Minorities in Pakistan are enjoying complete religious freedom: Qadri

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Pakistan has potential to deal with challenges to Muslim: Ashrafi


Staff Reporter

Stressing the need to promote reconstruction of a peaceful and inclusive Pakistani Society, Minister for Religious Affairs Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has said that minorities in Pakistan are enjoying complete religious freedom as per the constitution.

Addressing a ceremony of “Paigham-e-Pakistan Action Plan for Reconstruction of a Peaceful and an Inclusive Pakistani Society” organized by Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University at its Faisal Masjid campus on Thursday, he said minorities in Pakistan have a historical connection to this land and are the valuable citizens of this country.

He said there is an exemplary interfaith harmony and sectarian unity in Pakistan due to prudent steps taken by the government taking all religious scholars and stakeholders on board.

The Minister said elements who hurt the feelings of any religious class are enemies of Pakistan and Islam as well.

He said a tolerant society based on the principles of interfaith harmony can ensure social inclusion by providing equal opportunities to grow irrespective of their religion or faith in line with Paigham-e-Pakistan. He added that that there was no room for hatred in the name of Islam.

On the occasion, Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Special Representative of Prime Minister of Pakistan on Religious Harmony and Middle East Affairs addressed the ceremony. He said that Pakistan has potential to deal with challenges of Muslim world.

Calling for unity among the ranks, Maulana Tahir said negative elements want to create unrest in the society and such attempts must be foiled through a well devised policy.

Talking about the Paigham-e-Pakistan narrative, he said that this narrative is also presented by the Premier in the United Nations and it was globally appreciated.

Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), in his speech hailed the role of IIUI for construction of national narrative “Paigham-e-Pakistan” which has gained global recognition for dissemination of true message of Islam.

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