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National Assembly Passes Resolution to Protect Minorities Amidst Rising Violence

ISLAMABAD: In a session marked by heated exchanges over military operations and national security, the National Assembly of Pakistan managed to achieve a rare moment of unity on Sunday. The lower house, amidst ruckus and division, passed a crucial resolution aimed at safeguarding the rights and safety of minority communities across the country.

The resolution, presented by Law Minister Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, received overwhelming support from lawmakers. It emphasizes the responsibility of federal and provincial governments to ensure the complete protection of minorities and calls for decisive action against those perpetrating violence in the name of religion.

This move comes in response to escalating incidents of violence and lynchings over blasphemy allegations, which have tarnished Pakistan’s international reputation and sparked widespread outrage. Just days ago, a tragic incident in Swat saw a mob brutally lynching a local tourist accused of desecrating the Holy Quran, followed by the burning of his body and a police station.

During the session, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif passionately addressed the assembly, condemning the recent surge in violence against minorities. He stressed that such acts not only violate Pakistan’s constitutional guarantees but also undermine its standing on the global stage. Asif called for a unified stance against the misuse of religion for personal vendettas and urged lawmakers to send a clear message of inclusivity and protection for all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs.

The minister’s statement underscored the urgent need to address these issues and uphold Pakistan’s commitment to secular governance and religious tolerance as enshrined in its Constitution. He cited previous incidents, including the lynching of a Christian man and the destruction of Christian homes and churches, as examples of the escalating intolerance that must be confronted head-on.

As Pakistan grapples with these challenges, the passage of this resolution marks a pivotal moment in its legislative history—a moment aimed at reaffirming the nation’s commitment to pluralism and human rights amid turbulent times.

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