Religious Minorities in Multan all set to observe Minorities’ Day on August 11, Thursday. In this regard, Pakistan Democratic Party has organized a program to observe the day. The function will be followed by a “Peace Rally,” as a gesture of solidarity and elevation of national harmony in the country.
Pakistan Minorities’ Democratic Party has organized Minorities’ Convention, which will be held at Raza Hall. Non-Muslims Pakistanis are expected to attend this convention in large number. This Minorities’ Convention will be chaired by Abid Chand-Chairman of Pakistan Minorities’ Democratic Party. Following the convention a “Peace and Solidarity Rally” is scheduled.
Participants of the rally will hold a peaceful walk and pass through various roads of the city. Representatives of various faiths will be addressing the participants of the rally. Participants will be presented their demand of equal rights as Pakistani citizens. They will be raising their voices against surging religion based violence and discrimination. Pakistan Minorities’ Democratic Party has chalked out a draft demanding constitutional rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.
National Minorities Day was celebrated for the very first time across the country on 11th August 2011. At that time, religious minorities organized various events while PPP government also celebrated the day with a pledge to safeguard fundamental rights, safety, security, honor, life, liberty and property of the minorities.
The founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in his speech to Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, clearly laid down the outlines of the type of state he visualized. “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or any other places of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the state.” The speech clearly indicated that Pakistan was to be a pluralist society.