British parliament condemns Captain Safdar’s hate speech against Ahmadi Muslims

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LONDON: (Christian Times) – London’s parliament on Thursday condemned the speech made by former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in which he had not only declared the Ahmadi Muslim community as a threat to Pakistan’s integrity and security but also called for ousting of the Ahmadis from Pakistan armed forces.

In his speech at the British parliament, Jim Shannon quoted the most controversial statements from Captain Safdar’s speech where he accused the Ahmadi Muslims of being ‘untrustworthy and a threat to Pakistan and argued that they should be barred from the armed forces’.

“Coming from the son-in-law of a former prime minister, these comments are dangerous and most surely very prejudiced towards a very persecuted Ahmadi Muslim community”, he said. He demanded a statement from the Leader of the House on this issue.

Obliging, Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said that it was ‘a very significant issue’ and encouraged Shannon to directly take it up with the UK foreign office as they would be able to provide him with further information on ‘the steps that UK government can take’ on the issue.

Captain Safdar had made some highly controversial remarks about the Ahmadi community and their presence in Pakistan army last week and has been condemned from all quarters including even the prime minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is heading the government and was elected by Safdar’s Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N).

Pakistan army’s spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor had also distanced the army from the statement in the aftermath.