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ICC Note: The new requirement set by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) states that anyone applying to a government job or requesting a legal document or ID, needs to declare their religion. Many are against this new rule stating that it paves the way for religious persecution at the state level and more intolerance in society.

3/23/2018 Pakistan (TNS) – A recent judgment, that expects people to declare their religion at the time of accepting government jobs or getting identity documents, has drawn criticism from many quarters on many counts

A recent judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), directing the government to adopt stricter measures in letting people declare their religion at the time of accepting government jobs and getting official identity documents, paves the way for religious persecution at the state level and more intolerance in society.

Members of the legal community are of the view that there is no law which expects people to declare their faith, as desired by the judgment. This has created a furore among the civil society because one religious minority has particularly come to be at its receiving end.

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