Report prepared by: Fida ur Rahman.
One of the outcomes of the Islam & Liberty Workshop held in November 2020 was an agreement amongst the participants to carry on these discussions with a focus on Pakistan. Over last one and a half years, the attendees have remained engaged virtually through a WhatsApp group “ILN Pakistan Chapter”. Earlier this year, they agreed to formalize this local network by forming a platform to be called Idraak (lit. understanding), a name suggested by an alumnus Aslam Mir. Fida-ur-Rahman, has taken up the responsibility as convener of Idraak. The group has agreed to meet once every month by anchoring the discussion on a current publication relevant to ILN themes.
First inaugural session of ILN-Idraak was held virtually on Saturday 24th April, 2022 from 11:00AM to 12:30PM (PST). Mr. Fida Ur Rahman, Alumni ILN, introduced the basic idea and objective of establishing ILN-Idraak – to explore and promote a Muslim case of liberty within Pakistan. Keeping in view the three core themes – political, economic and religious liberties, the inaugural session was based on Religious Freedom. Mr. Fida Ur Rahman delivered a knowledgeable and thought-provoking presentation on the annual reports of US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) with special focus on the state of religious liberties in Pakistan.
The following issues and challenges to religious freedom in Pakistan were discussed: –