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Rwadari Tehreek urges for implementation of efficacious recommendations seeking protection of religious minorities


Social Movement Rwadari Tehreek calls for implementation of recommendations put forth previously on the occasion of National Minorities’ Day on August 11. Marking the minorities’ day, the social movement had put forth a charter of demand which was chalked out around the August 11 speech of Founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Rwadari Tehreek urges for protection of religious minorities

The content of the charter of demand put forth by Rwadari Tehreek is as below:

1.The Speech of the Founder of Pakistan of 11th August 1947 to the Constituent Assembly should be made part of the Preamble of the Constitution of Pakistan and should also be included in the curriculum of the educational institutions. The founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his first address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan said, “We are all citizens and equal citizens of one state… Now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal, and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”

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2.Constitutional Reforms Package in consultation with religious minorities and civil society should be brought to end discrimination and biases and to ensure effective political participation and representation of religious minorities.
3.Independent Commission on Minorities should be constituted at Federal and Provincial Levels through an Act of Parliament which should have the powers of a tribunal in the incidents of the violations of minority rights.
4.Mechanisms should be evolved for the effective Implementation of the Supreme Court Judgment 2014 on the Protection of Minorities.
5.The laws which are being misused to instigate violence should be reviewed which has led the destruction of the lives and properties of the religious minorities.
6.An independent Inquiry Commission should be made to assess the issue of forced conversion of the women and girls belonging to religious minorities. The findings of the Commission should be made public and those involved in forced conversion should be apprehended. Moreover a law should be made to ban forced conversions.
7.An effective De-radicalization plan should be made which should include the ban on hate speech, elimination of biased material from the curriculum, ban and action against all terrorist outfits, their financiers, facilitators and supporters and de-weaponization policy to stop gun and bomb culture.

Rwadari Tehreek calls the attention of Federal and Provincial governments, State institutions, political parties, media and civil society to seriously look into the recommendations for the protection and promotion of the religious minorities.