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Karachi Interfaith Network urges CII to reconsider minority protection bill

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A delegation of the Karachi Interfaith Network urged the Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Dr Qibla Ayaz to reconsider the minority protection bill as a majority of the minorities living in Pakistan have already expressed their reservation.

They asked Chairman CII Dr Qibla Ayaz to hold a session to address the grievances of the minority communities living in different parts of the country. The visitors requested to invite the revered Ulemas like Mufti Taqi Usmani and Mufti Muneeb Ur Rehman to address and regulate Blasphemy Law to protect untoward mob lynching incidents in the future.

A 30-member delegation of KIN comprised of different faiths and sects met the Chairman CII Dr Qibla Ayaz as well as the officials of the National Counter Terrorism Authority and the Islamic Research Institute during their five days visit to Islamabad. The visiting delegation of Karachi Interfaith Network informed Chairman CII Dr Qibla Ayaz that KIN has embarked on the journey of creating inter-faith harmony and tolerance in Karachi.

On this occasion, a member of the University of Karachi Syndicate Dr Muhammad Hassan Auj, who represented universities, raised queries regarding the misuse of the Blasphemy Law and the failure of governments and the law enforcement agencies during the unwanted Sialkot incident and hoped that provincials and federal governments would implement the writ of law to protect untoward mob lynching incidents in future.

He said that our governments and LEAs are bound to protect the minorities and they have the constitutional right to practice their religion but they should not violate the Constitution of Pakistan and added that all those who have been declared as minority should act according to the law of the country.

Dr Muhammad Hassan Auj hoped that the governments would address the grievances of all minority communities and curtail the incidents which are causing a bad name to the country. He expressed that by bringing well-regarded ulemas to the table the governments could resolve problems being faced by the minorities.

Meanwhile, the MPA Mangla Sharma representing the Hindu community talked about forced conversion in Sindh and requested the CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz to consider this matter on a priority basis.

The representatives of Ismaili, Sikh, and Baha’i Communities and others like Dr Amir Tauseen, Mufti Zubair Usmani, Mufti Noman Naeem, Allama Ahsan Siddiqui, Allama Aqeel Anjum, Allama Ali Qarar Naqvi, Bishop Nazir Alam, Yousuf Nisar were also present.

Earlier, the delegation of the KIN attended the three-day workshop which was held at Bhurban, and then they visited the CII, NACTA, and IRI under the patronage of Executive Director of the Shaoor Foundation Syed Ali Hameed and President of International Research Council for Religious Affairs Israr Madni.

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