Karachi, August 11, 2016 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on the eve of national day of minorities visited The Trinity Cathedral, Ram Swami Temple and Gurdwara to express his solidarity with the religious minorities and lauded their contribution in the development of Pakistan.
The chief minister along with some cabinet member visited Trinity Church in the morning where he was received by Bishop Daniel Sadiq. On the occasion the school girls clad in uniform played flute and drum to announce his arrival and to come welcome him in befitting manner.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that the religious minorities have contributed in education and health sectors a lot. “I have received education from a Christian missionary school. I am proud to say that what I am today has your (Christians) contribution in the shape of education,” he said.
Syed Murad Shah said that his government and party were committed with the cause of minorities’ rights. “In my cabinet the party leadership has give representation to a Christian special assistant,” he said and added that he would be looking after their problems personally.
The chief minister said that on today was his 54rth birth day. “This is also something to be pride of that he was celebrating his birth day on the same day when minorities were celebrating their day.” Bishop Daniel Sadiq addressing the gathering welcomed the chief minister and lauded his gesture to celebrate minorities day with them.
The audience, including the chief minister Murad Ali Shah rose at their seats and observed a two-minute silence to mourn the Quetta tragedy. The programme concluded with the celebration of the chief minister’s birthday. The Christian community in their gathering to wish happy birthday to the chief minister sang `happy birthday’ song with claps.
Latter the chief minister Syed Murad Shah went to Narain Ram Swami temple where he was received by Hindu community leaders by showering rose petals on him. First they left him to a corner where they had lit the candles to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in Quetta blast. The chief minister also lit a candle for them.
Latter went up to the mander and participated in their programme. They had arranged a cake with candles go celebrate his birthday. The chief minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake at mander. The chief minister just after Mander came down and went to Gurdwara, the religious holy place of Sikhs. He stayed with them for some time and witnessed their religious activities.
The chief minister assured all the minorities that he was with them. “I am a phone call away from you, whenever you need me, otherwise you would be equally respected and protected. This is your country and enjoy your life free of any fear,” he assured them.
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Mr. Abdul Rasheed Channa,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)