‘Pak govt committed to protect minorities rights’
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 23:23
Islamabad: The Christians of Pakistan are an "essential component" of society and the government is committed to protect the rights of minority communities, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.

"The Christian community is an essential component of Pakistani society...The idea of Pakistani society is incomplete without the Christian community," Gilani said while participating in an official function marking the beginning of Christmas celebrations.

The premier contended that "misguided elements" had hurt the "harmonious relationship and bonds of love" among different sections of Pakistan.

"There is a dire need to remain wary of these people and exhibit unity in our ranks for preservation of way of life which propounds human values," he warned.

He underlined that Pakistanis have common stakes in the future and "it is our collective responsibility to rise up as followers of our two great religions".

Calling for greater unity between the majority Muslim population and Christians, the prime minister stressed the need to build bridges and discard the pursuit of fissure.

Paying tribute to Pakistani Christians for "their valuable contributions and services towards national development", he made it clear that the government regards the "protection of rights of the minorities as its constitutional duty and is committed to their welfare".

He pointed out that his government had implemented a five per cent job quota in all federal government jobs for minorities and declared August 11 as the National Day of the Minorities.


First Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 23:23

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