Govt pursuing Quaid’s vision to protect minorities’ rights: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that the present democratic government was driven by the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in protecting the rights of the minorities. In his message on the Minorities Day being observed on August 11, the Prime Minister said the observance of this day is an occasion to recognize the distinguished role played by the minorities in nation building and the sacrifices rendered by them. The day also renews our commitment to protect their rights and to promote national harmony among various faiths, he said. He said the Quaid’s vision is contained in his historic speech on this day in 1947 that laid down the foundations of a modern, tolerant and progressive Pakistan in which everyone will have equal rights regardless of creed and gender. The Prime Minister said Quaid-i-Azam’s vision is embodied in the Constitution of 1973 that envisioned minorities to freely profess and practice their religion and culture. He said inspired by this vision, the Government of Pakistan observes August, 11 each year as the minorities day to reiterate the need to integrate people of all faiths in the national mainstream. He said the government has reserved five percent job quota for minorities in government services and provided them reserved seats in the Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies while their religious festivals are celebrated at the official level. 

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