ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said on Thursday that the Quran and Sunnah offer extraordinary rights to minorities which are unmatched in any other law or constitution of the world.
Addressing a national dialogue, organized by the Center for Research and Dialogue as part of National Minorities Day here, Ashrafi, who is also the chairman of the Council of Ulema of Pakistan, said leaders of all schools of thought were agreed that they would provide tremendous support to minority communities and not let them cause any harm at any critical time in life.
Shedding light on various incidents of religious extremism, he said the misuse of the desecration of religion and the blasphemy law had been repealed through the collective efforts of the Ulemas and Mashaykhs and the government apparatus. Across the country.
Pakistan believed in religious coexistence as it was the land of devotees of various sects and religions who lived a peaceful and prosperous life without any fear or anxiety, he added.
On the contrary, Ashrafi said, no one was safe in India as more than 150 churches had been burnt down, more than 200 Christian religious leaders had been killed and the same situation was with the rest of the minorities, including Sikhs and Muslims.
He said that on New Year’s Eve, the Indian police strictly prohibited the Christian community from participating in New Year celebrations and religious rituals in churches.
Recently, Indian occupying forces did not allow any processional events or religious gatherings to be held in illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir in connection with Muharramul Haram, he regretted.
He said the world should look at the issues for humanitarian reasons because on one side Israel was killing innocent children of Palestinians and on the other side; India used to murder Kashmiris during the holy month of Muharramul Haram.
He said he did not believe that “all is well”, but that compared to India, Pakistan had much better living conditions for all segments of society.
Regarding forced conversion, he clarified that if someone committed this crime, he would not be associated with Islam because there was no place for such inhumane practices in the religions of peace and love.
He felt that we should point out these social ills with one voice instead of blaming the religion of Islam in addition to the state; it was also our responsibility to provide adequate security to temples and churches, located in every nook and corner of the country.
Ashrafi said that day that we must commit to making Pakistan the most beautiful country in the world through collective efforts and avoid being part of any misinformation campaign for personal gain or grudge.