Dawn News

March, 03 2015

Protecting rights of minorities

THERE is an urgent need to protect the rights of minorities at all costs. It was promised by the Founder, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in his speech on Aug 11, 1947, that political affairs shall be separate from religious matters.

It must be noted that Shia Muslims were at the forefront of the struggle for the creation of Pakistan. Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs. The differences between these two main sub-groups within Islam initially stemmed not from spiritual differences, but political ones.

Political analyst Hasan Askari Rizvi finding a ‘growing trend of Islamic sectarianism’ predicts that with Pakistan’s rapid shift towards religious orthodoxy in Islam, ‘sectarian thinking’ is likely to dominate.

In the final analysis, it is incumbent upon the government to protect all its citizens regardless of their religious background.


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Comments (2) Closed

Syed Husain
Dec 08, 2012 12:52am
Every Pakistani, majority or minorities, regardless of their religion, sect or affiliations must have equal rights in Pakistan. Anyone aiding or supporting the propagation of hatred against others must be severely punished. Proxy wars should not be allowed to enter Pakistan and Pakistan should break ties with any foreign country that supports such hatred.
Dec 07, 2012 11:07am
Again you are worried about Shia-Sunni...they are coming for everything... Also, as I understand Hinuds, Sikhs, Christians, Ahmadis are all minorities that are worst hit in Pakistan & you don't seem worried as they don't share the fundamentals of Islam ?