SC hears minorities’ rights case today

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice Nasirul Mulk will hear today (Tuesday) a case pertaining to non-implementation of its June 19 verdict regarding protection of minorities’ rights.

The court has already put the Attorney General for Pakistan Salman Butt on notice. Earlier on November 7, the court had dispatched reminders to the prime minister, provincial chief ministers and chief secretaries, law ministry, establishment division, IGPs and others to submit their reports on the measures taken for the implementation of its order.

The Attorney General’s office had also dispatched letters to various ministries, seeking progress reports over the measures so far taken for the implementation of SC’s June 19 verdict.

In its verdict on minorities’ rights, the apex court had directed the government to constitute a national council for minorities’ rights and also form a special task force for the protection of places of worships of minority communities.

The court had also ordered for establishing a special police force with professional training to protect the places of worship of minorities.

Law enforcement agencies were directed that in all cases of violation of any of the rights guaranteed under law or desecration of the places of worship of minorities, they (enforcement agencies) should promptly take action and criminal cases be registered against the offenders.

The court had also directed for appropriate curricula at school and college levels to promote religious tolerance in the country.

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