Former president Asif Ali Zardari has greeted the Hindus of Pakistan on
the occasion of Deewali being celebrated on Sunday and called for
strengthening interfaith harmony and protecting minorities' rights.
wish to extend on my behalf and on behalf of the Pakistan Peoples'
Party's heartiest greetings to the Hindu and Scheduled Castes community
on the occasion of Deewali," he said in his message.
is known as the festival of lights and is commemorated by members of
some of the world's oldest religions to celebrate the triumph of good
over evil. It is a time for celebration, but it is also a time for
us rededicate ourselves to continually striving in the path of good and
noble. Let us also remember that there are always others less fortunate
than us," he said.
partake in Deewali celebrations also for promoting interfaith harmony
as a means to fight religious apartheid and those who seek to impose
their ideological agenda on the people," the former President said.
this occasion, I wish to reiterate that the Hindus, indeed all
minorities, of Pakistan are equal citizens of the state and entitled to
also wish to reiterate our commitment to respect and uphold the UN
Resolution calling for interfaith harmony and the pledges contained in
the manifesto of the Party to safeguard the rights of all minorities in
accordance with the teachings of the founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam
Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the founder of the Party Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto."