LAHORE - Federal Minister for Minorities Kamran Michael has called for legislation to protect respect of Christian community by calling them “Maseehi”.

Addressing the conference arranged by Bargad and Umeed Jawan to commemorate National Peace and Minorities Day at Ali Institute on Thursday, the minister stressed the need for changing the social mindset and attitude towards minorities and marginalised sections of the society to give them a sense of respect, protection and equality.

The conference was part of celebrations and commemorations to express solidarity with the minorities in Pakistan. The event was arranged in collaboration with Punjab Youth Affairs department, Young Parliamentary Forum and Punjab Youth Parliamentary Caucus.

Students from different schools and colleges also participated in the conference.

Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Member National Assembly Romina Khurshid Alam, Khalil Jones, secretary youth affairs department Humayun Mazhar, Asif Aqeel, Mary Gill MPA, Sardar Vikas Hassan Mokal and others addressed the conference.

The topic of the conference was “Green for White” under the campaign Bargad that means the Muslim majority representing green in Pakistani flag stands for the white representing minorities.

“There is need to implement the laws to give rights to minorities too,” Kamran Michael said while making promise to bring a new law to call Christians as “Maseehi” rather than “Eesai”.

Education Minister Rana Mashood stressed the need for introducing policies that promote equality. He said the Punjab government was treating students from minority sections equally by offering them scholarships. “The Punjab government fully supports the initiatives to safeguard the rights of minorities,” he stated.

Khalil Sindhu said the government took many good steps to shun extremism and hate speech that incites mob violence against minorities and marginalised sections of the society. He also stressed the need to address root causes of all such discriminations against minorities.

Ayesha Ghaus offered her support to the minority sections, for listening to their issues and problems all the time.

Romina Khurshid Alam said the objective of the commemoration was to reassure religious minorities in Pakistan that the majority stands with them as fellow citizens of the country. She urged the need to promote diversity by showing equal acceptance for people of all religions.