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03/11/2018, 15:45:18

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In blow to minorities, Pakistani court orders citizens to declare religion

Saad Sayeed

Pakistani court ruled on Friday that all citizens must declare their
religion when applying for identity documents, a move human rights
advocates say is another blow for the country's persecuted minority

The ruling will pile
further pressure on the Ahmadi community, who are not allowed to call
themselves Muslim or use Islamic symbols in their religious practices, a
crime punishable under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

Islamabad High Court ruled that citizens who disguised their religious
affiliation were guilty of betraying the state and ordered that anyone
applying for government jobs should declare their faith.

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Government of Pakistan shall take special measure ensuring availability
of correct particulars of all the citizens," Justice Shaukat Aziz
Siddiqui said in the judgment.

"It should not be possible for any citizen to hide his/her real identity and recognition."

If no appeal is launched, the court's directives will have to be followed.

vast majority of Pakistan's 208 million people are Muslims, with
minorities accounting for about 3 percent of the population, according
to a 1998 census.

The Ahmadi
community has been a target of mob violence and attacks since
legislation categorized the sect as non-Muslim in 1974 and have been
vilified as blasphemers by leaders of new ultra-religious political
party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan.

judge "is not only attacking everybody's religious freedom in Pakistan
but he is also focusing on one particular sect, which is the Ahmadis,"
said Human Rights Watch representative Saroop Ijaz.

"A judgment like this would enable and incite violence."

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order was issued as a result of a petition brought forward by
Tehreek-e-Labaik in connection with a change in wording to an electoral
law. The amendment sought to replace a religious oath with a simple
declaration, which Tehreek-e-Labaik said was blasphemy.

The government blamed the change on a clerical error and swiftly restored the original format.

Last year, Tehreek-e-Labaik shut down the nation's capital for nearly three weeks with protests against the change.

people were killed and nearly 200 wounded in a failed police bid to
disperse protesters, leading the government to give way to their demand
that a minister accused of blasphemy resign.

Insulting the Prophet Mohammad is punishable by death in Pakistan and even a rumor of blasphemy can spark mob violence.

his (the judge's) specific instructions are about ensuring and finding
out who is an Ahmadi," human rights lawyer Jibran Nasir told Reuters,
adding that the order would automatically provide the government with
specific lists about who belongs to which minority group.

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"Every day they are being institutionally reminded that they are a minority," he added. "It is a bigoted order."

minority Shi'ite Muslims regularly come under attack by Islamist
groups. Members of its small Hindu and Christian communities have also
sometimes been accused of blasphemy.


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