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Mr. M.A. Jinnah rejects demands to declare Ahmadis as non-Muslims

On 23 May 1944 the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave his views at a press conference during his visit to Kashmir, stating that Ahmadis are Muslims and entitled to join the Muslim Conference organisation which consisted of Muslims. We quote below from the Urdu book Tahrik Huriyyat Kashmir (History of Independence Movements in Kashmir), volume 2, 1936 - 1945, page 291:

“Newspaper correspondents asked him a question about Mirza’is, that they are not being allowed to join the Muslim Conference because they are considered as non-Muslims. What is your opinion about this? Mr. Jinnah replied: ‘Who am I to declare a person as non-Muslim who calls himself a Muslim?’ ”
A footnote in the book at this point explains the background to the question:
“At the revival of the Muslim Conference, its constitution had been made flexible so that no Ahmadi could become a member of the Conference.”
See scanned pages from this book.

Read statement on oath by a Lahore Ahmadi journalist present at this Press Conference.

Shown below is an image of the signed letter by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah accepting the invitation to attend this Press Conference:

Quaid's letter