Will protect rights of minorities: PM Imran


Published: July 29, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reiterated his government’s resolve to protect the rights of minorities.
Addressing a ceremony, PM Imran said that the minorities of Pakistan will be protected and their places of worship will be looked after.
“Hindu temples and Sikh Gurdwaras will be restored and protected,” said the premier.
The prime minister also spoke against radicals and said Islam does not ask for the forced conversion of minorities.
“The mindsets of these radicals should be changed. Islam is a religion of peace, not compulsion. Those who convert others by force do not know Islam at all,” said the premier.
He furthered his speech with examples from the early days of Islam, stating that Pakistan will prosper if it follows the administrative model of the state of Medina.
“Nations without a vision die; our vision should be following Riyasat-e-Medina.”
PM Imran added that a Muslim state’s idea of egalitarianism should be based on the fundamentals of Islam’s first state.
On accountability, the premier said that the “elite” have television and air conditioners in their jail cells while the majority do not even have access to basic education.