ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government to ensure rights of the people belonging to minority faiths.
This was decided by a three-member bench of the top court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, while wrapping up proceedings in a suo motu case pertaining to the preservation of minorities’ rights in Pakistan. The case was initiated in 2014 at the request of Dr Ramesh Kumar.
While concluding the case, Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that the rights of minorities should be taken as much into consideration as the rights of special needs children.
He also said that those belonging to the minority faiths should feel as if they are given special considerations compared to ordinary citizens in Pakistan, also that their rights are the most secure in Pakistan.
He also assured the judges that all of the court’s orders regarding minorities’ rights were being implemented in Balochistan and Sindh.
The attorney for the government, during the final hearing, assured the court that all places of worship belonging to minority communities were being provided security.
He also said that the government was renovating Hindu places of worship and a temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak District, and reminded the court about the landmark Hindu Marriage Act that was passed earlier this year.