HCRP flays Par­lia­men­tar­ian’s state­ment in NA against mi­nor­ity group

Daily Messenger - - National -

LA­HORE: The Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (HRCP) has ex­pressed out­rage at the state­ment made by a par­lia­men­tar­ian from the rul­ing party in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, tar­get­ing and call­ing for dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­tions to be taken against a re­li­gious mi­nor­ity group.

A state­ment is­sued 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 Ah­madis. 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, it said. It said the par­lia­men­tar­ian from the rul­ing party ac­cused the faith group of act­ing against Pak­istan’s in­ter­ests and la­bel­ing them a threat to the coun­try, its Con­sti­tu­tion and ide­ol­ogy. He made de­mands, among oth­ers, that there should be a pro­hi­bi­tion on the re­cruit­ment of Ah­madis into the armed forces and na­tional in­sti­tu­tions such as the Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan. He also said that they would not stand for the Physics depart­ment at the Quaid-e-Azam Univer­sity to be named af­ter No­bel Lau­re­ate Dr Ab­dus Salam, be­cause he was an Ah­madi.

The state­ment said this is an ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing trend in a coun­try where one does not have to look far for meth­ods of intimidation and dis­crim­i­na­tory be­hav­ior against re­li­gious mi­nor­ity groups. It is also a bad omen for Pak­istan’s be­lea­guered democ­racy if mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties are able to ex­press such in­tol­er­ant and po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect views at a pub­lic fo­rum with such im­punity. It is re­gret­table that no po­lit­i­cal party or at­tend­ing par­lia­men­tar­ian con­demned this par­lia­men­tar­ian as he made his speech.

It said Pak­istan’s na­tional and in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights obli­ga­tions do not sup­port such ve­he­ment and un­called for dis­re­gard of the hu­man rights of any of its ci­ti­zens, ir­re­spec­tive of their re­li­gion, caste or creed.

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