Religious minorities faced increased violence and discrimination in 2015 says a Pakistani Bishop

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Pakistani Christians

2015 has been a difficult year for the religious minorities in Pakistan so far, says a Pakistani Bishop.

According to details, Bishop Samson Shukardin from Hyderabad has said that the current year has been unrelenting towards the religious minorities in Pakistan. 2015 overall, was a hard year for the religious minorities living in Pakistan, he said while adding that the religious minorities are being repeatedly victimized by violence and religious discrimination regardless of the government’s promises to protect their rights.

While speaking in this regard, Bishop Samson Shukardin said, “2015 saw the same discrimination and difficulties we have been witnessing for years.”

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“Churches were bombed in Lahore and many Christians are still imprisoned in its wake. The government speaks a lot for the minorities but does little in terms of pro-minority legislation,” he said.

Moreover, Bishop Shukardin further said that it is because of the fact that Pakistan harbours a poor human rights record that it was voted off the U.N. Human Rights Council in October, earlier this year.

Bishop Shukardin asserted that in his opinion the kind of pressure that the UN has exerted on Pakistan by voting it off the U.N. Human Rights Council. He said that he believes, this type of “international pressure” ought to be prolonged so as to force the Pakistani government to ensure and protect the rights of the religious minorities in Pakistan.