The government had declared August 11 as minorities’ day in 2009 by the efforts of then minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was shot dead in the country’s capital in 2011.
The day signifies Quaid-e-Azam’s speech to Constituent Assembly on August 11 1947 in which he had said, “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
Islamabad: The Minorities Day is being observed on Sunday (today) all across the Pakistan to fulfill the promise made to our non-Muslim brethren by the founder of Pakistan‚ Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, say media reports.
In their separate messages‚ President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have vowed to protect and promote democratic values for tolerance‚ peace and harmony in the society.
In his message‚ the President urged the religious leaders and public to promote tolerance among different faiths.
He said the observance of Minorities Day reminds us to fulfill the promise made to our non-Muslim brethren by the founder of Pakistan‚ Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The Prime Minister in his message said the government will continue its struggle to uphold the rights of the people of different faiths.
Nawaz Sharif said the Minorities’ Day provides us an opportunity to reassure that despite the diversity in our faiths we are one nation and are working together for a united and prosperous Pakistan.
(Sunny Gill Karachi )