Minorities express their grave concern over all political parties for backing out from their manifestoesSeptember 16, 2014
Peshawar: Leaders of different minorities have expressed their grave concern over all political parties for backing out from their manifestoes to provide protection and equal opportunities to non-Muslims considering them as Pakistani citizens.
They showed their lamentation during a press briefing with titled, “Religious Freedom and Rights Minorities” organized by South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pk) held here at Press Club on Wednesday.
Those spoke on the occasion including Harun Sarb Diyal, a Chairman All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement (APHRM), Agstan Jacob of Christian community, Nusrat of SAP-Pk representative and a senior journalist Shamim Shahid while none of the Sikh community participated in briefing due to worst condition of fear as in the recent months several Sikh were targeted.
Harun Diyal read out manifestoes of different political parties regarding promising for provision of all facilities including safety, education, health all other services to all Pakistani non-Muslims same like that the Muslim community enjoyed. The political parties, he maintained had forgotten all their tall-claims when came into power.
“We all are Pakistani, then believers of our faith and other”, he claimed and added that they were ready to render all kind of sacrifices for their soil but despite, they were being targeted. “We did not migrate but we have been inhabitants of Pakistani land for our forefathers”, he added.
Rejecting the impression that non-Muslims are a menace to Islam and Pakistan, he said that they gave reverence to Islam and Pakistan, but there were some elements who wanted to vilify the country by hatching different conspiracies in order to achieve their own goals of grabbing holy places and property of minorities particularly of Hindus.
Shamim Shahid said that religious freedom and giving for constitutional rights were also right of non-Muslim communities in the country. He viewed that both the minorities and Muslims apparently affected by terrorism and extremism, which also earned a bad name of Pakistan in the rest of the world. He highlighted the issues being faced by non-Muslims communities, particularly relating of quota parliament, education and health sectors, economic deprivation, and others.
They demanded of the federal and provincial governments to make amendments in laws, relating to inheritance and marriage with consultation of representative of minorities and asked to give possession right of property of non-Muslims in KP in order to live life according to the constitution of the country.
Earlier, Nusrat of SAP-Pk gave a detailed presentation regarding minorities’ problems and national and international guarantees provided to them and Agstan Jacob also shared his views regarding minorities.