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Dr Paul for protection of minorities’ rights

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Islamabad: The minorities all over the world should have security, equality and protection of the fundamental rights irrespective of their religion, caste or creed as the statics show that the nations which ensure the rights of the minorities are experiencing peace and development.

The founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his address to the Members of Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947 declared equal rights and freedom to express faith.

This was expressed by Adviser to Prime Minister for National Harmony Dr. Paul Bhatti while addressing to an inauguration session of a seminar entitled “Minority Rights in Pakistan: Challenges and Prospects,” organized by Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi in collaboration with Ministries of Interfaith Harmony and Human Rights on Wednesday.

He said minorities in Pakistan have been fighting with terrorism, illiteracy, poverty and somehow terrorism since long. Time has come to get united against these nuisances to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony among the people of different faiths aimed at creating an environment of peace and tolerance in the society.

“Being Chairman of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance and in the capacity of Adviser to Prime Minister for National Harmony I am committed to serve the marginalized classes of the society irrespective of their race, faith and location in the country”, Dr. Paul said.

Dr. Paul said the government is trying its best to protect the rights of the minorities and subsequently four seats have been reserved for them in Senate, five percent quota has been fixed in government jobs and11 August has been declared as minority day in addition festivals of minorities are being celebrated officially to give them feelings that they are too important citizens of Pakistan.

He appreciated the administration of the Fatima Jinnah Women University for organizing a seminar on the rights and issues of the minorities adding: the opportunity will create awareness among the young generation as the students are the driving force to move the society towards objectives of peace, interfaith dialogue, interfaith harmony and tolerance in the society.

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