On commemorating the Minorities Day I wish to reiterate the unflinching resolve of my government to protect the rights of minorities living in Pakistan without consideration of fear or favor. I have always stood by the principle of furthering minority causes in Pakistan with a view to ensure interfaith national harmony.
On this occasion I earnestly emphasize the distinguished role played by the minorities in all nation building efforts. I am well aware of the sacrifices rendered by them in our journey towards development and prosperity.
My government is very conscious of the views expressed by the Father of the Nation in this respect which very emphatically spell out the mode of mutual coexistence for all peoples living in the length and breadth of Pakistan.
The Quaid’s vision is contained in his historic speech on this day in 1947 that laid down the foundations of a modern, tolerant and progressive Pakistan guaranteeing every citizen equal rights regardless of creed and gender. Quaid-e-Azam’s vision is embodied in the Constitution of Pakistan that envisioned minorities to freely profess and practice their religion and culture.
Emulating the Quad’s vision in letter and spirit the Government of Pakistan observes August, 11 each year as The Minorities Day to reaffirm our commitment to all our minority fellow citizens.
The Government has reserved 5% job quota for minorities in government services and provided them reserved seats in the Senate, National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies so that they are able to convey their standpoint to the national audience. We take particular interest in their religious festivals and celebrate them at official level.
I am sure that our minorities will continue to play their respective role in national development. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.