» 08/11/2012, 00.00
Remembering Benazir Bhutto and Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan celebrates minorities
On 11 August, the 65th anniversary of the historic Ali Jinnah's speech to the Assembly, is the day dedicated to non-Muslims. Minister Paul Bhatti: "We are part of one nation" and the goal is to create "a prosperous and united Pakistan." Minorities’ integration in the political and social landscape of the country.
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - In spite of the different
faiths professed, "We are part of one nation" that continues to march
in order to create "a prosperous and united Pakistan", affirmed Paul
Bhatti, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister for National Harmony. He stressed the role of non-Muslims on the
day dedicated to religious minorities, which is celebrated on 11 August in the
whole country, the 65th anniversary of the historic speech by Mohammad Ali Jinnah,
the founder of modern Pakistan, to the Assembly of the newborn State (held on
11 August 1947). The
festival dedicated to minorities is inserted into the context of the words
uttered by Qa'id-and-A'zam - as he is commemorated in his home nation - who repeatedly
emphasized the contribution of minorities in the birth and development of the
health, defense are just some areas where non-Muslims were known for their
commitment and contribution to the cause of the country. However,
in some cases they remain helpless victims of acts of terrorism, extremism and
violence which continue unabated.
his message, the Minister for National Harmony recalled two major political
figures in recent Pakistani history, killed at the hands of Islamic
fundamentalists and Taliban movements. The
former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and his brother Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic,
minister for religious minorities assassinated March 2, 2011. Both
were victims of fanaticism, famous for having dedicated their lives to the
ideals of democracy, equality and peace in society. Shahbaz,
in particular, wanted to remember their commitment against "discrimination,
intolerance and religious extremism."
can not retreat in the face of injustice - said Paul Bhatti - or the particular
mindset of the Pakistanis who want to divide and destabilize the nation." He
revived the plan of following in the footsteps of two great predecessors,
Bhutto and Shahbaz, and confirmed that the government intends to take up the
vision of the nation's founder and create an "enlightened, liberal,
progressive and tolerant" Pakistan.
Among the priorities to promote a true "interfaith harmony", which
can only be reached through the "inclusion" of religious minorities
in the political, social, institutional and financial life of the country.
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