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February 14, 2018

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Equal opportunities for minorities in education urged

LAHORE: Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday discussed the historical aspect of status of minorities along with the need to give them equal opportunities in education so that they could fulfil their potential. Bargad Organization for Youth Development organised a seminar under the umbrella of Paigam-e-Pakistan in collaboration with the FC College, Lahore, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Council of Islamic Ideology and World Council of Religions.

Around 300 people, including minority representatives, legislators, civil society members, students, academicians and media persons, attended the seminar. Presentation on policy brief “Quota for Non-Muslim students in Education” was given by Usman Akhter.

A panel discussion on Unity through Diversity was held with panelists, representing different religions including Dr. Roohiya, Dr. Munawar Chand, Hafiz M. Nauman Hamid, Sardar Bisham Singh, Bhagat Laal Khokhar, Mansoor Kazi and members National Assembly Shehryar Afridi and Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam.

The youth were urged to play their role as they form the largest chunk of population. Ms. Nabila Malick moderated the programme while panelists resonated with the message of the seminar and shared their experiences respective to their communities and line of work.

Chairperson Department of Religious Studies, FC College, Lahore, Atiq-ur-Rehman, shared the FC College is the only institution that offers courses in different religions and is very supportive of such initiatives. A campaign on social media was also run by the Bargad team by using the hashtag #PaighamePakistan. Music performances were given by Abrar ul Haq, Jawad Ahmed, Rafi Peer Theatre group and LUMS Music Society. All of the performances carried the message of peace and co-existence.

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