Minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan, face discrimination in India: Chohan

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Spokesperson for Punjab Chief Minister and Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has said that minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan, but they face severe discrimination in India. He was speaking at a function organised by the Unique Group of Institutions and the Department of Human Rights and Minorities Affairs here on Thursday, in connection with observance of the National Day of Minorities in the country. He said all Pakistanis should perform their duties for development and prosperity of the country without indulging in any prejudices of religion, race, and sects and keeping themselves above extremism.

The CM’s spokesperson said all Pakistanis have equal rights and they should pay respect to each other to form a welfare and peaceful society. Chairman Unique Group of Institutions Prof Abdul Mannan Khurram said that minorities had never felt that they had been discrimination against and left alone in all sectors and all spheres of life. He said people belonging to different religions live here and they all were equal Pakistanis. He said that the minorities were given representation even in national flag.

Minority Punjab Assembly Member Mahindar Pall Singh told the audience that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, addressing the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, had made it clear in absolute terms that all Pakistanis would be equal citizens and they would be free to spend their lives according to their religious beliefs. The state would never exploit them and discriminate against them on the basis of their religions, cast and creed, he added.

Convenor for Human Rights Jacqueline T., speaking at the function, said they were thankful to God that they were citizens of Pakistan. She said all minorities enjoy complete freedom in the country.

Amarnath Randhawa, member Pakistan Hindu Mandar Management Committee, addressing the audience, said that the role of minorities was important in creation of Pakistan. He said his forefathers openly supported Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in securing a separate country.

Chairman Union Council 246 Asif Khokhar and Vice Chairman Unique Group Afeef Ashraf Siddiqui also addressed the participants.

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