CLAAS welcomes Premier’s minority-friendly statement

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CLAAS UK has hailed the minority-friendly statement from the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sahrif. PM had recently delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony of a water filtration plant at Katas Raj temple complex on Wednesday, January 11.

Religious minorities in Pakistan

Premier vowed to make Pakistan a minority-friendly country. He ordered renovation of the temple which is one of the most sacred places of Hindus in Pakistan. “The day is not far when Pakistan will be recognized as a minorities-friendly country due to steps being undertaken to better the lives of minority groups,” he was quoted as saying.

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“I am the prime minister of all Pakistanis, be it a Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian or any other, you all are equal,” he said. He said that he has instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to renovate the holy sites in the area to their original state.

At this occasion, he referred to historic instances when Muslim rulers had went all out to safe guard the minorities in their land and protected their places of worship. He said that they treated the majority and minorities equally. He asserted that Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Baha’is are working hand-in-hand to defend the country at the same time they are putting in their contributions for prosperity of the country. We have to work together in unity to build Pakistan and strive for humanitarian causes,” he added.

Followed by Premier’s statement about minorities, CLAAS UK Director Nasir Saeed expressed satisfaction over PM’s statement saying that such statement from the Premier is phenomenal and will be pivotal in upholding interfaith harmony and peace in the country.

“Of course such speeches will help to promote a soft image of the country, but actions are most important. Minorities have been stuffing for a long time; they feel insecure, feel helpless and find no justice. Now they are forced to flee the country because of the government’s obliviousness.

There is a great need to look into the government’s biased and discriminatory policies and address the issues which concern minorities, to restore their trust in the government and the politicians. Telling them that he is their prime minister too is not enough, but treating them as equal citizens of Pakistan is more important and I hope the prime minister will look into this matter,” he said.