Islamabad - Besides the efforts of freedom fighters belonging to various classes of the country, the minorities have played remarkable role with achievements to their credit in making of Pakistan.

There is a need to highlight the contributions of the minorities during the freedom movement for promoting interfaith harmony, peace and brotherhood in the country, said PML-N MNA Romina Khurshid Alam while talking to APP.

She said the Founder of Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his address on 11 August 1947 highlighted the contributions of non-Muslim communities of Pakistan as “the commendable services of religious minorities along with our Muslim brothers is a glorious chapter in the history of independence movement of Pakistan.”

Furthermore religious minorities have given a considerable contribution in different fields of the society including health, education, defence, and social welfare. The Founder of the Nation unequivocally declared a policy of equality, freedom and security for all communities living in Pakistan, irrespective of their religion, profession or ethnic origin.

The MNA said that since the formation of Pakistan, minorities have been contributing in every sphere of life and their political involvement is also worth appreciating. “We should strengthen the spirit of accommodation and communal harmony in the light of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan.”

The history of Islam is full of examples in which the minorities enjoyed peace, protection and equal social status and the PML-N government stands committed for the preservation of rights of minorities in Pakistan.

“We are one nation living with mutual respect, honour, peace and harmony. Our minorities are responsible and patriotic and are playing their due role in nation building,” she said.

Quaid-i-Azam promised equal rights for all Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians even though they would be a minority in the newly established Muslim state and there are many known personalities belonging to minorities who fully supported the Muslim demand for a separate homeland.

The minorities had proved themselves as a great asset of the country through their remarkable services towards the making of Pakistan and since the very creation of Pakistan the role of Pakistani religious minorities has been eminent and commendable in nation building and social welfare, she added.

Meanwhile a group exhibition of 50 paintings, featuring the beautiful imagery of Pakistan in connection with Independence Day, was concluded here on Sunday.

Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) arranged the show entitled “Beautiful Pakistan” to highlight the beauty and splendour of the country by diverse group of artists.

Established and upcoming artists Farzana Rashid, H Gul, Haji Pervaiz, Hameed Falak, Younis Roomi, Abdul Wajah, Fouzia, Zaheer and Shahid exhibited their exquisite collection of art on topics like landscapes and heritage, culture and figurative art. The art pieces not only focussed on beauty of the country but also highlighted the value of its rich heritage. The artists used the mediums of oil and water colours to visualise their ideas for the art-lovers and visitors and project soft image of the country through positive aspects.