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Ashrafi stresses collective efforts to promote religious tolerance

It is responsibility of state to safeguard legal rights and properties of minority communities, Ashrafi says

By Our Correspondent
February 24, 2024
Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Affairs and Pakistani Diaspora in Middle East and Muslim Countries, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. — APP/File
Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Affairs and Pakistani Diaspora in Middle East and Muslim Countries, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. — APP/File

ISLAMABAD: Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Affairs and Pakistani Diaspora in Middle East and Muslim Countries, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Friday said “Pakistan, as enshrined in its Constitution and law, upholds the rights of individuals from all religious backgrounds.”

In the aftermath of the recent verdict by the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding a religious matter, Ashrafi emphasised the significance of the review petition filed by the Punjab government in addressing apprehensions within the framework of the Constitution and law.

“Additionally, the court has provided clarity on the issue of the finality of Prophethood (SAW), a fundamental aspect of faith for majority population of Pakistan,” he added. He highlighted that the review petition represents a vital step in the legal process, aimed at addressing any concerns. He stressed that the matter at hand is fundamentally constitutional, underlining the importance of upholding the rule of law and preventing any attempts to disrupt harmony or incite anarchy within the country.

“It is the responsibility of the state to safeguard the legal rights and properties of minority communities,” Ashrafi declared, reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to protecting the rights of all its citizens, regardless of their religious affiliations. He said that no individual or group would be permitted to sow seeds of discord or disharmony, adding that the government remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining social cohesion and order. He urged all the stakeholders to respect the legal process and work towards peaceful resolution and unity.

Ashrafi said the review petition, scheduled to be heard in the coming days, symbolises the country’s dedication to addressing apprehensions through established legal channels, reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to justice, equality, and religious harmony.