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‘Curriculum needs to be amended to change mindset towards minorities’

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ISLAMABAD: Whenever there is a debate on the issues of minorities, people refer to Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s August 11, 1947 speech in which he had said the citizens of the country would enjoy equal rights irrespective of their religious affiliations. But the issues of minorities would only be resolved if the Quaid’s saying is […]

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‘Key to implementation of laws lies in societal awareness’

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Karachi: Changes in laws and their implementation are always brought about when the society is aware of them and people are willing to stand up for their rights, be it the vulnerable sections of the society or minority communities. This was said by speakers including members of the judiciary and rights activists at a seminar […]

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PM vows to protect rights of all religious communities

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KARACHI: Prime Minis­ter Nawaz Sharif has said that all religious communities living in Pakistan enjoy equal rights and vowed to safeguard them. Speaking at a ceremony organised by the minority wing of the PML-N’s Sindh chapter to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali at a hotel here on Wednesday, he said: “Every community living here […]

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Call for protection of non-Muslim rights

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KARACHI: The Sindh Rural Partners Organisation (SRPO) held a consultation on minority rights here on Friday with several minority group representatives, human rights activists and political party representatives discussing the problems faced by the country’s minorities even after 68 years of independence. Mangla Sharma of the Pakistan Hindu Council said that all the organisations fighting […]

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Removal of hate material from textbooks sought

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PESHAWAR: Speakers at a function on Thursday urged the government to remove hate lessons against other religions from textbooks to create harmony and brotherhood among minorities and Muslims in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The programme, titled, “Uprooting Religious Intolerance through Formal Education System in Pakistan” was organised jointly by National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) and […]

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Separate family laws a must to protect minorities

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Karachi: Politicians, intellectuals and members of the civil society have called for devising separate family laws for all minority faiths for ensuring protection of their rights. They were speaking at a seminar titled, “Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society”, organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research (Piler) […]

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Call for legislation to empower non-Muslim communities

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Advocate Kalpana Devi speaks at the seminar ‘Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society’ on Tuesday.—White Star Advocate Kalpana Devi speaks at the seminar ‘Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society’ on Tuesday.—White Star KARACHI: A comprehensive plan of action was suggested on Tuesday at a seminar […]

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SC committee for minority rights yet to make a difference

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KARACHI: Strategies to ensure the compliance of the Supreme Court (SC) judgment of June 19, 2014 about minority rights were discussed a year after the judgment by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and other organisations on Tuesday evening. The consultation aimed to review the pace of the implementation of the directives […]

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Impact of SC judgement on minorities’ rights discussed

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KARACHI: A year ago the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) passed a judgement for the protection of rights of religious minorities and to review its progress and implementation, the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) organised a consultation meeting on Tuesday where representatives of civil society and religious minorities gathered to share their […]

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Call to implement SC verdict on minorities’ rights

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LARKANA: Speakers at a consultative programme have urged the government to implement last year’s landmark judgement of the Supreme Court that outlines a strategy on how to protect the non-Muslims communities’ rights. The programme was organised by the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) in collaboration with the Rights of Expression, Assembly, Association and Thought (REAT) […]

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Voicing concerns: ‘Minorities should unite for citizens’ rights’

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HYDERABAD: How can the problems faced by three to four million scheduled caste Hindus, most of whom live in Sindh, be addressed? Will assimilation with the majority help improve their lives? A Human Rights Commission of Pakistan expert group meeting on communities vulnerable because of their beliefs reflected on these questions on Sunday. “Section 3 […]

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Repeating rhetoric: Nothing new to offer minorities

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KARACHI: With a 10.5 per cent increase in expenses and Rs567 million allocated for development in the upcoming fiscal year, the minorities affairs department hardly offers any new schemes or projects to uplift religious minorities. The current expenditure budget has been raised from the outgoing fiscal year’s Rs143.29 million to Rs158.28 million for 2015-2016. However, […]

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‘Steps being taken to protect places of worship’

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HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Minority Affairs Gyan Chand Esrani has said the foremost responsibility of his department is to ensure protection of religious places of minorities. The government is taking certain steps, including induction of Hindu youths into police, raising of boundary walls of temples and fencing them with barbed wires and installation of CCTV […]

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Powerful bodies suggested to protect minorities rights

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KARACHI: Hate crime, violence and discrimination against religious minorities have increased manifold in recent years and there is a dire need to set up autonomous commissions with judicial powers at the federal and provincial levels to protect their rights, said participants in a meeting held at a local hotel on Thursday. The meeting organised by […]

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