Pak committee proposes monument in memory of Shahbaz Bhatti

March 13th, 2011 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar 13(ANI): Pakistan’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Minority Affairs has proposed the construction of an ‘interfaith harmony monument’ at the site where Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated on March 2.

The committee meeting was held at the Parliament House, where it adopted a resolution condemning Bhatti’s assassination and urged the government to conduct a judicial inquiry into the incident, expose the murderers and give them exemplary punishment.

“Recognising the innumerable contributions and sacrifices of the Christian community for Pakistan, especially their commitment to education, health and social justice, we, the members of the standing committee on minorities’ affairs, condemn the cold-blooded murder of the minister,” The Express Tribune quoted the resolution passed by the committee, as saying.

The committee paid tribute to Bhatti, terming him a true patriot who stood by Quaid-e-Azam’s vision of a tolerant nation, where communities belonging to different faiths freely practice their religion.

The resolution said political parties, media, civil society and all institutions of the state should join hands to exclude and reject the dark forces of obscurantism that threaten Pakistan.

The committee also urged the Pakistan Government to take immediate steps to protect minorities and to form a commission to examine all policies that discriminate against them. (ANI)

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