Lately, there was a lot of hue and cry over the appointment of Atif R Mian, an Ahmedi, to the party’s Economic Advisory Council. While the status and responsibilities of the EAC should have been questioned and investigated by the public, shots were fired in the wrong direction.
There came a lot of backlash for appointing an Ahmedi in the government.
Due to the religious differences which exist between the two sects, the act was perceived to be an embarrassment to Imran Khan’s religious commitment. Much of Pakistan, starting with Shehla Raza of Pakistan Peoples Party, had condemned the move of employment of an Ahmedi to the government of Pakistan.
Sadly, this was just the beginning as many other such tweets followed.
if @ImranKhanPTI didn’t find any muslim economic expert in #Pakistan then the jews are more competent then @AtifRMian Any jew should be selected as economic advisor instead of Atif Mian. It is #NayaPakistan of#PTI ( #AtifMian who don’t believe in the constitution of Pakistan)
— ZAHID RANA ★ (@Zahid_Rana) September 3, 2018
The appointment of someone from a different religious sect was considered by some to be an act of defiance to the Constitution of Pakistan and its religious ideals.
Get up Pakistani Nation!
UK is playing Ahmadi card again as it played 100 years ago when Quad e Azam was fighting for the freedom of Pakistan.
— Waqas Ahmed Shah (@Knowledge200) September 3, 2018
Shehla Raza, with others alike, have displayed a worrisome mindset, which has been, successfully, shut down by PTI and Fawad Chaudhry.
Minorities have always been sidelined and neglected in Pakistan.
The minority groups in Pakistan have, since the time of the partition, have complained about maltreatment and ignorance in Pakistan. To add to the horror, the ethnoreligious minorities have greatly shrunk in size over the last decade due to targetted and propagated attacks on these ethnic groups.
The UNCIRF had highlighted that there had been more 200 casualties of ethnoreligious minorities, with more than 600 being injured in 2017.
In times like these, the blueprint of a tolerant democratic state, etched by the founder of Pakistan, seems to be blurred out by people who condemn giving equal rights to these groups within their own homeland.
However, during a recent interview, Fawad Chaudhry was asked to respond to the commotion to which he said the following:
— Syedih (@SyedIHusain) September 4, 2018
Fawad Chaudhry clapped back harder than we had imagined or expected.
Fawad Chaudhry asked a haunting and daring question: “Should we throw minorities out of the country?”
His stern remarks prove that the new government is in no mood to pay heed to such intolerant remarks. His take on the matter has earned Fawad Chaudhry nationwide accolades as Pakistanis are very happy with his answer. People are coming forward to commend Fawad Chaudhry’s gallant reaction and resentment to the unnecessary ruckus over the matter.
Putting the facts out there for everyone.
Brave. Important. Relevant.
And a gentle reminder: Carved out of British India, Pakistan was made for minorities.
Don’t forget that, my jahil friends. https://t.co/Po5qjfGW05
— WSK (@WajSKhan) September 4, 2018
Equal rights for all is the basic right of every resident of a democracy!
Information minister @fawadchaudhry rejects criticism from right wingers over Atif Mian’s selection to Economic Advisory Committee, says Pakistan belongs to religious minorities as much as it belongs to the majority https://t.co/8GNPLF6GrI
— Ailia Zehra (@AiliaZehra) September 4, 2018
Fawad Chaudhry has won hearts all across the country!
— Wasil Maneka (@WManeka) September 4, 2018
People are actually really happy with this one candidate from PTI’s team
“Pakistan aqliaton ka bhi utna hi hai jitna ke aksariyat ka” – Federal Minister of Information
Among the many firsts that PTI has brought into the politics of Pakistan, this is probably one I’m most proud of. https://t.co/7w7UKTwQt1
— Gul. (@Scrivenshaft_) September 4, 2018
Chalo kisi ke sath toh khush hue.
— Syedih (@SyedIHusain) September 4, 2018
And of course, there HAD to be people like this.
#fawadchaudhry bhai k hote huye imran khan ko opposition ki zarurat hi nae hai.agr fawad bhai hamare knowledge mn izafa kr dein k #Ahmedi tou constitution of pakistan ko hi nae mante aur agar constitution ko na manne wale ko adviser laga dein phr Allah hi hafiz😡
— Irfan Malik (@Irfanma47) September 4, 2018
Someone, please make him listen to Fawad Chaudhry’s response once again. Humble request; please.
Fawad Chaudhry’s response is a brave move – one for which the Pakistani minorities had been waiting for a long time. PTI seems to bring forth hope for Pakistan and we can already see Naya Pakistan being put into effect.
On that note, what do you think about the matter? Was it right for PTI to appoint Atif R Mian? Was Fawad Chaudhry’s retaliation justified? Do you think there is a need for more clarifications? Let us know your take on the issue.