Islamabad, November 18, 2020 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the world community to address the growing trend of Islamophobia and intolerance across the world. Addressing an event in Islamabad to commemorate International Day of Tolerance, he said Pakistani society is inherently tolerant, being the product of millennia old civilization with a rich heritage.
The Foreign Minister said as against the worldwide rising trends of intolerance, Pakistan is protecting the rights of minorities and promoting tolerance in the society. He said with a flourishing democracy, Pakistan has a distinguished parliament with representation from all segments of the society, including the minorities.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the launching of Kartarpur Corridor by the present government was in line with the Islamic values and the country’s Constitution, which provides protection to minorities and their basic fundamental rights. Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas reiterated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for universally outlawing willful provocation and incitement to hate and violence and to designate an International Day to combat Islamophobia.
She regretted that the Hindutva inspired RSS-BJP regime in India had institutionalized Islamophobia as state policy. She also called for promoting tolerance and mutual understanding among people of all faiths. Renowned panellists including Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, Kishan Sharma and Taranjeet Singh echoed the message of inter-faith harmony. They said the minorities of Pakistan enjoy equal rights as citizens of the country and actively participate in all walks of life.
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