ISLAMABAD: The Ahmadi community living in Pakistan has expressed concern over the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order regarding submission of their data by National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) and making the change of religion subject to court approval, saying that the move will leave the community further vulnerable and that this could increase the security threat to them.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s constitution declares Ahmadis as non-Muslims, though the community believes itself to be Muslim. However, NADRA had earlier told IHC that 10,205 people had registered themselves as Ahmadis after getting their religion changed during the last 16 years.
The report submitted by NADRA before IHC says that there are 167,473 people registered with the body as Ahmadis and they include 13,463 kids as well. NADRA had made it mandatory for everyone to seek court approval ahead of change in religion with NADRA upon the court orders.
The spokesperson of Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan Saleemuddin has said that neither was the Ahmadi version asked by the court nor was anyone from the community summoned by the court in this regard. He said that the decision had increased the security threat for the community members.