Lahore: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Saturday has vowed to protect minorities rights and said that it was priority of the government to provide equal opportunities to all the segments of the society regardless of their religion and sect.
Addressing a function in connection with Christmas day in Lahore today, the PM said some elements are using religion for their own vested interests. “Minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan. They have rendered laudable services for the country’s prosperity and defense,” he said.
He said all the religions of the world preach love‚ affection and brotherhood and there is a need to promote these ideals for love and harmony in the society. He said it is part of Muslim faith to believe in the prophet-hood of Jesus and all the divine books. He said the character and teachings of Jesus are beacon of light for the whole humanity. The message of Jesus is universally acknowledged and his name will remain alive till the Day of Judgment.
He said that the people from minority communities had served in Pakistan Army, bureaucracy, judiciary and parliament.
He maintained that his government would not allow anyone to destroy Pakistan’s identity through his nefarious designs.