LAHORE: Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ijaz Alam Augustine attended 54th world communication Day Conference Title: Promoting Stories of Peace: at Rabita Manzil, Lahore on Saturday. The conference was chaired by chairman national commission for social communication, Pakistan Arch Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad while eminent personalities of Pakistan, journalists, teachers, youth and representatives of social organizations attended the conference. Addressing the participants, Dr. Joseph Arshad said that the aim of the conference was to send a message of unity and solidarity to all Pakistanis so that peace could be promoted.
He said that the overall objective of the conference was to draw the attention of all stakeholders to the freedom of religious minorities and their challenges. The provincial minister said that human rights are an integral part of every religion and today's conference will spread the message of unity and harmony. He said that Pakistan was protecting the rights of minorities and providing them with maximum opportunities to play their pivotal role in the national affairs. He said that the minorities have been given the equal rights in the country as elaborated in the Constitution of Pakistan.
He added that the collective efforts required eliminating culture of intolerance in the society. He said that holding such programs was the need of the hour and all the institutions under the leadership of Imran Khan in the new Pakistan are taking important steps to move forward with a new innovation. He said that today's young generation needs to play a significant role in the field of education not only emphasizing education but also understanding the teaching of ethics and love which was educated 1400 years ago. Other speakers also expressed their views and emphasized the special message of Pope Francis, promoting peace and love through education and praising the steps taken by the PTI government for the promotion of the peace & harmony in the country. They also emphasized that establishment of durable peace, elimination of terrorism, religious harmony and freedom, respect of the humanity and tolerance could help get Pakistan rid of terrorism. Director Radio Veritas Asia Urdu Service Father Qaiser Feroze, Chairman Kul Masalak Ulema Board Maulana Asim Makhdoom, Rev Shahid Meraj were also present in the conference.