Minority MPA asks for equal rights and separate curricula

Khokar asks Peshawar’s IG and CM to find those who desecrated the Hindu temple.

Our Correspondent May 23, 2012

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party’s minority MPA Saleem Khursheed Khokar once again raised the issue of threats against him and his family, saying that he was not satisfied with the security provided.

“After my vocal stance on the Rinkle Kumari case and forced conversions, me, my family and MPA Pitanbar Sehwani received threatening text messages but were only provided security once the party’s chairperson, Bilawal Bhutto, intervened,” said Khokar. “I tried to file an FIR at the Clifton police station but that was also registered after I raised the issue in the Sindh Assembly and the law minister, Ayaz Soomro, took notice.”

At the All Pak Minority Alliance’s press conference on Tuesday, he told the media that the phone numbers from which he received threats were given to the police.

Speaking on the education system in the country, he emphasised on the need for “an unprejudiced curriculum” to be formulated. “Children with different religious backgrounds should be able to study according to their own faith and beliefs.”

Khokar requested the government to establish laws which prevent forced conversions. “The case of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination should be revisited and those responsible should be punished.”

He brought up the vandalism of the Hindu temple in Peshawar which took place on Sunday and said that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General and chief minister should arrest the culprits.

“The government is facing issues related to terrorism and extremism in the country and they are trying their best to combat these menaces,” explained the MPA.

Khokar asked Bilawal Bhutto to take a personal interest in issues of the minorities such as damages to property and dignity, and threats to personal safety. “I will fight for the minorities till the day I die.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.

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Aftab Kenneth Wilson | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

In fact it is election time and this person is not a real representative of minorities. I would request high ups in PPP to choose someone who really represents Christian Community in Sindh including other minorities. There are many highly educated Christians in PPP who can work better than SK. In coming elections consider some female candidate in consultation with other Christian denominations.

Hasan | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

It's a relief to see that I'm not alone in hoping that the perpetrators of the temple vandalism are brought to justice. If they are found, I would love to see them stripped of all their possessions, even their clothes, and sent naked to Saudi Arabia - let's see how their fellow Wahhabi brethren care for them. Probably as much as they care for most Pakistanis.

Quaid-e-Azam had a dream in which Pakistan would show Islamic compassion to all minorities; after all, this was the ground upon which our founding fathers campaigned for a separate homeland in the first place. How long will it be before we reach the same level as Hindustan, sending out death squads into Christian/Hindu neighbourhoods to torture and molest every woman and child in sight?

Hasan

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