Bilawal Bhutto slams PML-N for ‘mainstreaming terror’ after Capt Safdar’s speech

  • says 'No place for this mindset in our society'
  • Capt (r) Safdar demands renaming Professor Abdus Salam Center for Physics

KARACHI – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday lashed out at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) following Captain (r) Safdar Awan, the son-in-law of deposed PM Nawaz Sharif, speech demanding strict actions against Ahmadis.

Bilawal Bhutto took to Twitter accusing PML-N of spreading hatred and extremism in country. He said, “Nawaz league has been mainstreaming terror well before MML,” a political party formed by Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD).

Slamming the comments made by Safdar as “bigotry, hatred & extremism”, the PPP chief said that there is “No place for this mindset in our society”.

Curbs on Ahmadis

Addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday, Capt (r) Safdar called for complete curbs on Ahmadis in government, army and private employment.

He asked, “Can these people, who attack the finality of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), be loyal to a country, which came into existence in the name of Finality of Prophethood?”

He also demanded that the Professor Abdus Salam Center for Physics be renamed, saying “Dr. Adbus Salam was a non-Muslim, and the Constitution of Pakistan declares him a non-Muslim and we don’t want any department to be affiliated with the name of any such person.”

Safdar, who is married with ex-PM Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, asked for complete constraint on admission of Ahmadi’s in armed forces. He blamed the failure of 1971, on Qadayani’s leading high posts during the war.

“In 1971, the Corps Commander of Sindh, General Abdullah Ali, was a Qadiyani; his brother was a Qadiyani and I’m shocked that even the Air Force chief was Qadiyani. How can you win a war when all the high ranks were given to the enemies of Islam.”

The recent outburst against Qadiyani’s follows the political and religious parties’ protest against the ‘un-Islamic’ amendments in the new Election Bill, which according to them clash with provision regarding finality of Prophethood. After the protests, the clause was reinstated and Speaker National Assembly called it a mere ‘clerical mistake’.

What has actually changed in Election Reform Bill 2017?

Captain (r) Safdar arrived in the country from London on Monday, and was presented in front of accountability court after being arrested at Islamabad airport. He was released after submission of Rs0.5 million bail.