Govt urged to protect rights of minorities
PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar on ‘Minorities rights and establishment of peace’ have demanded the government to ensure protection of lives and properties of non-Muslims and called for provision of equal rights to minorities, as per the constitution of the country.
The seminar was organised by the Sustainable Development Society at the Press club here on Saturday. Notable speakers include SDS Executive Director Iftikhar Hussain, Project Coordinator Shams Naveed, Khalid Shehzad, member of Sikh community Rohail Chand Kakar, Nusrat Ara from South Asia Partnership (SAP), Hashim Babar from QWP, Fanoos Gujr, tribal leader Engr Toor Gul, and human right activist Fahim Altaf.
The speakers expressed concerns over fresh wave of terrorism and increasing target killings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and suggested to establish an emergency response cell for them.
They lamented the government and law enforcement agencies were failed to take proactive steps to arrest those involved in the target killings of non-Muslims.
The participants said the minorities were not given equal representation in national and provincial assemblies, as recently seats were increased in parliament but no raise was made in the seats quota of minorities.
They also raised the issue regarding non-issuance of domicile to non-Muslims in northern areas of KP, which was tantamount to close the door of education for the children of minorities.