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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the unjust practice of forced conversion of religious minorities needs to be stopped as it gravely violate Islamic values and the Constitution.
“Those who force others to adopt a particular religion is totally unaware of the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah,” he said in reference to forced conversion of Hindu girls through marriages as reported in Sindh.
The prime minister said this at an event held in connection with Minority Day at the Aiwan-e-Sadr titled “One land, one flag & one nation”, which was also attended by representatives of different communities including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’i and Kalash.
Pakistan declared Minority Day in connection with the Quaid-e-Azam’s address to the legislative assembly on August 11, 1947 where he stated that all citizens were free to go to their worship places without distinction of their religions or faiths.
Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed that his government wanted to make Pakistan a modern state like the State of Medina. He said the State of Medina was a civilised model of governance that needed to be implemented in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said all problems of Pakistan could be solved if the country followed this model of Medina. He added that rule of law and rights of minorities were central to the State of Medina.
“Our ideal is to move towards the State of Medina…There is no rule of law in our country. If there is rule of law most of your problems will be resolved,” he told the audience comprising bishops, pundits, pastors and other religious leaders.
A lack of rule of law, the prime minister said, meant there were separate laws for the rich and the poor. “Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said several nations have been destroyed before you where there were separate laws for the rich and poor.”
He announced to set up chairs at the country’s leading universities for in-depth study of the subject. He said the PhD degree research would be conducted on the world’s first welfare State of Medina, which embodied principles of rule of law, justice, peace and equality for all regardless of race, religion and gender.
Prime Minister Khan in his speech said a nation could not live without a vision and stressed that Pakistani nation needed to follow the vision of State of Medina where all religious minorities enjoyed equal rights.
“We will protect the worship places of all religions and will change the mindset of people in line with Islamic injunctions,” he assured the minority communities.