March 14 , 2017

Forced conversion is a crime in Islam: PM Nawaz

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said Islam allows all humans to choose their religion declaring forced conversion a crime.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with Hindu festival of Holi, the prime minister called for religious tolerance.

“Prophets preached religion and forced nobody to accept their teachings. Pakistan’s constitution too consists of these principles and the entire nation agrees on this document,” he said.

“Pakistan is a nation state where all the citizens have equal rights and those who talk about discrimination with regard to rights of citizen neither offer a correct interpretation of religion nor follow the constitution.

“People of Pakistan will never accept politics of hatred,” he said.

“Pakistan was not created in order to oppose any religion rather it came into being to prevent religious confrontation ”.

Stressing the need for religious freedom, he said: It is not our job to decide who goes to paradise and who goes to hell”.

Karachi Circular Railway and CPEC

Earlier, speaking the at Governor’s House, the prime minister ordered inclusion of Karachi Circular Railway in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said his government would bring back lights of Karachi and not rest until the peace is completely restored in the metropolis.

The prime minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz would emerge as the biggest party in Sindh.

Speaking to media, PML-N senator said the Circular Railway has been included in the CPEC and soon measures would be taken to resolve the issue of mass transit in Karachi.



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