On the occasion of National Minorities’ Day 2016, the Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has voiced his determination to safeguard the rights of minorities in his special message to the nation. “Founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam had pledged equal rights to the Non-Muslim Pakistanis,” he asserted.
In the light of the pledge voiced by Quaid-e-Azam, the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights to Non-Muslim Pakistanis. Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael further said that religious minorities have been instrumental in the progress of Pakistan. “We will never allow anyone to tread upon the constitutional rights of minorities.”
He said that Government is taking effective steps for welfare of the religious minorities, in view of Quaid-e-Azam’s pledge of equal rights for the minorities efforts will be made to ensure freedom of religious practices for all faiths. Protection of places of worship of minorities is in top list of Government’s agenda.
“Pakistan is ours, non-Muslim Pakistanis have equal rights. Religious minorities are contributing a lot in the fields of Armed Forces, education, health and others. We pay tribute to all the Non-Muslim Pakistanis. “Whoever wishes to go to church, temple or mosque, he is free to go,” he said.