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The Ahmadiya community has dissociated itself from the upcoming general elections due to ‘discriminatory treatment’.

In a press statement, a community spokesman has said though the elections would be held under a joint electoral system, there was, however, a separate voters’ list for the Ahmadis.

“Currently there is one voters list that includes all religious groups, including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Zoroastrians and Sikhs, whereas in the case of Ahmadis, a separate voters list is being prepared. This discriminatory treatment on the basis of religion is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the Ahmadis of Pakistan from the electoral process and denying them their right to vote.”

The Ahmadiya community also did not participate in the 2013 polls.

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