Pakistan

PM terms proponents of Naya Pakistan ‘inactive’

KATAS RAJ, Chakwal: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday made the most of his public address in Chakwal to target his political opponents and blasted the proponents of ‘Naya Pakistan’.

“Those claiming to form ‘New Pakistan’are actually making nothing. Some people have joined politics who tell a different lie everyday,” said the prime minister while addressing a gathering at the Katas Raj Temples, located near Choa Saidan Shah in district Chakwal.

He also underlined government’s measures for minorities and called for their welfare in the country.

The PM said he has advised government officials to spare no efforts in hosting pilgrims and the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship.

He said he would ensure his full support for the construction of Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities.

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He said when in the early days of Islam Muslims migrated to Madina and got hold of power there, they treated the “minorities living there with respect”. He said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) declared those minorities “one nation” along with Muslims.

He said according to the Holy Quran, the God is the God of everyone and “not just Muslims”, adding that there should be no distinction on the basis of caste, colour or creed because “we are all one as human beings”.

Sharif iterated that he is the prime minister of everyone and “not just Muslims” and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to restore the holy sites in the area to their original state by renovating them.

He also said the day is not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country” due to steps being undertaken for welfare of minority groups.

He underlined that PML-N government was forming motorway in Khyber Pakhtonkhwa. The premier earlier inaugurated a water filtration plant at Katas Raj temple.

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