I dedicate this blog to all those voices unheard anywhere in the world. To begin my journey of hearing the pathos, I choose to let my eyes see what most people loath to see; to feel what they are ashamed of admitting even in the darkest of the nights; and to fight against what stands so apt and right for them. Hundreds and thousands of Pakistanis have been sacrificed in the interest of keeping the popular religion alive with a clear imagination of who could own this country– not all for sure.
The tales of persecution of minorities in Pakistan could not grab the fancy of fairy tales, but leave a horror to recall. Let alone Christians, Hindus, but people from other sects are witnessing discrimination, hatred, and all sorts of violations that have left them with a strong sense of alienation.
Article 27 of” International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” says:
“In those States in which ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities exist, persons belonging to such minorities shall not be denied the right, in community with the other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practise their own religion, or to use their own language.”
Pakistan has recently signed the instrument of ratification and awaiting the approval from the cabinet.
Not only this, Pakistan is a signatory of Universal Declaration of Human Rights which binds all states to respect basic human rights of citizens.
Article 2 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Despite of all these international declarations, Pakistan could not commit anything to its citizens and all the governments hide behind the shield of religion and succumb to the pressure the religious political parties exert.
No one gives anyone this right to judge any citizen on the basis of creed and beliefs. Who are we to decide what people from other beliefs deserve as the citizens. Secular was the foundation of this country, which could not be maintained throughout these years.
I believe, to some extend, we all fall in the same category—minority—either religious in front of a majority group, or social stung by classes. It may appear a small effort to hear those feeble and unheard voices but it is a reply to the unjust and insensitive attitude of this society towards the groups with dissenting voices and beliefs.
Lets all make a conscientious effort towards having a tolerant society above all religious, cultural and social prejudices.