National Minorities Day was observed across the country on Friday to honor the services rendered by minorities for the creation of Pakistan and their subsequent contribution to nation-building.
On this occasion, several programs were held in different cities of the country attended by minorities from different walks of life.
While addressing the events held to mark the day, speakers vowed to continue working hard for the development and prosperity of their beloved country.
Meanwhile, minority rights activists in Islamabad called for religious tolerance in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
They urged the government to take adequate measures to curb forced conversions and child marriages among minority girls. Moreover, they stressed the need to address the misuse of blasphemy laws.
Minority Alliance Pakistan (MAP) and women's rights activist Nadia Stephen expressed concern over the violations against women and girls.
Voice for Justice Chairperson Joseph Jansen stated that there is a need to introduce reforms in laws and policies that affect minorities.
Human rights activist Ashik Naz said that intolerance and extremism should be curtailed so that minorities may feel no fear and can contribute effectively to the country's development.
Human rights activist Pamilla Bhatti stressed that ensuring the rights of religious minorities hinges on accepting religious diversity and granting equal status to all citizens.