Equating us with Europeans is wrong says Bishop Malik

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LAHORE – Dr Alexander John Malik, Bishop of Lahore stressed upon the minorities to stand as equal citizens of Pakistan.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday in connection with Minorities Day, he said that equating Christians of Pakistan with Europeans or Americans was a wrong notion.

Bishop of Lahore said that guarantees to safeguard religious minorities and treating them on equal basis, as assured in the words of the founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his address to the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947, should be upheld.

Therefore, grievances and concerns of religious minorities should be alleviated. Commenting on the perceptions of majority community towards religious minorities, Bishop said that discrimination and prejudice were impediments to building communities perceptions towards interfaith harmony and peace. All minorities deserve fair representation in public policies and decision making bodies both levels at federal and provincial.

Meanwhile, Punjab Minister for Finance, Minorities Affairs and Human Rights, Kamran Michael has said that though minorities follow different religions but as Pakistanis they are as patriotic as anyone else.

Reacting to celebrating August 11 as Minorities Day, Kamran Michael said that it was a grave injustice to fix only one day for lakhs of members of the society who belong to different religions as it could promote a feeling in them that they were not Pakistanis and it was not their country.

He said that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were celebrated in Europe to give an impression to the parents that their children own them for at least one day and is the purpose of celebrating Minorities day the same?

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