PR No.126 Islamabad: January 15, 2017.

While appreciating the the role of minorities especially the Christian community in the socio-economic development of the country, Federal Minister for Human Rights Senator Kamran Michael has said the Pakistanis imbued with the spirit of brotherhood  and national cohesion are equal partners in taking our country on the path of development, prosperity and well being.

He was addressing the gathering of minorities community and employees of the PIA here in Karachi on Sunday.

Addressing the gathering, he said human rights of minorities are constitutionally secured and their role and services in every walk of life for making overall national development possible are a precious part of our national accomplishments. He urged Christian brethren and sisters to refresh their commitment to maintain unity and cohesion at every level and work for the overall betterment of the nation. He said that it is the time to promote interfaith harmony and strengthening national unity irrespective of the religion, cast or creed for standing united as one nation.

Michael said we need to pledge ourselves to stand together for the development of our country adding that Pakistan is a country where there are no compartments of minorities or majorities. He said steps been taken for the socio economic uplift of people of various religions as non-Muslims communities of our society are important partners in our struggle for ensuring prospetous future. Michael has said that the promotion and protection of human rights including the rights of women, children and especially minorities was the top most priority of our government and bright future for the country can only be ensured by providing the justice to the oppressed sector of society. He added a number of policies, legislative and programmatic measures have been taken by the incumbent Government for the promotion and protection of rights of children, women and minorities.

Later, a delegation of minorities community and employees of PIA also called on the minister and aprised him about the problems and issues which they are faced with. They also appreciated the endeavors of the government for the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities.

Kamran Michael assured them of taking further necessary action to protect their rights on priority.