PR No.111 SARDAR MUHAMMAD YOUSAF, PAKISTAN’S MINISTER FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS AND INTERFAITH HARMONY URGED THE MUSLIM WORLD TO FORMULATE A COMMON POLICY TO UPHOLD AND PROMOTE FAMILY VALUES IN THE OIC MEMBER STATES AT ALL LEVELS Islamabad
The delegation of the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan led by Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony participated in the ‘First Session of the Ministerial Conference on preservation of the values of marriage and family institution in OIC Member State’ held in Jeddah.
The Honourable Minister, while tanking for the generous hospitality extended, appreciated the efforts of the Khadmain Al Hermain Al Sharifain King Salamn Bin Abdulaziz and the Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in leading the important initiative to protect the basic unit of society i.e. the family in Muslim World. While forcefully rejecting the deviant nation of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” as human rights, he underscore the need to resist attempts to redefine the concept of traditional marriage and family to include such deviant personal choice and behaviour. He urged that the Islamic countries are duty bound to formulate a common policy to institutionalize effective legislative and administrative measures to promote the sanctity of family values in all forms. In this regards, he reaffirmed that the Government of Pakistan supports the efforts of OIC in building cooperation with international institutions and exchange of expertise and information to achieve the objective of establish framework and mechanism to comprehensive safeguard the institutions of marriage and family.
In the end, ‘Jeddah Declaration’ was adopted which reflected the collective aspiration and intent of the Muslim leadership to forge common political and socio cultural agenda to raise awareness about importance of preserving family values, promoting and strengthening the institution of marriage and to confront the growing rick of same sex marriages at all levels.