Washington: Minority communities are an integral part of the Pakistani nationality; the concept of Pakistan is incomplete without minorities. As per the directives and orders of Quaid-e-Azam, all citizens of Pakistan, regardless of their religion, color, or race, are equal citizens.
Incidents like the Jaranwala tragedy are a dark stain on the creation and constitution of Pakistan, and these are strongly condemned with heartfelt sympathy and unity with the affected individuals.
These sentiments were expressed during a press conference in Washington, where Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wasi, the leader of the Muslim League-N Azad Kashmir and former member of the Kashmir Council, along with Mr. Sajid Tarar, Chairman of the Muslim American Society, and former President’s advisor, and Mr. Jasdip Singh, President of the Sikh Association of America, addressed a joint gathering.
Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wasi thanked Elias Masih, the president of Christian organizations, and other non-Muslim organizations for supporting the Kashmir cause and not only condemning the atrocities against Kashmiri Muslims in Indian-occupied Kashmir but also advocating for their right to self-determination.
Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wasi praised Sajid Tarar for his significant role in promoting Pakistan’s progress and prosperity despite being an American citizen. He also acknowledged the Sikh community’s support for the Kashmir cause through our diaspora in America, and thanked Jasdip Singh for that.
Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wasi stated that Pakistan has provided substantial representation for minorities in the National Assembly, Senate, provincial assemblies, and other forums. All political, economic, and social rights are guaranteed to them in the Constitution of Pakistan. The Pakistani nation and every government are sensitive and serious about minority rights. This is why all schools of thought in Pakistan have not only condemned the Jaranwala incident but also the governments of Pakistan and Punjab are participating in the construction of affected houses and population centers. In the past, individuals involved in the Sri Lanka incident were given the death penalty. Measures are being taken to bring the individuals involved in this incident to justice as well.
Prominent figures from various schools of thought residing in America, including Presidential Advisor Sardar Zarif Khan, Sardar Aftab Roshan, Sardar Tariq Nazir, and Sardar Shoaib Arshad, participated in the event.