A caravan of minority communities’ members that started a peace walk from Karachi to show the commitment of minorities to national harmony, peace and prosperity in Pakistan reached here on Sunday. Minister of State for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill received the caravan, which comprised over 50 people of different faiths.
The caravan led by Riaz Masih Gill started the peace walk from Karachi Press Club on June 24 with the objective of promoting peace and national harmony in the country.
Addressing a press conference after receiving the caravan, Akram Masih Gill renewed his commitment to draw minorities into the mainstream of national life as, “They have been playing a vital role in the development of Pakistan and have contributed in every sphere of life.”
“This act of peace reminds us to work hard for the welfare of humanity and for the prosperity of Pakistan on its 65th Independence Day,” he said.
“Today we are conveying a message of peace, love and sincerity from the platform of Ministry of National Harmony and a condemnation of the menace of ethnicity and sectarianism,” the minister added. He said the peace walk will help promoting the national objectives of the government regarding safeguarding the rights of minorities, interfaith harmony and other social rights, both domestically but also internationally.
He assured all possible cooperation in protecting the rights of the minorities in line with the vision of founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The minister appreciated Riaz Masih Gill for launching the walk as an ambassador of peace in order to convey a message of peace and harmony to the national and international communities.
Ministry of National Harmony Secretary Aneesur Rehman, International Peace Club memberand Ambassador of Peace Riaz Masih Gill and International Peace Club Chairman Muhammad Yawar Shah also addressed the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2011.