Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) was established on August 28, 2005 by Professor Anjum James Paul. PMTA is constantly struggling with a dream to make Pakistan a role model state where people of religious minorities will one day live as a part of Pakistani nation and where they will not be judged by their faiths but by the content of equality. Though it is a way to Calvary but we know that the way to Calvary is a way to victory.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
“Minorities International Conference’ to be held in Pakistan in December 2009” report published in the ASSIST News Service (ANS)on Sunday, October 4, 2009
‘Minorities International Conference’ to be held in Pakistan in December 2009
By Dan Wooding and Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special to ASSIST News Service
LAHORE, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- The International Minorities Alliance (IMA) is
holding a two day “International Minorities Conference” from December 12-13.
2009, in the Pakistani eastern city of Lahore at Loyola Hall, 28 Waris Road,
Lahore, ANS has learnt.
Delegates from USA, UK, Germany and Italy are expected attend the conference.
Mr. Nazir Qaisar, chairman of the IMA told ANS that the conference would cover
“a range of minority-related issues.”
Themes will include “Pakistani Minorities and International Laws,” “Political
situation of Pakistan and Minorities,” “Minorities in Overseas Pakistan,” and
“Pakistani Minorities and Women in the clutches of discriminatory laws,” as
well as “Pakistani Education and Minorities.”
Professor Anjum James Paul will present a paper on the theme of “Pakistani
Education and Minorities.”
Mr. Qaisar said that he regretted that the events of the last 62 years in
Pakistan with reference to religious minorities have been “very discouraging.”
He said: “Unfortunately the minorities have not been given full political and
civil rights in Pakistan and there are a number of basic issues and fundamental
concerns that still need to be addressed. Pakistani minorities have been
reduced to the level of second rate citizens.”
Mr. Qaisar alleged that “selective criteria, social biases and prejudiced
ideologies” had made the existence of the minority communities “miserable.”
He accentuated the need for a just, democratic, plural and tolerant society.
He said the IMA was going to host a two day conference “to discuss and
deliberate the future of minorities in Pakistan.”
“We are expecting a whole galaxy, of political leaders ,social workers, human
rights activists, prominent members of minorities and especially Christians
leaders from around the world to attend the Lahore conference,” said the noted
ANS has learnt that Salman Taseer, governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab
would inaugurate the two day conference, whereas Asma Jehangir, a prominent
human rights activist and founding member of the Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan, would preside the conference on December 12.
Dr. Peter G. David, a delegate from London, will preside the second session of
the conference on December 12 whereas Dr. Farooq Sattar, Federal Minister for
Overseas Pakistanis and Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, would be chief guests.
Poets from across Pakistan would read their poems on the evening of December
Editor’s note: Mr. Nazir Qaisar is recipient of Pakistan’s highest literary
award “Adamji.” He has also received other awards including “National and
Culture Award,” “Presidential Award” and “Masood Khadarposh Award” in
recognition of his services for promoting the Punjabi language.
Mr. Qaisar has authored 14 books in Urdu and Punjabi languages. One of his
books is part of curriculum in Indian universities of Chandigarh and Guru Nanak
Dev Amrastar. Pakistan’s Allama Iqbal of the Open University has recently
introduced optional thesis in M.Phil on Mr. Nazir Qaisar.