Govt must protect minorities’ places of worship: Minister

The Muslim Times’ Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Xpress Tribune

Published: April 1, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Minister In-charge of National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti said on Sunday that he would raise objections in the parliament if the government fails to safeguard the places of worship of minorities, particularly the Hindu community.

“Minorities in Pakistan are in deep trouble,” Bhatti told the Express Tribune.

“The government should be committed to safeguard the places of worship of all minorities in the country and all possible steps should be taken for the care and maintenance of these places,” said Bhatti.

Taking notice of the Hindu community’s protest in front of the National Press Club in Islamabad for the repossession of their temple, the minister said that no one should be allowed to occupy their places of worship. More

Categories: Asia, Pakistan

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  1. The founder of Pakistan want to give equal rights to all citizens of Pakistan. So in the mind of Muhammad Ali Jinnah there was no concept of minority or majority. He was a liberal Muslim leader believing in the Secular Islam not in the Theocratic Islam ( Mullah-ism ) which is now established in Pakistan. Poor Mr.Paul Bhatti he can only give a statement and can do nothing. Pakistan can never make progress without amending the laws of persecution and without giving the equal rights to all Pakistanis.Due to this politicizing of religion Pakistan is thrown into fundamentalism and terrorism. Pakistan should come back on the track of Quaid-E-Azam and leave the track of Theocracy ( Mullah-ism ) as early as possible if it want to survive.

  2. “Places of worship” … I am sorry, I feel some kind of ‘shivering’ every time I hear this expression, (because in Pakistan members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at are not permitted to call their Mosques as MOSQUES). How silly the whole thing…

    Anyway, just a ‘side-remark’ …

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