Pakistan minority communities to pressurize new govt. to promote religious freedom

Islamabad, June 5 (ANI): Members of Pakistan's minority communities have pledged to pile up pressure on the incoming government to promote religious freedom.

Minorities' representatives, both in the parliament and the provincial assemblies, want fresh legislation on religious freedom to protect the rights of an estimated nine million non-Muslims living in Pakistan, reports The Express Tribune.

MNA Aasiya Nasir, a Christian from the platform of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl said

minorities want to stay away from the sensitive issues but will continue to struggle for their basic rights.

An important proposed bill seeking registration of Hindus, the largest minority in Pakistan, is pending with the standing committee concerned since 2011, the report said.

At present, some 38 non-Muslims are representing minorities in the Parliament as well as in the provincial assemblies. Ten members are elected on NA reserved seats in the lower house of the Parliament and four are already representing the minorities in the Senate.

Nine members are representing minorities in Sind Assembly, eight in Punjab Assembly and three each in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assemblies. Only one MPA, Dr Mahesh Malani, won direct elections from PS-61, Tharparkar, Sindh.

MPA Ramesh Singh Arora, addressing the specific issues of Sikh community, said there is a sense of insecurity among Sikhs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) due to the law and order situation. (ANI)


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