Dr. Ramesh Kumar appeared into Supreme Court to protect Minorities Rights

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Islamabad / Karachi (11 Feb 2015): A three-members apex bench of Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, while hearing to evaluate the implementation of June 19 detailed orders regarding the protection of minorities, has showed anger on the Federal Government and ordered to present the Hindu Marriage Act by the Government within one week. During the hearing, which was held on Wednesday, Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani , Deputy Attorney General, Provincial Attorney Generals and others appeared in to the court. The government was asked to submit report on minorities issues related to Hindu Marriage Act, Task Force for Protection of Minorities Places and 5% Job Quota.

Latter, Dr. Ramesh Kumar, while talking to journalists outside Supreme Court informed that KPK Government was first asked to provide view point, during which it was stated that KPK Government has arranged the visit of Dr. Ramesh to the effected Samadhi (Mazar) of Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj, located in District Karak. In this regard, local Ulmae Karam has ensured to play their due role before 15th of this month. Currently, 3% Job Quota is being offered by KPK Government, in which the government showed the interest to increase, he added.

While briefing about his meting with Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Dr. Ramesh informed that the Punjab Government has assured to issue directives in this regard and positive results are expected before the next hearing on March 11.

He also briefed the meeting with Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik, to address the minorities issues. “Balochistan, following the June 19 Supreme Court Orders, is the only province which issued directives on time and taking practical steps for the protection of minorities, ” Dr. Ramesh expressed, adding that the registration of Hindu temples is going on while the provincial government has assured cooperation with Pakistan Hindu Council for providing security.

Dr. Ramesh Kumar, regretted on the negligence of Sindh Government to protect security to Hindu citizens living there. “Non-stop attacks against Hindu Temples are being carried out in Sindh,” he said, adding that just three days ago Makli Mata Temple and two weeks ago a temple in Hyderabad came under attack. The Supreme Court also ordered IG Sindh to appear in person, during next hearing. On the occasion, he also issued photographs of effected temples to the media.

Answering a question, Dr. Ramesh said that since the independence of Pakistan, 66 years have passed but unfortunately, still the Hindu Marriage Act could not be prepared. “A Hindu couple has no official document to proof the marriage, which creates a lot of trouble, specially when going abroad. He said, informing that Pakistan Hindu Council provides a marriage certificate to facilitate the couple.

He hoped that the governments of Punjab and Balochistan would be able to pass the act in near future. Dr. Ramesh was of the view that due to traditional delaying tactics by Bureaucracy, minorities see the Supreme Court only hope of light.

In response to a question regarding the Civil Marriage, he said that it could only be implementation in a secular country and the Hindu Marriage Act is the only solution here in Pakistan to address this issue.

Dr. Ramesh also appealed that in the context of August 11 speech of Quaid-e-Azam, religious discrimination should be discouraged while hate speech and hateful syllabus should be avoided.

The next hearing by the Supreme Court is scheduled on March 11.

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