Karachi: Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, on Sunday proposed establishment of an active committee at federal level under Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to prevent increased atrocities against minorities, ensure formation of a violence-free society and promote religious harmony.
These suggestions were unanimously endorsed in an urgent meeting called by executive body of Pakistan Hindu Council here that also assigned Dr Ramesh the task to contact other representative parties in this regard. The meeting was chaired by Chela Ram Kewlani to review mounting atrocities against minorities across the country. Condemnation of brutal killing of innocent Christian couple was exclusively included in the meeting agenda.
In the context of recent kidnapping of Hindu citizens, particularly of minor girl, Anjali from Dherki, Kiran from Nawabshah and Jeoti from Hyderabad, the participants demanded of Prime Minister and Provincial Chief Ministers to implement an effective and practical legislation to protect minority rights, adding that interfaith harmony and Hindu Marriage Acts was also needed.
Chela Ram while expressing his views said that oppressed minorities saw a ray of hope with the Supreme Court orders to protect minorities rights, but unfortunately state institutes while following their routine negligible approach became fail for the implementation, adding that minorities were still as vulnerable as they were one and a half year ago, till today land mafia was active towards religious places occupation and kidnapping of Hindu girls was still happening.
At this occasion, Dr Ramesh Kumar said Constitution of Pakistan guaranted minorities rights. He emphasized that Pakistan’s national poet Allama Iqbal was also in support of a welfare state.
Pakistan Hindu Council also proposed names for the inclusion of interfaith committee; including Pir Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah (State Minister for Religious Affairs), Maulana Shirani (JUI-F), Mir Hasil Bazanjo (BNP), Khawaja Sohail (MQM), Abdul-Qehar Khan Wadan (PMAP). Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani from Hindu Community and Kamran Michael from Christian community and at least one member from each religious parties including Jamat e Islami.
Later, Dr Ramesh Kumar also briefed journalists about the proceedings of emergency meeting, held at the Pakistan Hindu Council Secretariat. He said, kidnapping of innocent Hindu girls, forced conversion and forcibly marriages were barbaric issues faced by Hindu minorities and it was mainly due to absence of Hindu Marriage Registration Act. He regretted that Sindh government has failed to address minorities issues including, protection of holy places of worships, cemeteries, illegal occupation etc.
Expressing grave concerns on the incident of burning alive a Christian couple, Dr Ramesh said such incidence had created a panic among minorities and increase in insecurities while performance of state institutions of Pakistan also became questionable at national and international level.