KARACHI - Former chief justice of Pakistan Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui on Friday dubbed the “confinement of the new converts as an act of tyranny”. “It is against the Pakistani Constitution as well as international laws to institute curbs on one’s religious freedom,” said Zaman while addressing a seminar on “Tahaffuz-e-Haqooq-e-Nau Muslims” at the Idara-e-Noor-e-Haq.He said it was the constitutional obligation of the government and the apex court to ensure complete protection to the new converts (to Islam). Among others, the seminar was also addressed by MNA Pir Abdul Khalique of Bhirchondi Sharif, Pir Qasim Ali Shah of Pir Jhanda dargah, JI Sindh chief Aasadullah Bhutto, JI Karachi chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti, Qari Sher Afzal of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Mir Nawaz Khan Marwat, Mufti Usman Yar Khan of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S, Qazi Ahmed Noorani of the JUP, Qari Abdul Mannan of the JUI, Jamiat Ittehad Al Ulema Karachi chapter President Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim Hanif and Maulana Abdul Waheed. People from all walks of life attended the seminar. Syed Naveed Shah, the husband of the new convert Faryal, was also present on the occasion. JI Sindh chapter Deputy Chief Mumtaz Sanjo read to the participants the speech of Pir Abdul Khalique which he had delivered on the floor of the National Assembly. Maulana Abdul Waheed tabled a resolution condemning the decision of sending the new converts to asylum.Siddiqui said that the Constitution had ensured complete religious freedom. He said that the ratio of conversion to Islam in the United States was the biggest challenge to its government as the Islamic movement was the strongest one in America. He said it was an injustice to the converts to keep them confined. Pir Abdul Khalique, in his address, said that he did not force anyone to embrace Islam. Mufti Usman Yar Khan vowed that the entire nation would protect the converts.Mir Nawaz Khan Marwat said that 268 Muslim women were kidnapped in Larkana and 300 were abducted in 2012, but only the conversion issue was raised. “It is said that the two Hindu girls were kidnapped which is absolutely untrue.”JI’s Mahenti, in his address, said that there was a negative propaganda against the converts. Those who convert to Islam needed our support and it was our duty to protect them. He said that it was injustice to the two women to be housed in asylum. They should be allowed to live with their husbands, he added.