ISLAMABAD: The National Minority Day was celebrated in Pakistan on Saturday to highlight the contribution, services and sacrifices made by the minority communities in the creation of Pakistan and in nation building.
Several events, seminars and social gatherings were arranged across the country by members of various religious minorities as well as the Ministry of National Harmony.
Minister In-charge for National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti issued a message saying, “The day we celebrate every year on August 11, recalls the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with reference to his speech and the contribution of non-Muslim communities to Pakistan.”
“The celebration of Minority Day provides us with an opportunity to re-assure that despite belonging to different faiths we are one nation that continues to march for a united and prosperous Pakistan,” he said adding that the commendable service of religious minorities, along with Muslims, is a glorious chapter in the history of the independence movement of Pakistan.
The minister added that the religious minorities in the country have given a considerable contribution to different fields in the society including health, education, defence and social welfare.
He further urged all religious communities to stay united and to promote interfaith harmony, creating unity, peace, equity and justice in the society.