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In this picture taken on July 19, 2018, supporters of Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), dance and cheer to songs during an election campaign rally in Pindi Gheb in Pakistan's Punjab province.(AFP)

In Pakistan’s elections Sikhs, Hindus, Christians face daunting challenge

By Associated Press | Islamabad
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2018 04:13 PM IST
It’s an uphill struggle for Pakistani Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis and others. Minority religions make up just 4 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people; Shias account for about 15 to 20 percent of the Muslim population
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Fatwas are issued by scholars of the seminary’s Darul Ifta (Fatwa department) on the basis of queries sent by the people.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Fatwas are issued by scholars of the seminary’s Darul Ifta (Fatwa department) on the basis of queries sent by the people.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Darul fatwa asks Sunnis to avoid Iftar hosted by Shias

By S Raju | Hindustan Times, Meerut, Meerut
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2018 12:59 PM IST
A senior Darul Uloom official explained that the fatwa should be seen in the right perspective as it had not banned, but only suggested “parhez” (avoidance, if possible) for the Sunnis.
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Shia Muslim supporters of the Imamia Student Organization (ISO) hold signs as they chant slogans condemning the blast in Parachinar, during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan March 31, 2017.(REUTERS File Photo)
Shia Muslim supporters of the Imamia Student Organization (ISO) hold signs as they chant slogans condemning the blast in Parachinar, during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan March 31, 2017.(REUTERS File Photo)

Human rights commission says Pakistan failing Shias, Ahmadis, Christians

By Associated Press | Islamabad
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 10:17 PM IST
The Human Rights Commission at the launch of its annual report, State of Human Rights in 2017 — dedicated to the late activist Asma Jahangir says people continue to disappear in Pakistan
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