PCC urges for Minority Commission as in Liaquat-Nehru Pact

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of PCC, asked, “Why Christians, Hindus and other religious minorities consent was neglected to change their electoral system?”

July 17 2014, 2:50 PM
PCC urges for Minority Commission as in Liaquat-Nehru Pact
Pakistani prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan and Indian prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru signing the Liaquat-Nehru pact in New Delhi on April 8, 1950. Photo courtesy: The Friday Times

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), has appealed to Muslim politicians to constitute a National Minority Commission headed by acting or retired Chief Justice of Supreme Court, in the true spirit of Liaquat-Nehru Pact.

In his letter to leaders of all major Muslim political parties, PCC Chief has said, “If Muslim political parties are sincere in bringing religious minorities to mainstream politics, it is important that National Minority Commission as under the Liaquat-Nehru Pact be formed.”

Liaquat-Nehru Pact – signed by Prime Minister of Pakistan Khan Liaquat Ali Khan and Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru on April 8, 1950 in New Delhi – agreed to protect rights of minorities and to constitute in respective countries National Minority Commissions, headed by a Supreme Court Judge, which may publically invite presentations and recommendations of minorities’ leaders to protect their Personal law and for legislation on Election System and Religious Freedom.   

He said the present Pakistan Muslim leadership of not being true political inheritors of Muslim League founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, “Quaid-e Azam in his famous 14 Point Declaration awarded ‘Separate Electorate’ and gave the same in writing to SP Singha, leader of All India Christian Association, that separate elections will be given to Christians after formation of Pakistan. All factions of Pakistan Muslim League PML, MQM, JI, JUI and other parties had in their manifestos ‘Separate Electorate’ which would be practiced by religious minorities in Pakistan, but suddenly these Muslim political parties snatched the right of vote to elect their leaders and endorsed Joint Electorate system for them which was imposed by a military ruler.”

Bhatti asked, “Why Christians, Hindus and other religious minorities consent was neglected to change their electoral system?”

“You were never sincere to award equal basic democratic rights to religious minorities of Pakistan and adopted constitutional measures to turn them to second class citizens,” Bhatti said.

“India constituted National Minority Commission under true spirit of Liaquat Nehru Pact which recommended constituting Muslim Law Board; it is operational since 1952 and Muslims are practising in India their Islamic marriage and divorce laws. While, such commission was never formed in Pakistan and Muslim Judges are issuing decrees according to Islamic laws on marriage and divorce cases of Christians, every Muslim ruler in Pakistan imposed what election system he liked on minorities to easily hijack their vote bank,” the letter said.

Bhatti warned that if National Minority Commission was not formed under Liaquat-Nehru Pact, exodus of Hindus and Christian from Pakistan would expedite damaging the image of Pakistan at international forums.

Source: Pakistan Christian Post