The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday condemned the increase in threats to right to life and freedom to practise their religious beliefs of citizens.
In a press release issued after the conclusion of the HRCP council meeting on Sunday it expressed its disappointment at continuing enforced disappearances and illegal detentions across the country, especially in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “This endemic malaise has proliferated in conjunction with the plague-like spread of sectarian violence in Pakistan,” it said.
It said rising intolerance and extremism on the basis of religious and sectarian identity was to blame. “This makes a mockery of the majority’s belief as well as mocking others’ religious beliefs,” it said.
It said that instances of the use religiosity in state institutions were increasing. It cited a recent Peshawar High Court (PHC) order to grant bail to an alleged brothel owner on the condition of her attending a madrassa one hour daily for a month. “Such precedents should be singled out and condemned unreservedly,” it said.
It said the use of blasphemy law to persecute religious minorities should also be highlighted and exposed. It asked authorities to dismantle all sectarian organisations and implement the ban on militant organisations.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2012.
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power hungry parties do not have a courage to tackle the problem of sectarianism..They care for their survival, are not interested in safeguarding the rights of the innocents .Butto and Zia did the same to prolong their rule.Any man like Kamal Ata Turk is needed right now to make this homeland a progressive state where every citizen would be considered a Pakistani not shia, Sunni or Christian etc.
HRCP should tlk about karachi killing too, oh no wait their beloved secular parties ruling the city :)