Representative from diverse religious faiths have insisted the Federal and Provincial governments to take away lessons that are unfair towards any religion from all school academic syllabus.
On Thursday, at Peshawar in a seminar named as ‘Religious Freedom and Human Rights’ organized by the South Asian Partnership of Pakistan (SAPP) at Diocesan Center, they articulated their scrutiny.
“Lessons encouraging inter-faith harmony and mutual understanding should be included,” said Arshad Haroon of Strengthening Participatory Organization. “While those are encouraging hatred and disunity should be detached from the curriculum.”
Haroon emphasized their forefathers had been born on this soil and had made all kinds of sacrifices for the formation of Pakistan. “We should not forget our identity, if we disown our past, we are only going to create further confusion among our coming generations” said Haroon.
He demanded the government secure the rights of all religious minorities for peaceful coexistence in the country.
The participants complained the government usually ignores capable individuals and selects representatives of religious minorities based on personal affiliations – a move that causes further alienation.
“This is one reason why the government fails to resolve our problems and erase prejudices against us,” claimed All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement Chairman Haroon Sarbdyal.
Applicants discussed how both the Shariah and the Constitution of Pakistan preserve and guaranteed religious freedom and human rights. But succeeding governments had depressed them of their rights, said the supporter of various faiths.
Sikander Zaman and Fida Hussain also gave a briefing about SAPP and all the work done by the organisation to secure the freedom of expression and rights for non-Muslims.