Pakistan’s religious minorities harassed at every level: Advocate Jacqueline Sultan

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Pakistani Christian lawyer and activist Jacqueline Sultan has expressed disappointment over the fact that the minority protection bill was revoked by Asif Ali Zardari co-Chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party. She complained that despite that fact that girls from the minorities communities are being abducted and forced to convert yet the bill was retracted.

Pakistani Christian girls forced to convert

Advocate Jacqueline said this during a meeting with representatives from a local newspaper. She voiced serious concerns over inaction of the government in this regard. She said that the PPP’s co-chairperson took the bill back on demand of religious political parties. She said that minorities’ girls are sexually targeted, abducted and forcibly married, forced to convert.

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She explained that she supports many organizations and offers services for the cause of humanity. Furthermore, she said that she had organized seminar on forced marriages and conversations. This seminar was attended by Allama Abbas Komaili, Sheri Ahmer Sehwani, Dr. Tasneem Kausar, Mst. Ghazala Shafiq, Mst. Beena Humayoun, former MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokhar and many others.

She briefed the representatives of the newspaper that all the guests appreciated her efforts however she revealed that there are certain elements in the society that are opposing campaign against forced marriages and conversions of minorities’ girls. She said that a Qadyani lawmaker Malik Atta was assassinated because he raised his voice against this issue.

Advocate Jacqueline said that son of Allama Abbas Komaily was also killed for the same reason while many others were harassed not to pursue the cause. She said that owing to this reason, she had to suspend her social activities for a protracted period.

On this occasion, she mentioned statistics revealed by The Movement and Solidarity for Peace, which portrayed a dismal situation stating that every year around 1000 girls from minority communities are forced to convert.
She urged the government of Sindh to take efficacious steps in order to curb the ongoing gender based violence against the minorities. Advocate Jacqueline said that forced conversions were against teachings of every religion.