WASHINGTON: Senior British Foreign Office Minister has urged for international response to the persecution of minorities around the world, including Pakistan.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi- Senior British Foreign Office Minister has studiously called for an “international response” to the persecution of minorities around the world, including in Pakistan. In a speech in WashingtonDC, Baroness Warsi said,”Religion is being used by some as a means of division, segregation, discrimination and persecution. And that persecution is the biggest challenge we face in this young century.”
Prior to her speech Baroness Warsi met with Hilary Clinton and addressed the assemblage at the council on Foreign Relations. In her speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Baroness Warsi informed of a perilous and intensifying phenomenon, where religion was turning on religion, sect upon sect. Bearing this idea in her mind, she said, “My ally and my enemy are determined not by geography or politics or colour, but more and more so by religion.”
At this occasion, Baroness Warsi added, “Extremists were twisting history for their own divisive ends but she believed that there was nothing inevitable about sectarian conflict around the world and that there is no unbridgeable divide between Jew and Muslim, Hindu and Sikh, or indeed within religions, between Catholic and Protestant or Sunni and Shia”. “Time and again we see the motivation for persecution being the desire to preserve national, political or religious identity,” she went on to say. She emphasized on the fact that,” accepting and co-existing with another faith doesn’t make you less of a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu – it makes you more of one”.
Later in her speech she called on Pakistan to realise the dream of its founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who said “You are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State”.
She made emphatic that, it were the extremists that were at loggerheads with Pakistan’s vision, and that the majority of Pakistanis fancy to get on with their lives, and live together with their neighbours, as they have done for generations. She also said that, in 2014 she will pull together the people that will switch on to turn this vision into a realistic possibility, including law enforcers, journalists, faith leaders, academics, politicians, the judiciary. “For we must act, religious persecution is blighting lives, ruining lives, ending lives; right now, right across our world. This is not just a problem for the people who are affected. It’s not just a faith problem. It’s a global crisis,” she asserted.