In 1974, Pakistan’s Bhutto government called on the leading clerics of Pakistan to discuss the constitutional status of the Ahmadi Muslims, whom the clerics insisted were non-Muslim infidels. Although this was a cross-examination, it was advertised as a ‘debate.’ The Ahmadiyya Muslim delegation was led by the then Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad (ra). And since none of us were physically there, who actually won the ‘debate?’ Let us ask the Mullahs who were in attendance.
1. Barelvi cleric Ahmad Shah Noorani, President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, says Deobandi Sunni clerics lost to the Ahmadi Muslims.
2. Another Barelvi Mullah, Hanif Qureshi (the cleric who incited Mumtaz Qadri to murder Mr. Salman Taseer) reiterates that Deobandi Sunni clerics indeed lost to the Ahmadi Muslims.
3. Mufti Mahmud (Father of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman), President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a Deobandi cleric admits he had sleepless nights and that all clerics were nervous as they faced the Ahmadiyya delegation. In the 1970s, JUI received significant funding from Saudi Arabia.
4. Another Barelvi cleric ridicules the Deobandi Sunnis for losing to the Ahmadi Muslims during the debates. (warning: vulgar language)
5. This Shia cleric says all Sunni clerics (Deobandis & Barelvis) lost to the Ahmadi Muslims.
6. Dr. Tahir ul Qadri admits on oath that Ahmadi Muslims defeated leading Pakistani clerics (Deoaband, Ahl-e-Hadith, Majlis Khatme Nubuwwat etc) during the post-1974 court proceedings.
So basically, the anti-Ahmadi party (the Mullahs) testify on oath that no one amongst them could even come close to defeating the Ahmadi Muslims, who were having a field day shutting down the Mullahs with the power of argument and evidence.
Why then did the Second Amendment (that declared the Ahmadis non-Muslim) come to pass? Because the decision had already been made and a plan had been finalized between the Saudi government and Bhutto.
1. Dr Mubashir Hasan (Federal Minister at the time) admitting this fact.
2. Abdul Hafeez Pirzada (PPP minister and close associate of Bhutto) Muhammad Ali Durrani (PPP Minister, and General Imtiaz Alam (Secretary SAFMA) all concede that the 1974 decision was a political stunt – carried out for political reasons/Saudi pressure.
So next time someone says the Mullahs won the debate in the Pakistani Parliament and that ‘this issue has been decided through a fair debate,’ share this page and ask them to lift the boycotts and bans and imprisonments and attacks, and face the Ahmadi Muslims on the debate table (or coffee table). Sadly, they consider both haram!
And to learn more, you could watch the series “1974, From Democracy to Extremism,” aired last year on MTA International. First episode linked below. You can find the other seven episodes on Youtube as well.