State, religion and democracy: Equal rights for all, a base for democracy

Published: October 11, 2013
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In the process of democratisation, Indonesia and Pakistan have faced similar complexities. DESIGN: SUNARA NIZAMI

In the process of democratisation, Indonesia and Pakistan have faced similar complexities. DESIGN: SUNARA NIZAMI

ISLAMABAD: 

In the process of democratisation, Indonesia and Pakistan have faced similar complexities. These should be dealt with by sharing experiences.

This was said by Indonesian scholars during interaction with students and teachers of Quaid-i-Azam University and Fatima Jinnah Women University on Wednesday, said a press release.

The interactions on “State, Religion and Democracy” were part of a series of discussions facilitated by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Centre for Research and Security Studies.

Noted Indonesian writer Julia Indiati Suryakusuma said despite efforts by extremist groups to manipulate the constitution and impose their version of religious dictates in the country, the people have shown a remarkable commitment to diversity and democratic values.

“Indonesian people have made it clear time and again that they are deeming democracy as the only way forward to keep the integrity of one nation state,” she remarked.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2013.

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  • np
    Oct 11, 2013 - 9:14AM

    Really? What can Indonesia learn from Pakistan? How to kill/drive away/convert 20% of the population of non-Muslims (the Chinese)? How to forget one’s own culture and adopt Arabic culture?

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