JAC condemns reinstating religion column in passports
LAHORE: The Lahore-based Joint Action Committee for People’s Rights (JAC), a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs), has strongly condemned efforts to reinstate religious discrimination by adding a column for religion in the passport for Pakistani citizens.
The JAC, in a statement issued on Thursday, considered this a move by religious fanatics who want to spread religious intolerance in the country.
The JAC said that it would oppose any move by the government to reintroduce the column for religion, since there was no justification for it. The nation had suffered a lot because of the decisions made by governments on political expediencies. The JAC demanded that the government make its position on the matter clear, and reminded it that no other country in the world had a religion column in their national passports. JAC also called for a protest on January 11 in front of the Lahore Press Club
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