Pak govt. mulling over marriage, divorce laws for minorities in country

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 06:41 hrs

Terming minority communities an integral part of the Pakistani society, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that the government is considering promulgation of personal laws for them, including separate marriage and divorce bills for Christians and Hindus.

Ashraf said the step would fulfill a longstanding demand of the minorities and bring them at par with the Muslim citizens of the state, reports the Daily Times.

Ashraf announced this while addressing a function to mark the International Human Rights Day at the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

The event was held to commemorate the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the United Nations' General Assembly, and it was attended by federal ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, representatives of various UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and human rights activists.

Ashraf said minorities had played an important role in the development of the country. He noted that the government had increased the number of seats for minorities in Senate besides fixing a quota in civil services.

He further said that Pakistan's role in protecting human rights had been recognised globally, adding that the government was considering the appointment of human rights defenders under the Ministry of Human Rights.

He reiterated the government's commitment to create an environment conducive for peace, democracy and human rights in the country. (ANI)

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