ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Christians are essential part of the nation declares former PM Gillani.
According to details, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani while addressing the opening session of National Church Leadership Conference held at the Convention Centre Islamabad, said that Christians are vital part of the nation. During his address he said that in his tenure he established Interfaith Harmony Ministry in order to facilitate minorities in Pakistan. Furthermore he said that it was during his tenure that a 5% job quota was allocated for the minorities in the government run set ups. What is Pakistan without its Christian citizens, he asserted whilst added that he honoured the minorities by declaring 11th of August as National Minorities Day.
At this occasion Pastor Henry Madava, the prime speaker of the conference said that Nelson Mendala, who led South Africa from apartheid to democracy, was a humble, persuasive and inspirational figure who advocated peace, democracy and human right.“Pakistani Christians are facing many problems and sufferings. This leadership conference is organized to think and find the solutions of it, instead creating gaps; we need to become bridge among people of different faith and culture. Poverty is a big problem in our Pakistan, many of them have no money or not enough money to get food, clothes and get education for their children. People across the country have come here to receive their blessings and their life will be changed after this conference and they will play positive role in this regard. Unfortunately religious leadership is least interested in creating better interaction,” he explained.
While Pastor Francis Hayat the National Director of the National Church Leadership, said that eradicating barriers to accomplishment like discrimination and divisions is a necessity for national success. There is urgent need to establish equality, social justice and peace. In line with the prevailing persecution and discrimination which the Christians in Pakistan are suffering, he said that, it is duty of the leadership to take stand to save the rights of the community to prove themselves the real leaders, “Humble and United”.