Issues face by the minorities could not be overlooked: CJP


Federal, provincial govts had yet to implement SC’s ruling: Ramesh

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday issued notices to Attorney General for Pakistan and the four provincial advocate generals seeking their respective reports over the implementation of the apex court’s directives on minority rights.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Mushir Alam resumed the hearing related to implementation of directives outlined by the apex court through its June 19 verdict on minority rights.

During Tuesday’s hearing, PML-N MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani told the court that the federal and provincial governments had yet to implement the ruling issued by the Supreme Court on June 19.

He further said that had the decision been implemented, many problems and issues of the minorities would have been resolved and added that government departments did not pay heed to the issues faced by minorities.  Wakwani said minorities were given basic rights under the Constitutions of 1973 while Speaker of the National Assembly says that the problems faced by minorities were a provincial issue.

He wondered as to where the Rs 700 million funds given to Sindh were spent.

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk replied that the case being heard pertained to the implementation of the courts earlier verdict.

He added that the issues face by the minorities could not be overlooked but the issues highlighted were new.

He further asked the minority MNA to submit a written petition in this regard


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