The Ministry of Religious Matters on Wednesday opposed a constraint on transforming religious beliefs prior to the age of 18 years, saying that if a person aged 14 years wished to transform to some other religion, they might “not be quit”.
The comments were made by Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri during a conference of the Us senate legislative board on minorities’ civil liberties. “We do not sustain a limitation on spiritual conversion before 18 years of age,” Qadri, who is additionally a participant of the board, told the meeting.
” There are numerous events where somebody reveals the dream to convert their religious beliefs out of their very own choice before the age of 18. There are several examples in Islam of religious conversion before 18,” he claimed.
If a person desired to change their religious beliefs before getting to the age of 18, it was their option, Qadri firmly insisted, including that a nikkah or marriage prior to 18 was “one more discussion”.
The minister said that the issue related to establishing the minimal age limit for marriage had been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideological Background (CII).
Qadri stated that if someone was “forcefully transforming [others] in Sindh”, after that it would be explored.
He stated that Mian Mithu, the pir of Bharchundi Sharif who is blamed for supposed forced conversions of Hindu ladies in rural Sindh, should be called by the committee as well as informed that what he was doing was “damaging Islam and Pakistan”.
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‘ New means of conversion’
Meanwhile, Legislator Danesh Kumar informed the committee that a brand-new “custom” of transforming people had begun in Balochistan.
“There is a spiritual leader in Dalbandin. Sweepers are being informed that they [will certainly not need to do] cleaning work if they convert to Islam,” he asserted.
Earlier this year, the committee had advised that only a mature person might be permitted to transform their religion which also after appearing prior to an extra sessions court of the location.