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Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan congratulate Pakistani Hindus on Diwali

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Karachi: Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif became the first head of the government to attend a Diwali function, organised by Hindus in Karachi on Wednesday.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan speaking on Thursday at a public gathering organised by the party to celebrate Diwali in Umerkot, pledged to protect Pakistani Hindus in the country and said they will not be left alone like Muslims marginalised by Shiv Sena in India.

“Under a PTI government, a new Pakistan will emerge where police will not be used to harass anyone, justice will prevail and equal rights of provinces will be ensured,” Imran reportedly said.

Similar words were echoed by Nawaz Sharif, who called for all Muslims to accept Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis and other minorities living in the country as equals and pointed out that they had all participated in the building of Pakistan.

The prime minister also called on the Hindu community to invite him more to their festivals and urged all to take part and attend such occasions as it propagates unity. 

An editorial “Embracing diversity” in the News International suggested that the speech “goes far beyond a simple address on a holy occasion”.

“For one it acts to mainstream minority groups in the country and draw them into the social fabric of a divided nation.”

The editorial from News International went on to say that the next logical step from this point would be to ensure that those who commit crimes against minority groups are penalised under the law for their offences. “The fact that they have in the past too often escaped scot-free can only encourage such atrocities. In the name of religion, villages have been burnt, people beaten to death and women abducted.”

While welcoming his message, the daily observed that in Pakistan, “to succeed, PM Nawaz will need to go beyond attending functions or sharing in ceremonies”.

(IANS)

 

 

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People will appreciate that this amendment will apply to only prosecuted religious minorities of these countries and has no impact on the Indian Muslims

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India has a long tradition to give shelter to people who have been prosecuted due to their religious belief starting from Syrian Christians, Parsi from Iran and Jews.  The decision of the Indian Government is entirely in line with this tradition of welcoming religiously prosecuted minorities, Still Protests All Over The Country is Creating Heavy Situation of Unrest. Wikimedia Commons

Hindu Council of Australia wholeheartedly supports a recent action taken by the Government of India to grant the citizenship of India to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Parsi and Christens from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who migrated before 1st Dec 2014.

The reason for inclusion of these communities is due to the religious persecution they face in those countries. This action meets a long-standing demand of the minority communities from neighbouring countries who migrated to India to avoid persecution due to their religion.

India has a long tradition to give shelter to people who have been prosecuted due to their religious belief starting from Syrian Christians, Parsi from Iran and Jews.  The decision of the Indian Government is entirely in line with this tradition of welcoming religiously prosecuted minorities.

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Hindu Council of Australia wholeheartedly supports a recent action taken by the Government of India to grant the citizenship of India to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Parsi and Christens from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who migrated before 1st Dec 2014, Protest Cannot be Seen as any Means of Solution. VOA

People will appreciate that this amendment will apply to only prosecuted religious minorities of these countries and has no impact on the Indian Muslims as rightly said by Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid.

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Indian constitution guarantees secular and democratic governance for all Indians irrespective of their race and religion.  Hindu Council of Australia strongly urges the Australian community and Government to support the action of the Government of India. (Hindu Council of Austraila)