No country for minorities: ‘National Action Plan has failed’

Source.ET

The conference was organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in collaboration with the European Union. PHOTO: AFP

The conference was organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in collaboration with the European Union. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The National Action Plan—formulated to eradicate terrorism—has failed to curb religious extremism and hate speech, speakers at a conference organised on Friday observed.

They made the remarks while speaking at the second day of Faith-Based Violence, Illegal Occupation and Destruction of Places of Worship. The speakers said while the use of loudspeakers had been somewhat regulated, hate speech was being delivered and provocative material was being published.

Syed Muhammad Ashraf, representing the Shia community of Balochistan, said the implementation of the NAP had proven to be inconsequential. He said hate material remained in circulation and recordings of provocative anti-Shia speeches could be easily obtained. Ashraf said while the media covered some sectarian elements, no space was afforded to Shias. He said Shias could not even imagine enjoying the liberties a common Baloch took for granted.

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Categories: Asia, Pakistan

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  1. How unfortunate it is. A country void of basic human rights for its citizens has plenty of time to make mockery of Panama and other leaks. Electronic media and politician elite all have diverted attention to lesser important issues. Remember absolute justice to all citizens is the foundation for lasting peace and prosperity of Pakistan. PTI also makes tall claims for justice but one has to see realities on ground. Each day this wonderland is marching forward to doom day and no one is bothered to rectify the basic fault.

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