Religious harmony: Aiming for Jinnah’s Pakistan

Published: January 22, 2012

We need role models to inspire Christian youth: Speaker.

ISLAMABAD: 

This is not the Pakistan that Jinnah envisioned. He envisioned Pakistan to be a nation where there would be no discrimination based on religion and other variations. However today there are differences abound, with minorities being heavily discriminated against.

This was said by Brigadier (retd) Samson Simon Sharif at a conference organised by the Young Christian Leaders Network on the current political situation in Pakistan. The conference was held at St Thomas Church in G-7 and around 50 people attended.

“We should not stop our pursuit of Jinnah’s Pakistan and work hard to bring it to fruition,” he said criticizing some Christian political parties, whom he referred to as “zombies” who gained political office to further their own needs. He cited the example of a church in Lahore that was bulldozed without prior notice, with the approval of aforementioned officials.

Sharif went further when he expressed the need for dutiful Christian leaders and posited that in areas where Christians are in majority, they should stand for MNA and MPA positions.

Later, Sunil Sheroon screened a video on the church losing its present generation to the information age where children emulate celebrities like Eminem, Lady Gaga etcetera. The video aimed to promote the “4-14 window movement”, where children below the age of 15 are taught to be Christian leaders and inspire change for the community and country.

“I criticise the generation before me for not having enough role models for my generation to look up to. It becomes our responsibility to inspire the youth,” Sheroon said.

The movement aims to form a space for such young leaders by making changes at the policy and individual level. Five regional conferences will be conducted with the concluding conference being a national one.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • John B
    Jan 22, 2012 - 11:08AM

    Jinnah’s PAK was dead and buried along with him and the new Pakistan was born the day Objectives Resolution was passed. He should not give false hope that the minority christians would bring back Jinnah’s Pakistan, while there is no chance for the Christians and other minorities to secure enough seats in the NA to make a change.

    They should instead make their voices loud and clear. One day, PAK conscious will be awaken.

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  • Muhammad Arshad
    Jan 22, 2012 - 11:37AM

    Mr.Samson…. Please look around the world….what is happening with minorities….then criticies to Muhammad Ali Jinah’s Pakistan.

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  • abdullah
    Jan 22, 2012 - 1:28PM

    @John B:
    pakistan full pakistan east and west national assembly passed objective resolution as a free country so if some person had some other vision on 11th aug 1947 it was his personal views and nation is not bound to it

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  • Samson Simon Sharaf
    Jan 22, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Arshad, we are not minorities. We are a progeny that Made Pakistan. Please go and read Pakistan Movement’s true history. And do not compare us to other countries.

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  • Nouman Haroon
    Jan 22, 2012 - 4:27PM

    @Muhammad Arshad, If it’s other countries you want to compare Pakistan with then there are millions of things Pakistan should be following. And tolerating other people’s faith and beliefs are one of them.

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  • Raja Tahir
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:34PM

    The Anglo Indians did in fact put the whole structure of present day Indo -Pak in place .they have never been recognised for their services and in the case of Pakistan have been humiliated numerous times ….Their grivences are very real and should be addressed ..

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  • kamran
    Jan 22, 2012 - 6:58PM

    I disagree with suneel, the community has given heroes and models that we unfortunately are unaware of, infact have blurred them by lady gaga. Our community bought a social revolution. Many converted from the scheduled classes and their progenies rose to become some of the finest doctors, educatord ets. Read Emmanuel Zafar article on the role of Christians in Pakistan movement, the role in the army. Also see Brig Samson interview in which he highlighted contribution of Christians, o think it was aimed on Samaa tv. Brig Samson sir please share the link, i want suneel to know of the heroes we have had. Also if someone could paste links of emmanuel zafar’s articles.

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  • Waqas
    Jan 22, 2012 - 9:59PM

    why should christians aims for Jinnah’s Pakistan? Is it we who have chosen religion above humanitiy or above Jinnah’s visions? no its the muslims of Pakistan who have forgotten Jinnah’s dream.

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  • Jan 22, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Personally, I’m bothered by this religious interpretation of the words of our forefathers.

    It’s not relevant any longer what Jinnah or Iqbal hoped to do. They made the best decisions given their time and circumstances, and we must make decisions that help us best in our present situation.

    This isn’t 1947 any more.

    Time’s changed. We can either evolve and adapt, or wither and die.

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  • kamran
    Jan 23, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Samson Simon Sharaf:
    Sir please write an article on the contributions, or get some of emmanuel zafars articles, please.

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