Dr. Paul seeks help to address challenge of terrorism
Islamabad: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Harmony Dr. Paul Bhatti has said Pakistan has space for peace in spite it is facing a very difficult time and can come out of it with the help of international community. Islam is a peaceful religion and condemns terrorism as he has himself studied Islamic studies.
He recalled the services of former Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti who sacrificed his life for the promotion of interfaith harmony, rights of the minorities, in-depth education, better jobs and full political representation of minorities.
He expressed these views while addressing Rimini meeting 2011 held in Italy. Rimini reflects the scene of international capital of culture and people who are curious, open, able to judge, come from all over the world for this event that takes place every year since more than thirty years.
My job is geared first of all toward increasing awareness about minorities’ rights. There are three fundamental themes: the fight against poverty, education and health care. Until they have education, basic economic autonomy and adequate health care, they will be more fragile and isolated, he said.
The Advisor said minorities in Pakistan has suffered too much following unrest and political disability in the country.
He said Kashmir Issue, Afghan War, terrorism, unstable governments in the past, poverty and illiteracy have hit the minorities hard and urged the international community to play role for the solution of these problems.
He said condition of religious minorities can be improved by promoting their rights, ensuring life safety, imparting education, legal support, security, real protection of the freedom and rights of citizenship through interfaith harmony dialogue.
“All this will be possible if democratic institutions are stabilized in Pakistan leading to create a society where peace, religious freedom, civil co-existence and human dignity are respected”, he added.
Talking about steps taken by the government for the minorities in Pakistan he said 4 seats have been reserved for minorities in Senate, 5 percent quota has been fixed in government jobs and declared 11 August as minorities day.
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