All segments of the society need to work together to promote unity in the society, speakers at a seminar on Rights of Religious Minorities in Pakistan said on Monday.
The event was organised by Aaghaz Foundation in collaboration with Umeed Jawan Programme at Alhamra Hall.
Punjab Ulema Aman Committee chairman Dr Mufti Aqeelur Rehman Pirzada , Sikh Gurdawara Perbandahk Committee Pakistan president Sardar Sham Singh, Ramchand Randhawa , Samson Salamat, Salman Abid of the SPO, Bishop Akram Gill, Tehseen Fawad, Shazia Khan, Abdullah Malik , Iftikhar Rasul Shaikh, Anjum Raza and Arshad Lodhi spoke at the event.
They called on the government to honour its international commitments to provide security to all citizens, irrespective of cast or creed.
The speakers said that the Holy Quran called upon Muslims to treat all humans as equals.
It is the state’s duty to provide minorities protection, they said.
“Religious extremists have targeted the country’s youth and children and are trying to weaken the ideology of Pakistan.”
The speakers called on the government to take strict action against terrorists and hailed the government’s decision to lift the moratorium on death sentence.
Students from various schools, colleges and madrasahs wrote essays on Peace Tolerance and Religious Harmony in a competition organised along with the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2014.