Religious Minorities Recognized in New Textbooks

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“This new development will be an asset to reduce intolerance towards Christians, Hindus and Sikhs, who have been persecuted and discriminated in various ways across the country.” said Pakistani Minorities Teachers Association president Anjum James Paul.

The Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) was successful in getting schools to include references acknowledging the positive role played by minorities in the founding of Pakistan.

Book chapters will be solely dedicated to this cause and will feature the rights of minorities in everyday lives for instance getting employment. The constitution of Pakistan provides equal political, economic and social rights to all citizens from which good citizenship is promoted. Minorities living in Pakistan should be aware of their rights and responsibilities. It is their responsibility to be faithful to their country.

Excerpts from Quaid e Azam’s speech will also be included in these chapters. Examples include:
“Every one of you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had with you in the past, no matter what is his color, caste, or creed, is first, second, and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges, and obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.”

“You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or 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.”