Barrister Zafarullah Khan who serves as a special assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan has laid stress on the need to protect rights of religious minorities. Addressing the participants at a symposium Barrister Zafarullah said that the religious minorities living in the country must be protected according to the teaching of Islam.
The symposium titled ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan: A Consensus Declaration by Ulema and its Importance for a Peaceful Pakistan’, organized by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) was attended by professors and students from various universities, members of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector International Islamic University Islamabad and Dr. Zia ul Haq Islamic Research Institute Director General.
Addressing the audience, Barrister Zafarullah said: “Islam ensures the rights of minorities. Meesaq-e-Madina was the first written charter which guaranteed the rights of minorities”. He added that according to Islam all citizens must be given equal rights. “Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in His teachings has laid special emphasis on the rights of minorities in a Muslim society. And, as Muslims, we are accountable for this before Allah Almighty,” he said.
Barrister Zafarullah said that the nation must unit as one to make the country prosperous. He said that we all must join hands to put Pakistan on the road to development. He said that Paigham-e-Pakistan was an initiative which will help proclaim a soft image of Pakistan to the world. This initiative, he said, laid great emphasis on the rights of the minorities.
He told the audience that the Constitution of Pakistan and Islam entitle the religious minorities of equal rights as citizens of Pakistan. He said that as Pakistanis they are entitled of impartial treatment regardless of their religion, faith or ethnic background.
On this occasion Chairman of Council for Islamic Islamic Ideology Dr. Qibla Ayaz said that Paigham-e-Pakistan was a document prepared in line with consultation and recommendations of Islamic scholars from all the schools of thought. “The Grand Mufti of Egypt has also endorsed it. Several countries of the world have appreciated the initiative and have expressed desire to benefit from it,” he said.