Christian raise their brows on hate speeches and content on the social media. They unwaveringly demand government’ action to curb the spreading of such material on the internet. In a press conference protest held under the banner of Bright Future Society, Pakistani Christians raised voices against expeditiously spreading epidemic of hate content on the social media.
The Christian participants demanded the barring of posting anti-Christian material on the social media, calling it a call of attacks on Christians. The hate material incites revulsion against Christians in the society, they said. In the face of rising insecurities for the Christians in Pakistan, they demanded that government should establish a National Council for Minorities’ Rights.
This press conference was held on Thursday, June 23 at Hyderabad Press Club. Christian leaders including Boota Imtiaz, Advocate Sooba Bhatti, Ashraf Raza, Nazir Masih, Hafeez Bhatti, Salamat Faqira, Pastor Khadim, Pervez Khokhar, Danish Yaqoob and Samuel Payara, head of Bright Future Society. At this occasion, Samuel Payara up till now, there has been no implementation of the Supreme Court’ ruling concerning the religious minorities in the country.
The Christian participants of the press conference urged the Federal and provincial governments to take effective measures so that hate content against Christians or other religious minorities could not be publicized on the social media. They demanded legislation that would carry due punishment for those who use the social media to spread or incite hatred against religious minorities.
In order to guarantee equal rights for minorities, a National Council for Minority Rights should be formed, they demanded. The first and foremost task of this council should be preserve the rights of minorities, moreover, it should chalk out policies at federal and provincial levels for the protection of religious minorities. They raised issues bothering Pakistani Christians such as, marriage registration with NADRA, distribution of compensation money to the victims of Peshawar Church attack and implementation of 5% minorities’ quota in government jobs.