Dr. Ramesh Kumar (Leader, PTI):National Minorities' Day was observed across the world today with an aim to highlight issues of minorities. The founder and father of the nation of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah always urged to respect the rights of minorities. The policies of the present government as far as minorities' rights are in right directions. However, the minorities in India are uncomfortable and feeling unsafe as they are not been provided the freedom of their religious rights. The BJP government is just promoting Hindutva ideology and citizen act bill is also passed in this regard by the Indian government. 11 Pakistani migrants have found killed in India's Jodhpur district in Rajasthan state. It is negligence of Indian government that is unable to give protection to Pakistani nationals. The minorities in Pakistan especially Hindus are contributing to a great extent for the prosperous Pakistan. The conspiracies regarding the construction of temple in Islamabad is not fair as Hindus are also contributing in economic development and prosperity of Pakistan.
Sardar Pawan Singh Arora (PRO, Punjab Governor): It was a proud moment for me to become the only Sikh-gazetted official in Punjab. I am thankful to the government to provide me the opportunity to serve back Pakistan. The construction of Kartarpur Corridor in a record period of 10 months is a great achievement of the present government. It only became possible because of the deviation of Sikh community and the government of Pakistan. Our neighboring country, India, must also have to respond the goodwill gestures of Pakistan. The speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 11th of August 1947 regarding the minorities' rights can never be forgotten. The founding father clearly stated the minorities are free to go to temples, churches and Gurdwaras' for the religious activities. India has never accepted Sikh community as a separate entity and declared it as a sect of Hinduism. Sikh community has neither ever accepted Indian claim nor supports Indian constitution in this regard. On the other hand, the constitution of Pakistan provides protection to religious rights of every minority.
Gopal Singh Chawla (Chairman, Punjabi Sikh Sangat): I would like to congratulate the nation on World's minorities' day and the Independence Day in advance. I have no doubt in saying that Pakistan is a haven for the minorities. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his speech in 1947 conveyed a clear message that the individual relating to any religion has freedom to go to Church, temple and other religious places. Being a Pakistani national, I would confess that we, the minorities, are safe in Pakistan and have all the rights reserved to perform our religious acts. Prime Minister Imran Khan took a great initiative to construct the Kartarpur corridor to facilitate the Sikh community across the globe to come and perform their religious affairs. India is still pursuing traditional and controversial policies towards minorities and creating hurdles for Sikh community in visiting Kartarpur. I am a proud to be Pakistani and proud to raise the slogan 'Pakistan Zindabad'.
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai (Rector, IIUI): Like other countries of the globe, the International Minorities Day is also being observed in Pakistan. Pakistan, since it came into power, always behaved as a responsible state. The present Indian government in contrary to its constitution openly violating the religious rights as they are not given the freedom to exercise their religious rights. Pakistan gives the rights to the minorities as committed in our religion Islam. Being a responsible nation it is the need of the time to maintain the spirit of tolerance, social equality and brotherhood in the society by shunning all prejudices. As per the constitution of Pakistan, property and religious beliefs of minorities are fully protected by the state.