Parliamentary committee rejects anti-forced conversion invoice


Following the opposition from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, a parliamentary committee on Wednesday rejected the anti-forced conversion invoice, prompting protest from the lawmakers belonging to the minority communities.

Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sahibzada Noorul Haq Qadri, throughout the assembly of the Parliamentary Committee to Protect Minorities from Forced Conversions, stated that the setting was “unfavourable” for formulating such a regulation.

He stated that laws on the matter may create regulation and order scenario within the nation, including that the provincial governments, the National Assembly speaker and the Prime Minister’s Office might take different measures to deal with the problem.

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According to him, formulating regulation on compelled conversions would deteriorate peace within the nation and create additional issues for minorities, leaving them extra weak.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed from Jamaat-e-Islami denied that the issue of compelled conversions existed in Pakistan. “This bill is anti-Islam,” he claimed.

Putting the blame on the federal government for proposing the invoice, the JI senator stated that as a result of incumbent authorities’s fallacious insurance policies and negligence, the minorities had been going through points.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan stated the problem had already been raised earlier than the premier, who had shaped a particular parliamentary committee on the matter.

He stated that the federal government was critical about addressing the issue. However, he added, the regulation shouldn’t be made on the topic for getting reward from worldwide or non-governmental organisations.

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Ali stated that setting an age restrict within the matter goes in opposition to Islam and the Constitution of Pakistan, due to this fact, laws was being opposed.

PTI MNA Lal Chand Malhi, talking on the event, stated that by rejecting the invoice, the minorities are being cornered and their life will turn into a “living hell”.

He stated that an impression was being on condition that compelled conversions weren’t a problem within the nation.

Responding to this, an enraged Senator Mushtaq Ahmed stated: “No matter what happens, we will not allow anyone to go against Islam.”

Another committee member, Maulvi Faiz Ahmed, additionally stated the invoice was in opposition to Islam and Shariah. “And we will not allow any legislation in this country that is against Islam,” he added.

The minority communities’ members argued that younger folks had been being “kidnapped” and forcibly transformed to Islam.

PTI lawmaker Ramesh Kumar clarified that many Hindus had been promised cash and marriages with a purpose to lure them into changing, including that they weren’t against willful conversion.

He added that apparently, the federal government was extra nervous concerning the backlash from the laws from sure parts.

PTI’s Lal Chand Malhi, throughout an interview later within the night, stated that the members of minorities stated throughout the assembly that what the members believed was “anti-Islamic” within the invoice may be eliminated and the parliament ought to resolve this. However, he lamented, it was the mindset of sure members that the actual difficulty.

“Unfortunately, there are certain elements within the party that have conservative mindset,” he added.

Malhi stated that the minority’s representatives are instructed that after the 18th modification, it’s the provinces’ area to legislate on such issues however added that they don’t get the specified end result at that stage too.

“Some members tweet that I should leave the party [over stance on forced conversion bill] but what party should I join after leaving this (PTI),” he added.

Earlier whereas speaking to The Express Tribune, Parliamentary Committee to Protect Minorities from Forced Conversions Chairperson Senator Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar stated: “Forced conversion is an issue that stems more from financial, social and sexual context, than religious and spiritual. Ninety eight per cent of forced conversion cases take place with underprivileged girls, who run away from their homes. There’s seldom been any case like such for women who are doctors and engineers, or just higher up the social class.”

“Muslim men can theologically marry a Christian girl but not a Hindu girl and the legislators can’t impose a financial limit for discouraging such marriages. It’s a broad-base issue and the solution lies in a legislation that should determine the same age of marriage across the country. To assure which, the certificate of marriage should be issued by a sessions judge; mechanism for providing protection should be established and the practice of tendering forged documents to make a case should strongly be countered,” he instructed The Express Tribune.

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