LAHORE: The Governor of Punjab lauds the services of minorities for Pakistan.
In line with details, Governor of Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said,” The services of minorities for Pakistan can never be ignored and an all-out effort will be made to materialise the dream of Quaid-e-Azam who termed all citizens of Pakistan equal.”
Governor expressed his acknowledgement while addressing a seminar organised by the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society in association with Muslim Christian Federation International and Peace and Education Foundation (Islamabad) on 19th of September, 2013 over the ‘Services of Minorities for Pakistan and their Concerns.’
In his address, the Governor said that,” Christians had contributed equally to the progress of Pakistan as Muslims and Islam as well as constitution of Pakistan guarantees the rights of Christians. It was really a regretful fact that the circumstances faced by us at the moment didn’t occur before but it was our priority to give a practical shape to the dream of the founder of the nation, who always voiced for the equality of citizens in Pakistan.”
He went on to say, “He met members of Pakistani community living in Britain quite often who seemed worried and embarrassed over the current situation over the incidents which had happened with minorities. The Government wanted minorities be treated equally and share all rights.”
Governor interpreted his concerns for the minorities saying,” He would also take up the concerns expressed by the members of Christian community before the Prime Minister in the meeting. Falsehood had destroyed the peace of society and stated that problems could never be solved by implicating others in false cases and by levelling baseless charges against others.”
“Minorities will be given full rights and their grievances will be addressed” he said.
At this occasion, Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir Sindu said that,” Committees would be formed to promote religious tolerance and interfaith harmony among people of different sects and religions. The problem could only be solved if our religious leaders started differentiating between right and wrong. Measures are needed where laws had been misused and voice should be raised to avert such incidents in future.”
Former Foreign Minister Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali said that,” Minorities played a very important role in creation of Pakistan but unfortunately the current circumstances were clearly contrary to the ideas of Quaid-e-Azam. The debate of majority and minority should come to end now.”
Bishop Samuel Ezra said that,”Fake cases had been registered against the minorities and the recommendations of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) should be given a practical shape.”
The speakers of this seminars included Punjab Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu, former Foreign Minister Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, Bishop Samuel Ezra, Maulana Zahid Qasmi, Shahid Meraj and Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh. The seminar was presided over by Wasif Nagi.
While notably the seminar also approved the recommendation of CII; “which had declared capital punishment to the person who fabricates fake charge of blasphemy against someone.”