Pakistan’s present woes due to attempts to make it a theocratic state
Zardari calls for revisiting religion based laws, heeding Quaid’s August 11, 1947 speech
Islamabad August 10, 2016: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has issued the following statement on August 11 to commemorate the Minorities Day:
“On the eve of the Minorities Day today I urge the people to reflect on the foundational speech of the Quaid in the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947 the essence of which is that Pakistan will not be theocratic state where the self styled custodians of piety and morality will impose their obscurantic anti -minorities and anti-women agenda on the people in the name of religion.
“The attempt by some to make Pakistan a theocratic state has landed the country in the quagmire of extremism, sectarianism and militancy pushing it to the brink of precipice.
“If we have to retrieve Pakistan from the brink we have to say no to theocracy and no to the self imposed custodians of religion and morality.
“If we have to retrieve Pakistan we must turn it into a progressive, modern and a pluralistic state with complete liberty of thought and liberty to freely profess any religion.
“If we have to retrieve Pakistan we must heed the Quaid’s words that in the new state the Hindus shall cease to be Hindus, Christians shall cease to be Christians and Muslims shall cease to be Muslims not in the religious sense but in the political sense in the affairs of the state.
“On this occasion the Pakistan Peoples Party recognizes and appreciates the services and sacrifices rendered by our Non-Muslim brethren in the strengthening and development of Pakistan.
“The Party condemns the violence against them and the siege laid around them by the bigots and shortsighted in the name of religion.
“The Party is alarmed and condemns the growing misuse of religion based laws against the non-Muslim citizens of the country and calls for urgently revisiting those laws and prevent their misuse.
“The Party is proud of its record to protect and promote the rights and welfare of the non-Muslim as equal citizens of the country and wishes to assure them that it will continue to stand by them.”