Main judge of Judge of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial stated that the high courts of Pakistan is the custodian of Constitution and thus fundamental rights of in people were always aware of rights of minorities and made decisions to protect their rights and solve problems faced them.
The CJP noted that recently the Supreme Court took notification of in attack on “Teri Mandar” in Karak and instructed the provincial government to reimburse the costs of restoration and reconstruction of Mandara from implicated villains in its desecration.
He expressed those views when addressing a 10-member minority delegation that called on him one of these days.
Judge Bandial welcomed the delegates and appreciated the contribution of minority communities towards interfaith harmony in Pakistan.
He also greeted them on happening of National Minority Day planned for 08/11/2022. His Lordship briefed the delegation on the fundamental rights enjoyed by minorities under the Constitution. of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973; especially Article 20, which guarantees every citizen the right to confess, practice and spread their religion.
The Delegation expressed its gratitude to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for saving time to meet them. They are also shared problems faced minority communities in law enforcement of their fundamental rights.
The delegation included of Mr. Samuel Payra (Chair of the Minority Rights Forum); rt. Reverend Bishop Fredrick John (Bishop of Karachi and Balochistan); Mr. Manzoor Masih (Member of the National Commission for Human rights); Mr. Bakhtavar Shah (Kalash community); Mr. Tariq Chaman; Mr. Sarwan Kumar Bhil (Hindu community); Sardar Inder Jeet Singh (Member of the Pakistani Sikh Community Gurdwara Parbandhak); Mr. Kashif Namet (Lawyer, High Court of Lahore); Ms. Sonia Riasat (human rights activist, Azad Kashmir) and Dr. Muhammad Shoaib Saddl (Single Commission on Minority rights in the Supreme Court of Pakistan).