29 July, 2021

"Secular India Is A Strength For Pakistan"

Says I.A. Rahman, a prominent Pakistani human rights activist

"Secular India Is A Strength For Pakistan"
A director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), I.A. Rahman migrated to Pakistan from what is Haryana today, carrying with him his generation's hope of start -ing afresh in a new, young country. A journal -ist who always stood up to state pressures, Rahman now devotes most of his time to civil rights activity. In Calcutta recently to attend the third joint convention of the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD), whose Pakistan chapter he heads, Rahman made forthright comments against the bomb lobby and the arch-conservatives in Pakistan preventing better relations with India, against the wishes of the common man. He criticised these two lobbies, who he said "deem it their ordained duty to rule Pakistan". He regretted that the Pakistani government had not reciprocated the relaxation of visa rules by India for visiting Pakistanis. As a leading light of the HRCP, Rahman has not earned praise from Pakistani authorities at home. Shorn of diplomacy, his speeches at the Calcutta convention attracted much media attention. In an interview to Ashis K....

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