They are deemed as second class citizens. Generally, the minorities are considered as marginalized members on various wings of the country.
On the political front, they are subjected to massive discrimination. The minorities’ representation in May 11 general elections was nominal. Out of 342 National Assembly seats, about ten were reserved for the minorities. Similarly, only 4 seats were allocated for the minorities in the Senate out of 104 reserved seats.
The terrorist attacks and target killings of non-Muslim minorities is on the rise since long. The minorities are subjected to accelerating levels of extremism, social and religious discrimination. The discrimination is mainly attributed to anomaly in the laws and policies. It portrays Pakistani government’s inability to show tolerance for the minorities’ rights.
An evidence of multi-dimensional discrimination against the minorities is perplexing. The notion of hatred is being advocated against the minorities in the curricula of the primary and secondary school level. The quota system introduced in the political and economic sector, which claims to safeguard minorities’ rights, is not managed rightly. The system is merely exploited, and it remains ignored by the government officials and senior authorities.
In light of this grave situation, there stands a need for the government to enforce stringent laws and policies, which safeguard the minorities’ rights effectively. The government should also take an initiative in development of a framework, which is anti-discriminatory towards the minorities in their different facets of life. In addition, there should be mass dissemination campaigns inculcating the significance of the rights of minorities. Such measures, if implemented effectively, can help in protection of minorities’ rights in Pakistan.