Islamabad: Adviser to Prime Minister for National Harmony, Dr. Paul Bhatti has called for uniting against poverty and illiteracy in order to uplift the economic condition of the marginalized section of the society and development of the country.
He expressed these views while addressing an Annual National Conference and Workshop Festival at Rawalpindi Arts Council today.
He said condition of religious minorities can be improved by promoting their rights, ensuring life safety, imparting education, providing legal support, security, real protection of the freedom and rights of citizenship through interfaith harmony dialogue.
“All this will be possible if democratic institutions are stabilized in Pakistan leading to create a society where peace, religious freedom, civil co-existence and human dignity are respected”, he added.
Talking about steps taken by the government for the minorities in Pakistan he said 4 seats have been reserved for minorities in Senate, 5 percent quota has been fixed in government jobs and 11 August has been declared as minority day.
“Minority day has been declared in line with vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which he enunciated during his address to the Members of Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947”, he explained.
He said the decision to celebrate minorities festivals reflects the commitment of the government to social uplift, economic empowerment and removal of discriminatory actions against the minorities, he said.
The Adviser said that interfaith harmony is government’s top priority in the efforts to promote friendly relations between the Muslims and non-Muslims in the country that is why a separate ministry has been established for the purpose.
He said minorities contributed a lot in development of Pakistan and are rendering valuable services in different fields of life including defence, education, health and social welfare and government stands committed to ensure equal rights for all minority communities as enshrined in Constitution of Pakistan and UN Declaration of Human Rights.
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