Religious Intolerance in Pakistan and the Plight of Religious Minorities

 

Speaking at Woodrow Wilson center for religious minorities of Pakistan
Speaking at Woodrow Wilson center for religious minorities of Pakistan

 

 

 

 

Watch Video of event below:

 

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/religious-intolerance-pakistan-and-the-plight-religious-minorities
June 04, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:15pm
Event Co-sponsors:
Middle East Program
In recent years, Pakistan—a Sunni Muslim majority country with Shia Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities—has been convulsed by sectarian violence. More than 2,000 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008, and last year sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth from 2012. Farahnaz Ispahani, a Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and former Pakistani parliamentarian and journalist, will discuss the roots of Pakistan’s sectarianism and her broader Wilson Center project—an analysis of Pakistan’s policies toward its religious minority populations (Muslim and non-Muslim) since independence. n recent years, Pakistan—a Sunni Muslim majority country with Shia Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities—has been convulsed by sectarian violence. More than 2,000 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008, and last year sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth from 2012. Farahnaz Ispahani, a Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar and former Pakistani parliamentarian and journalist, will discuss the roots of Pakistan’s sectarianism and her broader Wilson Center project—an analysis of Pakistan’s policies toward its religious minority populations (Muslim and non-Muslim) since independence.

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Written by ispahanihaqqani

Farahnaz Ispahani has been a leading voice for women and religious minorities in Pakistan for over two decades, working as a journalist, member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, and most recently as a United States-based scholar. An advocate of Pakistan’s return to democracy during the military regime of Pervez Musharraf, she served as a spokesperson and international media coordinator for the Pakistan People’s Party, working alongside the late Benazir Bhutto. During her tenure in parliament (2008–2012), she was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights committees and the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. In 2013 and 2014 she was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she completed Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan's Religious Minorities (Harper Collins, India 2016 & Oxford University Press, US 2017) a book on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. In 2012 she was listed among Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, as well as Newsweek Pakistan’s Top 100 Women Who Matter.

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