Joint efforts needed to eradicate growing culture of intolerance in society

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Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs (HR&MA), Ejaz Alam Augustine has said that the Sialkot incident disgraced entire nation and stressed the need of collective efforts to eradicate the growing culture of intolerance in the society.

He said that those who took the law into their own hands could not be entitled to any concession while the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan himself was supervising the investigation.

Ejaz Alam Augustine expressed these views while addressing oath taking ceremony of Christian Lawyers Association in Pakistan (CLAP) held in a private hotel here on Saturday.

President Haroon Ranjha, Vice President Enoch Fayyaz, Vice President ( Mufsal Seet) Farooq Liaqat, Finance Secretary Yasir Joseph, General Secretary Allah Ditta Chaudhry, Press Secretary Sadaf Maryam and Joint Secretary Kashif Bhatti took oath while Former Minister Khalid Ranjha, a large number of members of the High Court Bar and Lahore Bar were also present on the occasion.

The provincial minister congratulated the newly elected officials and hoped, all the newly elected members would perform a proactive role for the betterment of weaker segment of the Christian community.

“We all need to end the growing intolerance in society, for which people need education because they need to understand that it is the job of the honourable court to convict anyone,” he said.

Ejaz Alam further said that the Punjab Government moving forward to adopt the policy of zero tolerance towards such incidents while a high level inquiry committee has been constituted, to impartially investigating the incident. The investigation is ongoing and all the facts will come to light soon, he concluded.

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