Pakistan: President reaffirms commitment to safeguard rights of minorities


Islamabad : President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated commitment of the Pakistani government to continue to struggle along with Christian community for the rights of minorities and deprived people in the country.

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In his message on the occasion of Easter on April 4, the President said, “I wish to congratulate whole Christian community inside and outside Pakistan a blessed Easter. This day gives us the opportunity to act and think anew, both individually and together as a faith community.”

“On this occasion we must remember that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had presented the idea of democratic, enlightened and prosperous Pakistan and we are committed to work for promotion of social justice, human equality, national unity and religious tolerance and interfaith harmony,” he added.

He said, “It was vision of Quaid-i-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who founded Pakistan People’s Party by saying ‘We will build a society in which the old values of greed and advancement will be replaced by a common concern for the welfare of the whole community.”

“Moving ahead with these guiding principles in mind our government is taking all steps to ensure the constitutional rights of minorities including Christian community and we are committed to resolve their problems with wisdom and courage,” he added.

President Zardari said the Christian brothers and sisters are not only law-abiding but also loyal community and they are proud of their tremendous contributions to the advancement and development of the country.

“On this auspicious occasion, I also wish to reiterate the commitment of the democratic government of the PPP to continue to fight along with our Christian brothers and sisters for the rights of all minorities and deprived people in the country,” he added.

He said Easter is an occasion that reminds them to reaffirm solidarity and to work hard for the interfaith harmony and for a prosperous Pakistan.

“Let us on this day dedicate ourselves to continue our journey along this road,” he added.