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Senator calls for parliamentary panel on minorities

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Farhatullah Babar has said that despite the Constitution guaranteeing minorities’ rights, religious injunctions and Pakistan having signed international covenants, their rights have been shrinking while intolerance by state and society has increased. Speaking at an International Interfaith meeting organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) […]

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Call to end religious discrimination

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SUKKUR: Speakers at a seminar on minorities rights stressed the need for treating each and every citizen equally in order to eliminate discrimination on religious grounds. They urged the Pakistan and Indian governments to stop exploitation of their respective minorities. The seminar held at the local press club was organised by the Marvi Rural Development […]

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Sindh police not conversant with laws on human rights, workshop told

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LARKANA: Speakers at a training workshop said police were not fully conversant with the laws dealing with fundamental human rights violations such as domestic violence, child abuse, tribal conflicts, violation of minorities’ rights and therefore these laws were not enforced in letter and spirit. They were speaking at the two-day workshop to train police officials […]

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Civil activists raise their voice for a better society

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KARACHI: Civil society cannot work alone; it needs the support of the government, said Rabia of Oxfam International. “We are not claiming that we have brought any change, but we want to work towards making a better society.” She asked the government officials to extend their cooperation to work together for the rights of citizens. […]

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‘Some communities within minorities are ignored’

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KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Minorities Gayan Chand Israni has said that the government is giving priority to protection of rights of minorities in Sindh. He was speaking at a media briefing on protection of minority rights organised by the Sindh Rural Partner Organisation (SRPO) at a local hotel here on Tuesday. “The government will ensure […]

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SC seeks reply from govt over minorities’ rights protection

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday issued a rejoinder to the federal government and sought a reply over the brutal lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan regarding its verdict from last June for the protection of minorities’ rights. The SC registrar office has sent rejoinder to Establishment Division, Ministry of Religious […]

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Sit-ins and extremism diverting attention from rights concerns: HRCP

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QUETTA: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed concern at the emergence and deterioration in a litany of grave human rights concerns across the country and stated that the prevailing political situation and rise in religious extremism were proving significant hurdles in mounting any serious efforts to deal with these concerns. In a statement […]

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Govt urged to protect rights of minorities

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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 […]

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War on minorities

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IT should have been just another Sunday service at the All Saints Church in Peshawar a year ago. As it turned out, it was the prelude to a massacre, the worst attack against the Christian community in Pakistan, when twin suicide bombings at the end of the service claimed around 90 lives and injured over […]

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Minorities’ rights

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RECENTLY the Supreme Court ordered the government to establish a task force for the protection of the places of worship of minorities. This is a historic decision by the apex court. The minorities are thankful to the chief justice for this decision. Now this is the government’s turn to fulfil its duties towards protecting minorities […]

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CII wakes up to minorities rights issue

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ISLAMABAD: The resolution regarding the protection of minorities was on top of the agenda in Wednesday’s meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). All members of the CII agreed that the government should ensure security of minorities. They reiterated that they will ensure the protection of minorities’ rights by setting guidelines in the coming […]

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27 temple, holy books desecration cases in half a year, moot told

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KARACHI: Over 27 incidents of desecration of temples and holy books of religious minorities in the past six months have been causing insecurity among them, a conference on minority rights was informed on Wednesday. At the programme, organised by South Asia Partnership, speakers said that Pakistan had signed International Convention on Civil and Political Rights […]

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‘No religion allows forced conversions’

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SUKKUR: If people are forced to convert or marry then it creates a different situation as that is not allowed in any religion or by the law, said advocate Mukesh Kumar Karira while speaking at a workshop organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Sukkur on Thursday. While discussing forced conversions and […]

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CII examines minorities’ marriage bills

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ISLAMABAD: A two-day special session of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) opened on Tuesday with discussions focusing on the proposed Hindus and Christians’ marriage bills. The advisory body also sought the draft bill – prepared for the marriage of non-Muslims – from the Law and justice ministry. “Islam is not a hurdle in the […]

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