Islamabad: President and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has greeted the Hindus and Scheduled Castes community of Pakistan on the occasion of Deewali being celebrated today and called for strengthening interfaith harmony and protecting minorities’ rights.
I wish to extend on my behalf, on behalf of the Pakistan People’s Party and on behalf of the people of Pakistan heartiest greetings to the Hindu and Scheduled Castes community on the occasion of Deewali, the President said in his message.
Deewali is known as the festival of lights and is commemorated by members of some of the world’s oldest religions to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection.
Let us rededicate ourselves to continually striving in the path of good and noble. Let us also remember that there are always others less fortunate than us, he said.
At a time when floods have caused ravages in the country particularly in Sindh and the Hindu community have decided to observe the festival with simplicity in view of Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s death the celebrations should serve to remind that we need to help those in need of help.
We partake in Deewali celebrations also for promoting interfaith harmony as a means to fight religious apartheid and those who seek to impose their ideological agenda on the people, the President said.
On this occasion I wish to reiterate that the Hindus and the Scheduled Castes, indeed all minorities, of Pakistan are equal citizens of the state and entitled to equal rights.
I also wish to reiterate our commitment to respect and uphold the UN Resolution calling for interfaith harmony and the pledges made by the government and the Party to safeguard the rights of all minorities in accordance with the teachings of the founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the founder of the Party Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Let it be made clear yet again today that no one will be allowed to victimize and hound members of minority communities in the name of religion and faith, he said.
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