Free Press Journal

Violence against Pak minorities on rise: Report


Islamabad: The situation of religious minorities in Pakistan has reportedly treaded a dangerous level, a report on the ‘State of Human Rights in 2013’has revealed.

The report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) also stated that the country had grown increasingly intolerant of dissent from journalists and struggled with strategies to tackle threats such as militant extremism and intolerance.

According to Dawn News, the report takes stock of Pakistan’s performance in the realms of legislation, justice, law-enforcement, the ensuring of fundamental rights and individual freedoms, as well as the status of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, religious minorities, the underprivileged and refugees, among others.

The Secretary General of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, I.A. Rehman, said that militancy has a major role to play in extremism and now different sects have become increasingly intolerant towards each other.

With about 350 pages, the HRCP report depicts a harrowing picture of the status of human rights and their abuses in the country, the report added.