March 13 , 2017
Pakistan belongs to us all: Nawaz
* PM says Holi teaches virtue lives forever and evil is destined to be defeated
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday congratulated the Hindus on Holi festival.
In his message, he said Holi announces the advent of the spring season and change in weather conditions.
He said the festival gives a message of hope and better future and reflects changes in societies like changes in the season.
Nawaz said Pakistan's environment is also witnessing change as days of happiness are returning to it for which foundations of peaceful co-existence among various religions had been laid down.
He said Pakistan had come into being not only for Muslims, but to bring peace for every individual, irrespective of religion or faith he practices or caste and creed he belongs, in this region.
Nawaz said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 11 August 1947 had made it clear that no discrimination would be made in Pakistan on the basis of religion.
He said that the state of Pakistan is bound to fulfill Quaid-e-Azam's pledges with religious minorities and no leniency will be tolerated in this regard.
He said the nation acknowledges and commend the role of Hindu community playing along with their Muslim countrymen and other people for the welfare and development of Pakistan.
He said the people of Pakistan, including minorities have suffered a lot at the hands of militants during last some time and it is worth condemnable that the name of Islam was used for this inhuman act. He said Islam is a religion of peace and declares killing of one innocent person as the murder of entire humanity.
Nawaz said the government will ensure equal rights of all the citizens on the basis of the teachings of Islam and the provisions of the constitution.
He said it will be made sure that no discrimination will be made with anyone on the basis of religion and minorities are free to practice their religions and they do not feel deprived in getting jobs and other matters.
The PM said that it is imperative to move forward with a unified voice for the development and progress of Pakistan.
He said the nation recognized the role of Hindu community for the country's development and lauded such a passion of the minorities.
He said, "Holi Festival teaches us that the virtue will live forever and the evil is destined to be defeated."
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