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In search of “Equal Rights” in Pakistan


Chairman Pakistan Minorities’ Teachers Association Professor Anjum James Paul pens down quandary of the Non-Muslim Pakistanis in his latest recent paper entitled “In the search of equal rights in Pakistan.” Professor Anjum who had been ardent advocate of the equal rights for all Pakistanis initiates with: “I this document to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam, who laid the foundation of equal citizenship of Pakistan on August 11, 1947 without any discrimination and all Pakistani non-Muslims who are facing discrimination due to the violation of the ideology of the Father of the Nation.”

Equal rights for minorities in Pakistan

An excerpt from Professor Anjum James Paul’s research paper is as below:

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“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed-that has nothing to do with the business of the State.” – Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam said during his speech on August 11, 1947.

Pakistan Minorities’ Teachers Association was making efforts to make the “Role of Non-Muslims in the creation of Pakistan and Role of Non-Muslims in Pakistan in the national curriculum of Pakistan and the recommendations were accepted to address biases and intolerant attitudes against non-Muslims from the Pakistani society so that Pakistan may be according to the ideology of the Father of the Nation that he presented to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.

Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Parsi played a vital role in the partition of India while Islamic religious parties like Majlis-e-Ahrar, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and Jamaat Islami opposed the establishment of Pakistan and declared Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Dr. Muhamamd Iqbal infidel.

Muslim citizens have more edge and if they harm religious sentiments of Non-Muslims then they are protected. They pressurize non-Muslims for serious consequences and thus they are released from all cases with honor. The properties and residences of non-Muslims are burnt to ashes after looting. They are often offered menial jobs. They have to face harassment, discrimination and religious persecution at work places.

There is an open violation of the Articles of the Constitution other than the Islamic Articles. Muslim majority citizens exploit the rights of the non-Muslims and they influence and pressurize even the state functionaries under the umbrella of religion.