Political activists urge citizen to be engaged meaningfully in elections

Social and political activists Friday encouraged the citizen to engage themselves meaningfully during elections 2018 for realization of rights and protection of religious minorities in the country.
They were speaking at a seminar on “Elections 2018 and rights of religious minorities” organized under the auspices of Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
The community leaders, social and political activists from different constituencies of Rawalpindi participated in the event.
The speakers emphasized that a vibrant democratic process was crucial to address the issues of deprivation and exclusion of the religious minorities.
The discussion focused the way forwards to ensure the economic, political and social inclusion of religious minorities in the national mainstream.
The discussants pointed out that the successive governments had failed to address issues such as; religious discriminations in the education system, implementation of job quota, and institutional protection for minorities’ rights.
Addressing to the participants, the candidates belonging to different political parties including PTI candidate Ajaz Khan Jaze for PP-18 and Samuel Yaqoob for reserved minority seat and Asif Shazada (Christian) NA-53 Independent candidate made commitment to make efforts to resolve issues which minorities faced.
The participants of the seminar passed a resolution affirming that they would participate upcoming general elections and shall support political parties that manifest determination and capacity to address issues faced by minority communities.
Peter Jacob (Director, CSJ), Zaigham Khan (Journalist Samuel Bashir, Fahimda Saleem-CSC, Nabila Feroz Bhatti, Kulsoom Sadiq (Project Coordinator-CSJ) and Michelle Chaudhry also attended the event.—APP

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