October 21, 2014 – Mobarik A Virk –
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) celebrated yet another important event at the ‘Dharna site’ at D-Chowk in front of the Parliament House on Sunday night. The event was the ‘Interfaith Day’.
The Central President of the Minority Wing of the PTI, Sajid Ishaq, said that by celebrating the ‘Interfaith Day’, the PTI and its Chairman, Imran Khan, have conveyed a loud and clear message that there was no space for hatred between the followers of different faiths.
“Speaking specifically about Pakistan, the (PTI) Chairman is abundantly clear that no individual should be discriminated and victimised because of his or her faith. He has only voiced what the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah has said in his historic speech. The difference is that he has openly spoken for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has made a promise that if the PTI comes into power in the country, effective steps and measures would be taken to ensure that the members of the minority communities should enjoy all the rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan, Sajid Ishaq said.
He said that the announcement by the PTI Chairman that the whole night at the ‘Dharna site’ has been dedicated to the minority communities and for promoting interfaith peace and harmony has earned him big support from the minority communities all over Pakistan.
He said that the pledge to promote interfaith harmony has not come only from the (PTI) Chairman but is also backed by the senior leadership of the party as everyone recognises the importance and necessity of promoting interfaith harmony and bringing the minority communities in the mainstream politics in the country.
He appreciated the central, provincial and district level minority wing members of the PTI for the efforts they made to make the event a success.
“It is high time to realise that the religious minorities are being exploited by different political parties for the past 68 years. They have been denied their due share in the Parliament, in the field of education as well as health. Over the past 68 years, the role of the minorities in the establishment as well as in the building of Pakistan has been grossly ignored. Christian and Hindu minorities have specially suffered and have still been suffering. This is the time change the situation and improve the conditions of the minority communities,” Sajid Ishaq said.
“Today all religious minorities present here expressed solidarity with the PTI and wanted reassurance from the Chairman that the PTI will give them equal recognition as ‘equal citizens’ of Pakistan,” he added.
Sajid Ishaq, who also is the Chairman of the Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL), while speaking on the occasion said that in ‘new Pakistan’, minorities will not be called ‘minorities’ but will be considered only as citizens of Pakistan, equal to all others.
“Pakistan will become a country where the honour of their mothers, wives and daughters is safeguarded; where justice is not denied and there is no religious discrimination in jobs, health and education; where there is no discrimination that minorities cannot be promoted to higher positions at government jobs, in the Parliament, in the armed forces and in judiciary; where they are considered Pakistani citizens and can run in elections from any constituency not on the basis of religion but on talent and merit; where there are no discriminatory laws in the Constitution for the religious minorities; where there are same laws for all citizens of Pakistan; and where Church properties are protected and returned to Christian institutions,” Sajid Ishaq said. (the news) – Pakistan, Mobarik A. Virk, Articles