Jannat Hussain Nekokara, assistant commissioner Attock, on Tuesday, apologized for her comments in support of equal human rights for Pakistan’s minorities. Nekokara made the comments while speaking at an International Human Rights Day event in Attock.
Speaking at the event AC Nekokara said:
“We should give due rights to Non-Muslims Pakistanis, we should give them their due regard, we have unfortunately gotten stuck in these religious divisions, someone identifies as Shia, someone as Sunni, someone as an Ahmadi, someone as a Wahabi, we should dissolve these differences and instead identify ourselves only as Muslims and Pakistanis”
Those present at the event objected to the commissioner’s grouping of Ahmadis with other Muslims and soon after over a dozen protestors arrived at the district administration building. Assistant Commissioner Attock Jannat Hussain Nekokara, was also summoned to the officer to explain herself where she described that she did not in any way mean that Ahmadis were Muslim and she accepted the Pakistani constitution which declared them non-Muslim.
“We were talking about human rights, we were talking about non-Muslim Pakistanis…….. then I talked about minority rights, I spoke about rights of non-Muslim Pakistanis, maybe I should have not even mentioned the word Ahmadi in that, then I spoke about how we should stay united and not discriminate against anyone so that we can protect against external enemies”
To this, the protesting students objected by saying:
“If the 1973 constitution says that they are non-Muslims and Infidels why are you speaking about unity”
Responding to the objections by protestors Nekokara responded:
“They [Ahmadis] are non-Muslim according to the constitution and non-Muslim in my view as well”
Former candidate Punjab Assembly, Advocate Malik Omar Arshad condemned Nekokara AC Nekokara’s statement and said that they are consulting legal experts and will file a writ petition with the Sessions Court, Attock and later in Lahore High Court.