ISLAMABAD: The United Nations resolutely condemns the on-going violence in the country, particularly the recent tragic events in Quetta, and Karachi.
The United Nations coordination in Pakistan adheres with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization -UNO, to pass on deepest commiseration to the families of all the victims and to the people of Pakistan.
In a statement, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Timo Pakkala said, “All human beings have equal right to life irrespective of diversities and differences in religious or political beliefs. It is alarming that in one year hundreds of Pakistanis belonging to different minority groups have been killed which is denial of right to life and disrespect of humanity.”
Pakistan has sporadically endorsed several Human Rights international treaties including minorities’ rights. Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ascertains and identifies the rights of minorities to enjoy their own culture and to profess and practice their own religion. What is more, the Preamble and the Article 36 of the Constitution of Pakistan undoubtedly maintains rights of minorities.
Being aware of the recent and continuous attacks on the religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan, the United Nations Secretary General has necessitated a sharp and firm action against those claiming responsibility, thus pulling off such depraved actions. The United Nations restated its steady support to the Government and people of Pakistan, in order to guarantee the protection of religious and ethnic minorities.
“Pakistan is embarking on an important political transition that people hope will help realize their aspirations towards a stable, prosperous and democratic Pakistan. The gains that the country has made in recent years in many areas in human rights must not be put in jeopardy by the intolerance of a few. The United Nations urges the Government and all political parties to accelerate efforts to build harmony and peace among different sections of society and take concrete measures to protect the existence and identity of ethnic, cultural and religious minorities in Pakistan,” Pakkala said.