Contribution of Christians towards the national progress recalled at a conference organized by Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Role of religious minorities during the freedom movement was also narrated during the conference. While addressing the participants, Father Inayat Bernard said that Punjab province belongs to Pakistan owing to the decisive votes of three Christian leaders.
In line with details, Father Bernard while addressing the attendees during the conference noted: “The textbooks do not mention the contribution of Christians to the creation of Pakistan: among them Sardar Bahadur S.P. Singha, Judge A. R. Cornelius and teacher Fazal Elahi, were close collaborators of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Country.”
“The province of Punjab, the most important of Pakistan, the most important center of political, economic and cultural life of the country, belongs to Pakistan thanks to the decisive vote of three Christian leaders, at the time of the partition with India,” he said.
Father Bernard further pointed out that Christians during the freedom movement said: “We are ready to receive bullets in our chest for Pakistan. Today, as we recall the Muslim heroes of independence, in the same manner we recall Christian heroes such as General Noel Khokhar, S.P. Singha, F.E. Chaudhry and Fazal Elahi.”
At this occasion, Father Francis Nadeem said: “We honor the Muslim and Christian heroes who shared the contribution to create Pakistan. Pakistan is not a country that belongs to followers of a specific religion or just the majority. All those who are born and live in Pakistan are fully citizens. Today several groups generate hatred and discrimination in our society. Let us get rid of this slavery.”