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ICC Note: Nawaz Sharif, the winner of Pakistan’s elections from the Pakistan Muslim League, has been urged by Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) to protect the rights of religious minorities, including Christians. GMA is calling on Sharif to restore the Ministry of Minority Affairs and to stop the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws, Christian Today reports.
By Mark Caplin
5/12/2013 Pakistan (Christian Today) – After claiming victory in the Pakistani elections, the Global Minorities Alliance is urging ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif to protect the rights of the country’s suffering religious and ethnic minorities.
His party, the centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) stormed ahead in Saturday’s elections.
Pakistanis turned out in their droves to vote despite the Taliban’s deadly bombing campaign.
The party of former cricketer Imran Khan, Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), has become the second largest party in Pakistan.
The lead for the PML-N puts Sharif at the cusp of becoming Pakistan’s prime minister for the third time.
Sheraz Khan, chief executive of the Glasgow-based Global Minorities Alliance, is calling upon Sharif to restore the ministry of Minorities Affairs, which was transformed into the ministry of National Harmony in 2011, following the assassination of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti.
“We would like to see an end to discrimination against minorities in public and private sectors,” said Khan.

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