Islamabad, April 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has said educational curriculum is being reviewed to include the content for promoting inter-faith harmony. The President, in a meeting with the leaders of religious minorities here at the President House, said steps were under consideration to prepare curriculum for madrassahs (religious seminaries) as well. The interaction was part of the series of events held in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations.
The President said though the country’s educational curriculum did not contain any discriminatory material against minorities; however it was still being reviewed. He stressed for joint efforts by all stakeholders to make Pakistan a developed and prosperous country. He said celebration of festivals including Holi, Diwali, Christmas had been part of this region’s civilization and the government has a positive approach in this regard.
The President said that the government is taking effective measures to prevent misuse of blasphemy law. The President stated that the blasphemy law in Pakistan applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike adding that the law is non-discriminatory in this regard.
President Mamnoon said the government has revamped the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to promote religious harmony and affinity. He said the Ministry for Religious Affairs was working to keep vigil on protection of the minorities rights in the country. The President stated military operation against the terrorists would continue till elimination of terrorism, adding the elements spreading hate, would be eradicated.
He said the constitution provides equal rights to all citizens regardless of their religion, colour, cast and creed and mentioned that the government has declared August 11 as the Day of Minorities. The President said that the seats had been reserved for minorities in the parliament and provincial assemblies, besides five percent quota fixed for government jobs. The facilities to students belonging to religious minorities had also been doubled, he added. The President also lauded the contributions made by minorities for the country’s progress.
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