Pakistan was created to fight religious persecution: Nawaz Sharif

PM attends event marking Holi; also meets business community in Karachi

News Desk March 14, 2017
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends a Holi event in Karachi on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan was created to fight religious persecution in the subcontinent.

“It is not up to us to decide whether one will go to the heaven or hell, but to make this place a heaven on earth,” the prime minister said while addressing a gathering to celebrate Holi with Hindu community in Karachi on Tuesday. “Forced conversion is a crime in Islam."

Congratulating Hindus on the religious festival, PM Nawaz said Pakistan was home to people from diverse backgrounds. “We jointly share our happiness and sorrow,” he said.

Directing authorities concerned to provide ample security to all religious places, the premier said, “Government has materialised its promise of bringing peace to Karachi”.

“Pakistanis never accepted an atmosphere of fear and chaos, and want peace and harmony,” he said, adding the country has the brightest future in Asia. “Anyone committing a wrongful act deserves punishment, irrespective of their religious belonging.”

Nawaz said he will stand with anyone who is oppressed or has been suppressed.

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Meanwhile, in a meeting with the business community of Karachi, said the government had significantly improved the country’s economic outlook, which has also been acknowledged by international financial institutions.

“Pakistan is now termed as an attractive destination for business and investment,” he was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.

As a result of investor-friendly policies, he added, international investors and companies had shown interest in exploring business and investment opportunities in the country.

About the city’s law and order situation, the PM said: “Law and order situation has significantly improved and business activities have returned to normal in Karachi. Role of law enforcers is appreciable.”

The meeting was attended by Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair and planning minister Ahsan Iqbal, among others.


Afzaal Ansari | 4 years ago | Reply Participation in Hindu's religious ceremony by the PM is appreciable and has forwarded a good massage for minorities which have equal rights. Indeed blasphemy is unpardonable act and no one is exempted from this and is liable for Islamic punishment. but the punishment committed by the blogers have not yet been materialized by our Govt. which is highly deplorable.
Kulbhushan Yadav | 4 years ago | Reply @Mohinder sandhu: I totally agree. Imagine this NS or Zardari as head of Indian state. Would have been a disaster.
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