Lahore : Patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council and Member National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani has said that we need to discourage the usage of word “Minorities” from our daily talk as it reflects a narrow mind set.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani was expressing his point of view while attending a seminar on Electoral Reform in Pakistan arranged by SSDO in a local hotel at Islamabad.
He said that Pakistani constitution also use the word Non-Muslim instead of minorities. Dr Ramesh Kumar further demanded the right of dual vote for Non-Muslim citizens just like it happens in the Azad Kashmir. “So that we could also elect our representative while using our right of vote in democratic system of Pakistan and if the performance of our elected representative is not satisfactory then we could brought them for accountability,” he said.
Dr Ramesh Kumar was of the view that we all are Pakistanis and green color in our flag is representative for all residents of Pakistan irrespective of their religion and white color is symbol of peace.
Dr Ramesh Kumar also quoted the Quaid e Azam’ s first speech to the first General Assembly of Pakistan, where he said that every community member in Pakistan is Pakistani and he is allowed to spend his life according to his/her religion.
Dr Ramesh Kumar, while commenting on the current electoral process, regretted that Non-Muslim representatives are being selected by winning political parties on the basis of personal liking or disliking
Dr Ramesh Kumar said that Pakistan development is associated with democratic system and real democracy will flourish only when every citizen, Muslim or Non-Muslim, will use the power of right to vote.