“Provincial Level Seminar on ‘Shrinking Political Space for Minorities”

This initiative aimed to empower minority citizens to participate in political & electoral processes by building their capacity to articulate their issues effectively, while also urging parliament to replace undemocratic method of filling the minority seats of assemblies with an inclusive and democratic method and engage parliamentarians to better represent these communities on the floor of assembly and to garner support from local councilors to address issues faced by minorities at the grassroots level.” It was attended largely civil society, media, lawyers, parliamentarians think tanks, activists local councilors from 5 project districts & religious leaders from all faiths.

The key participants were

Mr. Asif Aqeel                                                   Journalist/Activist
Ms. Shunila Ruth MPA PTI                                 Punjab Assembly
Prof. Dr. Hassan Amir Shah                              VC GC college & University
Mr. Sarwar Bari                                               NC Pattan & Chairperson FAFEN
Mr. M. Amir Zulfiqar Khan                                 DIG Operations Punjab Police
Mr. Sabir Ali Sabir                                            Poet/activist
Mr. Peter Jacob                                               ED Centre for Justice & Peace/Activist
Mr. Hussain Naqi                                             Human Rights Activist
Dr. Noshin Hamid                                            MPA PTI Punjab Assembly
Mr. Shehzad Munshi                                        MPA PMLN Punjab Assembly
Mr. Samson Salamat                                       Human Rights Activist