Islamabad, April 17 (KMS): Pakistan is a peaceful country where people belonging to all faiths and religions are living in harmony and enjoying all their rights to the fullest.

According to a report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, Pakistan is considered safe for minorities who can practice their religious values at will and by and large no discrimination is witnessed against any faith in the society. It said generally, followers of all faiths including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs live peacefully together in Pakistan. It said promotion of religious and sectarian harmony as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah is vital to make Pakistan a welfare state in line with the principles set by the role model – State of Madina.

The report said, “Constitution of Pakistan protects the basic rights of every individual without discrimination of any religion. Pakistan’s founding fathers including the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned religious pluralism in Pakistan. Followers of all religions are living a peaceful life under the protection of the Constitution of Pakistan.”

The report pointed out that miscreants and foreign elements are hell bent upon disturbing the religious harmony and tolerance within Pakistan. “Miscreants and fringe elements supported by enemies are trying to stoke sectarian and religious violence in Pakistan. The government has resolved to deal with an iron hand all those involved in creating sectarian and religious tensions in the country,” it said.

The report maintained that Pakistani government’s policies are playing their role in promoting peace and harmony in the country. It said that last year’s opening of Kartarpur Corridor for Sikhs is a good example that Pakistan as a state gives priority to religious freedom. Even the UN chief, Antonio Guterres, hailed interfaith harmony in Pakistan during his visit to the country in February 2020.

The report said on the contrary, India under Modi is suffering from Hindutva hate incitement against all minorities. “Ever since Modi’s ascension to power, crimes against religious minorities have seen an upward trend in India. Attacks by Hindu mobs against Muslims, Christians and followers of other faiths have become a routine affair in India,” it said.

The report pointed out that Hindutva forces preach dominance of Hindu religion over other faiths. The plight of religious minorities in India is often highlighted in reports issued by global rights’ watchdogs like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, it added.

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