Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Equal citizenship in Pakistan is a right, not a grant from state Whats this?
Click on to find out more.

Constitution says equal rights to religions but contradicts itself when it gives Islam prominence

Equal citizenship in Pakistan is a right, not a grant from state

A file image of Pakistani Christians attending Mass during Easter celebrations in Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore. According to Pakistan's Constitution, a non-Muslim cannot hold the country's highest political positions. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP)

Shamim Masih, Islamabad

April 18, 2017

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

Religious minorities in Pakistan and elsewhere have always raised concerns about discriminatory attitudes and unequal citizenship.

In modern democratic states, the civil rights of every citizen are recognized as they enable people to live decent and honorable lives. As democracy ensures the provision of public good and equality, civil rights ensure a good life for individuals and provides equal opportunities; they are quite rightly treated as fundamental in modern constitutions.

The primary function of a national constitution is to guarantee universal rights and to ensure all citizens of the state are dealt with equally. The guarantees are supposed to be unambiguous but Pakistan's Constitution is a document as ambiguous as it gets. It does not grant religious minorities equal rights either.

To read more
subscribe to UCAN Premium Content today.

Want more stories like this?
Sign up to receive UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters (You can select one or more)
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters
You can select one or more
First Cut
Morning Daily
(Morning Daily)
Full Bulletin
Afternoon Daily
(Afternoon Daily)