ISLAMABAD - Lawmakers mainly from minorities in yesterday’s National Assembly session expressed concern over alleged unequal rights for minorities in the country.

These MNAs, with reference to the Minorities Day (11 August), asked the incumbent government to provide equal rights and opportunities in different fields.

Tariq C Qaiser demanded of the government to revisit ‘Christian Marriage Act’. “There should not be any change against the versus of ‘Bible’ in the act,” he said adding that seats of minorities should also be increased in the parliament.

MQM MNA Sanjay Parwani stressed the need for proper implementation of minorities quota. “The government should ensure five percent minorities quota in government jobs,” he added.

MNA Phyllis Azeem expressed concern that government minority servants have to face hurdles in promotion. “After 18 grade, minority’s government servants are not promoted smoothly as they have to face many objections and hurdles,” the MNA informed.

Ramaish Lal said that the government should take proper notice for not building a temple in Islamabad. “There is no temple in Islamabad, the government should take action on it,” he said adding that equal rights should be given to all minorities members.

Another MNA Ramaish Kumhar said that there should not be any discrimination with the minority members in the country.

Asia Nasir from JUI-F demanded that a separate ministry should be set up at the federal level to look after the minorities affairs.

Lawmakers from opposition Shireen Mazari and Shazia Marri also raised voice for the rights of minority members.

Concluding the debate, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said that the incumbent government was making measures to ensure rights of the minorities in line with the Constitution and no compromise would be made in this regard.

“This government is making solid measures to ensure rights of the minorities in line with Constitution of country,” he added.

About the concerns raised for increasing seats in parliament, he said this would be possible after conducting population census in the country.