Which way for Pakistan?
Many people had hoped and wished for a positive change under the new prime minster, Mr. Imran Khan, in the public policy towards the religious minorities of Pakistan, which have been subject to all sorts of social and political discrimination and disqualifications for long.
But the hasty removal of the newly-appointed economic advisor, Dr Atif R. Mian, by the new prime minister shows the hold of the Islamist extremists on the state and administration is tight, and they won’t allow any recognition of the legitimate rights of the members of any religious minority whereby they could take part in the administration of the state.
Dr Mian is a well-qualified economist, but his religious identity as an Ahmadi, according to the undue pressure on the Islamist extremists, disqualifies him from being in the economic advisory council! It shows the old pattern is in place and the religious fanatics, who consider themselves as the sole custodians of Islam in Pakistan, will not allow full democratic rights and equal opportunities for employment to the members of the religious minorities in Pakistan.
I appeal to all progressive and democratic forces to help defend the rights of the religious minorities in Pakistan. Pakistan should become an all-inclusive democratic state, and not a playground for the orthodox theocratic fanatics and hoodlums.