KARACHI – Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said that Islam and the Constitution of Pakistan give right to everyone whether he or she belongs to any religion and can go to his/her holy places for worship without any fear.Addressing an event to celebrate Diwali, he said that the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a Diwali festival held on Wednesday in Karachi gave an important message. The event was organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.“We are human beings and every religion gives message of love and humanity,” the federal minister said. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony celebrates around 10 religious events every year. Yousaf said that his ministry was going to hold another interfaith harmony conference on November 30 in Quetta to bring closer the people of different religions.
Due to these interfaith conferences, they were getting encouraging results in the shape of today’s event, where everyone was celebrating the joy, he said. A Minority Commission had also been set up by the government which had the representation of all religions, he said, adding that demands of the minorities would be met.Speaking on the occasion, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq said that joys and sorrows of everyone were the same as a human and as a Pakistani. He said that this event was giving the message that everyone had his/her own religion but being a human “we all support each other”.He said that development works in relation to holy places of Hindu community were being done. He said that the government was making all-out efforts to provide basic facilities at temples. Besides others, MNA Dr Roshan Panchhi, Senator Dr Ashok Kumar, MNA Ramesh Kumar and Mangla Sharma also spoke on the occasion.Earlier, tableaux and songs were also presented by the Pakistan Hindu Council. The minister also announced a cash prize of Rs 500,000 for tableaux performers.