Rawalpindi—The federal government is planning to make “Nazra” the reading of Holy Quran with meaning compulsory from class 5 to 10, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said.
Addressing Fatima Zahra Conference here, he said legislation for this was already underway.
He said, the government was making all out efforts to promote religious tolerance, interfaith harmony and also taking measures to stop sectarianism.
He said, there was need to promote interfaith harmony to ensure equality, religious freedom and protection of rights of the minorities in the country.
The government had taken various steps during the last three years to promote interfaith harmony in the country, the Minister added.
He said that two committees comprising scholars from all schools of thought were constituted to play role for creating understanding among followers of different religions and sects.
The Minister said, some anti-state elements wanted to weaken the country by promoting sectarianism and hate adding that religious scholars should demonstrate unity to strengthen the country.
Sardar Yousaf said, Islam preaches peace, religious tolerance and equality. He stressed on the need to educate the people the teachings of Islam and basic human rights.—APP