Mr. M.A. Jinnah declares Ahmadis as
On 23 May 1944 the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave his
views at a press conference during his visit to Kashmir 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
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: