ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directs provinces to solve problems of minorities.
A three-member bench of the apex court, heard the case related implementation of SC order given for the rights of minorities. The court directed the attorney general of Pakistan to look into the matter and ensure that it was placed before the cabinet within two weeks. This bench was headed by Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk. The apex court asked the federal government to place the Hindu Marriage Registration Bill before the cabinet within two weeks for approval.
SC also directed the chief secretaries and inspectors general of police (IGPs) of the four provinces to hold meetings with the representatives of minority communities in order to resolve their problems. During this hearing, Chief secretaries, IGPs, advocate generals of the four provinces, chairman National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and Ramesh Kumar, representative of minorities, were present.
During the hearing, Advocate General Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Abdul Latif Yousafzai informed the court that the KPK government on December 28, 2014 chalked out summary of legislation pertaining to establishment of a task force for the protection of rights of minorities, which will soon be approved. He also told the court that KPK government has also increased the quota from one percent to three percent for adjusting the minorities in the government departments.
Whereas, advocate general Balochistan informed the court that a task force has been established in the province and that efforts were underway to solve the problems being faced by the minorities. Advocate General Sindh, Fateh Malik informed the court that the draft for legislation to give five percent quota to minorities in the government’s job has been completed. Advocate General Punjab Razaq A Mirza while appearing before the court informed that task force comprising 1,380 persons is being established in the province for the protection of minorities rights adding that the job quota for minorities has been increased to five percent.