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Islamabad: May 12, 2011. (PCP) One of the Christian Social Reformers, and a staunch defender of Christian rights, Shamim Masih, has appealed to the new political party “Mustaqbil Pakistan” and the world organizations and "bountiful individuals" to extend their hands towards Pakistani Christian’s rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the opportunity for all non-Muslim in the Pakistan. Description of the event: On 30th April 30, 2011 in Islamabad Continental Hotel, Islamabad, Easter Get to gather was arranged, where Mr. Nadeem Mumtaz Qureshi (Chairman Mustaqbil Pakistan) has extended his hand towards Christian Community. An introduction of the party: (Mustaqbil Pakistan is a new political party whose primary objective is to bring about a fundamental change in the way politics is conducted in Pakistan. We believe that in the absence of such change Pakistan will not survive, they said.) More the 120 Christian’s leaders and workers from Islamabad/Rawalpindi were gathered in the evening at Islamabad Continental Hotel, 6th Club Road Islamabad. During the introduction session Mr. Shamim, raised the issues and current burning situation prevailing in the Pakistan. "Pakistan's beleaguered Christians have rarely felt so demoralized in the wake of Shahbaz Bhatti's murder. May this statement galvanize the world wide Church to pray and act in greater solidarity with these precious Christians, and be such an unforgettable encouragement to them that they will never feel alone in their suffering again."He said. He requested the party leaders to bring the change in the political scenario of Pakistan and suggested the points for their manifesto. 1. Pakistan minorities should not be called minority, instead “Non-Muslim Pakistani” should be used. In this way, Christians will feel sense of belonging and possessiveness. 2. The implementation of international standards of non-discrimination based on race, religion and gender as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the opportunity for all non-Muslim. 3. There should be opportunity for all non-Muslim students to study a faith of their own choice rather than the imposition of Islamic education. 4. We must work cooperatively with Muslim leaders and Christian leaders in Pakistan to oppose extremism and encourage the rebuilding of a tolerant and hospitable society where citizens of all religions have an equal participation. 5. Only 30% of Pakistani Christian students were able to attend the schools to earn education. Those students, who were supposed to be in school to get education, were "compelled to roam about in the streets aimlessly due to the lack of the schools as well as insufficient educational stipends." There should be a proper system of equal distribution of the resources. 6. He stated that more schools and colleges, especially technical colleges, needed to be constructed "in the face of the growing Christians population in Pakistan." 7. New Christian schools, colleges and, particularly technical colleges “should be renovated and up-graded.” 8. He went on saying that Christian students were subsidized by the local Catholic diocese but, even then, the funds and subsidy were "not nearly enough." In the speech by Chairman Mustaqbil Pakistan, Mr. Nadeem Mumtaz Qureshi, insured that if their party comes in the power, he will definitely bring the change in the history of Pakistan. He requested the Christian people to work along to gather for the solidarity of the country and push this bull shit out the cabinet of the Pakistan. Giving the Quranic view about the minorities’ right, Mr. Qureshi quoted the verses from Quran and said that in any Muslim state minorities have full rights to enjoy a healthy life. They can practice their religious prayer according to their religion. Muslim people are answerable to Allah if they misconduct. He further announced that our party will help Christian people and raised voice for their rights and to bring the change the unethical law in the constitution of Pakistan.
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