English Features

Local Government and Religious Minorities


The Local Government system acknowledges the citizenry’s right to be governed democratically at the local level. In 2015 Pakistan opted for the party-based Local Government elections for first time in its turbulent history. It is expected that it will open up an opportunity for the political parties to effectively organize themselves at the grassroots. In […]

Minorities’ vote bank reaches close to 3M


IFTIKHAR A. KHAN ISLAMABAD: The vote bank of religious minorities has widened to reach close to three million, with 13 districts in Sindh and two in Punjab having significant presence of minorities placing them in a position to alter the electoral scene in many constituencies. According to a document of the Election Commission of Pakistan […]

Who will protect the minorities?

Lal Chand Malhi

Lal Chand Malhi While I recognise that the state of Pakistan is inundated by a number of issues, with terrorism topping the list, I feel that it is incumbent upon me to bring to the notice of our rulers — especially the prime minister — the dilemmas faced by the minorities of Pakistan and the […]

Pakistan for Non-Muslims

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani Member National Assembly, Patron-in-chief Pakistan Hindu Council   Just after the one year of independence, the sad demise of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, stating the unending debate regarding the ideological identity of the newly-established country. Interestingly, both sides used to quote his speeches in support of their point of views. One […]

Challenges to Equality of Citizenship

Murtaza Noor

Murtaza Noor Rule of the law and the equality in all spheres of life entail an important principle of equal status of citizenship in society. The social contract theory envisions the intermingling of state and society on reciprocal basis which demands equality in both rights and obligations from both sides. Unfortunately, the track record of […]

Charter of Demands: Equality of Citizenship in Pakistan


Right to represent and inclusive political participation Recognizing the historic contributions of religious minorities in the creation of Pakistan, Remembering the un-sung heroes of freedom struggle hailing from religious minorities, Recalling the pledge of ‘equality based citizenship’ made by the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Revering all struggles and sacrifices for inclusive […]