Respect of all religions essential for peaceful society, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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Islamabad / Karachi (March 17, 2015): Patron-in-chief Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, while condemning the Youhunabad Church Attack, has assured full support to the brave armed forces, on behalf of Hindu community living across the country. He was addressing a crowded press conference outside the Parliament House, here on Tuesday. He also termed the reaction of violent mob to kill suspected persons as “unjustified murder” and demanded to take action against the culprits, adding that bravery of Punjab Police officers should be acknowledged.

Dr. Ramesh Vankwani further said that teachings of all religions emphasize to respect each other and in a peaceful society, it is essential to have freedom of faith. He was of the view that the aim of terrorists behind such bloodiest attacks is to damage the image of Pakistan in international community. “Immediate implementation of the Supreme Court Orders of June 19 regarding the protection of minorities rights could stop these incidents,” he said, urging the need to finalize the Security Plan to protect all religious holy places on Governmental level. On the occasion, Dr. Ramesh was also acknowledged due to his valuable contributions for the presentation of Hindu Marriage Act in the Parliament.

Dr. Ramesh, while answering a question, also mentioned the Quad-e-Azam ‘s Fourteen Points related to effective representation of minorities in every province, under the British India, without reducing the majority in any province to a minority or even equality. “Full religious liberty, i.e. liberty of belief, worship and observance, association and education, shall be guaranteed to all communities,” Dr. Ramesh quoted the famous Fourteen Points, which was presented by the founder of Pakistan Quad-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to protect the rights of minorities Indian Muslims.

He also demanded to complete ban on the sale and purchase of Alcohol in the name of non-Muslims, emphasizing that all religions discouraged to drink wine. Dr. Ramesh also regretted on the rejection of his bill in the National Assembly.

“A member shall permanently be disqualified to be elected as member of Majlis-e-Shoora or of a Provincial Assembly if he is elected or attempts to be elected or elects or attempts elect a member by way of bribery of any kind,” The bill statement said. On the occasion, he also briefed the media about his other bills introduced in the National Assembly. A large number of journalists belonging to print and electronic media attended the press conference.

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