Son-in-law of Sharif slammed for hate speech

The Asian Age - - Asia - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (HRCP) has ex­pressed out­rage at the state­ment made by ousted Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Mo­hammed Safdar tar­get­ing the mi­nor­ity Ahmedi com­mu­nity.

A state­ment is­sued by the Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day said: “HRCP con­demns in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms the tar­get­ing of any Pak­istani re­li­gious mi­nor­ity group and any call for dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior against any such group at a pub­lic fo­rum. The par­lia­men­tar­ian’s tirade in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on 10th October 2017 tar­geted Ahmedis. The Ah­madiyya com­mu­nity is al­ready the most per­se­cuted re­li­gious mi­nor­ity group in Pak­istan. Fur­ther­more, the use of the Na­tional As­sem­bly floor to ad­vo­cate dis­crim­i­na­tion, ha­tred and ex­clu­sion for cit­i­zens in this man­ner is de­plorable.”

Mr Safdar had ac­cused the faith group of act­ing against Pak­istan’s in­ter­ests and cal­lled them a threat.

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