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Sindh Assembly legislates to protect minority rights

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Published: November 24, 2016 04:16 pm


ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Thursday passed the Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015 aimed to protect basic rights of minorities and prohibit forceful conversion of their religion and marriages.

The bill was tabled by the Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Minority Affairs Dr. Khatu Mal Jeewan on behalf of Parliamentary Leader of PML-F, Nand Kumar. It provides that every citizen of Pakistan has equal rights to choose and practice his own religion as well as freedom of marriage under the constitution of 1973. The bill prohibits the forced conversion as well as marriages of minorities in the province. Under this law, no person [Minority Community] could change its religion until he attains the age of majority (18 years).  A person found guilty in forcing other person or persons shall be liable to imprisonment for a minimum of five years and maximum of life imprisonment.

In addition, under this law, any victim of forceful conversion of religion has the right to file petition to the Court and the Court shall fixed the date of hearing within seven days of the date on which petition was filed. The law also provides legal protection and security to the victim of forced conversion.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro introduced the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Sindh Workers Welfare Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Sindh Employees Social Security (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the House. The Chair referred all three bills to relevant standing committees for further deliberations.

The Speaker rejected an Adjournment Motion (AM) of a PTI lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman regarding the presence of ghost hospitals and lack of health facilities in the province. The House took up four Call Attention Notices (CANs) on various issues of public importance. In addition, the House elected two PPPP lawmakers – Dr. Shajeela Laghari and Faraz Dero – for their representation in Board of Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA). Later, the Chair adjourned the House to meet again on November 25, 2016 (Friday).

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