SAP seminar urges legislation to end violence, discrimination

The seminar was attended by politicians, SAP representatives and others who have contributed in rights and protection measures for religious minorities in Sindh province of Pakistan.

Pakistan
Aug 22 2014, 11:37 AM
SAP seminar urges legislation to end violence, discrimination

South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) conducted a seminar on the contributions of Political parties and religious leaders on Right of Expression, Association, Assembly and Thoughts on August 20 at Regent Plaza Hotel Karachi Sindh Pakistan.

The main objectives of seminar were to gauge the contribution of political parties on rights and protection of religious worship places and social security, to assess the performance indicators of provincial assembly on legislation and bills for countering the religious minority’s issues, to analyse the current situation of religious minority’s issues especially forced marriage and conversion in Sindh Pakistan.

The seminar was attended by politicians, SAP representatives and others who have contributed in rights and protection measures for religious minorities in Sindh province of Pakistan.

On the occasion, Provincial coordinator Shahnaz Sheedi shared the assessments conducted by SAP PK. She said that Sindh Assembly during its first parliamentary year passed 31 laws, majority of them were passed unanimously. Assembly secretariat received 40 bills, of them 36 were passed and 31 were enacted as law. She added that from May 30, 2013 to May 30, 2014, the provincial assembly had 12 sessions, and completed required 100 meeting days in a year. Of 12 sessions, in all 57 sittings were held; this also included 43 days holidays and gap of two days. She emphasised that during these 100 days, no legislation was made for minorities and their welfare. No minority members either from treasury benches (PPP and MQM) or from opposition (PML-F) presented any bill for legislation.

Pakistan People’s Party representative however said that political parties have raised their voice for protection of religious minorities and discussed about discrimination in assemblies. But they failed to enact legislation due to some serious issues among Hindu marriage act and castes in Hindu religions. He added that Sindh Assembly is processing two resolutions about the minority’s rights especially forced marriage and conversion, marriage law and violence against minorities.

MQM representative clarified that 90% schemes of department of Minority Affairs are lying incomplete. Despite a huge amount allocated for this department, only 10% work was carried out.

Apart from legislation for minority welfare, all speakers also emphasised on development funds of religious minorities and debate on budget review.

Source: Pakistan Christian Post

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