Pakistan: National Commission for Justice and Peace congratulates new government in Pakistan

 

from the National Commission for Justice and Peace

13/9/18 - General elections were held in Pakistan on Wednesday 25th July, 2018. As a result of elections 2018, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has become the single largest political party of Pakistan, winning a plurality in the National Assembly 138 seats out of 272. At the provincial levels, PTI went up from being the second largest party, to becoming the largest party in Punjab by winning 179 seats, it remained the largest party in Kyber Pakthun Khawa winning 84 seats, it became the second largest party in Sindh winning 30 seats, and won its first 7 seats in Baluchistan.

The party aims to create a welfare state according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, where the state is responsible for education, health and employment of its citizens. It should promote freedom of thought, abolition of corruption and curbing religious discrimination in Pakistan.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) congratulates the new government, Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan and President Dr. Arif Alvi for being elected to their respective offices. In a joint statement His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson NCJP, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani), National Director and Mr. Cecil Shane Chaudhry, Executive Director NCJP congratulated the winning party and said that we hope that all three pillars of the government i.e. Judiciary, Executive and Legislature will work together for building a progressive and peaceful nation. They further stated that opposition will also need to play a positive role in this regard.

Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf, demanded that the government should strengthen the democratic institutions, ensure rule of law, and give particular focus to the sectors of health, education and social wellbeing.

His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Archbishop of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, President, Pakistan Catholic Bishops' Conference and Chairperson, National Commission for Justice and Peace congratulated the newly formed government and stated that the Church supports this democratic transition and will cooperate with the newly formed government in every possible way for progress and peace in Pakistan. He also stressed that besides seeking development and progress of the nation, the government should also prioritize the issues of the minorities so that they are integrated well in the society and feel proud to be responsible Pakistanis. He also stressed upon the establishment of Ministry for Minority Affairs both at provincial and federal level while giving due representation to the minorities in all its ministerial cabinets. "The government should immediately formulate National Commission for the Rights of Religious Minorities. The people from the minority community should also be given role in the government. Protecting minorities is a prime responsibility of government Pakistan belongs as much to minorities as it does to the majority," he added. At the end, he expressed his prayerful best wishes for the new government and invited all to work together to up lift the weak and marginalized communities and people in society and to guide the youth and the nation towards a peaceful coexistence, and sincerely working hard for the prosperity and common good of all the citizens of Pakistan.

 

Pakistan, National Commission for Justice and Peace, Cecil Chaudhry, Joseph Arshad, Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf, Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi