KARACHI: Pakistan Christian Congress asserts that the issues of the minorities can only be resolved if the government of Pakistan forms “National Minority Commission” under true spirit of “Liaquat-Nehru Pact”.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti- President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC while reflecting upon the Supreme Court’s direction to the Government of Pakistan to establish a National Council for Minorities Rights, he said in a statement that issues of religious minorities can be resolved if the government of Pakistan forms “National Minority Commission” under true spirit of “Liaquat-Nehru Pact”. He went on to say,” It is ironic that every government announces formation of “National minority Commission” to benefit some of their tools in minority community and Muslim functionaries to swallow budget allocated on it while such Commissions had never invited Presentation of Christians, Hindus and other minorities individuals that legislation may be recommended on their Electron System and Religious Freedom.”
This statement from the Pakistan Christian Congress comes as the media reports that the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League PML (N) and opposition leader from Pakistan Peoples Party PPP in National Assembly of Pakistan have consulted on formation of “National Minority Commission.” The PCC Chief also expressed concerns over the electoral system saying, “Pakistani Christians and other religious minorities have reservations on their Electron System and Religious but their voice is never heard by Muslim political parties which rule Pakistan.”
He insisted upon the formation of “National Minority Commission” headed by any acting or retired Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan instead under any Federal Minister to comply with “Liaquat-Nehru Pact.” He showed determination that Pakistan Christian Congress PCC will confront formation of “National Minority Commission” headed by any Minister or Prime Minister in higher courts of law because its violation of an International Treaty “Liaquat-Nehru Pact.”
The concept of “National Minority Commission” was duly signed by Prime Minister of India J L Nehru and Prime Minister of Pakistan Khan Liaquat Ali Khan on April 8, 1950 in New Delhi, to protect rights of minorities in respective state in an International Treaty known as “Liaquat-Nehru Pact.” According to the Liaquat-Nehru Pact, “A Minority Commission will be formed headed by acting or retired Judge of Supreme Court in India and Pakistan which will invite Presentations of minorities’ leaders for recommendations to legislate laws for protections of Muslims in India where they are in minority and Christians, Hindus and others in Pakistan”