Pakistan Hindu Council suggests to constitute committee under PM

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (INP): Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has proposed establishment of an active committee at federal level under Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to prevent increased atrocities against minorities, to ensure formation of a violence-free society and to promote religious harmony.

The suggestion was unanimously endorsed in an urgent meeting called by executive body of Pakistan Hindu Council on Sunday, which 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 added in meeting agenda. In the context of recent kidnapping of Hindu citizens, particularly of minor girl Anjali from Dherki, Kiran from Nawab Shah and Jeoti from Hyderabad, the participants highly demanded the prime minister and provincial chief ministers to implement an effective and practical legislation to protect minorities rights, adding that interfaith harmony and Hindu Marriage Acts were need of time.

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 failed to address Minorities Issues including, protection of Holy Places of Worships, Cemeteries, illegal occupation etc, adding that misuse of the Blasphemy Laws on larger scale resulted in the harassment of Minorities and to fulfill personal enmities.

Expressing grave concerns on the incident of burning alive a Christian couple, Dr. Ramesh warned that the fire of that is ignited today and affecting innocent patriotic minorities’ lives, would wrap whole peace loving Pakistani citizens in the near future. He also requested media, civil society stake holders and common citizens to play their due role to develop a violence-free society.

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