forgiveness.
    In 2017 ICC judges found him liable for nearly €3m (£2.6m; $3,6m) in damages.

    There is a chance he could now testify as a witness against Mr Hassan, Reuters news agency reports.

    Of course there is no action from the West over abuses by religious police in wealthy states such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Israel!



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  • Alan4discussion #4

    Of course there is no action from the West over abuses by religious
    police in wealthy states such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Israel!

    When they buy £5 billion worth of Typhoons from you, you cut them some slack.



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  • rogeroney #5
    Apr 1, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    When they buy £5 billion worth of Typhoons from you, you cut them some slack.

    Not to mention that baptisms in oil, wash away all sins in commercial politics!



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