PM vows to protect rights of minorities, promote inter-faith harmony
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of bishops from various churches of Pakistan called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday and felicitated him on being elected as the head of government.
PM acknowledged and appreciated the services of non-Muslim communities especially the Christian community in various fields including education, health and social welfare.
He emphasised upon the need for promoting inter-faith harmony and working hand-in-hand for the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
He said the government will continue to protect rights of minorities and ensure equal opportunities to participate in national life.
The prime minister stated that the Constitution of Pakistan provides equal rights to all citizens irrespective of cast, colour or creed.
During the meeting, the bishops said the Christian community would support the prime minister in translating his vision into reality.
The delegation apprised the prime minister regarding some issues concerning the Christian community and also put forth certain suggestions for promoting inter-faith harmony and addressing the issues faced by the minorities.
They thanked the prime minister for meeting them and assured fullest support towards development agenda of the government.
The delegation comprised of Bishop Irfan Jamil (Lahore), Bishop Alwin Samuel (Sialkot), Arch Bishop Arshad Joseph (Islamabad), Arch Bishop Sebastian Shah (Lahore), Dr. Rev. Qaiser Tulles (Lahore), Dr. Liaqat Qaiser (Lahore), Bishop Leo Paul (Multan), Mr. Anthony Lamuel, General Secretary Pakistan Bible Society, Ms. Jennifer Jaq Jiwan, Ex-Director Christian Study Center, Dr. Jamil Nasir representative of Penticostal Churches and Mr. Rubina Feroz.
Member National Assembly Ms. Shunila Ruth was also present during the meeting.