ISLAMABAD – The government and opposition parties displayed a heartwarming, and uncharacteristic, unity over ensuring the constitutional rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.
Taking to the floor of the National Assembly, both federal ministers and opposition leaders vowed to safeguard the basic constitutional right of minorities.
“It is the constitutional right of religious minorities to listen to heartwarming assembly speeches,” vowed leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Khawaja Asif in his speech.
“We follow Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision. And let’s not forget that he too delivered a heartwarming speech for the minorities to the [Constituent] Assembly on August 11, 1947,” Asif added.
The PML-N leader also vowed to take action against the PML-N for petitioning against the construction of the Shiv Krishna temple in Islamabad.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also said that just like it is the minorities rights to listen to such progressive speeches, it is the speakers’ constitutional right to deliver them.
“I spend so much time and energy on the rights of Muslims around the world. But it is about time I speak for the rights of non-Muslims in Pakistan. And their unquestionable right is to listen to this wonderful speech that I’m giving right now,” Mazari said.
Both government and opposition have confirmed that they support the right to deliver speeches on the construction of a Hindu temple. “Now let’s see what those actually making the decisions, and deciding the visions, say,” Mazari maintained.