LAHORE - Several seminars and talk sessions were held to observe Minority Day in the city yesterday. Speakers demanded and urged government to give equal rights to the religious minorities who have contributed a lot in the prosperity of Pakistan.

The City District Government Lahore organised a seminar “Quaid Ka Pakistan’ in collaboration with Liberal Human Forum at Town Hall. Khuawaja Ahmed Hassan along with several law makers of Punjab Assembly, Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Saddiqul Farooq, chairman and vice chairman of Lahore’s union councils, media fraternity people attended the seminar.

Speakers highlighted the contribution of minorities in Pakistan Movement and said Quaid-e-Azam August 11 speech to constitutional Assembly was a role model for all of us.  

Pakistan Minority Alliance arranged a seminar at Lahore Press Club yesterday. Chairman PMA Tahir NAveed Ch aong with Tasneem Qureshi, Dr  Saleem Mehdi, Pastor Sam and others were present. Speakers urged government to give rights to the minorities as citizens of Pakistan.      

The Faiz Foundation Trust held a interactive session titled Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom to commemorate the day. Renowned travelogue writer Mustansar Hussain Tarar, educationist Shoaib Mir, and Moneeza Hashmi were spoke on the occasion.

Mustansar Hussain Tarar talked on the book, ‘Leading Lights’ by Bushra Sultana, a collection of profiles of 42 people from marginalized communities of Pakistan who contributed exceptionally to their country. Personalities include political leaders Zafrullah Khan and Sobo Gianchandani, legal expert Dorab Patel and Fakhruddin Ebrahim, artists Sughra Rababi, Colin David and Indu Mitha, industrialists Minocher Bhandara and Dinshaw Avari, sportsmen Byram Avari and Naveen Perwani, and many others.  Selected profiles were presented in the form of a short video prepared especially for the event. 

He said that such an effort to compile the profiles of personalities who had contributed a lot in the literature, economy, and all fields of life. He said these were great personalities and we should embrace their contribution by adopting coexisting policy to move forward our country  to a prosperous state.

Adeel Hashmi told the audience that the event was organized as part of the project “freedom of religion and belief” funded by the European Union.  He said that FFT was one of six partners implementing the project which aims to contribute towards the elimination of persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan, and create a conducive environment for religious minority communities to exercise their rights without discrimination or threat of faith-based discrimination or violence.

August 11 also marks the 78th birthday of novelist, Bapsi Sidhwa. People from all walks of life attended the event and engaged in question and answer session with the speakers.