CONSULTATIVE MEETING FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILY LAWS HELD.

PARLIAMENTARIANS ALONG MINISTER HR&MA IJAZ ALAM AUGUSTINE ATTENDED THE MEETING.

A high level consultative meeting held in Islamabad to discuss or gathered various opinions to safeguard minorities and propose an amendment draft on Christian family laws. MNAs Shunila Ruth, Amir Naveed Jeeva, Jamshed Thomas, Minster HR&MA Punjab Ijaz Alam Augustine, MPAs Haroon Imran Gill, from Sindh Anthorny Naveed, NLDs Habkook Gill, Bishop Leo Paul, Romana Bashir (regarding Christian laws) and Asif Aqeel attended the consultative meeting. The discussion revolved around finding out the gaps in legislation and implementation and extracting the recommendations to improve the safety system of minorities in the country. All the Parliamentarians acknowledged the efforts done by Government of PTI, Imran Khan who is striving for removing sense of deprivation and alienation amongst minorities. They hoped that PTI’s Government will ensure protection of Child Rights, Women Rights, domestic violence, forced marriages etc especially those belonging to religious minorities. Provincial minister Ijaz Alam said that the Punjab government had already taken various initiatives along with effective legislation to protect the rights of minorities. “Minorities Empowerment Package” and the creation of a task force to ensure the rights of religious minorities, interfaith committees and Minority Advisory Councils at district level are yielding positive results to establish a peaceful and welfare-oriented society. All the parliamentarians pledged that they fulfill their obligations to be part of legislation over their issues especially of marriage and divorce of the Christian community. At the end of consultative meeting different suggestions or opinions gathered for further process.

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