The SAPM said it had recently addressed with Dr Shireen Mazari, the federal Minister for Human Rights, the problems of forced conversion by marriage and the violation of blasphemy laws.
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Hafiz Ashrafi added that the violation of section 295-C of the penal code, which applies to blasphemy, had fallen dramatically in the recent past.
“Those who, under cover of blasphemy laws, try to push their personal agenda are sincere neither to Islam nor to Pakistan,” he noted. “We will not allow the law to be misused by anyone.”
He admitted that, due to the inability of the state to ensure the rule of law, the abuse of blasphemy law and forced conversions took place.
“We are taking steps to ensure that all religious minorities are protected as the State is responsible for protecting every person’s rights.”
The Constitution was the best guarantor of the rights of any Muslim as well as non-Muslim living in the country, Hafiz Ashrafi said.
“He said, “Islam does not encourage us to coerce non-Muslims into being Muslim. “And an undignified act is forced conversion through marriage.”
He said the Ministry of Human Rights is working on a mechanism to eradicate the fear of forced marriage among non-Muslims.
“At the grassroots level, efforts are being made to create inter-faith and inter-religious harmony by establishing councils.”