Ulema delivers their messages about rights of minorities- Speakers

Peshawar: Speakers at a Consultative Meeting have appealed Ulema (Clerics) to deliver messages of Islam about rights of minorities through their sermons in order to create harmony among Muslims and non-Muslim.

These expressed these views during the meeting titled, “Consultative Meeting with Civil Societies” organized by South Asia Partnership of Pakistan (SAP-Pk) held here at a local hotel on Wednesday. The meeting was aimed to take all CSOs on board regarding minorities’ rights and their resolution by mutual efforts.

Representatives of different organisations from Chitral, Swat, Peshawar, Kuram and Mohmand Agencies including Zahir Shah Mohmand Advocate, Ijaz Durrani, Temour Shah, Munir Bangash, Shams, a Senior journalist Shamim Shahid, Redesh Sing Tony, Harun Sarb Diyal, Augston Jacob and Sama Ara, Nusrat Ara and Shahida Shah of SAP shared their views about non-Muslims’ right and their issues.

Appreciating the efforts of the concerned CSO to work hard on the rights of non-Muslim Pakistanis for having several meetings with various political parties and parliamentarians to jointly raise voices for lessening problems of minorities, due to which a Bill on minorities’ property is under consideration in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly while another Bill about Deeniat (Theology) for non-Muslims is in process.

Harun Sarb Diyal from Hindu community lamented that there were some hatred lessons in the syllabus, which he added were their worst enemy, should be removed for sake of harmony and brotherhood.

“Some teachers also teach against Hindus, all of them be bound to avoid hatred speeches” he claimed and added, “First, we all are Pakistanis, then believers of our faiths and others, we also were ready render all kind of sacrifices for our soil”.

Rejecting the impression that non-Muslims are a menace to Islam and Pakistan, he said that they gave reverence to Islam and their mother soil (Pakistan), but there were some elements who wanted to vilify non-Muslims by hatching different conspiracies in order to achieve their own goals of grabbing holy places and property particularly of Hindus.

Radesh Singh claimed that there were 322 Gurdwara in Pakistan and now only fifteen of were functional while only one was for Sikh community in KP province, which he added was injustice with the community. “Our Gurdwaras were grabbed”, he claimed.

Augston Jacob on the occasion said that Christians had also tried their best to give a good name to the country in different fields, but despite it, they were facing a large number of issues as he indicated to a Church situated in Cantonment area, of which a wall was demolished owing to storm some three months back while the concerned department was making delaying tactics for reconstruction of it.

All the representatives of minorities have demanded of the government to resolve their issues on priority basis along with equal rights as per constitution and protection guaranteed by Islam so that they could also enjoy their religious freedom in a peaceful atmosphere.

Ijaz Durrani, Shamim Shahid, Zar Ali, Zahir Shah, Naeem and others said that Islamiat compulsory be replaced with Deeniat/ethics/ Civics for minorities’ students. All the representatives of CSOs vowed to raise voices for the non-Muslims’ right on every platform.

Earlier, Shahid Shah, Sanam Ara and Nusrat Ara gave a detailed presentation on the rights of minorities.

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