Definition of a Perfect Pakistan; in Co-existence of Multiple Sects
12th August 2021.
On National Minorities Day in a Church of Pakistan, Premier and Archbishop Dr. Azad Marshall Quoted Quaid e Azam Ali Jinnah’s inauguration speech and emphasized immensely, the fact that Quaid pledged to assist and safeguard non-Muslim rights in the newly established country. He stated that Quaid’s speech was an ideal location and source to follow, obtain an acrimonious society and equity.
He mentioned that Quaid wanted us as a nation to look beyond differences and progress in unity. Marshall said that history is an example of how non-Muslim citizens have subsidized enthusiastically in nation-building. He said they share the same spirits and are indebted to their homeland. The church leader said that though sequential governments have sworn that they will and have worked for non-Muslims but it’s disappointing to see that their efforts do not lessen any hardships and difficulties that are faced by the non-Muslims of Pakistan.
Nevertheless, Pakistan’s constitution assures the defense of religious minorities and grants those equal rights however discrepancies of rights in policies and laws create division. We need to realize that in a multi-cultural and multi-religious society such partiality promotes further disunity.
He said that intrinsic bigoted practices, forced conversions of minority girls, incidents of faith-based violence, and continued misuse of the blasphemy laws are some of the major issues that pose a serious threat to the minorities. He also pointed to the concerns raised by numerous marginal groups over the single national curriculum that the government has instigated in public and private schools in Pakistan.
These issues he said are not only grim human rights desecrations but defaming Pakistan in the international community. Concerning the European Union Parliament’s resolution on the challenges faced by Pakistan’s religious minorities, the bishop said that the mainline church leadership was ready to work with the government in addressing those concerns by using their influence in the western world. He concludes the speech reiterating Jinnah’s speech, implementing its resolution would assist Pakistan to achieve peace and equality.
In the intervening time, Farrukh Habib, a Pakistani politician said the government was endeavoring to guarantee the endowment of privileges and amenities to minority populations. In his address, he remarked that insurance of equality was obliged from every aspect towards minorities. The minister said the government had taken numerous measures in this regard; he also referred to the Islamic principles that support unity amongst different sects.
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