Islamabad, November 12, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has greeted the Hindus on the occasion of Deewali being celebrated today with call for strengthening interfaith harmony and protecting minorities’ rights.
I wish to extend on my behalf and on behalf of the people of Pakistan heartiest greetings to the members of Hindu community on the occasion of Deewali, the President said in his message.
Deewali is known as the festival of lights and is commemorated by members of some of the world’s oldest religions to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. It is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for reflection. Let us rededicate ourselves to continually striving in the path of good and noble. Let us also not forget that there are so many who are less fortunate than us and make them share in our celebrations.
We partake in Deewali celebrations also for promoting interfaith harmony as a means to fight religious apartheid and those who seek to impose their ideological agenda on the people, the President said.
On this occasion I wish to reiterate that the Hindus, indeed all minorities, of Pakistan are equal citizens of the state and entitled to equal rights.
I also wish to reiterate our commitment to respect and uphold the UN Resolution calling for interfaith harmony and the pledge made by the Government to safeguard the rights of all minorities in accordance with the teachings of the founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Let it be made clear yet again today that no one will be allowed to victimize and hound members of minority communities in the name of religion and faith, the President said.
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