ISLAMABAD – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif distanced himself from the controversial statements given by his son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar expressing that the issue of Khatam-e-Nabuwwat (Finality of Prophethood) had been settled once for all and so should be kept clean from ‘political filth’.
In a statement issued from London, days after Captain Safdar objected to the recruitment of Ahmadi community members in the armed forces, the PML-N president unequivocally said that all minorities living in Pakistan enjoy complete fundamental rights, including protection of their lives and property, under the Constitution and Islamic teachings.
“Any negative expression in this regard has nothing to do with the ideology and policy of the PML-N,” Mr Sharif clarified on Sunday, without referring to any legislator.
Mr Sharif in his statement said that belief in the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the last Messenger of Allah Almighty (Khatm-i-Nabuwwat) was the fundamental part of Islamic faith, which was also an integral part of the Constitution.
The former prime minister said the matter had been settled once for all and it should not be politicised, keeping in view its sensitivity.
‘The former legislator also thanked all the political parties for their support in rectifying the mistake in the Electoral Reforms Act, 2017.
The elder Sharif maintained that the people had elected him prime minister thrice and during all the tenures he and the PML-N had served the masses and protected their rights regardless of any ethnic, racial and religious bias and ensured the rights of the minorities. He claimed that the PML-N had the honour of being known as the party of the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam.
“The Father of the Nation had guaranteed complete religious and social freedom for all the classes of the people, particularly the minorities, which was now a constitutional obligation and no-one could even imagine deviating from it,” he said.
The clarification was issued in the aftermath of a controversy triggered by the lawmaker from NA-21 Captain Safdar who in a vitriolic outburst last week objected to the recruitment of members of Ahmadi community in the armed forces of Pakistan.
Not only that, the lawmaker also censured renaming of Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) physics centre after Professor Dr Abdus Salam for his Ahmadi faith.
Surprisingly, Nawaz Sharif had approved renaming the centre to applaud the services of country’s first Nobel laureate, back in 2016.