PPP Human Rights Cell asks the Chief Justice to take Suo Moto notice for violation of Article 20 of the Constitution by law enforcement agencies in the Punjab.
The PPP Human Rights Cell has expressed its concern on the increase in incidents where religious minorities are being denied their right to religion. On July 11 it was reported that the Kharian police demolished religious place of the Ahmedis, but this is not the first nor the only incident. Ahmedi places of worship have been demolished in Chiniot, in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Rabwah, at the behest of extremist religious groups.
“The Supreme Court has been quick to take suo moto notice of all issues large and small, but the same Supreme Court has failed to take notice of the many places of worship that have been demolished by none other than the police,” states Central Coordinator PPP Human rights adding that “ We would like to draw the attention of the CJ to a violation of Article 20 which states that “every citizen shall have the right to profess, practise and propagate his religion and every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.”
“The Courts are the guardians of fundamental rights, I hope they will take steps to safeguard religious minorities under Article 20,”said the Central Coordinator PPP Human Rights Cell Dr Nafisa Shah.