Bigotry & Intolerance reign in Islamic Republic!

Minorities of any hue in Pakistan, have never been safe and always been threatened. Prime Minister Imran Khan has often asserted that Pakistan’s minorities are safer under his rule than they have ever been. In June of this year, Khan approved a grant of PKR 100 million for the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad.

However, almost immediately a group of clerics opposed the building of the temple, and threatened action if it went ahead. The construction was also opposed by political parties, including the JUI-F and PML-Q. Hence, on Friday July 3, the Capital Development Authority stopped the construction of the boundary wall on the plot meant for the temple, citing ‘legal reasons.’ Further, news channels “claimed ‘victory’ when the construction was halted — an indication of how deeply religious discrimination has permeated every aspect of society.”

This is the same CDA that only recently “amicably ended a long stand-off with the Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz by agreeing to give a piece of 20-kanal land for the construction of Jamia Hafsa in the capital.”

As an editorial in Dawn asked: “Why can’t the Hindu community be obliged in the same manner?” The editorial further stated “That intolerance has won the day is a sad indictment of the shrinking space for religious freedom in Pakistan.”


Latest articles

Pakistan Must Get Rid of Colonial Laws Against Peaceful Assembly

Seventy Five Years after Independence, Pakistan still has many archaic colonial-era laws and primitive policing strategies. A new study by the Human Rights Commission...

HRCP: Polarizing Political Discourse Will only hurt Pakistan

Pakistan has always been a polarized society but four years of Imran Khan and his politics have left political discourse deeply polarized. At a...

Pakistan Needs an Agreement with IMF Urgently

Pakistan’s ongoing economic crisis is not going to ease unless and until the government is able to get the IMF onboard and obtain the...

Pakistan Needs Continuity In Policy for Economy to Stabilize

Pakistan has long been characterized by political instability perpetuated by frequent interruption of the democratic political process that has resulted in the absence of...

Related articles