Min­is­ter as­sures mi­nori­ties to freely ex­er­cise their re­li­gions

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - 03:45 01:30 05:30 09:15 STAFF RE­PORTER

ISLAMABAD—Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf has said that the govern­ment is mak­ing ev­ery en­deav­our to pro­tect mi­nori­ties in the coun­try ir­re­spec­tive of caste, creed and gen­der .

Talk­ing to me­dia, he said that mi­nori­ties in Pak­istan were free to ex­er­cise their re­li­gions with­out any fear.

He said sev­eral con­fer­ences had been held across the coun­try to en­sure their pro­tec­tion due to which a com­mis­sion came into be­ing which aimed at ad­dress­ing the is­sue of mi­nori­ties. About Sikh and Hindu mi­nori­ties’ visit to Pak­istan to ful­fil their re­li­gious rit­u­als, he said there was a pro­to­col of 1974 be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia ac­cord­ing to which the Sikh com­mu­nity were fa­cil­i­tated on their visit to Has­san Ab­dal and Nankana Sahib ac­cord­ingly.

Re­ply­ing about is­su­ing edict against mi­nori­ties by the re­li­gious lead­ers, he said the Qaumi Mushaikh Coun­cil con­sisted on 50 Ulema had been formed who would de­ter­mine how to is­sue edict as there was a dire need of leg­is­la­tion over the is­sue. He said steps were be­ing taken to avoid myr­iad edicts.

About moon sight­ing is­sue, he said his min­istry was try­ing to bridge gap be­tween Cen­tal Ruet-e- Hi­lal of Mufti Mu­jeeb ur Rehman and Sha­habud-Din Pop­ulzai of KPK and they have agreed to start Ramzan at the same day across the coun­try.

Talk­ing about re­forms in re­li­gious sem­i­nar­ies he said govern­ment was tak­ing steps to bridge the gap be­tween mod­ern ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and re­li­gious sem­i­nar­ies.

Ed­u­ca­tion of Qu­ran was com­pul­sory for mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and it was hoped that the sit­u­a­tion would im­prove in near fu­ture with equal cur­ricu­lum, he added.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral, NH&MP Shaukat Hayat is giv­ing away com­men­da­tion certificate and cash re­ward to an of­fi­cer of Mo­tor­way Po­lice for his best per­for­mance.

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