Lawmakers in the National Assembly showed a united front on Thursday when they unanimously passed a resolution requesting the government to take measures on “priority basis” to protect the holy places of religious minorities.
The resolution also urges the government to deploy special security personnel at these places.
The multi-party backed resolution was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and was supported by everyone present in the house.
Though passed unanimously, a resolution passed by the parliament is not binding on the government, but it has significance in the parliamentary practice.
“This House strongly condemns the attack on holy places of minorities, dharmshalas in Larkana, Hanuman temple Tateh Chok Hyderabad, Parbraham Ashram verijhap district Thar and martyrdom of Shrimad Baghwat Geeta and Shree Guru Granth Sahib at Madeji district Shikarpur,” the resolution stated.
“This House resolves that necessary steps be taken on priority basis by the government to safeguard the holy places of minorities. This House urges the government that all holy places must be registered forthwith and special security personnel are deployed there to prevent any such incidents in the future,” the resolution further stated.
Solidarity with Turkey
The house passed another resolution, presented by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Syed Naveed Qamar, expressing grief over the death of coal mine workers in Turkey.