Karachi - Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that PPP had always respected and promoted interfaith harmony.

Talking to members of the Hindu community during his visit to Shiv Temple at Clifton on the eve of Diwali, he said, “Every citizen deserves equal rights to perform his or her religious ritual freely and frequently.”

The PPP chairman attended Diwali rituals and other religious rites.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, PPP Sindh President and Provincial Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Senator Sherry Rahman, Provincial Minister and President Karachi Hindu Panchayat Mukesh Chawla, Advisor to CM on Information Maula Bux Chandio, Special Assistant to CM on Minorities’ Affairs Dr Khatumal, MNA Ramesh Lal and others were also present on the occasion.

The PPP chairman further said that Minorities of Pakistan had played a key role in the development and prosperity of the country and fortifying democracy.

“PPP believes that minorities are assets for the country and a blooming flower in the bouquet of Pakistan,” Bilawal added.

On the occasion, special prayers were offered for the martyrs of Quetta Police Training College. Bilawal intermingled with the Hindu community and felicitated them on their holy occasion.

Later talking to media, the PPP chairman said that his party would fight against terrorism at every forum, and would not allow the terrorists to succeed in their evil designs.

He said that Sindh was the only province, which had created separate minorities and interfaith harmony ministries in order to develop harmony among religious entities of the province.

He said that either Muslims or non-Muslims, everyone wanted peace in the country.

“Terrorists could not create hatred amongst us, and we will continue to raise voice for every oppressed community of the country,” he said.

Bilawal asked as to why he and Imran Khan were not allowed to enter Islamabad, but members of banned outfits roamed freely in the capital city.

“This is why we have demanded the prime minister to get resignation from the interior minister since he had failed to stop activities of the proscribed organizations,” he argued.

Bilawal said that PPP was overseeing the situation unfolding in Islamabad, and had therefore demanded the prime minister to accept his four demands.

“The country cannot be run without accountability,” he said, adding that Nawaz was trying to create a soft image of his daughter but is being exposed through his activities.