Minorities Day observed
LAHORE: ALL Pakistan Minorities Alliance (Founders) observed 11th of August 2013 as the Minorities Day throughout the Punjab and in Europe.
According to a press release issued on Sunday, the main event was held in Cantt Lahore in which a large number of Christians, intellectuals, religious and political leaders participated.
Pervez Rafique, Chaiman APMA (F) said that 11th August has importance no less than 14th of August.
He said on this historical day the founding father M. A. Jinnah had spoken to the first constituent assembly and had highlighted Pakistan as a truly democratic and not a theological state. The Quaid had declared all citizens equal regardless of their religious, ethnic and regional bonds. He dreamed of countries with equal respect and rights in the new state, he added.
Pervazi Rafique said that we also share the dream of Quaid e Azam and it was also the dream of Z. A. Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti. It is the dream for which they had laid their lives, he said. We walk in the footsteps of our leaders and as long as we live we will continue to materialise this dream, he added. He said that unfortunately Pakistan is rapidly falling into the hands of undemocratic powers who are promoting militancy and killing people in the name of religion. Meanwhile, in another event, former MPA Najmi Salim, Women coordinator Punjab (APMA)Robin Barkat, Joseph Pal and others also addressed. They expressed thanks to President Zardari and former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to declare August 11 as Minority Day.