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Petition against Pakistan Army Chief for being a "Qadiani"

The Qadiani community in Pakistan, also known as Ahmadiyya, has been declared as non-Muslims by the heads of all sects

Saturday November 23, 2019 11:23 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Petition against Pak Army Chief

New Delhi: In a major controversy at the top echelons of Pakistan power structure, a petition has been filed against Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa for serving at the top post despite being a "Qadiani".

The plea filed by former Major Khalid Shah in Peshawar High Court has levelled allegation that Bajwa belonged to the Qadiani community.

It is not clear as to why the controversy is coming up at this stage when the Pakistan Army chief has already been in the Army for many years and has completed one term as the army chief.

It is significant to note that according to Pakistan's Constitution, a non-Muslim officer cannot be appointed as the Army chief and this is where the nature of the allegation assumes significance.

The petition also named former ISI DG Rizwan Akhtar for failing to fulfil his duty as a Muslim by not informing the government that Bajwa did not belong to the religion.

It may be recalled that in August, the Imran Khan led government in Pakistan had extended the term of Bajwa for another three years.

The Qadianis are followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad who was born in Qadian, a small town in northern India. The Qadianis, also known as Ahmadiyya, have been declared as non-Muslims by the heads of all sects.

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