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NA passes resolution condemning attack on Hindu temple

The resolution was moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan.

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution strongly denouncing the attack on a Hindu temple in Bhong area of Rahim Yar Khan.

The resolution moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has also condemned the incident and issued directions to bring the culprits to justice.

The resolution said that Islam and the constitution of Pakistan provide protection to the rights of non-Muslims. It said that this House also reaffirms the commitment to their protection.

In his remarks, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said those behind the despicable incident have nothing to do with Islam and humanity.

He said the entire Pakistani nation stands by the Hindu community in this hour of grief and sorrow. He said the non-Muslims enjoy equal rights in Pakistan but regretted that the minorities in India are not safe from the Modi government’s oppression.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari pointed out that Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the attack on the temple and directed the Inspector General Police of Punjab to not only arrest the culprits but also look into the police negligence in this matter.

She said an FIR has been registered and the suspects are being arrested.  She said the prime minister has also assured to restore the temple at the government’s expense. She, however, asked the opposition members not to do politics on such matters.

Members belonging to different parties strongly denounced the attack on a Hindu temple. They demanded an investigation into the despicable incident and immediate arrest of the culprits. They said steps should be taken to avert such incidents in the future.

The House passed two resolutions to extend the Election (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 and “The Protection of Parents Ordinance, 2021 for a further period of 120 days.

Two Bills were also laid before the House today. These included: ‘The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Civil Unmanned Aircraft System Bill 2021. The house has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at five pm.

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