Bilawal proposes other provinces to adopt Sindh minorities’ protection law

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Karachi—Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Friday said Sindh province has chartered the path towards fulfillment of the mission of founding fathers of Pakistan and proposed other three provinces to follow Sindh government and assembly, who passed a landmark legislation against forced conversion of non-Muslim citizens of the country on the other day.
A Bilawal House Media Cell statement said Sindh Assembly unanimously passed a law of Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill 2015 on Thursday in a bid to prevent and criminalise forced religious conversions and subsequent forced marriages.
Under this law, anyone found involved in a forced conversion could face a minimum of five years and a maximum of life in prison along with a fine. The law passed by the PPP-dominated Sindh Assembly will address some of the genuine grievances from non-Muslim Pakistanis reaching us through media and the masses.
He said the passage of Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill and Sindh Minorities Rights Commission Bill was a monumental piece of legislation also undoing the negative image of our country. Founders of Pakistan and founders of PPP had the vision of equality and we are moving towards that vision with the support of masses, he added.
Meanwhile, Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael, Friday said the government is committed to protecting rights of women and minorities and numbers of steps have been taken to ensure them their due rights. Answering question during Question Hour in the Senate, the minister said, Chairperson for National Commission on Status of Women has been appointed along with 13-member of the Commission.
“The Commission has held its first meeting and on way to guide the government occasionally on issues pertaining to women rights,” he said. The minister said the government would fully consider for implementation the recommendation presented to it by the Commission.—APP