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Pakistan will be minorities-friendly country

“The day is not far when Pakistan will be recognized as a minorities-friendly country.” Surprisingly, the very sanguine statement came from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, who is hopeful to become an entity where minorities will get actual rights of living their life. The government of Pakistan is paving the way to provide better-living facilities to all minority groups in Pakistan, as said by Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit to Katas Raj temples in Chakwal district near Islamabad.

He went there to inaugurate the water filtration plant of Amrat Jal. Amrat Jal was the member of the temple whose name later adapted to filtration plant. He ensured the construction of a place of Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities. Also, Maryam Nawaz, daughter PM tweeted that his father is a first eve Prime Minister to visit the temple.

Nawaz Sharif, in his recent visit, tried to stay relevant among the majority and minority of Pakistan through influential statements on religion and humanity. He said that Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Baha'is are working hand-in-hand to protect the country and be the part of its harmony and prosperity.

In his address, Nawaz Sharif illustrated the historic examples to explain his act, it was the basic part of the Islamic faith to treat the majority and minorities equally. He put examples of the Holy Quran, the God is the God of everyone and “not just Muslims”, adding that there should be no difference on the origin of caste, color or belief because “we are all one as human beings”.  Also, he is the prime minister of everyone and “not just Muslims”

The Katas Raj Temples, covered by a beautiful pond called Neela Sandh waterfall, are one of the historical tourist places in Punjab. Katas Raj Temples are attributed to the eras of the Hindu kings dating from about 615-950 CE and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some historical excerpts say that it’s the belonging of Buddhist Stupa of Taxila. It is one of the most important and holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in a Muslim-majority country. People believed that the temple compound exists since the time of Mahabharat, and Lord Krishna himself laid the foundation of Katas Raj. Million of Hindus visits the place to mark their religious festivities.

Visiting a temple and expressing such positive thoughts is a symbolic gesture that may attract to the Muslim nation's minority communities and soften the country's picture abroad. Pakistani officials want to improve the country's image, blemished by religious hostility and the maltreatment of minorities, in a bid to entice Western investors who are hesitant to come in spite of well financial development and improving security.

 

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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