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Human rights activists in Pakistan are standing against a speech made by the former Prime Minister’s son-in-law that spoke against religious minorities. In that speech, Muhammad Safdar called for the social boycott of Ahmadi Muslims, a religious minority in Pakistan. Religious minorities in Pakistan, including Ahmadi Muslims and Christians, face intense discrimination and persecution. Will the statements made by Pakistan’s human rights activists help counteract this anti-minority speech?  

10/23/2017 Pakistan (Asia News) – The speech by the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the National Assembly, calling for the social boycott of Ahmadi Muslims, has sparked concern and outrage among groups like the Rwadari Tehreek (Tolerance) Movement, which promotes religious and social harmony.

At a press conference last Tuesday at the Lahore Press Club, the group condemned the hateful speech by Muhammad Safdar, a member of the ruling party, and a retired captain married to Sharif Nawaz’s favorite daughter, Maryam Nawaz. The group also called on the government to do something to prevent such situations in the future.

Samson Salamat, president of Rwadari Tehreek, and several Protestant clergymen were present at the press conference.

“The speech was profoundly discriminatory,” Salamat said. It “was an incitement of violence towards minorities, and was against the vision of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who, in his first speech to the nation, said that ‘We are all citizens and equal citizens of one state’.”

According to the activist, the speech “has fueled intolerance and increased the sense of fear and terror among people who belong to religious minorities, who have already been victims of discrimination.”

Abdullah Malik, president of the Civil Society Network, stressed that “religious minorities have played a vital role in the socio-economic development of the country since its inception. It is really sad that they are considered lower class citizens.

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