Khalil Tahir Sandhu, Punjab’s Minister for Human Rights & Minority Affairs Khalil has reiterated that the religious minorities are enjoying equal rights in country. He said this during a special ceremony held to celebrate Holi-a Hindu festival. Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs organized the event, while Hindu, Muslim and Christian lawmakers graced the event with their presence.
The ceremony was organized at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal, where a large number of Hindu and Sikh communities gathered to celebrate the festival. Christian MPA Shakeel Awan, Doctor Majeed Abel, members of district council, Secretary Human Rights and Minority Affairs Asim Iqbal and Faouzia Ayub and students from Nepal were also present.
Addressing the guests, Khalil Tahir Sandhu said that Holi stimulates brotherhood and friendliness among people as it is a symbol of happiness and colors. He referred to a historic speech delivered by the Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He quoted the August 11, 1947 speech saying that the Quaid said that you are free to go to your worship places. The minister said that during PML-N rule all religious minorities enjoyed equal rights in line with the Constitution of Pakistan.
Khaili Tahir talked about a recent legislation about Sikh marriages. He said that Pakistan is the first country in the world where such a legislation has passed, so that the Sikh marriages can be registered. He said that the Government of Pakistan will soon announce public holiday on the occasion of Easter. MPA Kanji Ram, said that Hindu Marriage Act will also be passed by the parliamentarians soon.
Khalil Tahir Sandhu also requested those present to observe a minute of silence in order to show solidarity with the victims of the martyrs of the Raiwind incident. On March, 9 an explosion unfolded when an annual religious congregation was underway. The attacker targeted a police van close to the venue of the avenue of the congregation.