SAP-PK organizes meeting on Religious Freedom and Minority Rights

June 23, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: Representatives from various media organizations at a meeting on minorities’ rights have called for effective legislation related to marriage, divorce, inheritance, adoption rights to non-Muslims community.

They also emphasized to expedite on the Minority Property Protection Bill (MPPB), in order remove sense of deprivation as citizens of the country.

The consultation and sharing meeting with the media persons, titled: Religious Freedom and Minority Rights organized by South Asia Partnership of Pakistan (SAP-Pak) held here at a local hotel on Wednesday.

Those spoke on the occasion were included Nusrat Ara, a regional programme coordinator, Shamim Shahid , a Senior journalist, Rahmatullah Khan and others highlighted issues being faced by minorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

Enumerating ordeals to minorities, they said that due to non-availability of the rule and regulations related to birth, death and marriage certificates for minorities, the non-Muslim community were facing a lot of problems.

They added that the non-Muslims community were being faced numerous difficulties in provision of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) facility, as they have been living in tribal region for their forefathers but they are dealt as migrated non-Muslims, they lamented.

They said the present 3 percent quota was not enough to fulfill the need of the minorities as their children were also getting education like Muslims but due to less quota for them, their children often deprive of taking admission in Colleges and Universities and job as well.

The participants demanded for reviewing education policy, hatred materials and syllabus be immediately taken out adding that if any government’s facility is funded through Zakat (Alms) in head of health and vocational trainings for Muslims, provision for alternate source for non-Muslims be made available to these institutions so that descendent of the minorities could feel free atmosphere in getting education, jobs, and others.

They continued that quota for the minorities in jobs, educational institutions and various schemes of the government are increased in proportion to the population of the non-Muslims in province and effectively implemented.

The SAP representative also demanded of the government to provide protection to all minorities’ residents and their worship places in order to avoid any mishap in future.

The media persons, therefore, ensured the regional programme coordinator of the organization to extend their fully cooperation in raising voice for minorities rights to the high ups in order to be given all equal rights same Muslims community.