Pakistani Minister: "Beauty of Pakistan lies in the diversity of people from various religious and social backgrounds"
- 20 February 2021
"The beauty of Pakistan lies in the diversity of people from various religious and social backgrounds," said Federal Minister for Human Rights of Pakistan Dr. Shireen Mazari who attended the one-day “Inter-faith Conference for Young Women” in Islamabad, APA reports citing Pakistani Embassy.
The Conference was organized by the Inter-faith Harmony Council, Jamia Ashrafia and Diocese of Peshawar, Church of Pakistan.
While addressing the audience, Dr. Shireen Mazari emphasized that government of Pakistan has taken a rights-based approach to protect the rights of minorities guaranteed by the Constitution. She said that women and Minorities are amongst the most vulnerable sections of society and thus require special safeguards to ensure that their rights are protected.
"The beauty of Pakistan lies in the diversity of people from various religious and social backgrounds which also enriches our society. Islam gives us the responsibility to give respect to all religions".
The minister also stressed that Pakistan is among the countries that provide personal laws to minorities including the Hindu Marriage Bill. She said that we have also prepared Christian Marriage and Divorced Bill by consulting relevant stakeholders who have acknowledged that there are several issues which are required to be resolved.
Dr. Shireen Mazari also highlighted some legislative measures taken by the present government to protect women’s rights like Anti-Rape Ordinance and Forced Conversion Marriages Bill.