Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman has said Pakistan belongs to all, no matter what is your religion, cast or creed.
The governor made these remarks while addressing a ceremony organised by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) minority wing in connection with the National Minority Day at the Governor House Lahore on Thursday.
“We have to transform the country as per the vision of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and make it a welfare state,” he remarked.
“Islam teaches us love, affection, peace and brotherhood. No matter what the circumstances, the sacrifices of our Christian, Sikh and Hindu brothers are always a beacon for the development and stability of the country.”
He highlighted that the freedom and peace which the non-Muslim minorities were enjoying in Pakistan was an example for the people living in this region.
“Citizens belonging to minorities are contributing to all fields of life for the development and prosperity of the country, still there is a need to further promote the cultural tolerance and interfaith harmony in society.”
Rehman said the PML-N government has provided equal development opportunities to the minorities, adding that party leadership made Kamran Michael the first finance minister of Punjab, while nominated in important ministries, including the human rights minister and the Senate.
“Services of minorities in the government, judicial and defence sectors are commendable,” he added.
Senator Kamran Michael said no Pakistani belonging to a minority community in the country has ever been guilty of disloyalty to the country. “We have revealed the bright face of the country all over the world,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2022.
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