A huge ceremony was held at Governor House Lahore on Wednesday under the Human Rights and Minority Department Punjab on the eve of Minority Day. Governor Punjab and Provincial Ministers participated in the ceremony. All the speakers highlighted the services of Minority Leaders in their address and paid tribute to them. All speakers agreed that “Religious minorities are safe in Pakistan as compared to the other countries in the region”. Later, the participants of the function prayed for national stability and progress.
Provincial Minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine said in his speech that in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, followers of all religions have equal rights in Pakistan and are playing an active role in national development without any discrimination. He said that minorities had deep love for Pakistan and had rendered invaluable sacrifices for the country.
The Minister said that province of Punjab is on the road to success under the tremendous leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and Initiatives taken by the Punjab government for the Christian community has been applauded by all over the world. He said due to special support by Chief Minister Punjab first time in the history of Pakistan, Christmas being celebrated at official level and CM also announced special grant of 30 million for minorities on the eve of Christmas.
Minister said that Government of Punjab has assigned a special Human Rights task force in order to preserve the rights of minorities.