Ministry of Religious Affairs has been directed to finalize a joint bill ‘National Commission for Non-Muslim Pakistani’s Rights’. On Monday, April 2, National Assembly’s subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to pool three private bills with the “National Commission for Non-Muslim Pakistani’s Rights” bill.
Chairing the meeting, MNA Ali Muhammad Khan examined three private bills. These bills include, ‘The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015’, tabled by MNA Begum Beelum Hasnain, ‘The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015’, tabled by MNA Lal Chand Malhi and ‘The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2016’, tabled by MAN Sanjay Perwani.
Ministry of Religious Affairs was directed to conduct a session with Begum Beelum Hasnain, Lal Chand Malhi and Sanjay Perwani and chalk out a joint bill named ‘National Commission for Non-Muslim Pakistani’s Rights.’ The Ministry was directed to comply with the directions and submit the finalized form within a fortnight.
National Assembly’s Sub Committee of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony also expressed disapproval over the fact that present National Commission for Minorities has held only five meetings in last five years. The committee criticized existing Commission for holding only one meeting in a year.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, Additional Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Muhammad Ashraf said that in this regard a similar Bill National Commission for Interfaith Harmony was nearly finalized.
Speaking about the National Commission for Non-Muslim Pakistani’s Rights, MNA Lal Chand Malhi said that the commission will have a chairman and ten members. Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition will appoint the chairman of this commission he explained. The commission will be entrusted with the responsibility to register complaints of minorities. These complaints will be forwarded to relevant department in order to be redressed. MNA Begum Beelum Hasnain said that constitution of a commission for minorities’ rights is inevitable.